Christian Counseling

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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.



  • Understanding personal motivations and goals for providing Christian counseling.
  • Examining personality development from a lifespan perspective.
  • Defining key concepts and terms related to the major theories of therapy.
  • Identifying and exploring the major concepts of psychoanalytic therapy in relation to Christian counseling.
  • Examining the usefulness of existential therapy as it applies to the helping relationship.
  • Defining and describing the advantages of person centered therapy as it pertains to ministerial counseling.
  • Evaluating the use of behavioral therapy and its application to Christian counseling.
  • Analyzing and applying the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy in relation to individuals, couples, and families.
  • Discussing the strengths and usefulness of reality therapy in a pastoral counseling context.
  • Summarizing the contributions and clinical applications of post-modern approaches to Christian counseling.
  • Exploring the therapy terms and application of family systems to congregational families and the church as a larger human system.
  • Evaluating major theories of counseling and integrating them into a personal model of Christian counseling.
  • Applying one’s personal model of Christian Counseling to a given case.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of ethical and legal issues related to the practice of Christian counseling.
  • Understanding the effects of the counselor’s personal beliefs and values on the therapeutic process.

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