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Counseling for Behavioral and Emotional Distress

This course provides an overview of evidence-based, theologically-sound counseling strategies for working with those with behavioral and emotional distress. Special attention will be given to behavioral and chemical
addictions as well.

Intended Outcomes

  • You will understand:
    • An integrated view of psychopathology that is based on social science research and biblical truths.
    • A pastor’s role in caring for the mental and relational needs within the church.
    • The etiology and treatment of various forms of behavioral and emotional disorders.
  • You will appreciate:
    • The impact of relationships on the development of psychopathology as well as the importance of monitoring relationships throughout the treatment process.
    • The value of being able to navigate the contemporary categorization system as a means of provide competent care.
    • The role of the church in providing support and accountability to those in distress and their families.
  • You will be able to:
    • Explain the symptomology and treatment options for key behavioral and emotional disorders.
    • Successfully defend a plan for developing and implementing a successful counseling ministry within the local church.
    • Conceptualize counseling cases in a theologically-sensitive framework.

Assignment Overview

Students report spending 6-8 hours on homework as a weekly average.

  • Three papers, one on each of the main textbooks. The purpose of these papers is to demonstrate understanding of the reading and ability to assimilate what you’ve learned and to reinforce the knowledge, values, and skills gained from the reading.
  • Pre- and post-course reflection papers. These will give you a chance to measure your own growth as a result of this class.
  • Regularly assigned textbook and article readings.
  • Weekly discussion forums on a prompt from the professor.
  • Weekly live synchronous video class meetings.

Professor

Dr. Andrew Graham
Andrew Graham

Textbooks

  • Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal (2nd edition) by Barrett W. McRay, Mark A. Yarhouse, and Richard E. Butman.
  • Integrative Psychotherapy: Toward a Comprehensive Christian Approach by Mark R. McMinn and Clark D. Campbell.
  • Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson.

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