Course in pastoral counseling and psychology are designed to enable you to understand better the nature and needs of human beings, to appreciate the differences between people, to become familiar with the methods and conclusions of psychology as applied to the work of the church, to study areas of conflict between the Bible and scientific psychology.


CO 301  General Psychology (2)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and experience on a scientific basis. Different theoretical perspectives on behavior will be considered, as well as the functions of the brain and nervous system.


CO 302 Career Development and Counseling (2)

An introduction to the theory and practice of career planning. The course includes the study of assessment instruments and counseling techniques for working with students, minorities, the handicapped, and persons changing careers.


CO 303 The Bible and Psychology (2)

A Study of ways in which the scientific findings of psychology can be integrated with Biblical truths for a more complete understanding of human behavior, experience, and relationships.


CO 304 History of  Psychology (2)                                                                                                        

The historical development of contemporary psychological concepts.


CO 305 Counseling Methods (2)

The application of counseling theory and interpersonal dynamics to the counseling process. Practical training to develop counseling skills will be combined with theoretical study.


CO 306  Interpersonal Communication (2)

Theoretical understanding of the communication process and practical application of communication skills.


CO 307  Health Psychology (2)

A Study of psychological factors that relate to physical health, including psychosomatic disorders, stress and coping, patient cooperation in medical regiments, and health-promoting behavior.


CO 308 Theories of Personality (2)

A  study of the major personality theories, with emphasis on their consistency, completeness, relation to empirical data, and practical implications.


CO 309 Marriage and Family Counseling (3)

An overview of the methods of providing therapy for those with marriageor family difficulties. Biblical passages are categorized, and techniquesdiscussed and developed throughout the course.


CO 401  Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (3)

An introduction to the principles, techniques, and theories of counseling with emphasis on counselor characteristics, helping skills, the various types of pastoral counseling, the most common counseling problems.


CO 402 Group Counseling (3)

Techniques of group counseling and principles of good interpersonal relationships will be discussed in the context of small group discussions


CO 403 Urban Pastoral Counseling Skills (3)

A study of the principles, techniques, and theories of counseling with special emphasis on the characteristics and skills needed by the counselor working with the diverse situations faced in an urban context.


CO 404 Psychology and Theology (3)

A survey of issues, theories, approaches, methods, problems, and criticisms of the integration of psychology and theology.


CO 405 Counseling Theories (3)

Classical and current theories of counseling will be studied and evaluated in the light of Scripture, psychological sophistication, and practical relevance. Both secular and practical counseling approaches will be discussed.


CO 406 Marriage and Family Theraphy I (3)

An examination of the theoretical foundations and historical development of family therapy. Introduction to several of the major techniques currently employed in the field.


CO 407 Marriage and Family Therapy II (3)

An exploration of specific perceptual, conceptual, and interaction skills of prominent family approaches, including Bowen, Minuchin, Whitaker, Satir, etc. Open only to students specializing in counseling psychology or with permission of instructor.


CO 408 Counseling Skills Training (3)

An experiential and cognitive introduction to the skills basic to any counseling setting, working with a developmental model of helping. Emphasis on the acquisition and use of some of the basic skills of counseling.


CO 409 Psychology of Religion (3)

A discussion of religious experience which begins with the biblical account of Jesus’ religious experience and includes conversion, glossolalia, prophecy, guidance, conviction, demonology, ctc. Both psychological and biblical perspectives will be considered.


CO 410 Personal Development (3)

A consideration of human development from conception to death emphasizing research, personality, and counseling implications at each stage.


CO 411  Child and Adolescent Counseling (3)

Analysis of the reciprocal influences between the family and the child in the context of other important socializing influences. The biological, cognitive, and social-personal domains of development are analyzed from a systemic perspective.


CO 501 Psychological Research Methods (3)

Critical review of basic research techniques and examinations and conclusions of some representative research. Prerequisite: undergraduate course in experimental psychology or statistics or permission of the instructor.


CO 502 Crisis Counseling (3)

A consideration of the theory and practice of crisis intervention, with emphasis on the Christian implications of crisis counseling, the training of crisis counselors, and the dynamics of specific crisis situations.


CO 503 Theories of Family Development (3)

Analysis of normative, developmental, and ecological changes across the life span. Special focus on developmental transitions such as childbirth, adolescence, aging, etc.


CO 504 Ethics and Issues in Counseling (3)

Instruction in the basic tenets of the ethical standards of the professional counseling associations, including the National Association Counseling and Development and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Also covered are ethical issues of counseling practices that a graduate may confront in a professional career.


CO 505 Mental Health: A Christian Approach (3)

Excellent mental health can only be achieved through full development of putting on the mind of God, by the Holy Spirit of God; principles and techniques.


CO 506 Works of Christ (3)

As part of the “body of Christ”, how to do all things through the mind of Jesus Christ; the importance of putting no limits on achievement.


CO 507 Man: The Image of God (3)

Analysis of why there can be problems in and with man if he is the image of God; necessity to use the tools of God to overcome these problems.


CO 508 Parent Education (3)

Basic principles in the organization, formulation, and presentation of parent study programs. Emphasis on ways of working with children from infancy through adolescence.


CO 509 Short Term Counseling (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of problem formation and resolution in the counseling relationship. Emphasis is placed on practice as well as theory.


CO 510 Women and the Church (3)

A study of the biblical examples and teachings regarding women, along with consideration of historical, sociological, and other factors, which provide guidance as to the ways in which women can participate in the ministry of the church.


CO511Thesis for M.C.C. (4)

Specific deadlines must be met in the presentation and completion of theMaster of Christian Counseling Thesis.


CO512Thesis for D.C.C. (4)

Specific deadlines must be met in the presentation and completion of theDoctor of Christian Counseling Thesis.