An introduction to biblical counseling that seeks to develop confidence in the sufficiency of the Scriptures for addressing human problems. Various counseling models (secular, eclectic Christian, and nouthetic) are examined in light of basic theological principles that inform counseling philosophy. Lecture and case studies are utilized to present a five-stage model for biblical counseling.
A study of the biblical institution of Christian marriage and family, focused on equipping students to help others who are struggling in their home. Special consideration will be given to the unique pressures and stresses experienced by families in vocational ministry.
A study of counseling problems commonly encountered in pastoral ministry, presented from a nouthetic approach. Building on basics learned in PC501 Counseling Principles, the course is designed to help the student learn specific applications of counseling theory, utilizing lecture and case study. Prerequisite: PC501.
This course examines the unique challenges faced by biblical counselors who minister to teens and single adults. Key theological foundations critical to this undertaking are reviewed and contrasted with secular models. Common issues which motivate teens and singles to seek counseling are considered and a counseling strategy for each is presented through lecture and case study.
A study designed to assist the Christian minister in understanding and recognizing the causes and characteristics of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. A biblical approach for dealing with the personal and relationship-shattering effects of abuse is considered.
A foundation for understanding and counseling individuals in a time of turbulent crisis. The course includes such concerns as the biblical view of a crisis, the steps of crisis intervention, and counseling principles and procedures within a crisis. Special attention will be given to biblical and practical surveys of specific crisis situations such as trauma and death, chronic/terminal illness, sudden loss, and suicide.
The course equips pastoral counselors to help people with the more challenging counseling issues-problems which in contemporary culture may be described as "addiction" or "disorder." The course lays a theological and biological framework for understanding such issues and utilizes case study to illustrate a biblical counselor's approach to addressing these problems. Specific problems to be considered include substance addictions, sexual addictions, eating disorders, depression, and panic disorders. Consideration will also be given to spiritual warfare/demon possession as it relates to life-dominating problems.
A study of the biblical concepts relating to human personality for the purpose of developing a biblical model of man.
Guided research to enable the student to develop skills in problem solving, procedures of research, and logical presentation of material.
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