Certificate in the Cure of Souls

Certificate in Cure of the Souls
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program will attempt to teach all of the dynamics available to the pastor for spiritual healing and study of the resources available in the community for referral. There is emphasis on the danger of amateur and non-professional psychological counseling.

A detailed look at the history and practice of healing the whole personality of people of faith by prayer and sacrament. The scope of the course will examine the methods and use of exorcism, the Sacrament of Unction, and the laying on of hands and other principles implicit in the “cure of souls.” The course will look at specific use of spiritual counseling for bereavement, preparation for the Sacrament of marriage, and the many spiritual problems that arise as the members of the community turn to their clergy for spiritual strength. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of the professional resources in the community for specific needs in medicine and psychological and how to use these services to the fullest. This course will discuss and develop techniques in the use of effective prayer as a healing process.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of the Cure of Souls prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
  2. Annemarie S. Kidder, Making Confession, Hearing Confession: A History of the Cure of Souls
  3. C. G. Jung, Psychology and Religion
  4. Andrew Martin, Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
  5. John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
  6. John Shelby Spong, Living In Sin?: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality
  7. Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages
  8. C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
  9. Gerald G. May, Addiction and Grace
  10. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying
  11. Harold Ivan Smith, When Your People Are Grieving
  12. C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
  13. Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh
  14. Morton T. Kelsey, Healing and Christianity
  15. Thomas Keating, Divine Therapy and Addiction
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of the Cure of Souls within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what the Cure of Souls mean to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%