Pastors, lay leaders and other church officers are encouraged to take part in a pastoral care specialist program. The training begins at 6 p.m. March 16 at Samaritan Counseling Center at 745 Carlisle St. in Jackson. The seminar will cover brief and supportive counseling topics for individuals, couples and families. For information, contact the Rev. Elbrist Mason at 601-813-5597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.