Introduction to Christian Counseling – CCOU 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to biblical counseling and helping ministry with special attention given to tough issues that pain today’s generations, the modern-day search for answers, and the biblical basis for a counseling ministry.




This course is designed to equip students to identify and distinguish counseling models that quantify Christian counseling. The content is designed to deliver essential knowledge and skill to help students become proficient in helping within a Christian ministry context. The course provides students with an overview of basic resources and knowledge that apply to a broad scope of counseling issues; secondly, it presents practical biblical counseling models and skills to address those issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Define the current issues in the Christian counseling field (PLO1).
    2. Identify foundational Christian counseling skills (PLO1).
    3. Evaluate the differences between Christian counseling and the secular counseling field (PLO 2, PLO3, PLO4).
    4. Apply counseling issues to diverse populations (PLO6).
    5. Discuss a biblical model of Christian counseling (PLO5).
    6. Identify major counseling issues Christian counselors face (PLO1).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations with lecture notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The original thread must be at least 300–500 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge and include at least 1 citation from the textbook and 1 citation from the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ thread. The reply must be at least 150–250 words in length and include at least 1 citation from the textbook and 1 citation from the Bible.

Research Project

This project will be completed throughout the eight week course. The student will choose a topic related to Christian counseling to research. This project will be completed in 3 parts:

Part 1: Research Paper Topic Proposal

The student will submit an APA formatted, research paper topic proposal of at least 250 words that will identify the topic on which they plan to write. It will include a title page in APA format.

Part 2: Annotated Bibliography

The student will find at least 4 scholarly journal articles that pertain to their topic. These articles will be submitted in the form of an Annotated Bibliography. The assignment will include a title page in APA format, the sources listed in APA format, as well as a brief summary of each article and a descriptions of its purpose in the paper (2–3 sentences). 

Part 3: Research Paper

In the final step, the student will write a research paper on the topic chosen in Part 1. The essay will be at least 3-5 pages in length, include at least 4 scholarly references in addition to the Bible, and should be written in APA format. The essay submission should also include a title page and reference page in APA format. 

Short Essays (2)

The student will submit two short essays, of 300-500 words each, addressing topics provided. The essays will be in APA format and include a Title page, a Reference page and in-text citations. Each essay will review a different topic from the text and will also link each topic with Scripture. 

Counseling Review Presentation

The student will read a specific academic article on client centered therapy (CCT) and review a list of scripture verses. The student will then create an 6-8 slide PowerPoint presentation. It will include slides that show support for CCT based on a biblical worldview, along with slides that show limitations to CCT based on a biblical worldview. The presentation will include a title slide and a reference slide not included in the slide count. 

Exams (4)

The student will take 4 exams in this course. Each exam will have 40 multiple-choice or true/false questions, and the student will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete each exam. The exams cover content select chapters in Caring for People God’s Way (Clinton, Hart, & Ohlschlager, 2005). Exam 1 covers Chapters 1–2. Exam 2 covers Chapters 3–4. Exam 3 covers Chapters 7 and 10. Exam 4 covers Chapters 6 and 13.