This course examines the most common problems women bring to counseling, including both developmental and situational crises. It explores biblical perspectives and the most effective treatments for these situations.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
There are many specific psychological issues that apply to women throughout their lifespan. It is beneficial for the practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will guide him or her as he or she works with women and their specific issues in counseling.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Synthesize research on current theories and issues relevant to the mental and physical well-being of women.
- Integrate a Christian worldview in the practice of counseling women.
- Describe the tension women experience, especially Christian women, as a result of the feminist movement.
- Summarize personal assumptions about gender and gender roles.
- Discuss the differences between men and women in relationship to one another.
- Recognize theoretical, sociological, biological, and developmental considerations in counseling women.
- Identify concepts related to developmental issues throughout a woman’s lifetime, such as marriage, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Apply professional knowledge and biblical concepts in counseling women.
Textbook readings and videos
The readings and videos contain scholarly information and research on course topics. The assignments for each module will require integration of the assigned readings and videos.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions 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, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported with at least 2 citations in current APA format or current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 150 words.
Reflective Journal Assignment
This assignment will provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate his or her journey through the developmental stages and transitions in life, and also to reflect on how the impact of these transitions may help or hinder his or her work in the helping profession. This assignment must be 3–6 pages and integrate concepts learned from the course materials, as well as personal research from at least 1 additional scholarly source outside of the course materials. Current APA format or current Turabian format must be followed.
Counseling Research Project: Paper Assignment
Research Project Topic: The student must select 1 topic and post it in the Class Introductions in order to receive approval from the instructor. Topics will be approved on a “first come, first served” basis and may not be repeated.
A major part of the Research Project is the Research Paper. This includes selecting an instructor-approved topic of the student’s choice and then researching the topic as if he/she were preparing to teach a workshop to fellow counselors. This paper will be 10-12 pages and must include at least 10 scholarly sources.
Counseling Research Project: Handout/Presentation Assignment
The second part of the Counseling Research Project is the Handout (or Presentation) that the student will create to serve as an outline of the project that the student could present to fellow counselors. The Handout (or Presentation) will be a 2–4-page document that the student would present at a workshop on the research topic. The student is encouraged to be creative while including the main points for the Counseling Research Project Paper and at least 5 sources. The student will make his/her project available to the entire class through the Research Project File Exchange.
The student will complete 2 quizzes that will cover the course readings and presentations. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20-25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.