Certification Overview

The Certification in Christian Counseling is designed for persons interested in integrating faith and counseling to facilitate the helping relationship from a spiritual context. Ministers, church leaders, and church members seeking to minister to individuals, couples, and families in the local church and community will utilize this certification that provides coursework in counseling from a Christian perspective.

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Hours Required: 12


CSL6720 - Christian Counseling

The course presents an overview of counseling from a Christian perspective, introducing key terms, theories, and concepts. It provides a basic Christian counseling model that is applicable to a wide range of issues typically encountered in the local church. The course also includes professional, ethical, and legal issues related specifically to Christian counseling.

CSL6730 - Family Life Ministry

The course presents an introduction to the field of family life ministry. Focus will be on the design, development, and delivery of a comprehensive family ministry with emphasis on preventive and therapeutic resources for families in the church and in the community. The theological foundations for a ministry to families will be explored.

CSL6860 - Practical Experience in Christian Counseling

(Prerequisite CSL6720)

The course provides guided instruction and supervised counseling experience for students in their ministry setting. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practical counseling experience.

HBD6767 - Family Studies

The course addresses issues affecting families and their relationships to other institutions and to society in general.  Students will develop an understanding of the complexities of family roles, relationships, interactions, and changes throughout the lifespan.

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