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Helping People in Crisis

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a study of helping skills for pastors which reviews basic counseling principles, working with people in crisis situations, in times of grief, and in times of death and dying.

  • CIMS Credit: 2
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

In his book, When Your Upright World Turns Upside Down, Charles W. Conn defines a crisis as “a life-altering time, event or circumstance.” He adds, “In the medical profession, a crisis is that point in the course of a disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading to either recovery or death. In general society, a crisis is a time, event or situation that profoundly influences the course of future events. Thus, there are political, economic and social crises, such as war, famine, depression and natural disasters.

“Even in the Christian body there are crises that profoundly influence the course of the church.” In Helping People In Crisis, the writers discuss the nature of a crisis and offer skillful guidance in dealing with a variety of crises. Readers gain the benefit of many combined years of research and experience in addressing crises. The formulas offered and the case histories presented will serve as valuable resources.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Identify and use the helping skills outlined in this course.
  2. Conduct basic counseling sessions for the following situations:
    1. Personal crises
    2. Marital crises
    3. Family crises
    4. Burnout
  3. Counsel and bring comfort to those who are experiencing grief, death, dying, and bereavement.
  4. Identify pastoral ethics in counseling.
  1. Helping Skills: Learning to Care Like Jesus
  2. Helping Skills: Earning the Right To Be Heard
  3. Helping Skills: Speaking the Truth in Love
  4. Church Model of Care: The Ministry of Pastoral Care
  5. Church Model of Care: Part 1
  6. Church Model of Care: Part 2
  7. Personal Crises
  8. Personal Crises: Psychological First Aid
  9. Personal Crises: Depression and Suicide
  10. Personal Crises: How to Better Crisis-Proof Your Life by Considering Biblical Examples
  11. Marital Crises: Covenant and Marriage
  12. Marital Crises: Conflict and Marriage
  13. Marital Crises: Comfort and Marriage
  14. Family Crises: How Families Work and the Crises They Face
  15. Family Crises: Crises Related to the “Blending” of Families
  16. Family Crises: Responding to Abuse and Other Crises Families Experience
  17. Pastoral Counseling Issues: Ethics in Counseling: Part 1
  18. Pastoral Counseling Issues: Ethics in Counseling: Part 2
  19. Pastoral Counseling Issues: Stress and Burnout
  20. Relationship and Group Dynamics in Crises: Basic Skills in Relationships
  21. Relationship and Group Dynamics in Crises: Group Dynamics in Crises
  22. Relationship and Group Dynamics in Crises: Dealing With Crises in the Local Church: Part 1
  23. Relationship and Group Dynamics in Crises: Dealing With Crises in the Local Church: Part 2
  24. Grief, Death, Dying and Bereavement: A General Overview of the Dynamics of Grief
  25. Grief, Death, Dying and Bereavement: Phases of Grief and a Counseling Response
  26. Grief, Death, Dying and Bereavement: The Experience of Dying and the Church’s Response
  27. Summary Panel: Part 1
  28. Summary Panel: Part 2

Video Lesson 1: Helping Skills: Learning to Care Like Jesus

Your Instructors

Dr. Robert Crick

Dr. Oliver McMahan

Dr. Gary Moon

Dr. Jeffrey Terrell

Dr. John K. Vining

Dr. Mark Walker

Dr. Paul Walker

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

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