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Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling Certificate Program

This program is a two year training program for clergy, parish staff or Christian Education persons each having an M.Div degree or diploma through the House of Studies and three years' parish experience. It is designed to prepare parish staff in counseling individuals, couples, and families in the parish and larger community.

The program is offered in two week modules (5 days each) twice a year in May and August/September. The first two courses are being offered May 13th– 17th and 20th-24th followed by August 25th– 30th and September 1st-6th, 2013.

Download 2013 Program Brochure (PDF)



  • Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Christian Anthropology and Human Development in the Family Life Cycle
  • Pastoral Care and Professional Ethics
  • Pastoral Counseling: Skills and Models
  • Pastoral Marriage Counseling
  • Pastoral Family Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum


Each course cost is $300. Room and board will be determined by occupancy requested.

Application Process

Registration Deadline Jan. 31, 2013

Applications can be obtained from Amy Stiffler, Director of Event Services & Inside Sales at Antiochian Village at or by calling 724-238-3677 ext. 408.

Applications are reviewed and persons are accepted in the order they are postmarked. Class size is limited to 15 participants for the two year training period.

Following acceptance, participants will receive a letter of acceptance, program guidelines, and beginning syllabi. Each person should allow 2-3 months to prepare for the two courses offered as there are readings and precourse assignments.

Application fee: Nonrefundable Check for $50 is due with your application made payable to Antiochian Village.

Note: Coursework may not be transferable to other graduate programs as this is not an accredited program, but is a certificate of training program sponsored by the Antiochian House of Studies.

To receive additional information and registration materials please contact:

Amy Stiffler, Registar
Tel: 724-238-3677

2013 Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling Program Brochure (PDF)44.64 KB