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Union Launches New Doctor Of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree with a Focus on Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education

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UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TO OFFER NEW DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE FOCUSING ON SUPERVISORY CLINICAL SPIRITUAL CARE EDUCATION

(New York, N.Y. September 4, 2016) – Union Theological Seminary, the oldest independent seminary in the United States, located in New York City, will offer its first Doctor of Ministry program starting in January 2017 to enhance the practice of ministry among supervisory clinical spiritual care educators. Courses in theology, systems and group theory, interreligious engagement, social justice and adult education will prepare students for service in multicultural and interreligious contexts, in alignment with the requirements for certification as a supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Union President Serene Jones says: “The integration of theology, psychology, and clinical training has a long and distinguished history at Union. So we are delighted to launch a Doctor of Ministry program that builds upon this tradition while venturing in new directions. Our new program—distinctive among Doctor of Ministry programs in its emphasis—also increases Union’s online educational offerings.”

The 42-credit degree will combine intensive January residency courses with online work in the spring and fall terms, as well as a thesis or project. Students will find a collaborative learning community, faculty specialists and ample opportunity to interact with peers. Union’s strength in interreligious engagement and theological-cultural studies will help prepare students to respond to the increasing complexities and diversity of CPE groups.

Dr. Trace Haythorn, Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), says: “Union Theological Seminary has been the leader in public theology for many years. This new program builds on that rich tradition in ways that capture the strengths of both organizations in service to the larger community.”

Completed applications for the January 2017 class are due Nov. 15, 2016. Applications must have an ATS-approved M. Div. or equivalent from an accredited institution; be enrolled as a supervisory education student in an ACPE-accredited Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education Program; submit a five-page paper on the Theology of Spiritual Care; and provide three written recommendations, including one from a current CPE supervisor

Applicants whose previous degree was in a language other than English
must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (internet), within the past two years. They must also show language proficiency via a Skype interview.

To learn more and apply, click here.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Mary C. Boys, Dean of Academic Affairs

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