Counseling the Adolescent and Their Families – PACO 620

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

Course Description

This course examines the transitions of adolescence emphasizing family, social, spiritual/moral, and physical issues. Counseling theories and practices for working with adolescents are explored. Opportunities for application of theory are provided.


PACO 500 and PACO 500


The purpose of this course is to help those who counsel adolescents to develop an awareness and capability to address the challenging issues associated with the passages of adolescence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify counselor requirements for assisting adolescents within American culture.
  2. List the ubiquitous dynamics of specific areas of concern for adolescents.
  3. Apply biblical counseling techniques when working with adolescents.
  4. Describe the role of family dynamics in adolescent development and health.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and 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. There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Topics include attending to the identified needs of adolescents, appropriate and skillful use of Scripture, and counselor technique enhancement. Each thread must be a minimum of 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 a minimum of 250 words. (Learning Outcome: A)

Quizzes (2)

The student will have 90 minutes to complete two true/false/multiple answer quizzes based on some of the weekly readings. Each quiz will have 25 questions and it will be worth 100 points (Learning Outcomes: A, B, C, D)      

Movie Reviews (2)

The student will write two 5–7-page page Movie Reviews, in current APA format, that focus on a critique of the movie as it relates to adolescent development and crisis. The Movie Reviews must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, D)

Research Paper: Topic

The student will choose any topic from the textbooks associated with                                 adolescence. The student must be specific with his topic (anger management,                         eating disorders, etc.). (Learning Outcomes: A, B)

Research Paper: Reference List

The student must submit a bibliography prior to the Research Paper’s submission and it must consist of at least 9 references. (Learning Outcome: A)

Research Paper

The student will write a 8–10-page paper, in current APA format, that focuses on any topic from the textbooks which are associated with adolescence. The paper must include at least 9–10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, C)