Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
This course is designed to present the qualities and resources of an effective counselor (basic elements of counseling relationships, the current theories of counseling with a study of the variety of techniques used, and integration of psychology and counseling theory with theology and a Christian worldview). Individual, marriage and family, and group approaches are addressed. Ethical issues in counseling and an eclectic approach to counseling are discussed. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical approaches in role play and peer counseling, and to integrate the approaches into a personal counseling style.
This is a study of the theory of abnormal psychology and how this relates to Human Services. Focus is on how to determine the identified pathology in an individual, couple, family or a larger system, and includes the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and other assessment tools. The meaning of “abnormal” thought, affect, behavior, and related concepts are examined within biblical, historical, and cultural contexts.