Course Requirements

Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry (36 units)

Student Learning Outcomes

In association with each concept, students graduating with an M.A. in Counseling Ministry will be able to:

 Content Knowledge and Theories consistent with the Standards of Christian counseling          principles

              -Articulate knowledge of the Biblical understanding of people and relationships
              -Knowledge of the Bible as the primary source of Truth and understanding of reality
              -Understand the Biblical view of human development across the lifespan
              -Articulate the Biblical view of the origin, purpose, constitution, and practice of marriage,  family,  and parenting
              -Develop a holistic understanding of abnormality including biological, psychosocial, and  spiritual  categories and concepts
              -Articulate and apply a Biblical understanding of people, problems, and healing in relational  contexts
              -Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and practice of counseling ministry
              -Apply Biblical prescriptions for relationships within a local congregation that help people    heal
              -Develop a relational approach to people helping within the local congregation

  Critical thinking skills, analysis and synthesis of the research across the Christian           literature-

              -Think critically about Biblical Truth, people and relationships trough the use of analysis and  synthesis for problem solving and the integration of evidence from diverse contexts
              -Compare and contrast Biblical concepts to understand personal experiences in human  development across the lifespan and compare and contrast with other behavioral science  frameworks
              -Compare and contrast the Biblical view of the origin, purpose, constitution, and practice of  marriage, family, and parenting with other worldviews
              -Use Biblical concepts to demonstrate critical thinking and understanding of abnormality as it  applies in biological, psychosocial and spiritual concepts
              -Differentiate from the behavioral sciences and the Biblical prescriptions for relationships  within a  local congregation that helps people heal

 Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy and research skills consistent  with the standards of Christian Counseling -

            -Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the Christian Counseling literature,  applying  fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective  conclusion  resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
            -Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing  a  strong an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity Project management: team  work  skills;  informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies  to the  workplace  and professional environments

 Core Requirements (36 units)

CBS500 Cngrgtnl & Prfssnl Counslng Appl

A comparison and analysis of the foundations, theories, scope of practice and applications of Professional MFT vs. Pastoral and Church Based Counseling. Emphasis will be toward an understanding of the differences, complementary aspects, and possible models for mutual referrals and cooperation between these two approaches. (3 units; Summer)

CBS505 Theology as a Behavioral Science

An overview of philosophy and theology systems as ancient and contemporary behavioral sciences. Students will understand the application of theology as a counseling application as distinct from an apologetic system. (3 units; Summer)

CBS510 Law & Ethics Church Based Couns

An examination and explanation of current laws and ethical issues affecting Pastoral Counselors and Church Based Counseling applications. (3 units; Summer)à=)¢

CBS520 Hmn Dvlpmnt Thru Bibl Life-Cycle

A general overview of life development following the Biblical Stages from birth through death with emphasis on the relational skills, roles and rituals associated with each stage. (3 units; Spring)

CBS520-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/08/2018 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

CBS530 Congregation as Healing Communty

A general understanding of the dynamics of congregational life to personal development and adjustment necessary in maintaining healthy marital, family and personal relationships in community context. Emphasis will be placed on the congregational structure and dynamics necessary for the application of life-to-life and other congregational counseling models. (3 units; Fall)

CBS530-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 356

CBS535 Marr & Fam Ministry/Congregation

The course examines the content and approaches to Marriage and Family Ministry within the local congregation. It surveys the approaches presently used by various congregations and compares their respective strengths and weaknesses. It also addresses the present controversy and battle between civil and religious marriage, the emergence of Gender-Neutral marriage, and the implications for religious traditions which do not treat marriage as a sacrament. (3 units; Fall)

CBS535-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 166

CBS540 A Theology of Helping People

A survey of Christian approaches to counseling and relational healing with application to a life-to-life model of counseling in the congregation. Theology as a counseling Theory will also be addressed (3 units; Spring)

CBS540-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/08/2018 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

CBS545 Srvy Church Based Counslng Prgm

A survey of specific programs of Church Based Counseling and their application in a congregational setting. (3 units; Fall)

CBS545-A
Lamberth, Scott L.
09/05/2017 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 104

CBS546 Relational Counseling Techniques

An examination of the relational skills and settings that establish and maintain an effective counseling relationship in a congregational setting. (2 units; Spring)

CBS546-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

CBS550 Church Based Counsling Practcm I

Supervised counseling experience in a congregational setting. This course assists the student in establishing a practicum position in a congregation, selection of a supervisor, and the parameters of counseling ministry under the Counseling Ministry program. Pass/Fail. (1 unit; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS550-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Instructor OFFC
CBS550-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

CBS555 Church Based Counsel Practicm II

Supervised counseling experience in a congregational setting. This course continues supervised counseling experience in an established congregational site. Prerequisite: CBS 550. Pass/Fail. (1 unit; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS555-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Instructor OFFC
CBS555-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

CBS560 Church Based Cnslng Prcticum III

Supervised counseling experience in a congregational setting. This course assists students in the culminating supervised counseling experience in an established congregational site. (1 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS560-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Instructor OFFC
CBS560-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

CBS566 Pathology Abnormality & Sin

This course introduces the student to the general categories and theories of physical illness, mental health and spiritual transgression. The student will become familiar with theories of psychology related to the DSM, related health issues and the Biblical theology of hamartiology. General concerns include the relationship of illness and mental health to righteous behavior and the use of holistic models of the person in addressing repentance, restitution and reconciliation of relationships with self, others, and God. (3 units; Fall)

CBS566-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 356

CBS575 Rdngs in Christian Behav Sci

A reading course in which the student will develop an extended annotated reading list in Christian Behavioral Science texts. This course may be repeated with a change in topic for a maximum of fifteen units. (1-3 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS575-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 104
CBS575-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

Professional Ministry Concentration (14 additional units)
Designed for the credentialed clergy who follow a more clinical approach within and beyond the local congregation. Admission into the Professional Ministry Program required. 

PSY500 Diversity Issues in Counsel Psy

Examination of the effects of therapeutic interventions on culturally distinct populations. (3 units; Summer)

PSY515 Human Sexuality

Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction with an overview of physiology. (2 units; Summer)

PSY535 Advanced Psychopathology

Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress, maladaptive development, and faulty learning. Includes an in depth study of anxiety disorders, character personality, and the psychoses. (3 units; Spring)

PSY535-A
Vazquez, Veola E.
01/08/2018 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
PSY535-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
PSY535-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

PSY580 Family Therapy I

An examination of the philosophical and theoretical suppositions of the major schools of family therapy. Emphasis on the historical and contemporary context of systems theory and family therapy.(3 units; Fall)

PSY580-D
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 191
PSY580-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 356
PSY580-B
Olson, Timothy Michael
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191
PSY580-C
Olson, Ruth Y.
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191

PSY585 Family Therapy II

Concentration on the therapeutic techniques of the various schools of family therapy discussed in Family Therapy I. Students are encouraged to develop specific family therapy skills through the use of videotape feedback, coaching, and classroom demonstration. Prerequisite: PSY 580. (3 units; Spring)

PSY585-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/08/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
PSY585-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
PSY585-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
PSY585-D
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/08/2018 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
PSY585-E
Deulen, Angela A.
01/08/2018 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

Research Thesis Concentration (12 additional units)

Students choosing this concentration will complete the same core program but will focus on preparing to engage in direct research related to Professional and Ministry Counseling in the congregational context.

CBS575 Rdngs in Christian Behav Sci

A reading course in which the student will develop an extended annotated reading list in Christian Behavioral Science texts. This course may be repeated with a change in topic for a maximum of fifteen units. (1-3 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS575-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 104
CBS575-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM TBA

CBS580 Thesis Proposal

A guided development of a thesis proposal including the submission and approval of the proposal by the Thesis Committee. This course may be repeated twice for credit. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS580-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CBS580-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

CBS585 Thesis Research

Independent research toward the completion of the approved thesis. This course may be repeated twice for credit. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS585-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CBS585-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

CBS590 Thesis Writing and Presentation

Final writing and oral presentation of the approved thesis. This course may be repeated twice for credit (2 units; Fall, Spring, Summer)

CBS590-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
CBS590-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/08/2018 - Instructor OFFC

*CBS575 may be repeated with a change in topic for a maximum of fifteen units.  Six units are required under this concentration.