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The Doctor of Ministry Program is temporarily suspended. It will resume in Fall 2014.

The Doctor of Ministry degree offers five distinct areas for specialized study.  The DMin in Pastoral Care includes concentrations for supervised ministry in congregations, spiritual direction or clinical pastoral education (CPE).  The DMin in Psychotherapy and Faith prepares pastoral psychotherapists for licensure as Mental Health Counselors.  DMin in Marriage and Family Therapy graduates are eligible for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.
 
The time to complete a degree program depends on the number of hours taken each semester.  Typically, full-time students complete the DMin in Pasotral Care in three years and the DMin licensure track degree in four years.  Students have five years in which to complete the DMin degree unless an extension for special circumstances is granted by the Academic Council.
 
Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care is a systematic program of advanced professional work and theological study intended for experienced ministers who seek to strengthen their competence as leaders of religious organizations.  The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care focuses on specialized ministries in the congregation or in other settings.  The clinical component of the degree supports advanced study focusing on chaplaincy, spiritual direction or pastoral care in congregational settings.  The CPE concentration meets requirements for chaplaincy certification.  The DMin PC requires 48 semester hours (SH) and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and at least a B- in all courses applied toward the degree.  Prior to completing the project, the student must demonstrate by faculty signature that the Reading Committee has been established, and the Reading Committee has approved the project proposal.  The clinical practice component of this track will vary depending upon the clinical alternative chosen (see options below).
 
Prerequisites
Basics of Pastoral Care and Counseling (P-500) and one unit of CPE (P-800).  Prerequisites not completed before admission can be made up after admission with the permission of the director but do not count toward the 48 semester hours required for the degree and must be completed prior to registration for Clinical Practice.
 
I. Seminars (6 hours)
Seminars involve one week of intensive study on campus, significant reading before the seminar begins and written work after it ends.
D-907: God, Congregations and Contemporary Culture (3 SH)
D-909: Practical Theology and Project Development (3 SH)
 
II. Theoretical Foundations (18 hours)
These six courses (3 hours each) are selected with approval of the faculty advisor from a list available in the Registrar's and Pastoral Care and Counseling offices.   No more than three courses may be taken from the Pastoral Theology and Psychology field (Field V).
 
III. Clinical Practice (18 hours)
Students choose one of the following three alternatives:
Alternative A:
Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Congregation Alternative
  •    D-818, 819: Residency in Ministry I, II (6 SH)
  •    D-820, 821: Residency in Ministry III, IV (6 SH)
  •    Two electives (6 SH)   
Alternative B:
Spiritual Direction Alternative
  • M-751: Art of Spiritual Direction (3 SH)
  • M-752: Spiritual Journey (3 SH)
  • M-753: Psychological Aspects Spiritual Journey (3 SH)
  • M-754: Issues in Spiritual Direction (3 SH)
  • Two electives (6 SH)
Alternative C:
CPE Alternative

  • P-802, 803: Clinical Pastoral Education II (6 SH)
  • P-804, 805: Clinical Pastoral Education III (6 SH)
  • Two electives from Field V (6 SH)
IV. D-999: DMin Project, Written Presentation and Oral Examination (6 SH)
The DMin in Pastoral Care requires students to demonstrate the capacity to engage in advanced reflection in an area of pastoral care through the written presentation of a significant Project in Ministry.  The project includes the identification, description and analysis of a segment of pastoral care: clarification of theories that bear on the practice; critical and constructive theology in relationship to that leadership or practice: and development of strategies for more faithful enactment of the gospel.  When the written phase of the project is completed, a faculty committee appointed by the director of the DMin program conducts an oral examination.  A project handbook is available from the academic dean's office  A schedule of dates for completion of the project is included in the handbook.
 
Personal Counseling and/or Spiritual Direction
All students are expected to engage in focused reflection during their program.  This may take the form of individual, couple, family or group therapy, and/or spiritual direction.  Personal therapy and /or spiritual direction with a gifted practitioner assists students in working through problem areas in their own lives, that may adversely affect both their ministry and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intrapsychic features of human life.  In addition, for all of the above clinical alternatives it is anticipated that the student will meet weekly with a supervisor and /or supervisory group to reflect on their practice of ministry and clinical learning during the clinical practice portion of the program.
 
Note:  Students who do not complete the thesis requirement within the five years that are allowed to complete this degree, but who have completed all other course work, may receive a certificate of advanced professional studies in ministry.  Credit may not be conferred for any CTS DMin course work that exceeds the 10 year limit.
 
Doctor of Ministry in Psychotherapy and Faith
The DMin PF requires 60 semester hours (SH) and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with at least a B- in all courses applied toward the degree.  Prior to completing the project, the student must demonstrate by faculty signature that the Reading Committee has been established , and the Reading Committee has approved the project proposal.  A minimum of 500 hours of pastoral counseling and 125 hours of interdisciplinary supervision are required.
 
Prerequisites
Personality, Human Development, and Christian Faith (P-531), Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (P-510) and one unit of CPE (P-800).  Prerequisites not completed before admission can be made up after admission with the permission of the director but do not count towards the 60 semester hours required for the degree and must be completed prior to registration for Clincal Practice.
 
I. Seminars (6 hours)
Seminars involve one week of intensive study on campus, significant reading before the seminar begins and written work after it ends.
D-907: God, Congregations, and Contemporary Culture (3 SH)
D-909: Practical Theology and Project Development (3 SH)
 
II. Therapeutic and Clinical Studies (30 hours)
Students must have the following prerequisites:
Personality, Human Development and Christian Faith, Introduction to Pastoral Counseling and one unit of CPE.
P-630: Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique (3SH)
P-624: Group Dynamics (OR P-760: Group Psychotherapy) (3SH)
P-632: Cultural Foundations and Dimensions of Healing (3SH)
P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3SH)
*P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (*prerequisite for Counseling Practicum) (3SH)
P-762: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Pastoral Psychotherapy (3SH)
P-770: Basic Research Methodology (3SH)
P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral and Spiritual Care (3SH)
P-675: Vocation, Culture and Appraisal (3SH)
P-___: One 600 or 700 level course (3SH)
 
III. Clinical Practice (18 hours)
P-820, 821, 822: Pastoral Counseling Practicum (9 SH)
P-823, 824, 825: Advanced Pastoral Counseling Practicum (9 SH)
 
IV. D-999: DMin Project, Written Presentation and Oral Examination (6 SH)
The DMin in Psychotherapy and Faith requires students to demonstrate the capacity to engage in advanced reflection in an area of pastoral care and counseling through the written presentation of a significant Project in Ministry.  The project includes the identification, description and analysis of a segment of pastoral counseling; clarification of theories that bear on the practice; critical and constructive theology in relationship to clinical work.  When the written phase of the project is completed, a faculty committee appointed by the director of the DMin program conducts an oral examination.
 
OR
D-X999A___"Self, Countertransference, and Spirit" (6 SH)
Prerequisite:  P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care:  A one hour weekly practicum seminar integrating use of self, countertransference and spiritual/theological reflection culminates in a Capstone presentation and an integrative paper.  Criteria for evaluation by the thesis advisor, DMin Director, faculty member outside Field V, and current supervisor include 1) advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of counseling ministry, 2) enhanced competencies in pastoral analysis and counseling skills, 3) theologically reflective practice of ministry, 4) new knowledge about the practice of counseling ministry, 5) growth in spiritual maturity vis-a-vis the self of the counselor.
 
Personal Counseling
All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program.  Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission.  Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intrapsychic features of human life.
 
Note: Students who do not complete the project requirement within the five years that are allowed to complete this degree, but who have completed all other course work, may receive a certificate of advanced professional studies in ministry.  Students who elect the certificate option will only be eligible for licensure if they have earned a prior MA degree that meets state licensure requirements for an MA in counseling.
 
Postgraduate Residency in Supervised Counseling
Indiana licensure laws for Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselor require a two-year supervised clinical experience following graduation.  A candidate for licensure cannot qualify to sit for the license exam without this experience.  CTS offers a postgraduate residency aimed at meeting the state licensure requirements and helping the graduate establish a viable clinical practice.  Applicants are accepted from CTS counseling masters and DMin programs and from academic programs at other approved universities and graduate schools.
 
Institutional Review Board
Proposals for research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the CTS Institutional Review Board before the work on the project commences.  The Board follows generally recognized protocols for IRBs and reports directly to the academic dean.  It comprises the chair of Field V, the directors of the DMin Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling programs, and a community representative who serves at the invitation of the IRB on a volunteer basis.
 
Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy
The DMin MFT requires 60 semester hours (SH) and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with at least a B- in all courses applied toward the degree.  Prior to completing the project, the student must demonstrate by faculty signature that the Reading Committee has been established, and the Reading Committee has approved the project proposal.  A minimum of 500 hours of pastoral counseling and 125 hours of interdisciplinary supervision are required.
 
Prerequisites
Personality, Human Development, and Christian Faith (P-531), Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (P520), and one unit of CPE (P-800).  Prerequisites not completed before admission can be made up after admission with the permission of the director but do not count toward the 60 semester hours required for the degree and must be completed prior to registration for Practicum.
 
I. Seminars (6 hours)
Seminars involve one week of intensive study on campus, significant reading before the seminar begins and written work after it ends.
D-907: God, Congregations, and Contemporary Culture (3 SH)
D-909: Practical Theology and Project Development (3 SH)
 
II. Therapeutic and Clinical Studies (30 hours)
P-621: Integration of Marriage and Family Therapy (3 SH)
P-745: Narrative and Collaborative Approaches to Therapy (3 SH)
P-646: Family and Larger Systems (3 SH)
*P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (*prerequisite for Counseling Practicum) (3 SH)
P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)
P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)
P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 SH)
P-770: Basic Research Methodology (3 SH)
P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH)
P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)
 
III. Clinical Practice (18 hours)
P-820, 821, 822: Pastoral Counseling Practicum (9 SH)
P-823, 824, 825: Advanced Pastoral Counseling Practicum (9 SH)
 
IV. D-999: DMin Project, Written Presentation and Oral Examination (6 SH)
The DMin in Marriage and Family Therapy requires students to demonstrate the capacity to engage in advanced reflection in an area of pastoral care and counseling through the written presentation of a significant Project in Ministry.  The project includes the identification, description and analysis of a segment of pastoral counseling; clarification of theories that bear on the practice; critical and constructive theology in relationship to clinical work.  When the written phase of the project is completed, a faculty committee appointed by the director of the DMin program conducts an oral examination.
 
Note that a project handbook is available from the Academic Dean's office.  A schedule of dates for completion of projects is included in the handbook.
 
 


 
     

 

 




 




 
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Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry/Pastoral Care & Counseling
program must also meet the following requirements in addition to the application instructions on the Admissions Home page:
  • A Bachelor of Divinity or Master of Divinity degree, certified on complete and official transcripts, from an accredited seminary

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Ordination and ministry standing as defined by the applicant's ecclesiastical tradition and a letter of endorsement from the applicant's religious community
  • Prior experience in ministry (Usually at least three years after completion of the B.D. or M.Div. degree). Applicants having fewer than three years experience in ministry subsequent to the B.D. or M.Div. degreee may be considered when they demonstrate several years of experience in ministry prior to seminary studies
  • A Personal Statement of Purpose (four to five pages, double spaced) describing how the applicant hopes the program will strengthen his or her intellectual and professional competency as a minister. Email this personal statement in a Word document or PDF format to studentservices@cts.edu OR mail this personal statement to:
           CTS/Student Services
           1000 W. 42nd Street
           Indianapolis, IN  46208
  •  A basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in an approved center. The applicant must submit a copy of his or her most recent CPE evaluation
  • A course equivalent to P-500: Basics of Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • D.Min. candidates in the licensure track must also have a course equivalent to P-531: Personality, Human Development and Christian Faith
  • An interview with at least two members of the pastoral care and counseling faculty. Ideally, the D.Min. candidate (licensure track) will participate in the Group Interview held each fall and spring semesters for all counseling program applicants.  (Deadlines for application files to be considered for invitation to the Group Interview are October 15 and February 15.)

 

THE DMIN PROGRAM IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.  THE PROGRAM WILL RESUME IN FALL 2014.
 
 
Please make sure that you have read the application instructions on the Admissions Home Page.  Program requirements refer to course work only.  There are specific application requirements that must be met before your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee. 
 
Click here to view the Application Checklist. This web page will assist you with the application process and lists information which you must submit with your application.
 
DMin Application
    Click Here to Access to DMin Application