Human Growth and Lifespan Development – DBPC 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course explores intellectual, personality, and faith development throughout the lifespan. Biblical and theoretical principles are used to examine the parent-child relationship, and factors that impact this relationship, including multicultural interests. Ethical concerns are addressed.

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


This course is designed to teach pastors, counselors, parents, and human services professionals regarding healthy development conditions, and risk and protective factors. Twenty-first century emotional and relational issues are examined, with an emphasis on society’s impact and the counseling implications.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will submit their initial 400-word post into the designated Discussion for their classmates/colleagues to read and respond to. The student will then need to read and respond to a minimum of two other students’ posts. The student must be sure to use the readings/presentations to support their feedback on both their initial and response posts. The replies should be at least 250 words each. All citations/references should be APA formatted at the end of the post.

Compare and Contrast Papers (2)

The student will complete this assignment twice in the course. In 2–3 pages, the student will choose a topic that is discussed in both Bringing Up Girls and Bringing Up Boys (i.e. parental influence, physiological differences, society’s influence, emotional or cognitive development, etc.), and compare and contrast the topic among the two genders. The student will also speak to the influence this topic will have in how he or she counsels parents and/or their children and support his or her writing with empirical research. At least 2 outside scholarly peer-reviewed sources must be used to support the content of each paper. All sources must be cited in current APA format.

Bringing Up a Child Paper

The purpose of this assignment is for the student to think about how to intentionally and effectively approach the challenge of child development and to explore this topic’s relevance to counseling. The student will choose to focus on either boys or girls and address the following topics in 8–10 pages: The parent-child relationship, the unique challenges of boys/girls, acknowledging society’s impact, and counseling implications. The student must use the course material and at least 6 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources to support his or her writing. The paper must use current APA format.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete four open-book/open-notes, untimed quizzes that will consist of 20 multiple choice questions (2 points each) and 2 short essays (30 points each) based on the course’s video, audio, and reading materials. Each short essay requires a response of at least 250 words.