All Masters Students are required to take all of the courses in this category.

They are offered ONCE a year and need to be taken when offered. Please pay close attention to the dates of the course and email the professor with your questions.

Heal 532 The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach

Text: The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach Doehring, Carrie

In this topic we will explore the Postmodern Approach for Pastoral Care.

Note: This text is from a Christian perspective and will challenge many ideological issues as we discern what is useful in a pagan environment.

We will explore the pre-modern, modern and post-modern pastoral care as outlined in the text.

Pre-Modern - religious and spiritual basis of care

modern - critical and scientific approach to care

post-modern - social context and societal impact

The  challenges of being  Clergy without an advanced degree in psychology have been one of the hallmarks of Spiritual/Pastoral Counselors in all faiths. In fact, these challenges have lead to many discrepancies and issues between the professional counseling field and the professional clergy field. Many of the  issues clergy and psychologists face with their clients are the same, however as clergy we deal with the ethics and practices of faith that exacerbate these issues that all parishioners and frankly clergy face.

As Pagan and Wiccan clergy there is another level of challenges related to the mis-information about Wicca as well as some deep rooted resentment to religion and spirituality.

This course will assist you in dealing with these issues with the ability to assist parishioners to lead balanced and harmonious lives.

Now that we have begun to have some tools to assess HOW to counsel others, (Heal 530) and how our own personality, experience, and psychological profile effect our ability to work with people over the next set of lessons we are going to dive into the legal ramifications of BEING a Pastoral Counselor. We will utilize the text to explore many of the responsibilities of the counselor as well as the rights of the "person served". 

We will draw on the work that you have already completed in Wicca 555A and get a firm grasp of the legal pitfalls and how to avoid these entanglements. It amounts to a set of do's and don'ts for pagan clergy in counseling situations

Wicca 598 Field Internship

This course is administered by the concentration area heads. Please contact your concentration area head for this course.

All graduate students are automatically enrolled in this class. Each concentration area has specific goals for this course.

Church Legal Issues

Many churches are considering the advantages of incorporation. It is a means of protecting church members from any liability beyond the liability insurance coverage of the church. An incorporated church becomes a legal entity and is separated from the members who formed and make up the membership of the church. When the church is incorporated, lawsuits filed against the church are filed against the church itself which has become a legal entity. Incorporation is another financial protection that is both desired and appreciated by many church members. This course explores the legal issues for clergy and churches in the 21st century

This Directed Reading course is a required course for all Graduate Students.

 

This course is designed to give the student the Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding of Basic Pastoral Counseling. The focus is on the Post Modern Approach of the followers of Carl Rogers and the experience of Pagan Ministers in the 20th and 21st Century.

The  challenges of being  Clergy without an advanced degree in psychology have been one of the hallmarks of Spiritual/Pastoral Counselors in all faiths. In fact, these challenges have lead to many discrepancies and issues between the professional counseling field and the professional clergy field. Many of the  issues clergy and psychologists face with their clients are the same, however as clergy we deal with the ethics and practices of faith that exacerbate these issues that all parishioners and frankly clergy face.

As Pagan and Wiccan clergy there is another level of challenges related to the mis-information about Wicca as well as some deep rooted resentment to religion and spirituality.

This course will assist you in dealing with these issues with the ability to assist parishioners to lead balanced and harmonious lives.

The ethics of clergy are studied with an emphasis on personal and professional behavior.

Text:  We will reference and read the following books:

"A Teaching Handbook for Wiccans & Pagans:  Practical Guidance for Sharing Your Path"  by Thea Sabin  ISBN: 978-0-7387-2710-3

"How to be an Effective Teacher:  The First Days of School" by Harry K. and Rosemary T Wong  ISBN: 0-9629360-2-2

Learn leadership techniques, skills and ethics, how to handle

group dynamics and effective management of both small and

large groups. Practical experience will be provided