Integration of Spirituality and Counseling – HSCO 506

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

Course Description

This course reviews biblical integration perspectives with specific application to a human services counseling setting. The course explores a Christian worldview, with practical discussion of both a client and therapist’s spirituality and how one’s worldview and personal spirituality affect the counseling process. Students consider how secular counseling theories and techniques and biblical teaching on sin, confession, and redemption merge in applications to the types of counseling issues typically seen in community agencies and other practice settings for human services counselors.

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


Integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality provides the student with an overview of integration models as a theoretical and practical foundation for faith-based counseling. In order to practice Christian counseling, professional counselors must be able to articulate a Christian worldview and understand the way in which their worldview informs counseling theory and practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (4)

For these collaborative discussion assignments you will interact with the entire class. You will submit your original discussion content in a thread and then reply to classmates per the discussion assignment instruction. (CLO: B, C, F)

Journal Article Reviews (2)

The student will choose 2 articles to review from the list provided, with one review submitted in week one and the second review submitted in week five. Detailed instructions are provided in the assignment instructions folder.  Each Journal Article Review must be completed in current APA format as described in the assignment instructions. Each Journal Article Review will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading. (CLO: C, D, E)

Book Reviews (2)

The student will complete 2 book reviews based on the textbooks for this course (Hawkins & Clinton and McMinn). Each review must follow the detailed assignment instructions and be completed in current APA format as specified in the assignment instructions. Each book review will be submitted via SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for grading. CLO: A-F)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20–30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. CLO: A-F)