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Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics

HNP 6202Basic Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling

“Let Us Walk Together, Talk Together, Serve Together as One”- Swami Satchidananda

Learn How To Serve In Temples, Medical, University And Other Chaplaincy Settings!

Hindu University of America South Florida Campus, in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders. “Basic Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling”is second of the two courses required to become a Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith

Qualifications of a Hindu Chaplain:

The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution.A Hindu trained chaplain needs to have an all inclusive background of skills to enable them to serve anyone of any faith or spiritual tradition.

Swami Sarvaananda, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Assodatlon Professional Chaplains. She spent iS years In medical and hospice chaplaincy and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram. She is active in many national chaplaincy as well as community projects on and off the ashram.

She is seen here outside LOTUS: the Light Of The Unherse Shrine to all faiths located on the Ashram grounds. LOTUS has thousands of visitors every year including many Hindus. It was created by Sri Swami Satchidananda who taught Hindu and Yogic teachings to around the world.

HNP 6202 BasicPastoral and Spiritual Counseling

Pastoral care is the art of ministry as it relates to the psychological and theological needs of persons and faith communities. In this course, we will consider specific interventions for predictable human needs. In addition to basic pastoral care and brief counseling for individuals, couples, families and communities, we will consider the ethical context of pastoral carefrom Hindu perspective. This will include issues such as the healing functions of ritual and theological responses to the question of theodicy: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Course participants will be asked to draw on their own experience in life to role play pastoral care dialogues and to study specific cases.
The duration of this online course is 12 weeks. Students will be able to participate in required weekly sessions through our state of the art virtual class software. Students will have to submittwo case studies; a powerpoint presentation on “Listening Skills” for use in temples and with any audience; and a personal strategy essay for chaplaincy for the successful completion of this course.

Certification for the “Volunteer Hindu Chaplaincy” program is given after finishing this course.

The fee for the instructional programBasic Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling (HNP 6202) is $500.

IHU is working to establish a Masters of Divinity program to train chaplains of Eastern Traditions to serve anywhere that such services are needed. This course is also applicable for graduate college credit.

We look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Scholarship/Sponsorship needed; especially for foreign students. Please share yourself and share this need with those that may have the ability to help


International Hindu University is a not-for-profit, post-secondary degree-granting institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Commission on Independent Education under the authority of Florida State Statutes, Section 1005.06.

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Uniting ancient spiritual and religious wisdom of the East with the curiosity of the West, IHU is dedicated to the emergence of Hindu Dharma in a world in need of peace, co-existence, and mutual respect. We welcome students of all ages, faiths, disciplines, and degrees to join us in exploring the modern legacy of the oldest religion on earth.

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