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Atlanta Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree in Pastoral Community Counseling

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Argosy University, Atlanta offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Pastoral Community Counseling program based on the fundamental belief that religious/spiritual communities provide a unique opportunity for human growth and development.

The program is designed to prepare leaders within religious communities with an opportunity for personal and professional development, directed toward making a significant contribution to their community and to society. With this in mind, the Pastoral Community Counseling program integrates the engagement of knowledge, the development of skills, reflective practice, and research in a manner that prepares the pastoral counselor to address individual and communal development in an ethically responsible fashion.

The Pastoral Community Counseling program is committed to the concept of community. In this regard, the learners participate with one another and with faculty in a virtual community. This is designed to provide a means of support and interaction that exceeds the boundaries imposed by geographical definition, and utilizes technology for the purposes of individual, community, and societal development.

The program is designed to afford working professionals the opportunity to pursue doctoral study while maintaining active participation in their professional endeavors. Also, in concert with its emphasis on the religious/spiritual community, the program is offered in a modified cohort format. Courses in this program may be taken as electives by students in other EdD degree programs, and course substitutions may be approved by the program coordinator.

Program Learning Outcomes
• Students articulate and clearly describe their professional identities as pastoral counselors.
• Students critically analyze their own and others’ culturally and religiously formative, teachings, assumptions, experiences, world-views, and metaphors and evaluate their impact on clients and themselves as pastoral counselors.
• Students critically analyze the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
• Students demonstrate appropriate assessment, consultation, and referral skills.
• Students describe the processes of community formation and differentiate between individual, family, group, and community counseling methods and skills.
• Students accurately identify and analyze various ethical issues from a variety of ethical points of view and clinical case studies.
• Students evaluate and adapt various counseling techniques to build and maintain rapport as well as facilitate assessment and intervention.
• Students evaluate and apply various research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research, and outcome-based research, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. Students will demonstrate facility with research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Enhance your career potential by enrolling in this Argosy University, Atlanta pastoral counseling degree program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

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