CCOU 201 Introduction to Christian Counseling

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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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.

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.


Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. 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. All citations should be in APA format. (CLO: B, E, F)

Research Paper Assignments (3)

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

Research Paper: Topic Proposal Assignment

The student will submit a current 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 current APA format.

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

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 current APA format, the sources listed in current APA format, as well as a brief summary of each article and a descriptions of its purpose in the paper (2–3 sentences). 

Research Paper: Draft Assignment

The Research Paper: Final Assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. This assignment will allow students to submit a draft of the final submission and make any necessary edits prior to submitting the final assignment.

Research Paper: Final Assignment

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 current APA format. The essay submission should also include a title page and reference page in current APA format. 

(CLO: A, D, E, F)

Short Essay Assignments (2)

The student will submit two short essays, of 300-500 words each, addressing topics provided. The essays will be in current 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. (CLO: A, B, D, E, F)

Counseling Review Presentation Assignment

The student will create a 10–14 slide PowerPoint presentation reflecting on the content from the first 7 weeks. The presentation will address the key points from each chapter. The student will also discuss how Christian counseling and secular counseling may differ in each area. The textbook and the Bible will be cited and integrated into each slide. The presentation will include a title slide and a reference slide not included in the slide count. All citations should be in current APA format. (CLO: C)

Quizzes (4)

The student will take 4 quizzes in this course. Each quiz will have 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and the student will have 40 minutes to complete each quiz. The quizzes cover content select chapters in Caring for People God’s Way (Clinton, et al., 2005).  (CLO: A, B, E, F)

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