Issues of Christian Counseling – CCOU 202

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/31/2022

Course Description

This course provides the framework to the structure and issues surrounding biblical counseling and helping ministries. Special attention will be given to the dealing with spiritual warfare, "brief therapy" model of counseling, life transitions, and crisis care.

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

Rationale

A pressing concern at the inception of the 21st century is that people are hurting and searching frantically for hope and new life. If there is ever a time for godly leadership, servanthood, and biblical counsel, it is now. This course seeks to meet that challenge by equipping students to biblically guide individuals asking for help.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the biblical and ethical standards of the Christian counseling profession (PL01, PL04, PL06).
  2. Analyze the differences in Christian and secular counseling.
  3. Discuss the clinical/research-based understanding of mental health and wholeness (PL02, PL05).
  4. Discuss the ethical issues related to professional boundaries in Christian counseling (PL04, PL05).
  5. Apply Christian counseling techniques to specific counseling issues (PL03).
  6. Recognize diversity in counseling populations (PL06).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, Watch items

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Reflection Paper Assignment

The student will write a 2-page reflection paper on the relationship between lay counseling and the church as it is currently perceived by the student.

Essay Assignments (5)

Throughout this course, the student will write 5 essays of at least 500 words in response to a provided prompt. The student must support his or her assertions with the textbook, reference(s) as required, and Biblical integration. Each essay must include a title page and reference page.

Lay Counseling PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

The capstone project for the course will provide the student with the opportunity to design and build a lay ministry model suitable for a local church ministry.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the material presented in the corresponding module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.