Graduate Certificate in Christian Counseling




Learn how to navigate diverse set of issues and cycles within family life with our online graduate-level Christian Counseling certificate. Help families to grow and develop together with God, using scripture to guide others and yourself in your psychological and spiritual development.

This program is perfect for master’s-level school counselors, professional counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals who are looking for more tools in Christian reconciliation, caregiving, and collaboration.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to integrate Christian faith-based, scriptural principles in a holistic delivery approach of mental health services
  • Understand the issues of family systems and development
  • Foster biological, psychological, and spiritual development within families and groups.
  • Use the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod scriptural interpretation and faith-based principles in a holistic counseling approach

Career Outlook

  • Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Child Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Grief Counseling

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Christian Counseling

Scripture and the Christian Counselor (COUN 844-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Scripture and the Christian Counselor will use a LCMS scriptural world view in the integration of faith-based principles into a holistic counseling approach.
Christian Care-Giving (COUN 845-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care-Giving will incorporate lay ministry principles that will support the development of Christian counseling skills.
Christian Perspectives of Family Development (COUN 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspectives of Family Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.
Christian Reconciliation Training (COUN 846-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Reconciliation Training focuses on the principles of Christian Reconciliation as developed by Ambassadors for Christian Reconciliation.
Consultation Strategies within the Church (COUN 565/865) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Consultation Strategies within the Church is designed to provide an overview of the consultation process and insight into the various roles that consultants may play. Theoretical approaches and principles of consultation, planned change, and organizational development will be discussed as well as the use of consultants within the church, within faith-based organizations and the community.

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