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February 3, 2014

Aquinas Institute of Theology Offers Graduate-Level Domestic Violence Counseling Course in Spring

(St. Louis, Missouri) – "Domestic Violence Counseling", a one-credit graduate-level course in pastoral studies, will be offered at Aquinas Institute of Theology on Wednesday evenings from March 19 - May 7, 2014, taking place from 6:30-8:10 p.m.

Class outcomes will enable attendees to: (1) identify signs of violence and abuse in families, (2) survey current counseling techniques for ministry to persons in these families, and (3) develop pastoral responses to domestic violence. The topic of domestic violence is a specialty of Rev. José M. Santiago, O.P., and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology.

"Certainly domestic violence counseling is a crucial subject, given that you can read daily news about violence against students on college campuses, and in the home among couples, parents, kids, and a growing number of elderly dependents," says Rev. Santiago. "We can look at the outside violence and have opinions, but we aren't looking at home - and the focus needs to be on both areas."

Santiago explains that he doesn't shy away from the tough statistics presented in his class, including a rate of conviction for offenders that currently stands at only 6%.

The course may be taken for graduate credit or for audit. Tuition for credit is $660, and tuition for audit is $330. For more information, or to enroll, please contact the Aquinas Institute Admissions Office at 314-256-8800 or


Aquinas Institute of Theology is a Roman Catholic graduate school located in Saint Louis, Missouri, sponsored and administered by the Order of Preachers, Province of Saint Albert the Great, in the Dominican tradition. Offering a number of both residential and online graduate degree and certificate programs, Aquinas Institute’s foundation in the Catholic faith and Dominican mission is to educate men and women to preach, to teach, to minister, and to lead.



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