Crisis & Current Issues in Pastoral Counseling – EDCO 841

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Ranging from such endemic issues as domestic violence to preparation for both manmade and natural disasters, this course provides an in-depth study of the onset, duration, and appropriate interventions for various crises encountered in pastoral counseling. All aspects of crises that affect the individual, family or corporate worship group are open to examination.

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


The pastoral counselor needs to have a thorough understanding of crisis theories, and those theories’ relevance to guiding the therapeutic process as a basis for his/her work. In addition to understanding core theoretical principles, pastoral counselors need to appreciate contributions from various theoretical approaches to the actual practice of crisis counseling. This understanding serves to heighten counselor effectiveness in formulating effective treatment strategies, and in aiding in the delivery of powerful interventions in an efficient and timely manner.

Course Assignment

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 scholarly sources and 1 biblical integration in addition to any course textbook citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words, and must contain at least 1 scholarly reference and 1 biblical integration in addition to course texts. Current APA standards must be used. Discussions are split between 2 modules for this course. Both the thread and the reply are graded, with the points being allotted in the module when replies are due.

For Module 8: Week 8, the student will submit a 400-word critical reflection & application discussion thread that demonstrate critical reflection and application of EDCO 841 content that has impacted their personal and professional practice. Replies are not required. The discussion thread format should answer these questions: What? So What? Now What? (CLO: A, B, C, & D)

The student will use the system described in the assignment instructions to complete 4-MAT Book Reviews of 3 of the required textbooks. Each Book Review must be 1,400–2,000 words and use current APA standards.

The student will complete a PowerPoint Presentation based on 1 of the pre-approved topics provided by the instructor. This presentation must contain at least 40 slides of content and 10 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks. A visual illustration must be present on each slide. At least 1 biblical integration must be included and current APA standards must be used.

The student will use the format and materials in the Paleg & Jongsma text to develop a 4-page Treatment Plan covering the first 4 weeks of client sessions.

The student will interview 5 individuals who have gone through some type of violence-related trauma. Each interview will be approximately 15 minutes. The results must be transcribed into a composite 300–400-word summary. Current APA standards must be used.

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA standards that focuses on the topic provided. The paper must include at least 12 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.