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 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 second course, held in the Fall, 2014:
Instructor: Greg Love
This is the second course in the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care. If God is good and loves us as a mother and father deeply loves her or his child, then why do we--or those we love--sometimes go through experiences of utter hell? Where is God? We will investigate several Christian responses--two classic and three contemporary--to the relation between God and human suffering. Class discussion of the texts, various arguments, and our own positions. Three optional movies. Two drafts of a 5-7 page midterm paper, and a term project (either a 10-12 page final paper, or a semester-long journal). Students may develop their own response to God and suffering in the final project. This course meets at SFTS in San Anselmo for four intensive weekends during the fall semester, on Friday evening from 7-10 PM, and the following Saturday, 9 AM-4:30 PM. The four weekends are as follows: September 12-13; October 10-11; November 7-8; December 5-6. Please visit for more information. [PIN code required] 

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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105 Seminary Rd
San Anselmo CA, 94960
Phone: 415.451.2800