Crisis & Current Issues in Pastoral Counseling – EDCO 841

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

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the history of the discipline of pastoral counseling known as crisis intervention.
  2. Examine all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
  3. Examine all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course through the lens of Scripture.
  4. Compare prevalent crises that pastoral counselors may need to address in their clients.
  5. Illustrate the process of crisis intervention by means of case studies.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 format must be used. Discussion Board Forums are split between 2 modules/weeks for this course. Both the thread and the reply are graded, with the points being allotted in the module/week when replies are due.

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

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 format 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 format must be used.

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