The minor in Counseling is a program of study designed to provide the student with fundamentals of counseling practice integrated with biblical and theological truth. Coursework for the Counseling minor can be used to fulfill some elective requirements in a major area of study. A minor in Counseling provides the basic tools for effective people-helping and gives foundational knowledge should a student desire to pursue graduate study in counseling or psychology. The program does not enable an individual to enter into professional counseling as a vocation.
Program Director: Benjamin Mathew
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate a general knowledge of the Bible and major theological concepts with psychological theory.
- Evidence awareness and understanding of the issues and problems that people face in life from a thoroughly-biblical point of view.
- Evidence awareness of and the ability to evaluate secular and Christian psychological theories and practices from a sound biblical and theological point of view.
- Develop fundamental counseling skills within a thoroughly-biblical framework, focused on ministry.
- Develop a deep level of dedication to people and to a ministry of helping them with their lives in a way that is honoring to God.
The following courses must be taken in prerequisite order:
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
- Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
- Marital and Family Therapy (COU 221) or Addictive Behaviors (COU 422)
- Methods and Techniques of Counseling (COU 311)
- Group Dynamics (COU 321) or Multicultural Counseling Techniques (COU 322)
- Crisis Intervention Counseling (COU 411)
- Ethics and Issues of Counseling (COU 412)
20 credit hours