Claremont School of Theology

Ph.D. in Practical Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counseling

Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont Lincoln University is a consortium of professional graduate schools that offers an interreligious approach to the study of religion and the preparation of religious leaders in diverse traditions. Founding institutions include Claremont School of Theology, Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and the Islamic Center of Southern California, Bayan Claremont. Partnerships with other affiliated institutions provide opportunities for study of and leadership in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Claremont Lincoln University seeks to instill students with the ethical integrity, religious intelligence, and intercultural understanding necessary to become effective in thought and action as leaders in the increasingly diverse, multireligious world of the 21st century.

Claremont Lincoln University is a interreligious university where scholars and practitioners of the world's religions come together, learning and practicing how to treat others as they would like to be treated. This leadership will enable religious organizations, leaders, and individuals to work collectively to bring about harmony and understanding at all levels—individual, organizational, and governmental.

With a free and liberating spirit, Claremont Lincoln nurtures a diverse international community that passionately pursues intellectual rigor, vocational formation, and responsible social engagement. We commit ourselves to think deeply, act ethically, embrace diversity, work for justice and peace, and care for the earth, its people, and its resources so that all life may flourish.

For more information, visit the school’s website: claremontlincoln.org

The Ph.D. Program in Practical Theology

In an educational and regional context of rich cultural plurality, including religious plurality, the program prepares students for teaching in colleges or theological schools and for research, writing, and other professional leadership practices in particular communities of faith and wider society. The program develops both the academic and professional applicability of the student’s scholarship by correlating theoretical and practical knowing, implementing critical reflection on professional theory and practice, and engaging theological and empirical methods of scholarship. Graduates are equipped to advance their field of specialization through original research and scholarship in dialogue with other disciplines. Graduates are employed as educators, clinicians, chaplains, pastors, and other religious leaders.

Claremont Lincoln University offers the Ph.D. in Practical Theology with two areas of concentration: 1) Education and Formation, and 2) Spiritual Care and Counseling. Students applying to the program must have completed a master’s degree, ideally related to their chosen area of concentration, or a master of divinity degree.

Spiritual Care and Counseling Program

The Spiritual Care and Counseling concentration is designed for advanced training in research and theory construction at the intersection of the behavioral sciences, counseling, psychology, and theology. In addition, in dialogue with research and theory building, students prepare for specialized ministries in clinical spiritual care, ACPE supervision, or spiritually integrative psychotherapy. The learning outcomes for this program are as follows:

    • Adopt an integrative, interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, clinical practice, and pedagogy in Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling.

    • Articulate and integrate critical and constructive knowledge of the history, research methods, and emerging concerns of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling in ways that are appropriate to diverse religious and cultural contexts.

    • Demonstrate skilled application of clinical theories appropriate for multicultural, intercultural, and interreligious spiritual care, counseling, and pedagogy.

    • Practice liberative pedagogy and spiritual care at advanced levels in order to contribute to positive transformation of the world through original research, ethical professional conduct, and multiculturally competent leadership.

      Clinical Education
      Clinical education is a required and integrated element of the SCC concentration. Students choose between one of three tracks:
      • Clinical Spiritual Care (chaplaincy): prepares students for chaplaincy and ministries in public and private service settings (for example, shelters and other residential services, social service agencies, programs for specific populations, such as the aging).

      • Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy: prepares students to provide counseling and psycho-educational services in congregations, agencies, and other settings.

      • ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) Supervision: prepares Supervisors in Training in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to work as certified CPE supervisors.

Differentiation between the tracks takes place in the clinical course requirements and through the student's research interests. Students already certified as ACPE supervisors are advised to do their clinical education in one of the other two tracks, or choose the Concentration in Education  and Formation.

Coursework (48 units)

  • Practical Theology: Seminar in Practical Theology; Empirical Research Methods in Practical Theology (two 4-unit courses)

  • History and Theory of Spiritual Care and Counseling (four 4-unit courses)

  • Clinical Education (two 4-unit courses and one 0-unit course)

  • Electives: Theology, Ethics, Sacred Texts or History of Religion (two 4-unit courses)

  • Cognate Field: study in a field related to spiritual care and counseling, for example, a religious tradition other than the student’s own, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, education, women’s studies (two 4-unit courses)

Qualifying Examinations

      • Practical Theology

      • History and Theory of Spiritual Care and Counseling

      • Practice of Spiritual Care and Counseling

      • Theology, Ethics, Sacred Texts, or History

      • Cognate Field

Faculty in Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counseling
Duane Bidwell, Ph.D. http://www.claremontlincoln.org/academics/faculty/profile/duane-bidwell/
Kathleen J. Greider, Ph.D. http://www.claremontlincoln.org/academics/faculty/profile/kathleen-greider/
K. Samuel Lee, Ph.D. http://www.claremontlincoln.org/academics/faculty/profile/k-samuel-lee/

Faculty in Education and Formation
Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D. http://www.cst.edu/academic_resources/_faculty.Dreitcer.php
Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Ph.D. http://www.cst.edu/academic_resources/_faculty.Kujawa_Holbrook.php  
Frank Rogers, Jr., Ph.D. http://www.cst.edu/academic_resources/_faculty.Rogers.php  Najeeba Syeed-Miller, J.D. http://www.cst.edu/academic_resources/_faculty.Syeed-Miller.php

Duration of Program: Requires 4 years of full-time study or its equivalent.

Titles of Recent Dissertations

Winsley Benjamin Hector, Racial Reconciliation, Privilege, and the Debate within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the United States on the Future of Regional (Black) Conferences (2012)

Mazvita Margaret Machinga, Pastoral Care in Post-Violence Situations: Tending to the Visible and Invisible Wounds of Survivors in Three Communities in Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe (2012)

Mark Chung Hearn, Men and Spirituality: a Study on Gender and Spirituality Among Second-generation Korean Americans (2012)

Jin Sook Kwon, Contemplating Connection: A Feminist Pastoral Theology of Connection for Korean Christian Immigrant Parent-child Relationships (2011)

Shannon Choi Kim, Pastoral Care for North Korean Refugees and a Geopolitical Approach to Practical Theology: a Qualitative Study (2011)

Chang Kyoo Lee, Christian Hope in Korean American Experience: a Practical Theology of Hope for a Marginalized Population (2011)

Kenny J. Walden, Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families: A Soul Care Approach for Chaplains and Pastors (2011)

Eric J. Kyle, Living Spiritual Praxis: Foundations for Spiritual Formation Program Development (2011)

Philip Hung-Wong Chiu, Where There Is Hope, There Is Life: Chinese and Western Perspectives on Living through Terminal Illness in China (2010)

Pooreum Clara Chung, A Pastoral Theological Framework for Care and Counseling with Divorced Women in the Context of the Korean American Church (2010)

Nash Yusufu Pwol, Soul Care for Children of Communal Conflict: Holistic Healing for Trauma Victims in Plateau State, Nigeria (2010)

Jill L. Snodgrass, Shelters or Sanctuaries?: Practical Theology, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Homelessness (2010)

Jeffrey R. Thomas, The Liberative-Prophetic: A Socio-Theological Analysis of Skid Row (2009)

Cost and Financial Aid: Ph.D. tuition for 2012-2013 is $935 unit (clinical education in spiritually integrative psychotherapy incurs additional fees to cover the cost of supervision and training psychotherapy). Scholarship and financial aid is available according to merit and need.

For More Information Website: claremontlincoln.org  Email the Office of Admissions: Admissions@cst.edu  Telephone: 1-800-447-2507 Or visit Claremont School of Theology/Claremont Lincoln University at 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Application Deadline: December 15


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