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The Counseling Psychology program equips students with knowledge and practical skills for general psychology and counseling, all taught from a Christian worldview. Additionally, students will learn applied skills in pastoral counseling, educational psychology, and general psychology among others—which increases their marketability for jobs and graduate education. The need for skilled counselors and psychologists has increased due to the rise in demand for mental health services.
The Counseling Psychology can also help students serve those who struggle with dependency and addiction. Learners will study the problems of family addiction, substance abuse disorders, treatment, crisis intervention, and trauma counseling.
After completing the Counseling Psychology degree, graduates may pursue licensure. Contact the appropriate certifying or licensing body in your state to learn the qualifying standards for local or national certification or licensure.
PSY100 - Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits
This course provides students with basic knowledge of psychology in order to better understand the psychological needs of people, how to understand human behavior and how to deal with interpersonal problems while integrating Christianity and Psychology. A Biblical view of human beings, their behavior and their relationship to learning is the starting point of the course.
SPF100 - Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits
This course focuses on how the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for service, a development of a plan for lifelong spiritual growth, and appreciation for the historic spiritual disciplines. Drawing on the fields of cognitive development, moral development, and physical development, this course will focus on the process of spiritual development; how it happens in identifiable, sequential stages (i.e. James Fowler). Learners will also unpack the five aspects of the human personality—cognitive, physical, affective, moral, and relational—and discover how each contributes to our spiritual formation.
CPSY100 - Counseling Techniques & Theories of Counseling - 3 credits
This course is an overview of basic counseling skills. The major focus will be on the development of fundamental counseling skills, including listening, empathy training, and basic interviewing. Issues regarding the development of the therapeutic relationship, cultural diversity, and the impact of the counselor on the counseling process will be covered. This course will also introduce theories of counseling and psychotherapy to prepare students to conceptualize problems and respond with appropriate, evidence-based interventions and techniques. Students will become familiar with the origin, key concepts, and interventions and techniques of each of the theories presented. Students will develop an awareness of how counseling theories drive the treatment process and apply theories to diverse case studies. A major focus of this course is to support students as they develop their personal theoretical orientation.
PSY110 - Social Psychology - 3 credits
Study research on individual behavior in its social context. Figure out the answer to why do we do what we do. Learn why we act a certain way in our social environment, and how we interact with other individuals. Dive deep in the world of a social psychologists, as they try to figure out how the environment affects our behavior, and how our behavior affects our environment.
CPSY200 - Adolescent Counseling - 3 credits
This course examines central issues in teen counseling and psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic, play, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral treatment approaches. Emphasis is placed on the high-frequency problems for which adolescents enter therapy.
CPSY210 - Child Psychology - 3 credits
This course focuses on the development of a child's language, personality and thinking. Students also focus on the external factors affecting a child's development, including their environment at home and at school. Proper discipline, teaching styles and communication styles are all based on understanding the psychology of childhood, which changes and develops over time.
CPSY220 - Biblical Foundations of Psychology - 3 credits
This course lays a foundation to help students integrate their Christian faith with effective counseling practice. Students will learn to integrate a Christian worldview with culturally sensitive issues. Students will learn to become active listening, empathy, genuineness - which are essential to facilitate the counseling process. Emphasis is placed on the nature and purpose of human beings from a biblical perspective as well as ethical issues pertinent to Christian counseling.
CPSY230 - Mental Health, Anxiety, & Depression - 3 credits
Students will learn to combine psychotherapy with problem-solving to help individuals, couples, families, and groups dealing with a variety of mental health issues.
CPSY300 - Empathy - 3 credits
This course delves into the social and emotional skills that sustain positive relationships. It highlights the foundational and related skills of empathy and “emotional intelligence,”. Learn the skills of identifying and regulating your own feelings, as well as tuning into the feelings of others and understanding their perspectives.
CSPY310 - Strategies of Counseling & Therapy - 3 credits
Learn about the different types of therapy that psychologist use when trying to better understand a client: psychoanalysis therapy, behavior therapy cognitive therapy, and humanistic therapy. Many therapists don't tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client's needs.
CPSY320 - Addictive Disorders - 3 credits
Students are provided with a foundation for counseling clients who have both substance-related and behavioral addictions. In this course, students examine historical perspectives and current trends in addiction treatment, as well as the biological and environmental influences on the etiology of addiction. Techniques and processes for assessment and diagnosis are examined in the context of individual, group, and systemic perspectives, with attention given to developmental and multicultural influences on addiction. Influences of public policy and advocacy on addiction and treatment are also examined.
CPSY330 - Group Counseling - 3 credits
An introduction to social and interpersonal influences on behavior, group dynamics, developmental stages of a group, and an overview of theoretical approaches to group counseling. Students examine the types of counseling groups as well as the unique leadership skills required for each type of group.
CPSY400 - Crisis, Trauma, And Disaster Response - 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the personal and systemic impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on individuals, couples, families, and communities. Students examine theories and response models as they relate to sexual trauma, crisis in individuals and families, crisis in the community, and crisis in the nation and in the world. They explore and discuss topics related to counselor competencies, vicarious trauma and counter transference, specific diagnoses, and advocacy. Students also engage in assignments designed to provide practical application of crisis assessment. Through contemporary articles and case studies, they consider and discuss cultural, legal, and ethical issues related to crisis, trauma, and disaster events and response.
CPSY410 - Marriage and Family Counseling - 3 credits
An important skill for clinicians to have is a fundamental understanding of the dynamics and functioning of couples and families. Students in this course are introduced to concepts and applications in theoretical perspectives and techniques, classical schools of thought, and recent developments in couples and family therapy. Students explore culture, gender, and ethnicity factors in family development. They also review and compare theoretical frameworks in couples and family therapy, including psychosocial, psychodynamic, strategic, cognitive-behavioral, and social constructionist models. Additionally, students assess the roles of culture, spirituality, and values in understanding families.
CSPY420 - College & Career Counseling - 3 credits
This course will prepare graduates to become guidance counselors as well as career counselors. They will learn how to identify and understand family and cultural influences as they relate to a student’s future when picking a college or career after high school. Students will also learn the role of how a college and career counselor helps adults find their purpose and future career: Challenging adults to examine their future career within a larger context including work-life balance, passion, family, and community. Students will study employment trends, the labor market, salaries, and economic forecasts related to occupational fields - in order to help students and adults make critical life decisions.
LOWER AND UPPER DIVISION TOTAL CREDITS: 45 Credits
(Students are required to all of the lower division courses and upper division courses)
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits
This study covers major areas of analytic philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics, ethics, cognitive philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of the sciences. Students will be challenged to wrestle with issues of moral behavior and the nature of good and evil.
WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits
Critical reading and writing; emphasizes strategies of academic discourse. Discovers, organizes and develops ideas in relation to the writer's purpose, subject and audience. Emphasizes modes of written discourse and effective use of rhetorical principles.
WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits
This course is designed to challenge students to compose original forms of writing, poetry, drama and fiction. The curriculum will increase vocabulary, teach creative writing techniques, and explore major works in creative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits
This course introduces students to a diverse collection of literature from authors around the world. The class will include reading, analyzing, and discussing various genres of literature and is designed to provide awareness of literary elements in poetry, fiction, and drama. A thematic approach will be used, and literature will be analyzed from a Christian perspective.
COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits
Develop an understanding of how communities gather, communicate, and seek a place where their relational, prophetic, and spiritual needs are met. Students will learn how to use the discernment process to develop forms of communication and practices to build relationships. Students will learn effective communication in one-on-one situations, effective small group tools, for a variety of settings. Areas for application include public speaking, mass communication, business presentations, organizational communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.
MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits
The course is designed to develop fluency in working with linear equations including writing, graphing and solving linear equations and the use of radical and rational expressions. The course will introduce the practical application of statistical analysis, provide an introduction to geometry, congruence, symmetry, and measurement, and will cover algebraic expressions and equations and their manipulation and use in problem solving and word problems.
PED100 – Sports & Physical Education - 2 credits
(Students will have the choice of the following, PED101- Basketball, PED102- Soccer, PED103- Volleyball, PED104- Golf)
Introduces physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as a global economic and cultural force. Through this course, Students will form theoretical and theological foundation for the study of Sports Ministry, develop a Christ-centered, Biblical and theological framework for their ministries, and gain a deeper understanding of how sports and Sports Ministry can change lives.
GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits
Students will explore the relationships and how to understand cultures in ways that create change in people and communities, igniting change on the local, societal, and national levels. Macro and micro-development perspectives provide strategies that are vital in understanding Christ’s message to the world regarding global development and justice.
HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits
Designed to familiarize students with basic facts of world history, and culture and the impact and interactions of the world community., This course will examine the development of and interactions between people, states and civilizations around the world beginning with the foundations of civilization to the Renaissance.
HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits
An introduction to early church history beginning with the desert fathers. Attention is given to the philosophies of history, a study of the early church, its officers and polity, early heresies, early church councils, early church persecution, the development of church hierarchy, monasticism, early missions, the Crusades, the reformation, and the modern global spread of Christianity.
ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits
Provides an introduction to the understanding, history, and enjoyment of art through the study of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and the decorative arts. Students gain an awareness of meaning, functions, and significance of art, while learning an art-related vocabulary and a set of analytical tools for discussing and understanding art from around the world.
MUS100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits
An introductory course in music theory and composition, with the fundamentals of that subject. The course will also cover elements of music and media of performance in historical perspective and provide a basic background in music literature.
SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits
Students will develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will acquire an intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and the world. The focus in class is on using Spanish to exchange real-life information and ideas, and on the functional grammar and vocabulary to accomplish this.
SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits
Students will continue their development of functional proficiency in Spanish. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through grammar and composition, as well as build upon their vocabulary. They will deepen their intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and world.
BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits
This course is a study of the theology of the Old Testament in terms of its progressive unfolding of the truth of redemption as it finds its consummation in Jesus Christ. Topics to be covered in the course include the nature and method of biblical theology, the distinctiveness of biblical theology in contrast to systematic theology, the nature and extent of God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the new covenant.
BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credits
This course will focus on the Story of Redemption portrayed in the Book of John. An introductory examination of the characteristics of John’s Gospel together with an analytical and expository study of the contents of this Gospel, and an overview of the New Testament, including the gospels, the Pauline epistles, and Revelation.
SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits
This course focuses on how the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for service, a development of a plan for lifelong spiritual growth, and appreciation for the historic spiritual disciplines. Drawing on the fields of cognitive development and moral development, this course will focus of the process of spiritual development; how it happens in identifiable, sequential stages (i.e. James Fowler). Learners will also unpack the five aspects of the human personality—cognitive, physical, affective, moral, and relational—and discover how each contributes to our spiritual formation.
JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits
This course establishes the biblical foundation for social justice and compassion; from the Pentateuch to Christ. Students will study the heroes of justice and compassion through history. The course will provide grounding for understanding the connection between spiritual formation and justice, and the necessity of doing justice and compassion today.
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 55 Credits
GENERAL ELECTIVES: 20
(Any college level courses will fulfill general electives requirements)
TOTAL CREDITS FOR COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY: 120 Credits