Trama and Spiritual Care - Certificate

About: The Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care will provide working professionals in both clinical and pastoral settings with the skills to incorporate spirituality into the healing counsel they provide to trauma victims.

Traumatic experiences impact people and communities in very particular and complicated ways. In addition to physical and psychological impacts, trauma can also shatter the foundations of people’s spirituality – their senses of trust and hope.  This program highlights the spiritual understandings of trauma and healing, giving caregivers a more comprehensive set of skills to help trauma victims recover from their experiences. 

Course scheduling: Courses will be offered on Friday evenings and Saturday during the day, four times per semester. Summer courses are offered during an intensive weeklong schedule.

The first four initial courses are:
a.     Dynamics of Trauma: Demographics and Psychology of Trauma (Spring 2014)
b.     God and Human Suffering (Fall 2014)
c.     Restorative Justice, Trauma and Forgiveness (Spring 2015)
d.     Spiritual Care and Healing of Trauma (Fall 2015)

The first class, Dynamics of Trauma, will be offered this spring 2014 as follows:  February 21-22; March 21-22; April 25-26 and May 16-17. The location will be the SFTS campus and the approximate times are Friday evening, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break for lunch. 

Each course includes 40 hours of classroom time, structured as 4 weekends each fall and spring semester.

Application: To enroll in the first course, please download and complete the admissions packet found here.

Admissions requirements: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited school of higher learning. Some undergraduate studies in general psychology or sociology, as well as theology, spirituality, or religious studies highly desirable. International students whose first language is other than English will be required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 80.

Grading: Degree students will receive a letter grade, according to the policies of their degree program.  Certificate students will be graded PASS/FAIL only. Additional course assignments will be required for graduate-level students. All students are expected to be active participants in the learning process.                                                        

Transcripts: Certificate students will be issued a regular transcript with courses and grades listed and issued upon request.

Tuition and Fees: The total tuition costs for all four courses in this certificate is $3000.

Transfer credit: If upon entering the certificate program students do not have a(n) M.Div., MA or MATS, and later choose to enroll in one of these degree programs at SFTS, the completed certificate courses cannot be transferred into the degree program to which they are applying.

Contact Person/Office: Ruth West with the Program of Christian Spirituality. Phone: 415.451.2838 or

Accreditation: San Francisco Theological Seminary is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Division, and The Association of Theological Schools.



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