Integration of Spirituality and Counseling – COUC 506

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

Students critically examine how a Christian worldview and a client’s spirituality impact the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning process in counseling. Ethical, diagnostic, and assessment issues relevant to the use of Christian spiritual interventions with appropriately religious individuals, couples, and families are considered, along with current research related to spirituality and counseling.

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

Rationale

Integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality provides the student with an overview of integration models as a theoretical and practical foundation for faith-based counseling. In order to practice Christian counseling, professional counselors must be able to articulate a Christian worldview and understand the way in which their worldview informs counseling theory and practice.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLO: A,B,C,D,E,F)

Journal Article Review Assignment

The student will complete one review of an article from the list provided. The review must be at least 3–5 double-spaced pages, excluding the title and reference pages. The assignment will include a summary, an interaction with the article, and an application for how the information provided can be used in a clinical or church setting. The Journal Article Review must be completed in current APA format and will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading. (CLO: A, D, E, F)

Paper: Entwistle Review Assignment

The student will write a review of Entwistle's (2015) book from Chapters 8-11. This paper must be double-spaced and adhere to the word counts provided for each of the sections. Each review must also be completed in current APA format and will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading.  Please refer to the assignment instructions on the particulars of this assignment. (CLO: A, B, C, D, F)

Paper: Neff & McMinn Review Assignments

The student will write a review of Neff @ McMinn's (2020) book in two separate papers: Part A (Chapters 1-3) and Part B (Chapters 4-6 and Final Conversation). Each paper must also be completed in current APA format and will be submitted in the course via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading.  Please refer to the assignment instructions on the particulars of these assignments. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Modules: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-notes, contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)