SoulCare Foundations I: The Basic Model

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SoulCare Foundations I: The Basic Model


Number of Lessons: 10Avg. Lesson Length: 27 MinutesTime Required: 10 Hours MinimumLevel: Intermediate


This course is designed to help you enter people’s interior lives at a meaningful level and make a lasting difference as they deal with life’s struggles and crises. Some people call this type of help “counseling.” Others call this help “pastoring.” And perhaps others think of this kind of involvement as what one friend does for another friend. Larry Crabb uses the word SoulCare, with its focus on the inner life, where we become who we were intended and long to be.


Helped really to look at people with their crisis in a different way. [It is] also making me a bit more confident to speak to others.

Course Reviewed: 3 weeks ago

This has filled in a lot of gaps in my understanding of SoulCare and what it looks like to offer it in relationships. There is still much to learn as I become more aware of my own self-centeredness and learn to depend on the Holy Spirit in the process.

Course Reviewed: 4 weeks ago


ProfessorLarry J. Crabb, PhD
  • University of Illinois, MA and PhD
  • Ursinus College, BS


  1. Understand the basic model of SoulCare.
  2. Resist temptation to keep relationships shallow.
  3. Move into somebody’s life (with the wisdom that knows how the soul works) in meaningful, deep, soul-connecting kinds of ways.

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Very insightful and I learned a lot. I’ve had other counseling courses but this approach is radical and I think very accurate. I pray God gives me the grace and wisdom to be an effective soul-carer. I’m eager to take further courses. Thank you Dr. Crabb!

Course Reviewed: 1 month ago

I am so grateful for having stumbled upon this site and this collection of courses. I hope to be able to give more concentrated attention the following courses. I am so delighted to be able to reread Dr. Crabb’s lectures and review these principles.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

This is a sincerely helpful course and I am glad that I am taking it. I look forward to looking over the transcripts and to the rest of the courses. It is personal, maybe because I am taking it alone at home and can pause and think or listen more carefully. The material is clear and L.C. is calmly earnest, it seems like he is saying as clearly as he knows how the truth he has garnered from a lifetime of learning. To me, it seems like he is going step by step in how to listen to the Spirit.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

The course moved slowly. At first that frustrated me. However as the course continued I realized that Dr. Crabb is trying to reframe how we approach helping others. It takes time to develop new ways of thinking and so that necessitates taking the material a bit slower. It takes time to change rather than memorize some new information.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

I grew and become a better soul care provider.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

The course will help me a lot in preparing myself to provide SoulCare for others especially in being intentional in pointing back to Christ as their source of pleasure and making them have a stronger appetite for God compared to other earthly things.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

I enjoyed taking courses online. This course will help me in the future as I talk with people. It taught me how to provide Soulcare.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

The course was more challenging than I expected. I had to return to my college study habits which included studying the instructor, listening several times to the lecture, reading the lecture several times and finally, reading the lecture and completing an outline of the chapter.

I have never had to take quizzes for a Bible study but that tells me that you are “serious” about teaching and learning.

Course Reviewed: 3 months ago

I am enjoying the dive into SoulCare. I am really enjoying the videos. I like that they are in bite-sized pieces and each one compels me to want to keep going.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago

Dr. Crabb is a wonderful teacher; he slowly, but carefully goes through getting into someone’s soul and getting them to reveal the truths of what is deep inside of them making them act out on the surface, and also brings about the knowing that if we truly get Christ and the Spirit of God deep inside our Souls and a hunger for Him exceeds everything else then we truly will be healed of our struggles that have brought us to the SoulCarer to begin with. As for me, as I have gotten through this 1st course, I now know that God brought me to this course, for training at such a deep level and it has confirmed to me that I was correct in knowing that in order for people with struggles to be helped, they must allow God to get deep inside of them, to serve Him with everything in them and when their Spirit meets Him, they can truly walk away from the issues of things such as suicidal thoughts, anxieties, sexual addictions, etc. Because the more of Jesus you put inside, the less of you, your flesh, you deal with. Going through this first course, I literally have cried a number of times and praised God for bringing me to this course. It truly is my heart’s desire to help others become more like Jesus and to live in a deep relationship with our Creator.

Course Reviewed: 4 months ago