Integration of Psychology and Theology – PACO 506

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

Course Description

This course introduces students to the process of pastoral counseling with a variety of religious clients who would define themselves as evangelical Christians. The course provides a systematic overview of Christian doctrines, a discussion of various theological viewpoints regarding those doctrines, and an examination of how psychological and theological concepts relate to each other.




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. Integration of Psychology and Theology provides the student with an overview of integration models as a theoretical and practical foundation for faith-based counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Develop a working familiarity with five paradigms for integrating psychology, theology, and spirituality in the counseling process.
    2. Compose a personal theory of integrative counseling that includes a coherent rationale for the interdisciplinary application of psychological, theological, and spiritual principles.
    3. Demonstrate emerging competence in assessing client needs in an integrative pattern.
    4. Show emerging self-awareness as a counselor-in-training in terms of personal worldview, theology, and spirituality.
    5. Apply intrapersonal integration and personal spiritual formation through readings and class interactions.
    6. Demonstrate competence in ethical issues related to integrative counseling practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to 2 classmates’ threads. The replies must be at least 200 words. Citations, if used, must be written in current APA format.

4-MAT Book Reviews (2)

The student will write a 4-MAT Book Review for 2 of the required textbooks for this course.the first 4-MAT Book Review will cover the Nichols textbook, and the second 4-MAT Book Review will cover the Ortberg textbook. Each review must be no more than 5 pages. Use of current APA format, correct grammar, and correct spelling is required. Each review will be submitted via SafeAssign.

Movie Reviews (2)

For each Movie Review, the student will select a movie from a pre-approved list, watch the movie, and write a 2–3-page review from the perspective of a pastoral counselor that identifies an issue or conflict that a character in the movie is facing. The student must discuss how he/she would address the chosen issue or conflict in a pastoral counseling setting. Other sources may be included, but are not required. All sources used must be cited in current APA format.

Integration Essay

The student will write a 900–1,200-word essay incorporating concepts he/she has learned throughout the course, specifically about the integration of psychology and theology in the pastoral counseling setting. The student must include at least 3 sources (books, online articles, etc.) in addition to at least 2 biblical references. Use of current APA format, correct grammar, and correct spelling is required. The essay will be submitted via SafeAssign.