Counseling Women – CEFS 687

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

Course Description

This course examines the most common problems women bring to counseling, including both developmental and situational crises. It explores biblical perspectives and the most effective treatments for these situations.


(CEFS 500 or COUN 500) and (CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 502 or COUN 502) and (CEFS 504 or MAAC 504 or COUN 504) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (CEFS 512 or COUN 512) and (CEFS 515 or MAAC 515 or COUN 515) and (CEFS 521 or MAAC 521 or COUN 521) and (CEFS 522 or COUN 522) and (CEFS 546 or MAAC 646 or COUN 646)


There are many psychological issues that specifically apply to women throughout their lifespan. It is good for the practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will guide him/her as he/she works with women and their specific issues in counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify theoretical, sociological, and biological considerations in counseling women.
  2. Evaluate concepts related to the developmental issues women face throughout their lifetime and how it impacts the counseling process.
  3. Evaluate his/her own assumptions about gender and gender roles.
  4. Analyze the tension women experience, especially Christian women, in light of the feminist movement.
  5. Distinguish the DSM 5 disorders that are most common in women.
  6. Analyze the best treatment for the DSM 5 disorders that are most common in women.
  7. Construct a biblical worldview in counseling women which includes synthesizing professional knowledge and biblical concepts.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences, and the purpose of all Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among classmates regarding relevant current course topics. The student is required to submit an initial thread of at least 300–350 words. The student will post substantive replies to at least 2 other classmates’ posts of at least 150–200 words each.

Reflective Journal Assignment

This assignment provides an opportunity for the student to evaluate his/her journey through the developmental stages and transitions in life and also to reflect on how the impact of these transitions may help or hinder his/her work as a counselor. This paper will be 4–8 pages in length and will integrate concepts learned from the course materials as well as personal research from at least 1 additional professional source outside of the course materials.

Research Project

Research Project Topic: The student must select 1 topic and post it in the Research Project Topic Discussion Board Forum in order to receive approval from the instructor. Topics will be approved on a “first come, first served” basis and may not be repeated.

Part A

A major part of the Research Project is the Research Paper. This includes selecting an instructor-approved topic of the student’s choice and then researching the topic as if he/she were preparing to teach a workshop to fellow counselors. This paper will be 12–15 pages and must include at least 12 sources.

Part B

The second part of the Research Project is the Presentation Handout that the student will create to serve as an outline of the project that the student could present to fellow counselors. The Presentation Handout will be a 2–5-page document that the student would present at a workshop on the research topic. The student is encouraged to be creative while including the main points for the Research Paper and at least 5 sources. The student will make his/her project available to the entire class through the Research Project File Exchange.

Exams (2)

All exams will be open-book/open-notes and include a few objective questions and a Case Study reading followed by essay questions. Exam 1 will be made available on Friday at 12:00 am and close on Sunday at 11:59 pm. Exam 2 will be available on Wednesday at 12am and close on Friday at 11:59 pm. The students may go in and out of the exam throughout these days to complete the exam.