Develop Ministry Knowledge and Skills to Assist All in Your Community

These courses provide the awareness of mental health issues, along with best practices and effective strategies, and resources to better serve your community members. Provide the leadership in your work place that benefits all members by expanding your skills to include those suffering from mental illness and disorders and communicate acceptance within your community by others.

Schedule & Fees

Catholic Mental Health Ministry Series

Course Date Units Price
Introduction to Catholic Mental Health Ministry [EDU-X739P] See details for more information 1
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Online Fixed-Date

One-unit online course designed to implement mental health ministry for priests, religious, lay ministers, deacons, and school administration in the Catholic Church.

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 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.


Enroll in one or more courses in this series to earn graduate-level extension credits.

What You’ll Learn

Who Should Attend

These courses provide continuing education for lay ministers, religious priests, deacons, and school administrators interested in implementing mental health ministries in their parishes or schools.


Completing courses in this series is a way to enhance your leadership skills and earn professional development credits.

Additionally, the opportunity to make an important difference in the life of a community member is a compelling reason to learn how to intervene and support those struggling with thinking, mood and behavior challenges, and to educate other community members as well to how they can also provide support.


The curriculum will be most helpful to me in developing my programming.


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Continuing Education courses count towards a degree?

Most of our courses do not count toward a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. While credit earned for our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree it is ultimately the decision of the institution you plan to transfer the credit to. It is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student to confirm the transferability with the other institution

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