Premarital & Marital Issues in Pastoral Counseling – PACO 835

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

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of premarital counseling as well as marital distress and dissolution, marriage theory, intervention strategies, and factors central to marital renewal, stability, growth, and health.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810

Rationale

As a basis for their work, pastors and counselors should have a thorough understanding of premarital and marital counseling theories and their relevance for guiding the therapeutic process. In addition to understanding core theoretical principles, pastors and 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:

  1. Explain the contemporary issues addressed within marriage.
  2. Analyze major theoretical models in marital therapy and how they relate to pastoral counseling.
  3. Appraise pastoral counseling and it’s applicability in the context of marriage.
  4. Construct a program for pastoral counseling that reinforces the biblical framework for marriage.
  5. Analyze the nature and characteristics of dysfunctional marriages.
  6. Assess the impact a dysfunctional marriage has on its members and society in general.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion scenarios are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 discussion scenarios related to topics referenced in the texts providing opportunities for exploration, evaluation, and further development of key concepts related to the course material. Each discussion scenario thread must be at least 400 words and each reply must be at least 150 words. This assignment meets learning outcomes A, B, C, D, E, & F.

The Reading Reflection Forums assist students in identifying significant thematic elements from the reading, and help to formulate a response to the reading with understanding and/or questions. The collected material from all forum posts will enhance the understanding and application of information/knowledge for the entire class. This assignment meets learning outcomes A, B, C, E, and F.

The Initial Understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling assignment will assist the student to conceptualize and identify elements of an understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling within a pastoral environment at the beginning of the course. This assignment is used as a comparison for the Informed Understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling assignment. The assignment must be at least 5 pages and follow current APA format. This assignment meets learning outcomes A, C, E, and F.

The Informed Understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling assignment will assist students to conceptualize, compose, and express an understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling within a pastoral ministry environment at the conclusion of the course informed by the materials and assignments of the course content. This assignment is used as a comparison to the Initial Understanding of Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling assignment. The paper must be at least 10 pages, follow current APA format, and reference the course texts, course material, and at least 5 other supporting sources. This assignment meets learning outcomes A, B, C, D, E, & F.