SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

Program Description

Religious counseling psychology is designed to help you understand the multi-faceted aspects of Christian Counseling Psychology. This specialization will allow you to learn more about counseling from a Christian perspective, equipping you to work in the Christian counseling fields of lay ministry. This Program aims to educate Christian leaders to carry out the mission of the Church and Christianity.

 

 

Mission Statement

Religious Counseling Psychology is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Our faculty and graduates are expected to be competent, ethical and spiritual professionals committed to the spirituality and its application to real-world situations. Our undergraduate program provides a foundation for the spiritual understanding of behavior and mental processes and promotes scholarship and spirituality. Our department promotes an environment characterized by collaborative learning and scholarship among its undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, guided by the following core values of our university and professional organizations.

 

Vision Statement

Religious Counseling Psychology aspires to be a nationally spiritual leader in undergraduate and graduate education, where undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty establish close collaborations to learn the spiritual principles of behavior and mental processes, to make significant contributions to the spiritual and practice of psychology, and to produce professionals who serve the local, national, and global believer communities.

 

 

Program Objective

 

The objectives of the Religious Counseling Psychology are:
• To provide a basic knowledge of Religious education with a Christian world view that can be used in all areas of life. 
• To provide students with a practical Biblical foundation for Christian living.
• To prepare students to effectively serve in a chosen field of ministry
• To acquaint the students with basic counseling techniques that will assist them in nurturing emotional well-being.
• To prepare students for handling loss and crisis situations.
• To give students tools for giving biblical guidance and counsel to those under their care.
• To aid students to develop their ability to integrate the concept of psychology and counseling with the theological perspective of the Bible.

 

 

Bachelor of Religious Counseling Psychology

Bachelor of Christian Counseling program is designed to prepare students for ministry of counseling. This program educates students to bring healing and hope to people in pain as counselors in churches or faith-based organizations. This degree can prepare for non-clinical positions in the field of psychology and counseling.

 

Admission Requirement

 

Students seeking admission to Bachelor of Religious counseling psychology program must provide an official transcript of their high school or college record and Personal Statement. Anyone possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent meets the basic requirement for ad-mission to the program.

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • Copy of high school diploma and/or official transcript (or equivalent)

  • Secondary school and college-level transcripts (if applicable)

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Bachelor of Religious counseling psychology degree when they fulfill the following program requirements:

  • General education and Religious studies course requirements: 57 semester units

  • Major requirements: 33 units

  • Elective requirements: 30 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 120 semester units

 

 

General Education and Religious studies Requirement: 63 Units

GEB101

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

GEB102

Life in Bible Times

3

GEB103

Introduction to the New Testament

3

GEB104

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

GEB105

Introduction to Worship Service

3

GEB106

Introduction to Counseling

3

GEB107

Introduction to Missiology

3

GEB108

Spiritual Life in Community

3

GEB109

Oral Communication

3

GEB110

Introduction to Literature

3

GEB111

Counseling Psychology

3

GEB112

Biblical Interpretation

3

GEB113

Intro to the Torah

3

GEB201

Church Minister to Adults 

3

GEB202

Church Administration

3

GEB203

Introduction to Christian Education 

3

GEB204

Evangelism

3

GEB205

Missions

3

GEB206

Introduction to Sociology 

3

GEB207

Introduction to Ethics 

3

GEB208

Introduction to Philosophy

3

 

Major requirement: 33 units

CPB301

Introduction to Christian Counseling

3 Units

CPB302

Effective Counseling Skills

3

CPB303

Marriage and Family Counseling

3

CPB304

 Crisis Counseling

3

CPB305

Addictions Counseling 

3

CPB306

Counseling Domestic Violence

3

CPB307

Psychology of Religion

3

CPB308

Developmental Psychology

3

CPB309

Cognitive Psychology

3

CPB310

Psychology & Theology

3

CPB311

Christian Psychology

3

 

Elective Requirement: 42 Units

CPB401

Pre-marital Counseling

3 Units

CPB402

Christian Counseling Practices

3

CPB403

The Work of a Pastoral Counselor

3

CPB404

Counseling Sick & Terminally ill

3

CPB405

Substance Abuse Counseling

2

CPB406

Personal Growth & Career Planning

3

CPB407

Counseling and Spiritual Authority

3

CPB408

Educational Christian Psychology

3

CPB409

Abnormal Christian Psychology

3

CPB410

Bible Based Counseling

3

CPB411

Christian Social Psychology

3

CPB412

Psychology of Biblical Counseling

3

CPB413

Clinical Seminars

3

CPB414

Psychology Directed Research

3

 

 

 

Course Description (Bachelor of Religious Counseling Psychology)

 

GEB101 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB102 Life in Bible Times (3 units)

This course introduces students to the resources and methodological principles for studying and applying the finds of Bible backgrounds as an integral part of the process of biblical interpretation. Emphasis is given to the geography, history, and culture of the ancient Near East for the Old Testament and the Jewish and Greco-Roman world for the New Testament. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT), with the exception of Biblical Studies majors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB103 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB104 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB105 Introduction to Worship Service (3 units)

This course provides a framework for thinking together about vital and faithful Christian worship by exploring the Biblical and theological foundations of worship, reviewing the ways the church’s praise has been shaped over the centuries, and analyzing today’s worship spectrum. Key elements in the practice and leadership of worship will be explored including the ordering of worship, the role of prayer and music, and models of collaborative worship planning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB106 Introduction to Counseling (3 units)

Recommended as initial course in a student’s program to serve as an introduction to the counseling profession. Roles of counselors and related professionals in various settings are presented. Professional goals and objectives; trends; professional associations; ethical and legal issues; history; credentialing; preparation standards for counselors; and essential interviewing and counseling skills, characteristics, and behaviors that influence helping processes are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB107 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB103, GEB104

 

GEB108 Spiritual Life in Community (3 units)

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB109 Oral Communication (3 units)

This one-semester basic course in speech is designed to develop each student's ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB110 Introduction to Literature (3 units)

An introduction to reading and analyzing these primary genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. The course may also include creative nonfiction. Students will respond critically to readings of different historical and cultural contexts through class discussion and written work. These contexts may include different world views, politics, classes, ethnicity, races, genders, and sexual orientations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB111 Counseling Psychology (3 units)

Introduction to the practices and concepts of counseling. Theories of counseling are covered along with basic principles necessary to understand the role of the counselor. The applicability of counseling theories to male and female clients from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and across the life span is examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB112 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)

A study of the methods of interpretation of the Bible with special attention to textual, historical and theological issues. . This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB113 Intro to the Torah (3 units)

An introduction to the first five books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Course will focus on the texts individually as well as corporately within the canon. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB104

 

GEB201 Church Minister to Adults (3 units)

This course is a study of the minister’s skills in church operations with attention given to such functions as funerals, the Lord’s Supper, weddings, baptisms, and dedications.. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB202 Church Administration (3 units)

This course is designed to hopefully get everyone on the same page so the church can accomplish the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Many new books and ideas are current to help us be more effective spreading the message with the same time honored commitments. Key among them are such books as Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Church.” Though the heart may be in the right place, the head may need some help. Developing good management skills will certainly not hurt and will hopefully help. Organization and leadership skills will be of paramount consideration. Many of the churches you and I are associated with are by nature and history small, but they do not all have to stay that way. With the understanding that much church administration will be done in a small rural, suburban or urban setting, leadership development will equip the pastor for that role, all the while hoping for the day when the smaller local church will blossom and have a far reaching ministry and impact. Some few will either be assigned a larger, more prestigious church or grow one with the blessings of charisma, skill and the Lord. This course and instructor can do little about the first and the last, but the skills acquired will undoubtedly be adequate for the confident leadership in small, medium and larger sized congregations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB203 Introduction to Christian Education (3 units)

An introduction to the aims, methods and principles of Christian education, with special note given to educational-mission the field. Includes practice in planning the religious educational activities of the rural church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB204 Evangelism (3 units)

This course is designed to prepare every student to share his/her faith boldly, without fear, in any and every situation publicly and privately; in addition, students will be prepared to teach and lead others in the biblical pursuit of evangelism for the glory of God. The course involves instructor-led evangelism outings outside the classroom. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB205 Missions (3 units)

A course designed to introduce the student to the biblical, theological, historical, and practical bases for Christian missions. Special attention is given to contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions. Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB206 Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions, such as churches, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB207 Introduction to Ethics (3 units)

This course provides an introduction to those problems of philosophy that are problems of moral philosophy, or ethics. We will begin by examining certain problems that arise when we try to make moral judgments: problems such as cultural relativism (“What’s right for us is not necessarily right for them”), subjectivism (“What’s right for me is not necessarily right for you”), and the role of religion in morality (e.g., “What’s right is just what God says is right”). Second, we will consider several historically important and still-prominent theoretical approaches to ethics that purport (most of them, anyway) to provide systematic procedures for answering questions about right and wrong. In the third and final part of the course we will consider more concretely a variety of important moral issues such as famine relief, animal rights, euthanasia, and abortion. Throughout, we will seek not so much to form judgments about specific moral issues—most of us do that on our own anyway, albeit with varying degrees of certitude—but to improve our thinking about the considerations that may count as reasons for and against the moral judgments we are tempted to make. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB208 Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB301 Introduction to Christian Counseling (3 units)

This is a survey course of Christian approaches to the field of counseling focusing on paradigms and models. It is also concerned with counseling strategies that can be implemented in ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB302 Effective Counseling Skills (3 units)

A beginning examination of Biblical counseling to assist the student in helping others find God’s purpose for their lives and a study of the difference between secular counseling and Biblical counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB303 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 units)

This is a study of the foundation of a successful marriage and the basic building block of the family, and the church. Also examined are counseling methods used with married couples undergoing conflicts, child nurturing and disciplining, and cross cultural ramifications. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB304 Crisis Counseling (3 units)

This course is designed to examine major stress and crisis from birth to death. Attention is given to programmatic responses to crisis. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB305 Addictions Counseling (3 units)

This course is designed to teach the dynamics involved in addictive behavior. It includes focusing on the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB306 Counseling Domestic Violence (3 units)

Victims and abusers both need help in domestic violence situations. The student is trained in the skills necessary to detect, intervene and counsel people involved in domestic violence. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB307 Psychology of Religion (3 units)

A study of the various theories in psychology of religion, verifiable principles, and the implications of the discipline of psychology that are offered as viewed from a Christian perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB111

 

CPB308 Developmental Psychology (3 units)

It is a study of the processes of human growth and developing patterns of behavior throughout the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of the individual. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB309 Cognitive Psychology (3 units)

This course will highlight the theory and practice of cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and solution focused models. Assessment, intervention and self-management strategies through this approach will be emphasized. Application of cognitive and behavioral techniques to human problems will be discussed from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the belief system of the individuals. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB310 Psychology & Theology (3 units)

This course will help the student compare and contrast the fields of psychology and theology to better understand how these disciplines interrelate. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB311 Christian Psychology (3 units)

An introductory course in psychology. Study includes heredity, environment,

personality, emotions, adjustment, perception, and the learning process. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB111

 

CPB401 Pre-marital Counseling (3 units)

No couple should get married without pre-marital counseling. This course will give guidelines for conducting a four to six session counseling program. You will learn ways to deal tactfully with couples who don’t want counseling and with Christian and non-Christians who want to marry. Topics discussed such as in-laws, finances, spiritual life, sex, and more. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB402 Christian Counseling Practices (3 units)

A survey of the history of counseling theories and methods within and outside the church will be a foundational part of this class. A relatively detailed study of Biblical psychoanalytic, behavioral and third force counseling theory will be undertaken. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: CPB301

 

CPB403 The Work of a Pastoral Counselor (3 units)

Introduction to Pastoral counseling, prolegomenon to a History of Pastoral Counseling. Directions in Pastoral Counseling. Spiritual and Personal Maturity. An approach to facilitating Psycho-spiritual growth. Counter-transference and burnout in Pastoral counseling. The counseling relationship. Assessment in Pastoral Care. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB404 Counseling Sick & Terminally ill (3 units)

Helps Christian counselors learn more about the process of health care today, understand patient and family responses to illness, give appropriate counsel for special medical situations, and encourage churches in establishing health care ministries. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB405 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 units)

Explores the variety of chemically dependent people; analyze patterns of addictive behavior, effects on work, performance, responsibility, intimacy. Learn the most successful counseling skills to assist in breaking addictive behavior. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB406 Personal Growth & Career Planning (3 units)

Overview of current career programs. Analyses of essential theories in career & vocational guidance, counseling of the handicapped, women, and elderly. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB407 Counseling and Spiritual Authority (3 units)

Biblical principles and the Holy Spirit’s power. Demonic influence and control will be examined. The way spiritual authority can be obtained and used.. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB408 Educational Christian Psychology (3 units)

A study of the nature of learning and of the learner. The course moves from a consideration of the physical views of learning processes to the findings of modern experimentation.. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB409 Abnormal Christian Psychology (3 units)

This course is designed to study personality deviation and behavior disorders. The student is acquainted with the nature of the major types of mental disorders, the theories of etiology, and an exposition of the various methods of treatment. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB410 Bible Based Counseling (3 units)

This study concerns methods and characteristic subjects likely to be of concern to the ministerial and professional counselor. The many aspects of working with individuals are investigated by means of case method and research. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB411 Christian Social Psychology (3 units)

A survey of phenomena that affect individual social behavior. Topics include attitudes, affiliation, aggression, altruism, person perception, social interaction, social influence and group dynamics. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB206

 

CPB412 Psychology of Biblical Counseling (3 units)

This is an exploratory course into the methods and applications of the Bible in psychological counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPB413 Clinical Seminars (3 units)

This course allows the student to attend a workshop or seminar in psychology of his own choosing. The approach and content of the seminar will be worked out in consultation with the students Academic Advisor. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: CPB301, CPB311

 

CPB414 Psychology Directed Research (3 units)

This course allows the student to research a problem or an aspect of psychology of his own choosing. The approach and content of the research will be worked out in consultation with the students Academic Advisor. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: CPB301, CPB311

 

 

Master of Religious Counseling Psychology

Program Description

The Master of Religious counseling psychology program provides the Christian leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a spiritual environment. The program emphasizes Christian counseling psychology, support church    and counseling skills, ethics, and Christian real-world applications for the Load.

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates bachelor degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 2.75)

  • Copy of bachelor diploma (Certificate of Graduation)

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Master of Religious counseling psychology degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 12 units

  • Elective requirements: 6 units

  • Thesis 6 units or elective 6 units requirement

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 30 semester units

 

 

Religious core studies: 12 units

RCM501

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

RCM502

Introduction to the New Testament

3

RCM503

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCM504

Introduction to Missiology

3

 

Major requirement: 12 units

CPM601

Foundations for Faith-Based Counseling

3 Units

CPM602

Counseling Theory

3

CPM603

Counseling Skills

3

CPM604

Psychopathology and Diagnosis

3

 

Elective Requirement: 24 Units

CPM701

Counseling Children and Adolescents

3 Units

CPM702

Group Counseling

3

CPM703

Mental Health Counseling

3

CPM704

Substance Abuse Counseling 

3

CPM705

Psychopharmacology

3

CPM706

Family Counseling

3

CPM707

Mental Health Counseling Practicum

3

CPM708

Research Methods

3

 

 

Course Description (Master of Religious counseling psychology)

 

RCM501 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM502 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM503 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM504 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPM601 Foundations for Faith-Based Counseling (3 units)

 A study of basic concepts of evangelical and Reformed Christian theology with special emphasis on biblical anthropology and the way it informs and critiques various counseling theories. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM602 Counseling Theory (3 units)

A comprehensive overview and integration of the major theoretical perspectives on the counseling process. An examination of the historical development of counseling theory, an exploration of affective, behavioral, and cognitive counseling theories, and the application of theoretical material to case studies. Foundational elements of the counseling process will be explored via academic activities and observation. Students will develop an initial personal theoretical orientation for counseling endeavors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM603 Counseling Skills (3 units) 

A comprehensive overview, integration, and application of major theories and techniques employed in the counseling process. Specific advanced counseling interventions by master counselors will be reviewed via videotape and critiqued. Initial counseling skills will be developed via in vivo role play and will be reviewed and critiqued by the instructor. Basic models and strategies of consultation will be explored from theoretical and pragmatic points of view, and applied to case material. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM604 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3 units) 

An exploration of understanding of mental illness. The study of the classification, etiology, and treatment of psychopathology and personality disorders. The course deals with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM) categorization of criteria for specific diagnoses. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM701 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 units)

Theory and practice of counseling children and adolescents in school and community settings. Characteristics of at-risk children and exceptional needs students and the provision of counseling services to these children. Various topics include counseling related to disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, death and dying, child abuse, substance use, youth violence, teenage pregnancy, risky sexual behavior, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, chronic health problems, and eating disorders. Fall semester. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM702 Group Counseling (3 units)

Elements of group dynamics, ethical issues special to group work, and group leadership skills. Students will compare four types of groups—task and work groups, psychoeducational groups, counseling groups. Various theoretical approaches to groups counseling as well as adaptations with diverse populations and specific settings will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM703 Mental Counseling (3 units)

Assumptions and roles of mental health counseling within the context of the community and its health and human service systems, including functions and relationships among interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the historical, organizational, legal, and fiscal dimensions of the public and private mental health care systems. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM704 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 units) 

This course provides a basic introduction to the assessment and counseling treatment of clients manifesting alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Theoretical formulations, etiological issues, presenting symptomatology, and courses of these disorders, and interventions models will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RMB602

 

CPM705 Psychopharmacology (3 units) 

A review of the most commonly used drugs for psychological conditions, their effects and their side effects, and the methods of action. Particular attention is paid to the synaptic events relevant to drug actions. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM706 Family Counseling (3 units)

This course is designed for students to learn knowledge and skills for the practice of couple and marital counseling. Models of marital counseling will be reviewed and critiqued in light of the Christian worldview of the student. Techniques, assessments, interventions, and strategies will be discussed and role-played to develop preventive approaches as well as resolving specific problems that impede marital functioning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPM707 Mental Health Counseling Practicum (3 units)

The 100-hour practicum is comprised of 40 hours of direct counseling service to counselees at an arranged practicum site, an hour each week of supervision by the site supervisor, an hour each week of individual or triadic supervision by the faculty supervisor, one and one-half hours each week of group supervision by the faculty supervisor and additional administrative and/or counseling hours on site to complete the 100 total hour practicum requirement. Prerequisites: Requires Acts 33 and 34 and FBI fingerprint clearances and proof of malpractice insurance. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: CPM703

 

CPM708 Research Methods (3 units)

This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. The course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in social research. In addition to reviewing core human research methods such as interviews, ethnographies, surveys and experiments, we will explore methods used in critical analysis of texts and technologies (discourse /content /design analysis, historical case studies), with an emphasis on the digital (e.g. virtual worlds, videogames, and online ethnographies). We will also discuss mixed method approaches, case studies, participatory and user-centered research, as well as research involving minors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

 

 

Doctor of Religious counseling psychology

Program Description

Doctor of Religious Counseling psychology is designed to build the religious counseling knowledge and skills needed for those who desire to bring hope to people as counselors in churches or faith-based organizations. This program will prepare students for an advanced level of pastoral counseling or other counseling positions which do not require professional licensure.

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a master’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates master degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 3.0)

  • Copy of master certificate of graduation

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Doctor of Religious counseling psychology degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 21 units

  • Elective requirements: 18 units

  • Dissertation: 12 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 57 semester units

  • The program requires 45 units of course work, plus 12 units of a dissertation..

 

Religious core studies: 21 units

RCD801

Introduction to the New Testament

3 Units

RCD802

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCD803

Systematic Theology

3

RCD804

Biblical Foundations of Mission

3

RCD805

Revitalizing Church and Community

3

RCD806

Healthy Church & Church Growth

3

RCD807

Theology of Ministry

3

 

Major requirement: 21 units

CPD901

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

3 Units

CPD902

Spiritual Formation and Counseling

3

CPD903

Counseling Theories and Methods

3

CPD904

Human & Family Development

3

CPD905

Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling

3

CPD906

Counseling Assessment & Research

3

CPD907

Counseling Techniques

3

 

Elective Requirement: 33 Units

CPD908

Biblical Resources for Counseling

3 Units

CPD909

Substance Abuse Counseling

3

CPD910

Marriage & Family Counseling

3

CPD911

Practicum

3

CPD912

Crisis and Grief Counseling

3

CPD913

Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling

3

CPD914

Counseling Children

3

CPD915

Counseling Adolescents

3

CPD916

Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling

3

CPD917

Treatment of Psychopathology

3

CPD918

Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders

3

 

 

Course Description (Doctor of Religious counseling psychology)

 

RCD801 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD802 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD803 Systematic Theology (3 units)

This course is to help the student gain, by his or her own efforts, a profound knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in comparison with other contemporary theologies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD804 Biblical Foundations of Mission (3 units)

An advanced examination of the biblical and theological foundations of mission, encompassing the mission of God expressed in his relationship with his people, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church from Pentecost onward. This course also examines various modern theologies of mission from the evangelical perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD805 Revitalizing Church and Community (3 units)

This course explores theories and theologies of congregational and community changes and transformation. Students will analyze how the changes occur and discover various methods church leaders can use in during the transformations in church and in community. The framework for these learning will be the student’s congregation in its social, political, economic, cultural and religious context. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD806 Healthy Church & Church Growth (3 units)

A survey of the biblical principles and crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of theological, sociological, and missiological elements. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD807 Theology of Ministry (3 units)

This course seeks to equip students with theological foundations for church ministry. It offers students an opportunity to pursue theological inquiry in view of a ministry-specific need, problem or challenge they are facing. It serves as a research tool related to the student’s dissertation project, informing the theological/biblical foundations component. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD901 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 units) 

This course provides an overview of professional issues within the field of clinical mental health counseling. This course focuses on the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the professional identity and role of clinical mental health counselors, the public and private practice of mental health counseling, and the general framework of consultation with other helping professionals. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD902 Spiritual Formation and Counseling (3 units) 

The course will address questions related to the interaction of the mind with classical approaches to spiritual formation with attention to specific actions designed to facilitate healthy spiritual development in both counselors and clients. Topics include the impact of trauma, family of origin issues, and neuroscience on spiritual growth. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD903 Counseling Theories and Methods (3 units)

A survey of contemporary counseling theories and techniques. Topics covered will include the counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional ethical issues in counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD904 Human & Family Development (3 units)

This course provides information regarding human development theory and research. Changing trends and issues are also explored with focus upon family life cycle variations. Emphasis is given to the application of scientific knowledge to select issues and thematic narratives of 317 lifespan development as well as to information regarding child development in families and their socio-cultural contexts. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD905 Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling (3 units)

This course will provide an introduction to many of the current issues that counselors and ministers face in terms of how culture impacts their work with others. Areas of focus include: theories of multicultural counseling; identity development; advocacy and social justice; characteristics and concerns when working with diverse groups nationally and internationally; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences designed to foster understanding of self and others; strategies for working competently with diverse populations; and counselors’ roles in promoting optimal wellness and growth of human spirit, mind and body as well as eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPD906 Counseling Assessment & Research (3 units)

This course is an examination of the use of assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Discussions include the purpose of counseling, education, and psychological assessment; client welfare; competence to use and interpret tests; informed consent; release of information; proper diagnosis; test selection; conditions of test administration; diversity and culture; test scoring and interpretation; test security; obsolete and outdated test results and test construction in counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

CPD907 Counseling Techniques (3 units) 

Practical application of basic helping skills, clinical documentation, and professional behaviors in counseling at the campus counseling center. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD908 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 units)

A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD909 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an introduction and overview of substance abuse/dependence counseling that includes alcohol, prescription and nonprescription drugs for adolescents and adults. Various theoretical models will be introduced along with the stages and process of change toward recovery. Assessment, interventions, treatment modalities, motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, effect of trauma on addiction, treatment planning, relapse prevention are included. Additionally, the impact of addiction on families and how addiction manifests itself on adult children will be addressed. Ethical issues in the treatment of substance abuse/dependence are discussed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD910 Marriage & Family Counseling (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of prominent history, theories family systems, strategies, techniques and practices when working with couples and families. This course provides an introduction to the theory, research, and practice of marriage and family counseling. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marriage/family systems, and the practice, marriage and family counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: CPD904

 

CPD911 Practicum (3 units)

Initial supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: CPD903

 

CPD912 Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 units)

An examination of the dynamics of a crisis or disaster, the recommended steps in crisis intervention, disaster mental health, and the role of the church in prevention as well as in a caring response. An examination of the dynamics within the person, family and community when severe or terminal illness has been diagnosed or the bereavement process has been initiated. The course also includes methods and resources for helping. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD913 Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an introduction and overview of addictions and their treatment. This overview includes both process (behavioral) and substance abuse addictions. The pathology of addiction and the effects of compulsive behavior on the individual and families are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Various theoretical models of addiction will be presented along with the process and stages of change toward recovery. Assessment, interventions, treatment modalities, motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, the effects of trauma on addiction, family dynamics, as well as relapse prevention are also included within the course framework. Additionally, the role of the church for the addicted individual and the development of support/recovery groups will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD914 Counseling Children (3 units)      

Specific training designed for counselors who work with young children (under age 12) whose ability to communicate feelings verbally is limited. Students practice play counseling techniques with other students and with child clients (when legally and ethically appropriate). Discussion includes research literature, which supports the appropriate utility of play counseling techniques with young children affected by circumstances such as divorce, single parenting, ADHD, and sexual abuse. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD915 Counseling Adolescents (3 units)

A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on intrapersonal dynamics of adolescents frequently referred to counselors. Counseling procedures, treatment plans and referral for resistant and recalcitrant youth will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD916 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 units)  

This course provides an examination of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation so that counselors can learn to be critical consumers of current and developing information related to the practice of counseling.  This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: CPD907

 

CPD917 Treatment of Psychopathology (3 units)

An advanced study of the etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Focus on using biopsychosocial framework and counseling theory to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Course includes a review of empirically supported treatments and discussion about etiology and treatment from a Christian perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

CPD918 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (3 units)

This course provides an examination and practical use of the current edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders and an understanding of the International Classification of Diseases. This course focuses on conducting mental status examinations, and on the development and recognition of a framework for identifying symptomatology, etiology, and psychodynamics of mental and emotional disorders. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None