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We have been asked that particular question so often that we have formed a great answer to it:
What can pastoral counselors do? Almost anything they want to do.
Pastoral counselors can work and serve in various areas of ministry – from hospital care to gerontology homes, from prison ministry to work with special populations [e.g. immigrants, homeless, adjudicated youth]; from parish ministry to hospice team; from school counseling to retreat group facilitators; from college counseling to agency counselor; from EAP [Employment Assistance Program] counselor to grief and bereavement work; from outreach services to addictions counselor; etc. These list just some of the many places in which the pastoral counselor who graduated from Neumann can secure both employment and a way to direct their desire to serve.
In 2002, the Commonwealth of PA, following its near neighboring states of DE and NJ, instituted a Licensed Professional Counselor standard, Neumann University’s Master's of Science in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has developed in ways to insure that the now 60-credit degree will now meet all of the educational requirements, both theory and skill areas needed to sit for the National Counselors’ Examination. When a student graduates Neumann, he/she is ready to take the credentialing examination and move forward to become license eligible under most state licensure laws. With the Fall, 2014 semester, the credit requirement was increased to 60 to meet the demands of most state licensure boards.
This means that professionally the graduate is recognized as ready to practice within the counseling field. The added dimension of the Neumann degree is that in every way the person is also ready to integrate a spiritual understanding into the clinical skills, he/she brings to the clients with whom he/she works. All major courses within the Neumann Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are taught by a practicing pastoral counselor from the perspective of the spiritual-psychological integration. Many Neumann graduates enter the ministerial fields and workplace sites with a good portion of clinical work accomplished. Also, a good number of our students continue as to be employed by the agencies, institutions, parties in whose practices they gained their training.
So, what can a Neumann pastoral counselor do?
Just about anything he/she wants to do -- with respect from peers!
For more information, please call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 610-361-5208 or (800) 9-NEUMANN, ext. 5208, or feel free to e-mail us at GRADADULTADMISS@neumann.edu