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) and the former Amerian Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). The course will be taught by Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC who currently serves as co-chair of the Pastoral Care Specialist Task Force.

*Health Services Research (2003)


Your Instructor

Rev. Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC
Rev. Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC

Tres Adames is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC#0791) with Arizona Christian Counseling, a pastoral counseling practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Tres holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Wesley Biblical Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University. Tres is an active member of ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) and previously served on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission in 2020 and 2021. He has previously taught on the faculty of the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. Tres hosts and produces a podcast called Ask a Christian Counselor and is also the host and producer of Spiritual Care Today, the official podcast of the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

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