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We have been asked that particular question so often that now a bulletin board hangs outside our offices that answers it. The question appears in bold print at the top and at the bottom stands the answer:
What can pastoral counselors do? Almost anything they want to do.
In between are ranges of pictures showing pastoral counselors 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. The pictures are only 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.
Since 2002, when the Commonwealth of PA, following its near neighboring states of DE and NJ, instituted a Licensed Professional Counselor standard, Neumann University’s Masters of Science in Pastoral Counseling program insured that the 48-credit degree would 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.
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 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 -- only better!
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