Residential: Sioux Falls I Distance: Theological Studies, Christian Ministry
If a student does not know the goal of ministry preparation for the future, he or she may opt for a Graduate Certificate. Sioux Falls Seminary offers the following Graduate Certificate programs in: Theological Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Pastoral Family Therapy.
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
Church leaders who wish to develop their leadership through Bible-based graduate education may enroll in a one-year Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. This program will deepen their faith and biblical knowledge in a community that fosters spiritual growth. Its creative design gives freedom to select courses from a wide array of disciplines--educational ministries, evangelism, missions, Old and New Testament, pastoral care, spirituality, and theology. It may also serve as the foundation for beginning a degree program or lead to more adequate preparation for parish nursing. Certificate credits can transfer into the versatile Master of Divinity degree program or any of the Master of Arts degree programs. A graduate certificate is given to a person who has completed two full semesters with a minimum of 20 hours and a grade point average of 2.25.
Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
The Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed for helping professionals—e.g. licensed professional counselors, clinical psychologists, social workers, school counselors—and pastoral counselors who want and need to be more effective in their service to parents, couples, and families. The 42-semester-hour program includes not only essential seminars and course work, but also supervised clinical experience in marriage and family therapy at the Sioux Falls Seminary on-site Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, as well as the possibility of an internship in one of several community settings. Licensed professional counselors and others who hold at least a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field may qualify to pursue becoming a full clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a South Dakota, Iowa, or Minnesota licensed marriage and family therapist.
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Family Therapy
The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Family Therapy is designed for persons who may have completed a masters degree, or persons serving congregations in formal or informal ways who want to enhance their pastoral skills. It will give clergy and lay ministers skills to better serve individuals, couples, and families dealing with alcoholism, communication problems, abusive relationships, depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, or family problems. The 15-semester-hour program provides access to a specially designed sequence of graduate level courses from the programs in counseling and family therapy at SFS. A unique feature of the program is the one-hour group supervision of cases in Pastoral Family Therapy that meets twice a month. The certificate can be earned in 18 to 24 months.