Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate

3 Courses
10 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Enhance Your Pastoral Care Practice with Greater Knowledge and Skills for Clients with Behavioral Health Issues

The Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate program provides professional development in behavioral health didactic content and supervised practicum for hospital chaplains in the health care system.  Participants will learn the classification of common psychiatric disorders and other behavioral health terminology.  They will learn their prevalence and causes. Common medications and treatments will be explored and how pastoral care can be integrated into behavioral health treatment planning. The program finishes with behavioral health matters such as how spirituality can benefit wellness, how to work with behavioral health providers, providing advanced pastoral counseling skills, and with the onset of technology, how telebehavioralhealth practices can be utilized with pastoral care.

The Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate is offered by the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. The certificate is designed for professional practice with the goal of enhancing pastoral care to clients with behavioral and mental health issues and disorders.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains. The certificate can be completed in less than 7 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Prerequisites

A) Participants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college, university, or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a graduate-level theological degree from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the CHEA. Equivalencies for the undergraduate and/or graduate level theological degree will be granted by the individual professional organizations according to their own established guidelines.
AND
B) are currently serving in an official capacity as a Chaplain in health care, educational, military or human services settings.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Introduction to Behavioral Health [MIN-X700] 17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023 3 $600
17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023
3
$600
Online Fixed-Date
Wendell Callahan, PhD

First course of three online courses in the University of San Diego’s Behavior Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate program that provides professional development to those that minister to patients in the hospital setting.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the your online course and Zoom meetings.

Dates/Times for Online Synchronous Meetings via Zoom:

Tuesday, January 17, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST
Tuesday, February 7, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST
Tuesday, February 28, 2023  5:30PM-6:30PM, PST

Current Psychopharmacological and Psychological Treatments for Major Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Disorders [MIN-X701] 07 Mar 202324 Apr 2023 3 $600
07 Mar 202324 Apr 2023
3
$600
Online Fixed-Date
Wendell Callahan, PhD

Second of three online courses in the University of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate program, that informs chaplains on medications and treatments of major behavioral disorders to better serve their spiritual care.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the your online course and Zoom meetings.

Dates/Times for Online Synchronous Meetings via Zoom:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023   5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, April 18, 2023    5:30PM-6:30PM PST

Advanced Topics in Behavioral Health for Chaplains [MIN-X702] 16 May 202324 Jul 2023 4 $800
16 May 202324 Jul 2023
4
$800
Online Fixed-Date
William Adsit

Online course that provides professional growth to chaplains in the hospital and other health care settings that want to better understand their clients with mental and behavioral health issues and disorders.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the your online course and Zoom meetings.

Dates/Times for Online Synchronous Meetings via Zoom:

Tuesday, May 16, 2023     5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, May 30, 2023     5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, June 6, 2023      5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, June 13, 2023    5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, June 20, 2023    5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, July 11, 2023     5:30PM-6:30PM PST
Tuesday, July 18, 2023     5:30PM-6:30PM PST

$45
$2,045

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Curriculum

Enroll in this certificate program, by registering for the first course, MIN-X700.  The certificate fee is added to this first course. This is a cohort-based program where you will take each course after the other, in order.  Earn graduate-level extension credit in semester hours from the University of San Diego.

What You’ll Learn

Who Should Attend

This certificate program is designed for hospital chaplains seeking professional development in behavioral health.

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Backward design in education is a lesson planning strategy that starts with the final assessment, then asks teachers to build their lessons toward that goal. This differs from transitional lesson design, in which teachers identify content they need to cover, build relevant lessons, then create the final assessment. Backward lesson design encourages teachers to be more intentional about their lesson plans and ensures that they make the best use of class time.

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Most teachers who earn master’s degrees are asked to write a philosophy statement as part of their program. Whether or not you have a master’s degree in education, you may be asked to provide some form of a teaching philosophy statement when applying for certain academic or administrative positions. You may also want to craft a version of this statement as the introduction to your teaching portfolio, as your LinkedIn bio, your resume objective statement or your bio for any accreditations (such as for contributions to a publication, awards, volunteer work, etc.).

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Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course, you may also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place online through your course site. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six months from the time of registration to complete your course.

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