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

Male chaplain counseling a male behavioral health patient representing the Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate focus of enhancing knowledge and skills for greater pastoral care

The Behavioral Health Practice for Chaplains Certificate program provides professional development in behavioral health didactic content and supervised practicum for Catholic 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.

Who Should Attend

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

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 and Fees

Required Courses with Links for Enrollment
(10 units)
Duration SP22
Cohort
(001)
SP23
Cohort
(002)
SP24
Cohort
(003)
Fee
MIN-X700, Introduction to Behavioral Health
(3 units)

7 weeks

For Providence Health Participants Only:

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

Jan 18 - Mar 7, 2022

Open to the Public:

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

Jan 17 - Mar 6, 2023

Open to the Public:

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

TBD

$600

MIN-X701, Current Psychopharmacological and Psychological Treatments for Major Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Disorders
(3 units)

7 weeks

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

Mar 8 - Apr 25, 2022

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

Mar 7 - Apr 24, 2023

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

TBD

$600

MIN-X702, Advanced Topics in Behavioral Health for Chaplains
(4 units)

10 weeks

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

May 17 - Jul 25, 2022

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

May 16 - Jul 24, 2023

OFD with synchronous meetings (via Zoom) and asynchronous assignments

TBD

$800

One Time Certificate Fee is required, payable at first course enrollment $45
Total Certificate Cost (3 courses) $2045
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change

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If you have any questions about certificate enrollment or curriculum, please complete the inquiry form below and you will be contacted.
 

Program Details

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.

  • Complete 3 required courses, MIN-X700, MIN-X701 and MIN-X702 (total of 10 units)

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.

  • Apply general behavioral health knowledge to pastoral care
  • Learn how pastoral care can be integrated into behavioral health treatment planning
  • Learn how to consult effectively with behavioral health providers
  • Learn how to use telebehavioral health technology (including telehealth practical experience to be supervised by a doctoral level (i.e., MD or PhD) instructor with training in pastoral care as well as behavioral health care

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