Integration of Spirituality and Counseling – COUC 506

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

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.


COUC 501 or COUN 501 or CMHC 501


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 an online format, with Blackboard® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate faith and spirituality in the counseling process where appropriate in an ethically competent manner.
  2. Develop a personal theory of integrative counseling that includes a rationale for the interdisciplinary application of counseling theories, faith, and spiritual principles.
  3. Assess client needs in an integrative pattern that is adapted to the client’s Christian religious or spiritual practices.
  4. Apply intrapersonal integration and personal spiritual formation to counseling.
  5. Demonstrate competence in ethical issues related to integrative counseling practice.
  6. Discuss various aspects of worldview and how these relate to counseling.

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 Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be approximately 250–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Journal Article Reviews (2)

The student will complete 2 reviews of articles from the list provided. Each review must be at least 3–5 double-spaced pages, excluding the title and reference pages (the reference page citing only the article being reviewed). The assignments 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. Each Journal Article Review must be completed in current APA format and will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading

4MAT Reviews (2)

The student will write 2 separate reviews for the Entwistle and McMinn textbooks. Each review must be double-spaced and adhere to the word counts provided for each of the 4 sections. Each review must also be completed in current APA format and will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-notes, contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.