ACPE Pastoral Care Specialist

A 48-hour live and self-paced course providing the knowledge and skills to help others effectively, ethically, and safely

In times of crisis, the first place many turn to is their local church or faith community. Studies show that 25% of those seeking help for mental illness first turn to a clergyperson. This is higher than the percentage of people who first go to a psychiatrist or medical doctor.*

The Pastoral Care Specialist (PCS) Training Program is a 16 week, 48-hour live course providing the knowledge and skills pastoral caregivers in churches and faith communities need to help others effectively, ethically, and safely.

The PCS Training program is a new curriculum developed by the Psychotherapy Commission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). The course will be taught by Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC who currently serves on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission and is co-chair of the Pastoral Care Specialist Task Force.

*Health Services Research (2003)


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Your Instructor

Tres Adames
Tres Adames

Hello! I'm excited to learn with you through this course. I have been a pastoral counselor for over 10 years and have been in ministry for over 20 years. I currently serve as Chair of the PCS program and have been helping develop this course since its inception. I look forward to getting to know you all better.

In addition to teaching this course, I am Director of Prism Counseling in Phoenix, Arizona. There I provide counseling and coaching as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am passionate about helping people improve their emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

If you need to get in contact with me, the best way to reach me is by email at: [email protected]

Starts August 30th, 2021

The program runs 16 weeks with the first session being Monday, August 30th, 2021 from 6:00PM-8:00PM (MST). The course will run through December 2021. The entire training costs $600, but can be billed in four monthly installments of $150.

No additional books are required and all materials will be provided. Sessions will be conducted by Zoom. Students must have access to a computer with an internet connection in order to participate. At the end of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

To learn more and apply to the course, visit this page on the main website to:

This course is closed for enrollment.