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Pastoral Education Programs

Pastoral Counseling of Miami Valley Hospital has two programs to enhance your professional effectiveness and personal growth. Please give the following opportunities your consideration for yourself, your pastoral staff, or other interested persons. 

Both programs are 50-hour programs which begin September and end in June. The programs are based on an adult learning model which utilizes presentations by the participants of actual pastoral situations and reflection on those experiences with colleagues and other experienced professionals.

These programs utilize a wide variety of clinical, religious, and community resources. The educational components of these programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Didactic instruction
  • Clinical case conferences
  • Pastoral supervision
  • The action/reflection methods of learning
  • Require reading

Pastoral Care Specialist Program (PCS)

This program helps persons develop advanced skills in pastoral care as well as integrating theology and spirituality within the context of daily ministry. The pastoral case presentations by the participants focus on processing challenging pastoral care situations and interactions.

Comments in praise of the PCS Program from this year’s students:

  • “I have learned how God can use me more effectively in caring for people.”
  • “My ministry has been enriched because I have personally been enriched.”
  • “The leaders created a setting where I could safely assess who I am in ministry and practice new skills for ministry.”

September through May

Chaplain Training in Institutional Setting

  • Program focused on developing skills related to providing spiritual care in the hospital setting.
  • Utilizes case presentations by participants for active reflective learning.
  • Thorough discussion of the book Hospital Ministry by Lawrence Holst.
  • Meets twice per month for three hours each session
  • Prerequisite: One unit of clinical pastoral education, or graduate of the Pastoral Care Specialist Program.

Who Can Benefit from These Programs?

Participants range in age from approximately 22 years of age throughout adulthood. The primary customers of the Pastoral Education programs are:

  • Clergy
  • Counselors
  • Religious and seminary students
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Volunteer chaplains
  • Lay ministers
  • Nurses

Other customers include:

  • Hospital patients
  • Families, staff
  • Faith communities served by students
  • Clients seen by students
  • Community agencies

Admission Criteria

Admission to educational programs is based on the prospective student meeting the criteria for their respective program. In general, prospective students are screened for:

  • Emotional maturity
  • Emotional availability
  • Willingness to learn
  • The ability to articulate personal and professional learning goals
  • An innate sense of caring for others

For More Information

If you, or someone you know, are interested in these opportunities for professional and personal development, please call (937) 438-3486(937) 438-3486, or email for more information.

The Reverend Dr. Steven A. Ingram, PCC-S
Pastoral Counseling Training Supervisor
Diplomate - American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Content Updated: June 7, 2016

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