Pastoral Care Specialist Program

Classes begin September 2019 and end June 2021.

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.

Dates and Time: 12 noon – 3 p.m. monthly, every second Thursday beginning September 2019 and ending June 2021 (No class July and August)

Tuition: $650 for each of the two years, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee. To discuss a payment plan option for tuition, please contact Diane McClanahan, the Center’s Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life.

Topics Will Include:

September 12: Topic: “The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care”
Presenters: Ellery Duke, Ph.D and Jim Hayes, D.Min.

October 10: Topic: “Addictions”
Presenter: Laura Nydam, M.S.W.

November 14: Topic: “Codependency”
Presenter: Laura Nydam, M.S.W.

December 12: Topic: “Loss and Grief”
Presenter: Andrea Severson, M.Div., L.M.H.C.

January 9: Topic: “Renewing the Spirit”
Presenter: Kathy Reardon, R.N., M.S., Spiritual Director

February 13: Topic: “Trauma and the Body”
Presenter: Susan Ackleson, M.S.W.

March 12: Topic: “Close to the Broken Hearted: Pastoral Care for Depression”
Presenter: Scott Young, Ph.D.

*April 16: Topic: “Care for the Dying”
Presenter: Carla Cain, M.Div., End of Life Doula

May 14: Topic: “The Spirituality of Aging”
Presenter: Christine Dietz, Ph.D.

June 11: Topic: TBA
Presenter: TBA

*April class is on the 3rd Thursday to avoid scheduling during Holy Week

1. Set up a meeting by phone or in-person with Diane McClanahan to make sure the program is a good fit: 515-274-4006
2: Register below – $50 non-refundable fee to hold your spot in the course. $650 tuition will be due in September 2019.

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Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Center

For additional information contact: Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at 





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