Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium Training Program
KPCC offers a revolving two-year intensive training program consisting of six training modules. Each module includes didactic seminars, interdisciplinary and continuing case conferences, secure online learning experiences, and individual clinical supervision.
Trainees are required to have their own placement for ministry. You may be a pastor or on staff as a minister at a local church. Or, you may see clients at an agency. Perhaps you may offer volunteer counseling for the congregation at the church where they maintain membership. Where you minister is as vast as the ocean. To find out if you can benefit from this training program, click here.
Each training module consists of a time frame of 15-weeks. Trainees will work with two of our Supervisor Instructors. During each 15-week seminar students are required to share cases through our secure on-line portal while also reviewing and commenting on their fellow students' cases.
Training Module Topics include:
- Marriage and Family Therapy: Theory and Practice
- Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques: An Integrated Approach
- Group Therapy: Theory and Practice
- Personality Theory, Psychopathology (DSM-V)
- Pastoral Counseling: Theory and Practice
- Integration of Health Care Sciences, Theology, and Counseling Practice
To best offer you a balanced and comprehensive learning experience, KPCC's integrates four-pronged approach:
- Supervisory and personal and spiritual growth components
- Personal and Pastoral Growth
This component centers on the trainee's practical experience in working with clients in pastoral counseling. Based in clinical practice, didactic theory seminars provide conceptual categories for organizing and guiding experience within the program. The clinical theoretical component is designed to offer trainees exposure to broad understanding of human behavior. motivation and healing from a variety of disciplines. However, psychodynamic and family systems form the foundation from which learning begins. An incarnational and interactual theology undergirds this approach to clinical-theoretical leaning.
Pastoral counseling is rooted in ministry and grows from a theological heritage. At the core of the KPCC training program is a theological task and process of integration. This serves to nurture the trainee to develop methods of bringing information from the psychotherapeutic disciplines, theological traditions, and human experiences together in the person, ministry, and theory of the pastoral counselor. Each trainee is encouraged to develop a model of integrational reflection which works ot ground his/her clinical practice and theoretical position in a theology reflective of his/her faith tradition.
Individual and group supervision provide a context in which program components meet and are processed. The supervisory relationship, in its various manifestations, is central to the training experience. A dynamic relational orientation is embraced by the supervisory staff. Interactional leaning in the context of individual and group supervision challenges and encourages the trainee to tap the depth and breath of pastoral counseling in personal and dynamic ways.
Individual clinical supervision is normally a face-to-face encounter and is required for each trainee with one (1) hour of supervision for each four (4) to six (6) hours of counseling provided, and no less than two (2) hours of supervision over the course of one (1) month. This is in addition to the group clinical supervision received during the course of each of the six training modules.
Personal and Pastoral Growth Component
During the training, each trainee is encouraged to take initiative to participate in experiences which enhance her/his personal, pastoral, and professional identity. These include identifying personal issues which encroach on learning and personal/pastoral growth. KPCC values the importance of therapeutic experiences to enhance the development of pastoral counselors, and to protect those whom they counsel.
Therefore, while trainees are not required to have their own counseling or spiritual direction, their clinical supervisor may encourage them to explore and deal with their own issues in an effort to protect their clients.
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