Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

The Graduate Theological Foundation has been involved with professional education in ministry for nearly fifty years and is pleased to offer this Doctor of Psychology with a clinical component. In this clinically-based program, the participant will encounter a two-fold emphasis, namely, (1) an unrelenting commitment to the academic study of clinical pastoral psychotherapy as embodied particularly in eight classical schools of psychotherapy, and (2) the clinical pastoral application to the counseling situation.  By combining academic training and pastoral awareness, this program will offer a unique opportunity for ministry professionals to integrate psychotherapeutic modes of analysis with clinical application in individual and family counseling. Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy is the study and treatment of dysfunctions in interpersonal relationships within the context of a spiritual worldview and ethos which provides a values-based framework for analysis and therapy.

This degree is a 36 credit program that may be completed in no less than eighteen months and no more than three years.

The Doctor of Psychology program in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy is open to those who have been actively engaged in some form of professional ministry (parish, social service, community outreach, chaplaincy, etc.) for at least five years and who meet the admission requirements listed for this degree. The degree is offered to credentialed ministry professionals and is not designed for those just entering the field of counseling. Professional counseling and ministry credentials are viewed as prerequisites to pursue this course of study with the GTF.  Visit this webpage, State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards and this webpage, State Licensure for Pastoral Counselors, for licensure details.

Admission Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent validated by a transcript
  • Master’s degree in a cognate field of ministry or counseling validated by a transcript
  • Five years of full-time professional experience in pastoral ministry or counseling
  • A minimum of one Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Completion of the Application Procedure

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Course Requirements (E-Tutorials)
The student must take all ten of the E-Tutorials covering the classical schools of psychotherapy. These E-Tutorials should be taken in the following sequence.
  1. Classical Schools of Psychotherapy
  2. Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis
  3. Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology
  4. Carl Jung and Analytical Psychology
  5. Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy
  6. Abraham Maslow and Humanistic Psychology
  7. Erik Erikson and Developmental Psychology
  8. Carl Rogers and Person-Centered Psychotherapy
  9. Harry Stack Sullivan and Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
  10. Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
  11. Clinical Psychopathology and Personality Disorders
  12. Geriatric Psychotherapy: Pastoral Care And Nurture Of The Elderly


  1. Human Growth and Development including studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations including studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
  3. Helping Relationships including studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling including studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics and counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
  5. Career and Lifestyle Development including studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
  6. Appraisal including studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  7. Research and Evaluation including studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal consideration in research studies.
  8. Professional Orientation including studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.

Note: Doctoral students are encouraged to consider professional membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and/or the American Counseling Association. 

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Time Frame and Tuition

This degree is a 36 credit program that may be completed in no less than eighteen months and no more than three years.  
Total Program Cost amounts include all required courses taken through the Graduate Theological Foundation.   

All academic requirements must be met by March 1 of the intended year of graduation.
All financial requirements must be met by April 1 of the intended year of graduation.
Total Program Cost:  $20,300
Degree candidates are bound by the regulations of the Student Handbook of the year in which they are accepted into their program of study. Tuition fees will not change during a student’s course of study, providing the student submits payments and papers on schedule and completes the degree program within the prescribed time. If the student does not conform to scheduled payment and/or paper submission deadlines, the student’s file will be deactivated. Upon reactivation, the student will be responsible for the tuition and degree requirements which are current at the time of reactivation.
Tuition payment schedule for Professional Doctorates
Activation fee due within 30 days of acceptance
$1,200 due at time of registration for each course
Completion fee due upon submission of final paper of final course
Payment Plan Option
Students who are unable to pay the Activation fee may split it into 3 equal installments.  If a student requests a mailed invoice as a reminder to make payment, there is a ten dollar fee per invoice. 
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