PCC 511 Pastoral Issues in Clinical Psychology

Faculty: Paul J Kirbas, D.Min, PhD (Profile)


This course is designed for professional practitioners, whether ordained or a licensed practitioner, and those interested in the field of pastoral care and counseling. Clinical Pastoral Psychology is the study and treatment of dysfunctions in interpersonal relationships within the context of a spiritual worldview and ethos which provides a values-based framework for analysis and therapy and consists of three components, i.e., the clinical which involves case studies, the pastoral which embraces a spiritual worldview and ethos, and psychology which employs behavioral science assessment and treatment modalities in professional practice. As a professional field, Clinical Pastoral Psychology is the study of emotional distress and mental illness employing behavioral science assessment tools informed by a spiritual worldview and ethos within a values-based framework for therapeutic treatment.

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