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The Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of mental health and human services. Taught from a Christian worldview, this program focuses on the study of psychological theories, research methods, and the application of counseling skills and techniques for individuals and groups. The curriculum covers a range of topics, including abnormal psychology, human development, pastoral counseling, ethics in counseling, and counseling theories and techniques.
The program emphasizes the importance of ethical and culturally sensitive practice and prepares graduates to work with individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds. Students will develop their interpersonal and communication skills, as well as their ability to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat mental health issues. 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 Psychology of Personal Development is a course that explores the psychological principles and theories that underlie personal growth and development. Students will learn about the key factors such as living a healthy and effective lifestyle, human behavior, and how to integrate faith into Psychology. Key topics will include self-awareness, listening, goal setting, and interpersonal communication. Students will also examine the ways in which individual differences and cultural factors influence personal development and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own life experiences and growth. SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits Spiritual Formation & Soul Care is a course designed to help students cultivate a deeper understanding of the spiritual life and develop habits for spiritual growth and well-being. This course will explore the biblical foundations of spiritual formation and provide practical tools for students to care for their soul and nurture their relationship with God Students will learn about various spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship, fasting, and Bible study, and will be encouraged to practice these habits in their own lives. The course will also examine the role of community in spiritual formation, including the importance of relationships, accountability, and support. CPSY100 - Counseling Theories & Techniques - 3 credits Counseling Theories & Techniques is a foundational course in the study of counseling and psychotherapy. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the major counseling theories and techniques used by mental health professionals. The course will cover the history and evolution of counseling, including the major theories of psychotherapy, such as humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and existential/phenomenological approaches. Students will learn about the theories and techniques used by therapists in each of these approaches, including the use of talk therapy, mindfulness, and behavioral interventions. In addition to lectures and discussions, this course will involve hands-on learning experiences such as role-plays, case studies, and group projects. This will allow students to apply what they have learned to real-world scenarios and to gain practical experience in the use of counseling theories and techniques. PSY110 - Social Psychology - 3 credits Social Psychology is a course that explores the scientific study of how individuals think, feel, and behave in social settings. This course will examine the ways in which social influences, such as culture, group dynamics, and interpersonal relationships, impact our thoughts, feelings, and actions. The course will cover key topics in the field of social psychology, including social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, interpersonal relationships, group behavior, and cultural and cross-cultural psychology. Students will learn about classical and contemporary theories, as well as current research, in these areas and be introduced to the methods and techniques used in social psychological research. CPSY200 - Adolescent Counseling - 3 credits Adolescent Counseling is a course designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and developmental needs of adolescents. This course will examine the physiological, psychological, and social changes that occur during adolescence and the impact these changes can have on mental health and well-being. The course will explore a range of theories and techniques for working with adolescents, including individual and family counseling, group therapy, and other evidence-based approaches. Students will learn how to assess the specific needs of adolescents and develop individualized treatment plans, as well as gain experience in leading group sessions and working with families. In addition to theoretical foundations, this course will also provide students with practical skills in communication and active listening, conflict resolution, and cultural competence. CPSY210 - Child Psychology - 3 credits Child Psychology is a course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the physical, cognitive, and emotional development of children from infancy through adolescence. Developmental milestones, theories of personality and intelligence, and the influence of environmental and cultural influences on development will all be covered in this course, along with the major ideas and empirical research in child psychology. In addition to the developmental disorders and psychopathologies that can impact children, students will gain knowledge of the critical areas of child development, including perception, language, cognition, and socializing. Along with looking at how families, schools, and other institutions influence children's development, this course will also look at interventions and treatments for kids who have behavioral or developmental issues. CPSY220 - Biblical Foundations of Psychology - 3 credits Biblical Foundations of Psychology is designed to introduce students to the ways in which biblical principles can inform and shape the study and practice of psychology. Topics will include an overview of the history of psychology, examination of key biblical concepts related to human nature, emotion, motivation, and relationships, and the integration of these concepts into various psychological theories and approaches. Students will also consider ethical and cultural implications of a biblical perspective on psychology and engage in discussions on how this foundation can inform their future work as counselors, therapists, or mental health professionals. The course will challenge students to think deeply and critically about the intersection of faith and psychology, and to consider the role of spirituality in the healing and growth process. CPSY230 - Mental Health, Anxiety, & Depression - 3 credits Mental Health, Anxiety, & Depression is an in-depth examination of mental health issues related to anxiety and depression. Students will study various psychological theories, models, and interventions for treating anxiety and depression, including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches. Topics will include the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these conditions. Additionally, students will explore the impact of anxiety and depression on individuals, families, and communities, and will be introduced to current research on evidence-based practices for managing these conditions.
CPSY300 - Empathy - 3 credits Empathy focuses on the development and expression of empathy, a critical aspect of emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships. Students will explore the theoretical foundations of empathy, including its definition, components, and benefits, as well as the differences between empathy and related concepts, such as sympathy and compassion. Through lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, students will learn how to cultivate and practice empathy in various settings and with different populations, including people from different cultures, ages, and backgrounds. Furthermore, the course will examine the role of empathy in various fields and professions, including healthcare, education, counseling, and social work. Students will also study the limitations and potential obstacles to empathy and will learn strategies for overcoming them. Finally, the course will explore the impact of empathy on personal well-being and mental health, as well as its influence on the development of healthy relationships and communities. CPSY310 - Strategies of Counseling & Therapy - 3 credits Strategies of Counseling & Therapy will teach students various counseling and therapy strategies used in mental health and well-being practices. Students will learn how to assess client needs, develop therapeutic goals, and implement evidence-based interventions. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on their counseling skills in a supportive and supervised environment. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with a solid foundation of counseling skills, knowledge, and practice, as well as the ability to adapt and integrate various strategies to meet the unique needs of clients. CPSY320 - Addictive Disorders - 3 credits Addictive Disorders provides an in-depth examination of the complexities and impacts of addictive illnesses. From substance abuse and gambling to alcohol and sex addiction, students will gain an understanding of the various forms of addiction and their effects on individuals, families, and society. The course will delve into the neurological, psychological, and evidence-based approaches to therapy, intervention, and prevention. Additionally, students will explore the critical role of family and community in the healing process, as well as ethical and legal considerations in addiction treatment. The course material will be delivered through engaging lectures, group discussions, real-life case studies, and hands-on exercises, providing students with a well-rounded education in the field of addictive disorders. CPSY330 - Group Counseling - 3 credits Group Counseling explores the theories and practices of group therapy, including group dynamics, group facilitation, and the use of different therapeutic interventions in group settings. The course will cover a variety of group modalities, such as support groups, process-oriented groups, and skill-building groups. Students will also examine ethical and legal issues that arise in group counseling, as well as the role of diversity and culture in group therapy. Upon completion of the course, students will be equipped to lead and facilitate effective, evidence-based group counseling sessions for a wide range of clients and settings. CPSY400 - Crisis, Trauma, & Disaster Response - 3 credits Crisis, Trauma, & Disaster Response focuses on the theories, concepts, and best practices of crisis, trauma, and disaster response. Students will learn about the psychological and emotional impact of crisis, trauma, and disasters, and how to provide appropriate interventions and support to individuals, families, and communities affected by such events. Topics covered include theories of trauma, types of crisis and disasters, assessment and treatment of individuals, group and community interventions, and ethical and legal considerations in disaster response. CPSY410 - Marriage & Family Counseling - 3 credits Marriage & Family Counseling is a course designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the theories and practices of working with couples and families in a therapeutic setting. Students will learn about the various types of family and couple relationships, and the impact of various life events and stressors on those relationships. The course will examine various theories of couples and family therapy, including systems and structural theory, narrative therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the assessment and diagnosis of couple and family issues, and the techniques used in treatment. CPSY420 - College & Career Counseling - 3 credits College & Career Counseling is designed to teach students the role, theories, and practices of college counselors, career counselors, and guidance counselors. Topics will include the college search process for high school students, assistance with the college application process, and helping graduates find their passion for work after college. Additionally, 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. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to help individuals make informed decisions about their college and career goals.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits Introduction to Philosophy is a course that provides students with an overview of the major branches and themes of philosophy. The nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, religious philosophy, and the nature of human existence will all be topics covered by students as they examine both traditional and modern philosophers' perspectives. Students will get the chance to participate in philosophical debates, examine and assess arguments, and hone their own critical thinking abilities. The course will provide a historical perspective on the development of philosophy and will encourage students to think deeply about fundamental questions and to reflect on their own beliefs and values. WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits College Composition is a foundational course that prepares students to write clear, effective, and well-organized essays in a variety of academic and professional contexts. This course will introduce students to the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revision and editing. Students will learn to write effective thesis statements, develop arguments, and use evidence to support their ideas. The course will also focus on the use of MLA & APA writing styles and how to cite sources. Students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills through a variety of assignments, including in-class writing, essays, and research papers. WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits Creative Writing is a course designed for students who are interested in exploring their own voice and imagination through writing. This course will introduce students to the various elements of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn about the craft of writing, including characterization, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other elements of style. The course will also emphasize the importance of revision, both in workshop settings and in independent work. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to read widely, to experiment with different forms and styles, and to develop their own unique voice as writers. ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits World Literature is a course that introduces students to the rich and diverse canon of literature from across the globe. Students will read and analyze works from a variety of cultures, including European, African, Asian, and Latin American, and from a range of historical periods, from ancient Greece to contemporary times. The course will focus on the development of literary genres, including epic poetry, drama, the novel, and short fiction, and will examine the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which these works were written. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of the texts, examining themes, symbols, and techniques used by the authors. Discussions, written assignments, and group projects will allow students to explore the connections between literature and the world around us. COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits Introduction to Communications is a foundational course that explores the theories, principles, and practices of human communication in various contexts. Students will learn about the various modes of communication, including interpersonal, small group, public, and mass communication. By examining the factors that influence communication, such as culture, identity, power, and technology, students will also learn how to build community with others and help answer spiritual needs. The course will cover the basics of communication theory, including models of communication, perception, and nonverbal behavior, and will also introduce students to the skills necessary for effective communication, such as listening, presenting, and negotiating. MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits College Algebra is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of algebra. The course covers topics such as linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, radical and rational expressions, and introduction to matrices. Students will learn how to use algebraic techniques to model and solve real-world problems. PED100 – Health & Wellness - 2 credits Health & Wellness teaches and explores the influence of physical activity and dietary choices on a person’s mental, psychical, and emotional well-being. This course covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and health promotion. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about athletic training, topics include running, cycling, stretching, and strength training. Students will not only learn about the benefits of living a healthy life, but they will also be required to complete aerobic workouts on their own time. HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits World Civilization is a survey course that examines the history, culture, and political systems of major civilizations from ancient times to the present day. The course covers topics such as the rise and fall of empires, the development of religions, the influence of colonialism and imperialism, and the impact of revolution and modernization. HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits History of Christianity is a course that examines the development and evolution of Christianity from its origins to the present day. The course covers topics such as the life and teachings of Jesus, the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the emergence of different Christian denominations, the Reformation, and the impact of Christianity on modern society. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key events, people, and movements that have shaped the history of Christianity, and to foster a deeper appreciation for the religious and cultural diversity of the Christian tradition. ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits Introduction to Art introduces 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. Students will spend time in the classroom as well as engaging in hands-on learning in our art studio. MUH100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits Introduction to Music is a course that explores the fundamentals of music history, theory, styles, the music business, and music in film and media. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles and genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Students will also learn about the evolution of music genres and styles throughout the world and its subsequent impact on culture and society, and how this impact can lead to social justice movements. SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits Spanish I is an introductory course designed to develop basic communicative skills in the Spanish language. The course focuses on the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and aims to develop a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, greetings, introductions, basic conversation, simple verb conjugation, common expressions and common verb tenses such as the present, preterite and the future tense. Additionally, students will learn about Spanish-speaking cultures, customs and traditions. Emphasis is placed on practical usage and everyday scenarios to encourage interaction and build confidence in using the language. SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, designed to build upon the foundation of the language skills developed in the previous course. This course is designed to help students achieve a more advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. In Spanish II, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, with a focus on more complex sentence structures and verb tenses, including the present perfect, imperfect, conditional and subjunctive. Students will also continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through class discussions, debates, and oral presentations, as well as reading and writing skills through comprehension activities and composition exercises. BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits Old Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the Old Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. Students will learn about the historical context and cultural background of the Old Testament, as well as God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credits New Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the New Testament, which is the second part of the Christian Bible. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the New Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. The course will explore the overarching themes and messages of the New Testament, including the life and work of Jesus Christ, the nature of the Church, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Students will also study key figures such as Paul, Peter, and John, and will examine their teachings and impact on the New Testament and the early Christian Church. GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits Global Community Development is a course that explores the social, economic, and political factors that impact communities globally. The course covers topics such as community development theories, globalization and its impact on communities, cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainable development. Students will also learn how Christ’s message to the world was based on global development and justice. JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits Theology of Compassion & Justice is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of compassion and justice. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for compassion and justice and the importance of these values for Christian faith and practice. Students will examine the biblical teachings on compassion and justice, including the role of the Church in addressing social issues and promoting the common good. The course will also explore the relationship between compassion and justice and will examine the ways in which these values are expressed in the lives of individual believers and the Church as a whole.
Total Lower and Upper Division Credits: 45 Credits
Total General Education Requirements: 52 Credits
Total Electives: 23 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill elective requirements)
Total Credits for Counseling Psychology: 120 Credits