This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the commonly addressed issues encountered in pastoral counseling. This study will include topical discussions of individual and family issues including the more common mental health disorders and familial issues such as family composition, childbirth, parenting, and other pertinent topics throughout the lifespan.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
As a basis for their work, pastoral counselors should have a thorough understanding of individual and family issues in pastoral counseling. In addition to understanding core theoretical principles, pastoral counselors need to appreciate contributions from various theoretical approaches to the actual practice of counseling. This understanding serves to heighten counselor effectiveness in formulating effective treatment strategies and in aiding in the delivery of powerful interventions in an efficient and timely manner.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyze and trace the history of the discipline of pastoral counseling.
- Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
- Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course through the lens of Scripture.
- Compare, contrast, and comprehend prevalent crises that pastoral counselors may confront in working with their clients.
- Illustrate and clarify the process of pastoral counseling by means of case studies.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each Discussion will require the student to research and participate in topical and theoretical discussions regarding counseling. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads in each Discussion. Citations, if used, must be written in current Turabian format.
Reading Synopsis Assignment
The Student will read Module 1: Week 1 readings from their textbooks. The student will elaborate on one topic of interest from their readings. The student is expected to contribute to the topic by adding insights on how the topic of interest applies to their worldview in the field of Christian Counseling.
4-MAT Chapter Review Assignments (2)
The student will write 2, 4-MAT Chapter Reviews for 2 of the required textbooks for this course. The student will choose 1 chapter per textbook to review. The first 4-MAT Chapter Review will cover 1 chapter in the Clinton & Hawkins (2011) textbook, and the second 4-MAT Chapter Review will cover 1 chapter in the Townsend (2009) textbook. Each review must be 8–10 pages. Use of current Turabian format, correct grammar, and correct spelling is required.
Theoretical Orientation Assignment
The student will write a 20–25-page paper in current Turabian format that will focus on 1 theory or a combination/integration of theories in which he or she finds his or her orientation. It will be written as if the student is going to submit it to a journal, giving an argument for his or her integrative orientation and why it should be implemented across the field. This paper will include the tenets of the theory, influencers associated with this theory, techniques, strengths and weaknesses, biblical integrative factors, and a practical application. There must be a minimum of 20 scholarly resources.