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It is ironic, but adding secular certification(s) to your Pastoral Counseling Practice can literally save your practice! (Please go all the way to the bottom of this page for a LIST of Secular and Tutor adds).
With the new Democratic Congress, even if you sympathize with other parts of their agenda, the downside for Pastoral Counselors is increasing regulation. In just the last two years, attorneys for the major establishment therapy associations have introduced over 327 new State and Federal bills at last count, attempting to limit, regulate, audit or shut down Pastoral Counselors.
Motives of association members vary from sincere regard for patients and fear or skepticism of religion and faith, to blatant control moves by the associations themselves. We have won two major defamation lawsuits against the Traditional Therapy Associations (TTA's) is the past 25 years, and have ironically garnered ACLU support for individual Pastoral Counselors attacked by association liberals, jealous that they are less successful with their string of alphabet soup after their names, than many PC's who use Faith based counseling. We're not knocking their education, we're saying that blowing out another's candle to make your own seem to burn brighter is self defeating.
In the past, TTA's were begrudgingly content to let PC's work in areas such as death and grief counseling and substance abuse, due to proven research on results. But recently, TTA's have moved more aggressively into sponsoring State initiatives to heavily regulate PC's, usually by requiring membership and credentialing by their own associations! Talk about a blatant conflict of interest, and unabashed rent seeking!
The Secular Add remedy is a potent defense for your practice. We call it ironic because it is counterintuitive-- who would have thought that adding arbitration, negotiation, mediation, credit counseling, job counseling, holistic health and wellness counseling, mortgate counseling, etc. would protect, secure and even save PC practices?
It WORKS! Every case we've seen where even an aggressive State like New York has gone after a practice or church with TTA support, where separation arguments failed, secular add arguments won! This is because TTA practitioners get quickly out of their element when we point out that they are LESS qualified than our PC's in these areas, and they back down. This is fighting fire with fire: when they attack a PC for lack of Psych training, we counter by asking to see their credentials in finace, job counseling, mortgage law, etc., in which they practice "on the edge" all the time!
TTA's are not business types, so when confronted with credentialing in the areas of mediation, arbitration, negotiation, holistic health and wellness, finance, etc. their programs are lamentably defective in even the educational fundamentals. This quickly makes them back off, and is a powerful protection for your PC practice from intrusion, audit and State actions.
The additional real benefit in income, is that Secular Adds also greatly increase the scope, depth and income from your practice. You know about the mortgage crisis, record bankruptcies, financial ruin from terrorism and natural disasters, chronic health issues that Western medicine can't cope with because they don't help the whole person, and positioning your practice in these important areas bring in many new clients while at the same time slamming the door shut in the face of new regulation.
One of our PC's was doing so much job and employment counseling, that when the State asked for credential review, her attorney demanded review of all the traditional therapists in town who were doing job counseling, and focused on that aspect of her practice and credentialing! The State instantly backed down, and the publicity brought her dozens of new employment counseling contracts.
Click HERE to see some of the specific Secular Adds you can either bundle with your PC certification here, or add on as you go forward. At present, there are four separate certifications available exclusively to PSU PC's: Mortgate/Credit Counselor; Career Counselor; Negotiation/ Arbitration/ Mediator Counselor; and Holistic Health/Wellness Counselor. Many PC's add all four! Our two most popular are Holistic health and Wellness and Financial Counselor, although with the current economy Career Counselor is becoming very popular and is competing with Finance for the number two most popular!
The Holistic Health and Wellness Certificate is a complete program in itself, and in that program, counselors add PC as a specialty to protect and expand their practice and help clients, because the definition of Holistic Healing is helping the client physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually-- in other words, the whole person!
Another very popular add today is certification as a MARRIAGE CONDUCTOR. This can range all the way from pre-nuptual counseling to wedding planning and officiating at the service. Our Marriage Conductor program is both a complete program for planners, and a secular add for Pastoral Counselors that want to specialize in marriage. Regardless of how bad the economy is, folks are still joyfully planning weddings! Our average Marriage Conductor makes from $2,000 to $4,000 a weekend with these services.
LIST of Secular and Tutor Adds available to PSU PC Grads
PC Secular Adds: Wellness Counselor, Family Counselor, Family Reunification, Wedding Conductor, Financial Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Investment Counselor, Career Counselor, Government Benefits Counselor, Anger Management, Credit Counselor, Mortgage Counselor, Youth Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, Sex Counselor, Mediator/ Negotiator, Holistic Health and Healing, Eldercare, Child Counseling, Terminal Illness Counselor, Death Counselor (Terminal Illness and Death Counselor adds require two text purchases available at the far bottom of the page HERE.). The more certs you order, the greater your credibility with clients and employers. If you are in a State that regulates Pastoral, be sure to post your practice with a secular major (such as job or financial counseling).
Tutor Adds: Math Tutor, English Tutor, Speech Tutor, Chess Tutor, Writing Tutor, Reading Tutor, Finance Tutor, Business Tutor, Shop Tutor, Occupation Tutor, Real Estate Tutor, Athletic Tutor, Sports Tutor (various available), Craft Tutor, Animal Care Tutor, Art Tutor, Music Tutor, College Tutor, Military Tutor, Criminal Justice Tutor, Exam Taking Tutor, Paper Writing Tutor, Computer Science Tutor, Graphic Design Tutor, Construction Tutor.