Help Those Suffering from Crisis and Trauma with Liberty’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
Imagine a career that gives you opportunities to minister to those suffering with the deepest pain. See yourself using biblical truths and tested psychological methods to bring healing in the middle of life’s hardest situations. Liberty’s M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in crisis response and trauma can prepare you to make a lasting impact on people’s lives.
Our degree in counseling will help you assess and respond to people experiencing stress, grief, and trauma. Get ready for ministry in churches, counseling centers, community programs, and even hospitals. In all of these settings, there are people desperately looking for ways to cope with their grief and pain. Whether your work involves believers, nonbelievers, or both, you will be making an impact on countless lives. Our degree is designed to give you the tools you’ll need to provide one-on-one attention to spiritually and ethically treat these needs.
Why Choose Liberty’s Pastoral Counseling Master’s Degree in Crisis Response and Trauma?
You want to be fully equipped for the career God has called you to enter. We want to help! Our professors are excited about sharing their wealth of knowledge with you as they lead the next generation of Christians in the field of behavioral sciences. With over 140 years of pastoral counseling experience between them, our faculty knows the ins and outs of providing exceptional care to those working through grief and trauma. Choose Liberty and learn from the best in the field.
You will have the opportunity to take your education outside the classroom. Our M.A. in Pastoral Counseling students complete a 225-hour internship in an approved, related setting. You will gain invaluable hands-on, face-to-face counseling experience in individual, relationship, and group therapy. Not only that, but you will also have our faculty by your side, monitoring your completed assignments related to the internship.
Choosing a pastoral counseling degree is a great way to serve in non-clinical counseling roles. This environment allows opportunities to spread truth to those who need it most. As a counselor, you will have the unique opportunity to help people analyze their situation, prevent avoidable hardship, and even cultivate healing from suffering.
What Will You Learn in Our Pastoral Counseling Master’s Degree?
Our graduate students studying pastoral counseling will explore the multicultural, family, and spiritual issues most often faced in a pastoral setting. You will receive training in solution-based models so you can apply various behavioral approaches and appropriate biblical teaching in your work. You will also examine best practices in promoting spiritual growth during crises, as well as in premarital and marriage circumstances.
By specializing in crisis response and trauma, you will gain a deeper understanding of working with those who are suffering from stress, grief, and traumatic situations. Your courses will highlight ways to treat the human stress response, providing effective counseling strategies for those suffering from anxiety, depression, abuse, PTSD, and much more.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!
CRIS 606 – Acute Stress, Grief, and Trauma
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will provide a foundation of the theoretical concepts associated with the impact and consequences of acute stress on victims, first responders, families, and community members, taking into account the process of grief and loss, complicated grief, dying, death and bereavement, and the long term consequences of unresolved trauma.
- Particular attention is paid to the treatment of the human stress response, effective counseling strategies, methods, and techniques for immediate response, comorbidity, anxiety and depression, abuse, impact dynamics of crisis and trauma, survivor guilt, and cultural sensitivity.
CRIS 607 – PTSD and Combat Related Trauma
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will examine in depth the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD and combat-related PTSD.
- This course takes into account the latest research in the field and examines the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.
PACO 500 – Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
This course introduces students to a solution-based model for short-term counseling that incorporates knowledge of and practice in facilitation skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, and biblical teaching.
PACO 617 – Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course introduces students to selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy.
- It involves an intensive counseling experience designed to enhance self-awareness, promote personality exploration, and provide case discussion and analysis.
- Fundamentals of the therapeutic relationship and essential skills are examined.
Highlights of Our Master’s in Pastoral Counseling Degree
- Complete your entire master’s in as little as one year!
- Opportunities to earn several certificates from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). These certificates include Crisis Response, Life Coaching, and Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts (SYBMIS).
- Our AACC student chapter provides the chance for students like you to grow professionally and spiritually as you network and interact with successful counseling professionals.
- Our student to professor ratio for residential graduate students is 8:1.
- Our faculty care deeply for their students, praying for and with them throughout their academic journey.
Pastoral Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Crisis Response and Trauma Pastoral Counseling Graduates
- Associate Pastor
- Church Counselor
- Non-licensed Counselor
- Outpatient Care Counselor
- Trauma Counselor
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
- Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account