CM503 – Christian Counseling
About this course
This course examines a multi-disciplinary approach to counseling, which draws upon insights from Scripture; Incarnational Trinitarian theology; and psychology regarding God, humanity (including sin, human change and well-being) and Christian ministry. Application of these insights is then made to the practice of short-term, church-based counseling ministries that participate effectively, through the Holy Spirit, in the ongoing counseling ministry of Jesus Christ. Students will:
- Explain the dynamics of the counseling process and the importance of those dynamics in short-term, church-based, Christian counseling.
- Describe how to participate in the ministry of Jesus, “the wonderful counselor” as he, through the Holy Spirit, brings about change in the life of the counselee.
- Define the nature and scope of the counseling role of pastors and other ministers as they participate in this healing ministry of Jesus.
- Define and pursue the qualifications and skills necessary to be an effective Christian counselor in a local church setting.
- Explain the presuppositions (worldview) consistent with an Incarnational-Trinitarian and multi-disciplinary approach to Christian counseling.
- Explain the ethical foundations of an appropriate, short-term, church-based Christian counseling ministry, including such critical issues as making referrals and establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries.