Congregational and Family Systems Certificate Program

Clergy participants in this program are lifelong learners, community leaders, and healers. This training enriches the skills of pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, and other clergy who provide spiritual guidance and support within congregations and other faith-based communities.

The Congregational and Family Systems Academy: For clergy interested in learning Family Systems Theory with direct application to their functioning in ministry. This is a 2-year Advanced Training Program, the curriculum of the Academy will mirror the first-year academics of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program exactly, except for the clinical practice. This program entails:

Academic Training:  Classes meet on Monday mornings with four, ten-week required System Theory courses. Along with 2 hours of Supervision in the afternoon, includes Family of Origin work, Clinical Case Review and Theological Integration. In the second-year participants will continue Supervision to review Theory, Theological Integration, Family of Origin, and Case Consultation meeting 3 hours once a month for 10 months on Monday mornings.

Supervision: Students will participate in weekly Group Supervision with the Director of the Clergy Track where students will discuss Theological Integration, Family of Origin and Case Consultation

Clergy cohorts will engage with peers and distinguished faculty to:

  • Work on Self-regulation
  • Understand specific patterns of family and relationship interactions as described by family systems theory.
  • Observe relationship systems
  • Learn to apply system theory to one’s self and to one’s family of origin.
  • Acquire a conceptual systemic framework for understanding human functioning.
  • Application and Integration of Theology with Theory
  • Acquire confidence in managing self, in the midst of reactivity and sabotage, stuck or stirred up congregations, triangles, conflicted relationships, static organizations, shrinking attendance and budgets, seduction for the ‘quick fix’ and family disruptions.

The Congregational and Family Systems Academy fosters leadership principals that promote a broader repertoire for responding to the challenges in ministry and organizational settings.

Graduates of The Congregational and Family Systems Academy may opt to continue with the Monday Morning Supervision to continue working on self and understanding the contest and conditions of your organizational system.

For more information, contact the Director of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program, Clergy Track Rev. Dr. Dolores Littleton at