Christian Counseling for Marriage and Family – CCOU 301

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

Course Description

A broad overview of the dynamics of marriage and family relationships set the foundation of this course. Exploring structure, functionality, systems and how they should be addressed in counseling situations provide the framework for counseling this population group.




Marriage is close to the heart of God. Couples are encouraged to seek God’s way into this intimate bond, to define a vision for their own marriage, and then to give it away as they grow and help other couples.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the biblical foundations for marriage.
  2. Assess marital problems in a positive, solution-focused way.
  3. Describe relational dynamics that lead to the development of healthy families.
  4. Discuss the dynamics leading to proper mate selection in marriage.
  5. Identify elements involved in making successful transitions in the marriage cycle.
  6. Discuss attachment theory and its contributions to our understanding of relationships.
  7. Explain the theory of hope-focused marriage counseling.
  8. Identify the most common legal-ethical issues in marriage ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirement Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

There are 2 Discussion Board Forums to be completed in this course. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 250 words. The student must also post a minimum of 2 replies with each reply consisting of a minimum of 100 words. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 sources in current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 source. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed journal articles, course textbooks, course video presentations, and the Bible.

Research Paper

The student will write an 8–10-page paper in current APA format on a developed topic supplied by the Clinton & Sibcy or Balswick & Balswick texts. The student will choose 1 topic that the course text addresses and augment his/her research by using at least 8 scholarly references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. The research paper will be submitted in 3 parts:

Topic, Preliminary Research, and Rationale

The student will choose a topic from the course textbook, provide a rationale for choosing this topic, and then demonstrate preliminary research by incorporating a minimum of 4 sources in-text and cited on a reference page. This assignment provides the student the opportunity to gain approval and feedback from the instructor in matters of content in preparation for the final research paper.

Title Page, Abstract, and Reference Page

The student will submit a completed title page, abstract, and reference page, which will include all required sources. This assignment provides the student the opportunity to gain feedback from the instructor in major areas related specifically to current APA format.

Final Research Paper Submission

The Final Research Paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 open-book/open-note exams that assess the student’s retention of material from the course lectures and textbook readings. The exams will include 30 multiple-choice questions. Exams 1 and 3 will also include 6 short essay questions.


The student will choose a marital status and conduct an interview of an individual/couple asking at least 10 open-ended questions based upon readings/videos from the course. Afterwards, the student will write a 4-6 page paper including a reaction page. The paper will summarize the interview in a thoughtful, analytical manner including what the student has learned as a reaction page. An appendix of the interview transcript should be attached.