Spiritual Care Association

University of Theology and Spirituality

The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality (UTS) is a center for higher learning that educates and assists in the development of forward-thinking leaders and practitioners of spiritual care. We are a progressive, interdenominational, interfaith, and inter-spiritual institution. We distinguish ourselves from traditional seminaries, and theological learning institutions by offering a curriculum that is centered around spiritual care rather than a specific denomination or faith tradition focus. All courses are designed to assist busy professionals by offering accessible, online courses that work around their schedules and from their location.

The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality specializes in degrees that emphasize professional growth and spiritual enrichment.
We offer degrees in: 

Welcome to the Spiritual Care Association University of Theology and Spirituality

Summer 2021 Term

Work towards your master or doctoral degree online at the Spiritual Care Association University of Theology and Spirituality. Our unique, evidence-based courses prepare you for a professional degree in Spiritual Care, Chaplaincy, Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, or Multifaith Spiritual Direction. Summer term courses are 8-weeks in length and taught by subject matter professors.

All courses are 8-weeks in length and taught by credentialed professors.

Summer 2021 Courses Include:
Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care
  • Supporting the Interdisciplinary Team
  • Spiritual Assessment and Documentation
  • Delivery and Continuity of Care
  • Counseling Skills for Chaplains
  • Perinatal Loss
  • Pediatric Chaplaincy Care
Spiritual Direction
  • Spiritual Direction: Multifaith Spiritual Perspectives: Deepening the Practice, Learning from the Mystics
  • Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • Satir Family Systems: Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory
  • SCA UTS WINTER 2022 TERM

    Degree Program Course Offerings WINTER 2022:
    January 10-March 6

    Spiritual Direction

    • Master’s Program – SD321 Introduction to Spiritual Direction
    • Doctorate Program – SD428 Setting Up Your Own Multi-Faith Spiritual Direction Practice


    Chaplaincy

    • Master’s Program -   CH 327 Grief and Loss& Bereavement
    • CH 323 Building & Maintaining a Chaplaincy Department
    • Doctorate Program– CH427 Support of Those Who Grieve


    Spiritual Care

    • Master’s Program– SC325 Counseling Skills for Spiritual Care
    • Doctorate Program - SC424 Methods for Spiritual Care Integration


    Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

    • Doctorate Program- CP426–Spirituality and Mental Illness
    • Doctorate Program - CP440- Deepening Understanding of Satir’s Concepts and Process


    Spiritual Care Nursing

    • Master’s Program- SN321 Foundations in Spiritual Care and Faith Community Nursing


    Thanatology

    • Master’s Program– TH321 Fundamentalsof Thanatology

    Courses Begin the First Day of Each Month

    December 2021 Courses


    Adult Learning

    • AL323 Adult Learning in the Digital Age


    Family Care

    • SC327 Coping with Grief


    Palliative Care

    • HC321 Understanding the Basics of Hospice Care


    Pediatric Chaplaincy

    • CH329 Pediatric Chaplaincy Care


    Psychospiritual Transformational Change: The Satir Model

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory


    Spiritual Care Nursing

    • SN321 Foundations as a Faith Community Nurse


    Spiritual Coaching

    • CO321 Foundations in Spiritual Coaching


    Spiritually Informed Social Work

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory


    Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development


    Thanatology

    • TH321 Fundamentals of Thanatology


    CPE Supervision

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development

    Adult Learning
    AL323 Adult Learning in the Digital Age

    Family Care

    • SC327 Coping with Grief


    Palliative Care

    HC321 Understanding the Basics of Hospice Care

    Pediatric Chaplaincy

    • CH329 Pediatric Chaplaincy Care

    Psychospiritual Transformational Change: The Satir Model

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory

    Spiritual Care Nursing

    • SN321 Foundations as a Faith Community Nurse

    Spiritual Coaching

    CO321 Foundations in Spiritual Coaching

    Spiritually Informed Social Work

    CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory

    Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development


    Thanatology

    • TH321 Fundamentals of Thanatology

    CPE Supervision

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development

    Adult Learning

    • AL323 Adult Learning in the Digital Age
    • AL324 Motivation in Adult Learning


    Family Care

    • SC327 Coping with Grief
    • SC328 Ethical and Moral Challenges in Health Care


    Palliative Care

    • HC321 Understanding the Basics of Hospice Care

    HC322 Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

    Pediatric Chaplaincy

    • CH329 Pediatric Chaplaincy Care
    • PC331 Advanced Topics


    Psychospiritual Transformational Change: The Satir Model 

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory
    • CP430 Applying the Satir Theory and Process


    Spiritual Coaching

    • CO321 Foundations in Spiritual Coaching
    • CO322 Theory and Spiritual Coaching


    Spiritual Care Nursing

    • SN321 Foundations as a Faith Community Nurse

    SN322 Wholistic and Holistic Health

    Spiritually Informed Social Work

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory

    CP422 Spiritual and Pastoral Counseling for Individuals

    Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development
    • CP422 Pastoral Counseling for Individuals


    Thanatology

    • TH321 Fundamentals of Thanatology
    • TH322 Death and Dying


    CPE Supervision

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development

    Adult Learning

    • AL323 Adult Learning in the Digital Age
    • AL324 Motivation in Adult Learning
    • AL321 Adult Learning Theory 1


    Family Care

    • SC327 Coping with Grief
    • SC328 Ethical and Moral Challenges in Health Care
    • CP423 Family Systems


    Palliative Care

    • HC321 Understanding the Basics of Hospice Care
    • HC322 Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

    HC323 Advanced Practice Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

    Pediatric Chaplaincy

    • CH329 Pediatric Chaplaincy Care
    • PC331 Advanced Topics in Pediatric Chaplaincy

    PC333 Pediatric Palliative Care

    Psychospiritual Transformational Change: The Satir Model 

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory
    • CP430 Applying the Satir Theory and Process
    • CP440 Deeping Understanding of Satir Concepts


    Spiritual Coaching

    • CO321 Foundations in Spiritual Coaching
    • CO322 Theory and Spiritual Coaching
    • CO323 The Business of Coaching/Ethics


    Spiritual Care Nursing

    • SN321 Foundations as a Faith Community Nurse
    • SN322 Wholistic and Holistic Health

    SN324 Health & Wellness-Global Community Nursing Concepts

    Spiritually Informed Social Work

    • CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory
    • CP422 Spiritual and Pastoral Counseling for Individuals

    CP423 Premarital and Family Counseling from a Spiritual Perspective

    Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development
    • CP422 Pastoral Counseling for Individuals
    • CP424 Spiritual Small Group Ministries


    Thanatology

    • TH321 Fundamentals of Thanatology
    • TH322 Death and Dying
    • TH324 Addressing Spiritual Needs of Dying


    CPE Supervision

    • CP421 Human Spirituality/Development
    • AL321 Adult Learning Theory 1

    Winter 2021

    10.18.2021 to 12.12.2021

    Begin your Master or Doctoral Program today, or continue in the course direction you already started. Our next set of courses is:

    Master Programs

    Master of Theology in Chaplaincy
    • CH338 Major Religious Traditions
    • MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing
    Master of Theology in Spiritual Direction
    • SD321 Multifaith Spiritual Direction Foundations
    • MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing
    Master of Theology in Thanatology
    • TH321 Introduction to Thanatology
    • MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing

    Doctoral Programs

    Doctor in Chaplaincy
    • DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation Writing
    Doctor in Spiritual Care
    • DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation Writing
    Doctor in Spiritual Direction
    • SD426 Monitoring the Self in Spiritual Direction and Companionship Work- Ethics, Boundaries, and Self Care
    • SD427 Spiritual Assessment Tools for Multifaith Spiritual Direction Practice: Working with Specific Populations and Needs
    • DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation Writing
    Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
    • CP421 Human Development
    • DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation Writing

    Executive Certificates / Specialty Certificates

    10.18.2021 to 12.12.2021

    Winter 2021

    You have your degree, now what?
    Are you interested in taking your education to the next level? How about enhancing your skill set? We are offering the following Specialty Certificates for the Advanced Practice chaplain, the Board Certified Chaplains, and the Career Chaplains. By taking 4 post graduate courses from us, you can then receive your Skills Certificate to enhance your work and upgrade your credentials. If this is something that appeals to you, please get in contact with one of our intake coordinators today!
    Spiritual Coaching
    • CO321 Introduction to Spiritual Coaching
    Pediatric Palliative Care
    • PP321 Pediatric Palliative Care
    Satir Family Systems
    • CP430 Satir Family Systems: Applying the Satir Theory and Process
    • CP440 Deepening Understanding of Satir’s Concepts and Process

    Graduate Academy of CPE Supervision

    02.07.2022 to 05.27.2022
    06.13.2022 to 09.30.2022
    Clinical Pastoral Education, CPE is a 16-week program that runs separately from the 8-week SCA UTS Courses we usually offer. They meet 4 hours each week.  We offer these 3 times a year.

    Our next 8 CPE Unit offerings are:

    FEBRUARY OPTIONS:

    Option ONE: Mondays02.07.2022 to 05.27.2022From 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    Option TWO:Mondays02.07.2022 to 05.27.2022From 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
    Option THREE:Tuesdays02.08.2022 to 05.27.2022From 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    Option FOUR:Tuesdays02.08.2022 to 05.27.2022From 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm

    JUNE OPTIONS:

    Option FIVE: Mondays06.13.2022 to 09.30.2022From 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    Option SIX:Mondays06.13.2022 to 09.30.2022 From 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
    Option SEVEN: Tuesdays06.13.2022 to 09.30.2022From 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    Option EIGHT:Tuesdays06.13.2022 to 09.30.2022From 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
    All times are in the Pacific Standard Time zone:

    Online Courses

    SCA University of Theology and Spirituality (UTS) offers instructor-led degree courses, and self-directed courses.

    Instructor-Led Courses:  Most of our courses are Instructor-led, and you can find a long list of these courses in the New 2021-2022 Student Handbook.  

    Self-Directed Courses:  We have a large selection of Self-Directed courses that can be found listed on our website.Self-Directed courses are also monitored by an SCA UTS professor.

    Take Online Courses

    School of Spiritual Care

    The Andrew E Slaby, MD, PhD, MPH School of Spiritual Care
    M.TH. in Spiritual Care
    D.TH. in Spiritual Care
    Our Spiritual Care degree focus allows professional care providers to expand their education to include working with a person’s spiritual needs as well as the biological, psychological, and sociological needs. It is designed for the multidisciplinary pastor, spiritual director, minister, clergy, chaplain and the others who would like to expand their knowledge base and skill set in the area.

    School of Spiritual Direction

    M.TH. in Spiritual Direction
    D.TH. in Spiritual Direction
    Our Spiritual Direction degrees provide training for new individuals starting out in the field, as well as allowing for experienced professionals to expand their education to include a degree. It is interfaith, and multifaith in scope and practice.

    Degree-Granting Institution

    Washington Student Achievement Council Religious Exemption

    The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), in accordance with Chapter RCW 28B.85.040 (3) (c) and WAC 250-61-060(8) of the Washington Degree-Granting Institutions Act, granted the SCA University of Theology and Spirituality religious exemption. The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that SCA University of Theology and Spirituality qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Master of Theology in Spiritual Direction, MTH-SD; Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Direction, DTH-SD; Master of Theology in Chaplaincy, MTH-CH; Doctor of Theology in Chaplaincy, DTH-CH; Doctor of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, DTH-CP; Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry, MDIV-DV; Master of Divinity Degree in Chaplaincy, MDIV-CH; Doctor of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry, DD-DV; Doctor of Theology in Adult Education, DTH-ED; Master of Theology in Spiritual Care, MTH-SC; Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Care, DTH-SC; Master of Theology in Thanatology, MTH-TY; Doctor of Theology in Thanatology, DTH-TY; Master of Theology in Multifaith Chaplaincy, MTH-MC; Doctor of Theology in Multifaith Chaplaincy, DTH-MC; Master of Theology in Islamic Studies, MTH-IS; Doctor of Theology in Islamic Studies, DTH-IS; Master of Theology in Jewish Studies, MTH-JW; Doctor of Theology in Jewish Studies, DTH-JW. The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition, or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the University may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.

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