This course is a fundamental study of the work and ministry of a biblical counselor. The course provides biblical examples of constructive and destructive counseling and uses the truth of Scripture to illuminate the biblical counselor’s role and relationship with the counselee. The student will learn principles for the counselor’s self-awareness and self-care; when to make referrals; the counselor’s duty to warn and to treat; and how to help counselees with personal problems such as addiction, anxiety, and guilt. The student will also learn approaches for premarital and marital counseling.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1.Define counseling as a pastoral gift, and summarize the roles, aims, and tools of biblical counseling.2.Explain the importance of counselor self-awareness and sound ethical practice in biblical counseling, and list the benefits of supervision for the biblical counselor.3.Summarize how to help individuals who struggle with addiction, anger, anxiety, or low self-esteem.4.Outline how prevention can aid in maintaining good mental health.5.Explain what blocks good mental health and how to remove those blocks.6.Name ways the biblical counselor can help depressed and grieving people.7.Define guilt, and explain how the biblical counselor can help people who struggle with guilt.8.Indicate how to help Christians maintain healthy sexuality and how to help engaged couples.9.Identify ways to help improve marital communication and conflict resolution.
Mode of Study
•Lecture•Video (in progress)•Student interaction •Hands on
•50 objective multiple choice questions•Online or pencil and paper•Passmark 70%
This course will not:• Help students obtain a license as a counselor from which they would receive a fee.• Make students experts in the more technical aspects of the science of counseling and psychology.• Help students get into a graduate program in counseling.This course will:• Provide a broad overview of the work of the biblical counselor for application in the ministry context.• Provide awareness of when pastors are called upon to help in areas that are beyond their knowledge and experience; some issues may require intervention by a more highly trained and skilled mental health professional.• Provide information that will enable the counselor to do no harm while attempting to help.• Provide specific skills for counseling an individual who has threatened suicide or counseling victims of abuse.