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St. Elias Seminary and ICDS Reach Agreement on Program of Study

St. Elias Seminary and Graduate School and the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies (ICDS) recently signed an agreement to offer preparation for a new Bachelor of Pastoral Theology degree.

St. Elias is under the aegis of the Eparchy of the Old Dominion of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Both the eparchy and the school are the responsibility of Bishop Seraphim, who has served this country as a military chaplain and is eager to prepare students to serve in chaplaincy positions in the military, Veterans Administration, nursing homes, and faith-based treatment centers and to make this level of education available to returning veterans whether they are physically-challenged or not.

Bishop Seraphim believes that blending the courses of ICDS and of St. Elias will provide students with the grounding in traditional chemical dependency studies plus the self-examination and theological preparation to aid the infirmed. The Bishop also sees this program as a wounded-healer preparation for those wishing to enter the clerical ranks. It would prepare them to recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease and to be prepared to refer the afflicted to the appropriate treatment agency. This disease strikes one in 10 Americans and makes up a significant part of the congregation of any faith community.

Mr. Greg Lovelidge, President of ICDS and Founder of Recovery Today, is in total agreement with this objective. Lovelidge, who is also regional Vice-President of NAADAC, believes this unique blend of the two schools could offer a competitively priced specialized training resulting in this degree for about $10,000. One of the unique features of the program is that the developers of the major, Dr. Jackson and his sister, Dr. Judith Quitoriano, are the first brother and sister team to graduate from St. Elias. Dr. Jackson has been an ICDS faculty member for 13 years and has long been committed to raising the bar on the preparation of chemical dependency counselors.

Additional information on this program is available at the St. Elias Seminary and Graduate School and Recovery Today Online websites. With the agreement in place, St. Elias offers this program to previous students of ICDS as well. It satisfies the need for additional education for licensing in Texas and other states. This is an online program of study. Whether a student had been an in-class or online student of ICDS, they are eligible to transfer into the program with 24 semester hours already completed. This is due to the applied nature of the course material and the completion of the practicum.

Both schools were established in the early 1990s with a similar objective of educating adults to be better prepared to provide services in these areas.

St. Elias will begin accepting students for this combined program in April 2010.

ICDS has been training counselors for eightteen years, ICDS chemical dependency counselor training gives students the national standard of knowledge, education, and skills to successfully work in the field of chemical dependency and substance abuse counseling.

ICDS courses are eligible for transfer credit through articulation agreement with a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Phoenix 22.5-28 College Credit Hours, Lone Star College 18 College Credit Hours, Springfield College 12-36 College Credit Hours and Central Texas College 10-18 College Credit Hours. For information about college credit, see the college credit page on our web-site

For ICDS admission information , please contact Nicki Davey Director of Training at 800-523-2669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it more information regarding St. Elias Seminary and Graduate School, please contact Dr. Jim Jackson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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