I just received word that I have successfully completed my Pastoral Counseling studies and can now officially state that I have a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pastoral Counseling (CAS-PC). In other word, I have more alphabet soup after my name, but more importantly, I have finished up and can officially and fully add pastoral counseling to my list of skills.
What is pastoral counseling? Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastoral_counseling.
In general, pastoral counseling integrates theology (mostly of Christianity, but also other religions) with psychology and sees humanity as a spiritual being in search of meaning (yes, this includes atheists and agnostics, too). It is much more sensitive to the integration of both than pretty much any other counseling field, including pastoral ministry.
Interested? Ask me questions!