Spiritual Care Education
Customized Pastoral Care Courses
Designed for those who do not choose to meet the 400 hour requirements for accredited units of CPE, the Iona Center also offers 100 Hour, 200 Hour, or 300 Hour courses designed to provide convenient, customized, and high-quality pastoral care education. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for each course.
Each course provides:
Opening and Closing retreat: In-Person, instructor led retreat sessions
Group Videoconferencing: Instructor and participants join a 2-hour weekly videoconference for both didactic instruction and feedback on ministry events.
Individual Videoconferencing: Divided by the number of participants, a pre-determined number of hours are set aside for one-to-one instruction as each participant
presents and receives feedback on their particular pastoral
encounters and relationships. (300 hour course only)
Asynchronous Learning: Participants spend time between videoconferencing and in-person sessions reading assigned material and preparing written work for feedback.
Pastoral Care: Participants commit to providing a total number of hours of direct pastoral care in a particular environment: congregation, healthcare, or other location.
Special Course for Youth Ministers, Christian Educators & Family Ministry Coordinators
Youth ministers and Christian educators consistently provide pastoral care to young people, to their complex family systems, and to adult volunteers, usually without systematic training or education. In Fall 2018 the Iona Center will offer a pastoral care course specifically for youth ministers, Christian educators, and family ministries coordinators.
Meeting in person at the beginning and end of this course, the rest of these classes will meet via videoconference. The course will cover topics especially relevant to the pastoral care needs of these vocations including trauma, loss and grief, sexuality and child/adolescent development, vocational discernment, bullying, divorce, physical and mental illness, suicidal ideation, death and dying, and more.
We will explore these topics to equip participants with knowledge and pastoral skill, but also to improve their ability to teach and guide young people through these topics as well. Participants will set personal educational goals and present pastoral encounters for feedback from peers and instructor.
If you are interested in learning more about Pastoral Care Courses, contact The Rev. Sarah Knoll Sweeney, at firstname.lastname@example.org