This course offers a general introduction to basic concepts and distinctive features of biblical counseling. Students will discuss what biblical counseling is and what it involves, the role of the counselor in biblical counseling, the different kinds of counseling that are needed, the place of counseling in the ministry of the church and how biblical counseling theory and practice relate to and differ from some of the more common secular models and theories. Part of the course will involve a personal improvement project in which the student will evaluate his own counseling qualifications, design a plan for improving some area of his life, put that plan into action, and then evaluate his progress as the course draws to a close.
BC502 - ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF A BIBLICAL COUNSELOR
This course will help the student to understand the Christ-like character and functional qualities of the discipler/counselor. The course will also provide the environment for self-examination for present and future growth, both in his personal walk with Jesus Christ and as a skilled biblical counselor.
BC503 - METHODS OF BIBLICAL CHANGE
This course provides an overview of the counseling process presenting a comprehensive methodological model for promoting biblical change in people. The goal of this course is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures in the process of helping people.
This course offers a consideration of the theological realities that form the basis of a proper approach to counseling. Special emphasis is given to the nature of God and of man (fallen and unfallen), a biblical definition of the image of God, the nature of sin, the realities of regeneration and progressive sanctification, the concept of “the flesh” (old man/new man), an understanding of the heart/mind as used in Scripture and the place of the local church in the ministry of counseling. Pre-Requisite: BC511 before or concurrent with BC512 before or concurrent with BC513.
BC518 - COUNSELING FROM PROVERBS
This course is an expositional study of the book of Proverbs with its special relevance to counseling.
BC519 - COUNSELING FROM ECCLESIASTES
This course is designed to help the counselor to work with individuals who are strugging with a materialistic cosmology.
This course is designed to apply the biblical principles taught in the Introduction to Biblical Counseling (BC501) and the Methods of Biblical Change (BC503) courses to a range of specific counseling problems. Topics discussed include anger, fear, depression, homosexuality, anxiety, eating disorders, incest, child abuse, counseling youth, counseling divorcees, and crisis counseling. During the second semester of this course, each student will research and present to the class a detailed biblical counseling outline for a teacher-approved counseling issue.
This course is an introduction to the science and art of interpretation, with special attention to the application of Scripture to counseling. Various interpretive approaches on key scriptural passages will be examined, especially as they relate to the biblical counselor and his task.
BC542 - MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELING
Marriage and family problems are present in the majority of counseling cases. This course will give an overview of general marriage and family counseling issues relating to the content and process of counseling. It will then proceed to specifically deal with some of the major difficulties that troubled marriages and families experience from a biblical perspective. Included in the course are discussions of the biblical basis and purposes of marriage, family stages, in-law problems, developing unity, husband/wife roles and responsibilities, correcting communication problems and how to resolve conflicts that arise.
BC556 - ACBC MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR
All students are encouraged to seek membership in and certification by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). This seminar will prepare the student for membership by taking the Theological and the Counselors Exams and and by beginning supervised counseling as part of their ACBC membership process. Pre-Requisite: BC511, BC512 (BC513), BC590.
BC560 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION
This course is designed to help the student think biblically about conflict and how to respond to conflicts in a way the glorifies the Lord. In particular, the student will be taught a model and a plan for how to think about struggles in relationships and evaluate their own typical patters of response. These principles apply to business and the church but there will be special focus on handling marriage difficulties.
BC572 - WOMEN COUNSELING WOMEN
This course outlines the basic concepts and distinctive features of woman-to-woman biblical counseling, in order to equip women to fulfill their scriptural mandate to mentor/counsel other women and bring ultimate glory to God. It will focus on Gospel-centered counseling in the context of one Christian woman coming alongside another woman with words of truth from God's Word in the context of relationship to encourage, admonish, comfort, and challenge. Emphasis will be placed on practical principles of gospel application, the qualifications of the biblical counselors, the roles of the counselor in the ministry of the local church, and the key aspects of progressive sanctification.
BC590 - COUNSELING PRACTICUM
This course is designed to consider the practical application of the principles of biblical counseling and the various methodological aspects of the counseling process. The course will include student participation in counseling as a counselor, counselee, and an observer. These activities will form the basis of seminar discussions where counseling will be analyzed from a biblical perspective. The goal of this course is to help the student learn, evaluate and sharpen their practical counseling skills. Prerequisites: BC501, BC503, BC511, BC531.
BC591 - COUNSELING OBSERVATION
This course consists of observations and discussions of video tapes of counseling sessions. It is designed to help the student learn practical skills in counseling by observation, evaluation, critique and discussion. BC501, BC503.
This is a supervised and evaluated internship, consisting of at least two actual counseling sessions per week, and a total of 25 hours of counseling. Assistance will be provided for the student in obtaining counseling opportunities. Prerequisites: All core courses.
BC597 - PRACTICUM IN TEACHING
A faculty-directed practicum concerning the principles and practices of effective teaching of Biblical Counseling in conjunction with a semester-long teaching opportunity. Emphasis will be placed on teaching technique, the learning process, and curricular design. Prerequisite: All core courses.
BC598 - Thesis Research
This guided independent research requires the student to produce and present a counseling topic in a seminar format. The presentation must deliver biblically researched solutions to a precise counseling problem, taking the form of a 20 to 30 page, fully documented outline. Presentation topics are approved by the Thesis Coordinator; research is pursued under an appointed faculty advisor. Prerequisites: All core courses.
BC600 - Thesis Composition
This guided independent research requires the student to advance a thesis, presenting the biblical understanding and counseling methodology for a specific problem that could be encountered in counseling, taking the form of a 100 to 120 page, fully documented paper. Thesis topics are approved by the Department Chair and the Thesis Coordinator; research and composition are pursued under an appointed faculty advisor. Prerequisites: All core courses.