Counseling - Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling

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Certificate: Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling - Credits: 9 (program code: 0861)

Program Description

The Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling program is a 9-credit Certificate that prepares students and practitioners to better serve populations in a variety of counseling and ministry settings, including hospitals, private practice, community agencies, churches, rescue missions, shelters or faith-based counseling centers. This certificate program is also well-suited for individuals serving unique populations, such as military, hospital or sports chaplains. This program will provide competencies in four core areas of study:

  1. Self-awareness and knowledge of applied theory to practical contextual settings of spiritual, ethical and religious counseling;
  2. Ethics in spiritual and religious counseling;
  3. Grief and loss counseling and care, and/or contemporary spiritual, ethical and religious perspectives in counseling;
  4. The integration and application of spiritual, ethical and religious counseling skills into the counseling and ministry process.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery)

Curriculum - Certificate - Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling

Course Credits
CED 770  Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling 3
CED 771  Applied Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Counseling Theory 3
CED 772  Grief and Loss Counseling  OR  CED 788  Contemporary Topics in Counselor Education 3
Total 9


Students in the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website 

For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Phone: 724-938-4123

Program Faculty

Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Chair, Professor

Robert Mehalik, LPC, NCC, A.B.D. (Waynesburg University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor, Field Coordinator, Certificate Coordinator

Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Professor

Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

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