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Research Methods in Pastoral Counseling: Home

This guide is meant to help students as they navigate the assignments and research required for PCC 660X.

Course Description

Course Description (from the Syllabus):

"This course introduces master-level pastoral care and counseling students to the fundamentals of research methodology common to social science in general and pastoral care and counseling in particular. The course will help students become informed, critical consumers of research, and ideally, active contributors to the research enterprise. Students will also be exposed to philosophical, ethical, cultural, and practical issues in research."

Course Objectives

The goals of this course are to:

  1. preview the “Research and Evaluation” section (1375.45) of the state license exam
  2. gain core concepts and strategies of research methods
  3. recognize the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  4. be more aware of how one’s personal, cultural, and contextual formation impacts the research process
  5. learn to reflect ethically and theologically on the relationships involved in research and the broader context of research
  6. foster critical skills in reading and evaluating research studies by professionals
  7. increase competency in formulating and communicating research ideas

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