Integration of Spirituality and Counseling – HSCO 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.




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.

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/notes

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 (4)

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 at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Journal Article Reviews (2)

The student will choose 2 articles to review from the list provided. Each review will be approximately 3–5 double-spaced pages, excluding the title and reference pages (the reference page will only cite the article being reviewed). Each review will include a summary, an interaction with the article, and an application for how the information provided can be used in a setting appropriate for the human services counseling professional. Each Journal Article Review must be completed in current APA format as described in the assignment instructions. Each Journal Article Review will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading.

Book Reviews (2)

The student will complete 2 book reviews based on the textbooks for this course (Hawkins & Clinton and McMinn). Each review must be double-spaced, adhere to the page lengths provided for each of the required sections, and be completed in current APA format as specified in the assignment instructions. Each book review 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-book/open-notes, contain 20–30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.