Pastoral Counseling Internship – PACO 699

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course offers student participation in a pastoral counseling experience under supervision in an approved setting along with supervision by a university faculty member.


THEO 510 and PACO 500 and PACO 504 and PACO 509 and PACO 603 and PACO 604 and PACO 617


This Internship course involves participation in a planned ministry-based experience through an approved organization or other setting under an approved supervisor. During the Internship experience, students are actively engaged in the field of pastoral counseling and they contribute to the cooperating ministry context by assisting its staff in carrying out many of the daily activities of that organization. The purpose of the counseling Internship is to provide a supervised, field-based, experience for students.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Observe and discuss the practice of self-care in a pastoral counseling setting. (Measured by assignments: B, D, G)
  2. Describe and apply foundational skills useful to the advancement of long-term effectiveness in ministry. (Measured by assignments: B, D, E, F, G, H, J)
  3. Observe and discuss the practice of pastoral counseling. (Measured by assignments: B, D, E, F, G, H)
  4. Collaborate with site supervisor in building a helping relationship with potential care-seekers with appropriate connection to supportive relationships. (Measured by assignments: E, F)
  5. Apply appropriate documentation procedures related to pastoral counseling in a way that meets the standards of the site, the Internship course, and the state in which the student is working. (Measured by assignments: E, F)
  6. Articulate how rapport is established, effective working relationships with care-seeker(s) are built, and how basic pastoral counseling skills are used. (Measured by assignments: B, D, E, F, G)
  7. Utilize feedback, direction, and constructive criticism from supervision and consultation in order to enhance professionalism in counseling. (Measured by assignments: B, E, F, G)
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of the student’s role and function in the setting and in the supervisory relationship during the Internship experience. (Measured by assignments: B, E, F, G, H, J)
  9. Support assertions, arguments, and affirmations with appropriate content from the readings according to current APA research and writing guidelines. (Measured by assignments: D, G, J)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus, Course Schedule, Guidelines & Expectations Student Expectations , and subscribing to the Question and Answer Center, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.


Student must engage on time, be attentive, and prepared to substantively contribute to subject matter conversations. Preparedness will be monitored throughout course. A cumulative score (see VIII. A. Points) will be posted at the beginning of course and updated at the end of term. Contributions may be assessed through participation in Question and Answer Center live meetings via Webex or Skype for Business (see Course Schedule) and the Question and Answer Center forum. Be attentive to email alerts as your Professor may require a meaningful response to a query/task in either QAC venue.

Discussion Board forums (8)

As a means of demonstrating reflection in the milieu of ministry (R.I.M.M), the student is required to provide a thread in response to the prompts in each forum. Each thread must be at least 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge (i.e., cite/reference). In addition to the thread, the student is required to substantively reply to 1 other classmate’s threads. Each reply must noticeably (i.e., cite/reference) add insight from course resources and be at least 75 words. Assertions/affirmations must be supported primarily with pertinent research, literature; when appropriate, the Scriptures may serve as a secondary source. All posts must be written in substantive manner, without spelling and grammar errors, and must adhere to Student Expectations .

Supervised Training

The student must complete 225 total hours in a supervised training experience, with a minimum of 50 hours spent in collaborative services (face-to-face contact). Collaborative services may include working with site supervisor and/or an assigned staff member in the following areas: spiritual direction, discipleship, lay counseling, life-coaching, individual, couple, and family counseling, group counseling, and conducting intakes. The remaining 175 hours are dedicated to supervision and related activities. Supervision (S) includes at least 1 hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision (i.e., at least 14 hours). Related Activities (RA) may include additional collaboration in the above activities and/or observation/participation in staff meetings, counseling/discipleship-related administrative work, writing progress notes, filing counseling-related files/documents, and telephone calls. RA may also include state licensure investigation, and required Webex sessions as scheduled by student’s professor and/or the Director of MAPC program. Cumulative hours are to be reported through the Mid-term and Final Student Evaluations. In the event that the student fails to earn the required 225 hours, then he/she may register for a second semester with the approval of the director of the MAPC. Review the Internship Fieldwork Manual for additional requirements.

Student Evaluations (2)

The student’s supervisor(s) will complete a midterm evaluation (e.g, Week 6) and final evaluation. The student will download the evaluation forms located with the assignment instructions. The student must give the forms to their supervisor(s) to complete. Once the supervisor has completed the evaluations, the student must scan and submit the evaluations in Blackboard. If the student does not receive passing evaluations during the course, they will work with the supervisor and  faculty to develop a plan to correct any deficits.

Self-Reflections (2)

The student will complete a mid-term and final self-reflection paper.

The midterm self-reflection is intended to engage the student in the process of reflective learning while demonstrating self-awareness, self-evaluation, and the ability to develop a specific action plan that will aid the student in improving his/her knowledge and understanding of the pastoral counseling profession and his/her own personal counselor identity. The paper should remain noticeably connected to course materials and student’s MAPC learning journey (i.e., citations/References). The required length of the midterm reflection is within the scope of 4 pages.

The final self-reflection is intended to engage the student in the process of reflective learning while demonstrating self-awareness, self-evaluation, and the ability to develop a specific action plan that will aid them in improving his/her counseling skills. The paper should remain noticeably connected to course materials and student’s MAPC learning journey. The required length of the final reflection is within the scope of 5 pages.

Site and Supervisor Evaluation

The student will evaluate their site and supervisor near the conclusion of the course, using the form provided with the assignment instructions.

Liability Insurance FaceSheet

The student must submit a copy of liability insurance in order to prove that liability insurance has remained current throughout the Internship.

What’s Best Next Reflective Journal

The reflective journal is a cumulative learning activity submitted in Blackboard near the end of the course. The student must write a non-reflective summation on each “Part” in What’s Best Next (i.e., Parts 1-7).  A 3-part journal entry will be written from each “Part” and placed after the related summation. Each summation should be within the scope of 150 words; cite accordingly. Each journal entry must have at least 1 in-text citation and be within the scope of 200 words. The paper will include a cover sheet, table of contents, introduction, 7 summations and related journal entries,  and conclusion. A clear “So What?!” insight (i.e., a most important take-away) must be argued in the conclusion. The journal should be typed in 12 pt Times New Roman font and double-spaced with citations and References according to current APA Guidelines. For further instructions, see Course Content>Assignment Instructions.