Applied Pastoral Counseling Concentration | Los Angeles Pacific University

Applied Pastoral Counseling

Concentration Overview

The Applied Pastoral Counseling concentration enables students to develop critical skills that can be applied to a pastoral care setting. Students engage in fundamental theories, concepts, and principles providing a basis for psychology. In addition, students learn how to integrate biblical principles with counseling and interviewing skills, as well as theoretical concepts. Students may choose to pursue a master’s degree in counseling or psychology to obtain counseling licensure but desire a more Christian emphasis or a Master in Divinity (M.Div.) for those interested in chaplaincy.

Applied Pastoral Counseling

This 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:


15 Credits

PSYC 425

Crisis Counseling and Intervention

3 Credits

An examination of the knowledge, skills, and practices specific to crisis counseling and intervention. Focuses on applying appropriate methods to crisis situations, while considering cultural and ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 450

Family Systems

3 Credits

An overview of the development of the family system, including functional and dysfunctional family relationships, cultural and spiritual implications. Introduces psychological interventions and techniques which further development and change. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 455

Conflict Management

3 Credits

Examines the diagnosis, analysis, and conflict resolution between individuals and in organizations. Discusses the application of different types of negotiation strategies based on rational and emotional elements in approaching negotiation, cultural contexts, and individual differences.

PSYC 460


3 Credits

Explores research and perspectives on experimental and applied analyses of behavior that impact motivation. Addresses the application of methods for effective motivation in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 470

Positive Psychology

3 Credits

Investigates methods, research, and assessment in Positive Psychology. Incorporates applications and techniques to this strength-based approach both didactically and experientially. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

Total Credits

15 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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Potential Careers

Ministry-related positions in organizations such as crisis pregnancy centers, Christian services for children and families, lay counseling ministries, and nonprofit, faith-based organizations.

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