Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Charlie N Davidson, Rodney W Dempsey
Primary Subject Area
Counseling Psychology | Religion
Younce, Craig L., "The Significance of Developing Core Counseling Competencies in Pastoral Care Ministry" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 488.
The purpose of this thesis project is to present the importance of developing four specific core competencies in the area of pastoral counseling. It is problematic that most pastors have received minimal or no training in counseling resulting in inadequate therapy when parishioners seek pastoral counseling during times of crisis. The material presented in this thesis project enables pastoral care givers to become proficient counselors through a series of learning objectives, best practices, critical tasks, and accomplished practices directed toward improving counseling competencies in the area of personal, marriage, and family counseling. Additionally, this project addresses the problem of pornography, and proposes a blueprint to be implemented in developing a church program that would assist men in overcoming addictions to pornography.