Parenting and Child Discipline Strategies: Raising Healthy Kids – DBMF 605

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

Course Description

This course provides students with scientifically based strategies and tools for helping parents raise emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially healthy children. Time-honored techniques for disciplining children are examined together with an analysis of contemporary research and biblical perspectives on parenting and discipline strategies. Moral, ethical, and legal issues are considered within the context of today's socio-cultural environment. The influence of intergenerational factors and family systems variables are also evaluated.




The timeless principles and research taught in this course will provide pastors, counselors, and parenting champions a balanced perspective of our complex world and offer practical applications necessary for helping parents learn to discipline and raise healthy children.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and evaluate theories and discipline strategies of parenting.
  2. Set proactive parenting strategies for effective discipline and childrearing.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to evaluate, critique and synthesize current parenting research and resources for parents.
  4. Identify how different ethnicities and culture influence parenting and discipline strategies.
  5. Explain the significance of the historical, cultural and spiritual context of parenting.
  6. Create effective intervention and counseling plans for helping parents set discipline strategies that build emotional, spiritual, social, and cognitive health in their children.

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 (4)

Discussion boards are a collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each forum will require the student to answer questions with a minimum of 400 words based on the Reading & Study materials. The student will be required to reply to at least at least 2 classmate’s threads. Each thread must be at least 200 words.

4 MAT Review (2)

The 4-MAT Book Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the student to interact with new ideas on several levels by writing a Summary, forming Concrete Responses, a Reflection, and a Personal Application.

Movie Review (2)

The Movie Review assignments provide opportunities to focus on a movie with a strong parenting/discipline theme. The student must interact with the movie’s content in a way that aids understanding of the impact of movies on the counseling process, including a Review, the Therapeutic Implications, and the Personal/Professional Implications of the movie.

Research Paper


The student will submit a topic with a 300-word rationale including at least 3 cited sources detailing why the topic is relevant to parenting discipline strategies and the reason for his/her interest in the topic. Topic choices include the following:

  • Parenting Children with ADHD
  • Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting Strong-willed Children
  • The Use and Efficacy of Corporal Punishment as a Discipline Strategy
  • Discipline and Child Temperament
  • Discipline in Step/Blended Families and Divorced Homes
  • Other topics may be chosen with the instructor’s permission


The student will submit an outline for the paper and include at least 5 sources.


The paper must be 10 pages (not including Title Page and References) and follow current APA guidelines, citing at least 5 references from current sources (half must come from research/journal articles).