Theology and Spirituality in Counseling – PACO 507

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

Course Description

An examination of the content, comprehensiveness, and validity of several counseling theories that have been developed by prominent Christian counselors.

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


Counselors may find assistance with the development of higher levels of competency when they understand the content of and identify the strengths and weaknesses of several well-known approaches to counseling proposed by Christian authors and practitioners.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Estimate the content and strengths/weaknesses of some of the more prominent Christian counseling theories and approaches, including, but not limited to, those in the required texts.
  2. Demonstrate ability to synthesize a personal theory of counseling that rests on a solid theological/psychological/spiritual foundation.
  3. Articulate the contributions of psychology, theology, and spirituality to the development of a comprehensive model of Christian counseling.
  4. Describe the value of multitasking for developing counselor competence.
  5. Explain the formula for change in the counseling methodology of each author of each text.
  6. Articulate the value of good theology for the development of mental health in Christians.
  7. Explain the role of biblical integration in the development of a Christian model of counseling.
  8. Explain the concept and value of responsible eclecticism.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each discussion thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the discussion thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ discussions. Each reply must be 200 words.

Comparison Papers (4)

The student will write 4 comparison papers throughout the progression of this course. Each paper must be 5–7 pages and be in current APA or Turabian format. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Personal Theory Paper

The student will write a 10–12 page Personal Theory Paper in current APA or Turabian format that will focus on the theories of the required authors, as well as the creation of the student’s own personal theory. In preparation to this final submission, the student will submit a reference page and a working outline of his/her personal theory paper in earlier modules/weeks. The paper must include at least 8–10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.