Program Overview

The Mentoring D.Min. program is designed for students to work closely with a faculty mentor throughout their coursework and the completion of their Professional Project. Early in the program, students choose a primary focus which involves one or more areas of the curriculum in which to concentrate their study.

The focus of coursework as well as the culminating Professional Project will be related to the topic area. The D.Min. program concludes with a Professional Project designed to contribute to ministry, both in and beyond the student’s particular context.

Course selection, assignments for particular classes, and design of directed studies should all be done with the area of concentration as well as the Professional Project in mind.  Students in the D.Min. program enroll in courses during the regular academic year.

Faculty mentors are chosen by the student in the Admissions process. If the chosen mentor is not available, the student will be asked to choose another mentor. The term “mentor” designates a closer relationship than is ordinarily suggested by the term “advisor.” Not only does the mentor guide the student’s selection of courses and serve as the director or first reader of the D.Min. Project, but also at least two of the student’s courses are normally taken from the mentor.

Degree Program Requirements

Students choose a primary focus, which involves one or more areas of the curriculum. See below for requirements specific to a focus in Spiritual Care and Spiritually Integrative Counseling. The program consists of 28 units of course work distributed as follows:

Required Intensives – 4 units  
TIS4003Contexts of Ministry (2 week Summer intensive)2 units
TIS4005D.Min. Thesis & Project Research Colloquium (January – 2 weeks)2 units

Electives20 units:

Electives in preparation for the Thesis/Project.

Professional Project4 units:

TDI4098 Professional Project

TOTAL – 28 units

At least one-half of the courses must be 4000-level courses (except those students focusing in the Worship, Preaching and Arts area), and all 3000-level courses must be upgraded to 4-unit courses with additional assignments suited to the D.Min. program. Up to 8 units may be taken as Directed Study.

There are two required intensives.

“Contexts of Ministry” is a one-week, 2-unit course that convenes at the end of August before the regular Fall semester courses begin.

“D.Min. Thesis & Project Research Colloquium” is a two-week, 2-unit intensive that convenes during the January interterm. This colloquium assists with the writing of a Research Project proposal that begins the process towards the writing of the D.Min. Project.

For students who intend to elect a mentor from the Spiritual Care and Counseling faculty, completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and a CPE evaluation acceptable to the faculty in Spiritual Care and Counseling are prerequisite for admission and for beginning the clinical education portion of their program. Additionally, students choose a clinical education track and dedicate 8 of their required 28 units to related coursework. There are two clinical education tracks in the Residential Mentoring D.Min. program:

Clinical Spiritual Care

In addition to the prerequisite CPE unit students are required to complete 2 additional units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Students are responsible to enroll in an ACPE-accredited CPE program. Proof of acceptance into an ACPE program is required for registration. CPE often follows a schedule different from the School’s academic calendar.

Students in this track meet their clinical requirements by registering for two successive courses of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy

Students are required to complete 12 months of training as Pastoral Psychotherapy Residents at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI). No other placements are allowed, except those arranged by TCI. Clinical training begins in late August with a required three-day staff meeting and orientation. Training continues for a full calendar year, unless the student graduates. Students are expected to complete their required training without interruption.

The clinical training program at TCI does not follow the academic calendar. Due to the intensive nature of the training and the needs of clients, students are on a year-round schedule and continue to serve their clients during school breaks, though vacation times are arranged through TCI. If students’ training must be interrupted due to unforeseen life circumstances, students must make up the time missed within 1 year from the time of interruption. In addition to the weekly meeting time, students schedule clinical work, research and study in preparation for clinical service, individual supervision, and other training meetings as required.

Students in this track meet their clinical requirements by registering for three successive courses of Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy Residency.

Required Psychotherapy: The effective and ethical practice of Spiritual Care and Counseling depends upon the caregiver’s continual cultivation of emotional and spiritual resources, self-knowledge, and ability to use herself or himself for the care of others. Therefore, students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy are required to be in psychotherapy during their clinical education at their own expense. Students indicate that they have begun this requirement by requesting that a letter be sent by their therapist to the TCI Training Director indicating that the psychotherapy has begun.