Events Calendar

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7004. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACPE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

'Every other Friday between September 9th, 2022 and April 14th, 2023

Training Fee: $600.00

The Pastoral Care Specialist (PCS) Training Program is a new curriculum developed by the Psychotherapy Commission of ACPE and provides the knowledge and skills pastoral caregivers in churches and faith communities need to help others effectively, ethically, and safely. The training is also applicable to pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and chaplains who work in community health and private practice settings. 

The training is specifically designed for pastors and church caregivers and includes 48 hours of live online group training. Topics include: 

  • Ethics of Pastoral Care and Counseling 

  • Marriage and Family Issues in Systemic Perspective 

  • Spiritual Assessment and Diagnosis 

  • Harmful Spirituality and Spiritual Struggles 

  • Listening in the Service of Healing 

  • Grief, Loss, and Resilience 

  • Mental Health and the Role of the Faith Community 

  • Understanding and Responding Effectively to Domestic Violence 

  • Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care 

  • Substance Abuse, Addiction, and the Role of the Faith Community 

The standard fee is $600 although individual programs may offer scholarships or payment plans.

This event is not eligible for NBCC CE hours.

Contact Information


  • Main: 603-890-6767x107


  • Aaron Pawelek, LICSW

    New England Pastoral Institute

    Aaron Pawelek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist with the New England Pastoral Institute in Salem, NH. Prior to that he was Director of Training at the Pastoral Counseling Center in Dallas, TX. Aaron received his Master of Social Work and Master of Theological Studies degrees at Boston University. He chaired the task force responsible for developing the new Pastoral Care Specialist program and is excited to share it with caregivers of all faith backgrounds.