These course courses are prerequisites to receiving a Bachelor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling.
BBC199M7C1 Advanced Counseling Techniques (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
Advanced Counseling Techniques are introduced. The student will learn the skills and protocols for proper paper work to use with the client, i.e., making the appointment, the assessment, the counseling process and referrals to name only a few. Ethics are introduced with an overview of how to establish a biblical-based counseling center. Counseling Skills Development Lab: In this lab course students are introduced to practical counseling skills needed to build their competence for practicum experience. Students will work in a pre-designed counseling environment under the supervision of a faculty member in which they are given opportunities to work with real life scenarios. This course is a prerequisite for the counseling practicum.
EDU326M7C2 Special Populations in Education and Family Life (3 credit hours)
This course explores the needs of children with special physical, mental, behavioral and emotional handicaps, legal issues relating to the rights of these children and their families, and problems and issues related to providing services to families of children with special needs. Observation and field experiences are included as part of the course. Emphasis is on parent education, interpersonal communication and system awareness. Course examines instructional approaches in Child Services programs to support parenting abilities and requirements for developing parenting programs to meet parent and community goals; parenting rights and responsibilities; issues regarding special needs in families (including adoptive, foster, migrant, low income, military, and blended families as well as those with members with special needs) will be addressed. Relevant field experiences will be planned to enhance the course offering.
CC218M7C3 Marriage and Family II (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
Most of the minister's time is spent dealing with families. He must be well prepared to deal in an effective manner by being totally familiar with the dynamics of marriage relations, and especially parenting. The course presents an overview of the history, major theoretical and therapeutic models of marriage and family therapy. Some of these include psychodynamic, structural, strategic, communications, experiential and post-modern. Throughout the course students are encouraged to evaluate their effectiveness and relevance against a biblical understanding of marriage and family.
RS120M7C4 Authority of the Believer (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
What is our criterion for truth? What can we appeal to when we have differences and conflicts? How can we determine what is correct teaching? Whenever issues are constantly debated, isn't it true that the underlying issue is really a disagreement on 'authority'? Why is this so? It is because 'authority' gives force to what we hold to be true in any area of life! Most of the beliefs we hold, or the behavior we engage in, are largely determined by a prior decision (whether deliberately or even unconsciously) about where authority lie, regardless of whether it be a religious or secular matter. In fact, every time we take a stand on some doctrinal issue, whether it be 'the incarnation or the virgin birth (or whatever); we rely on 'authority' to win the day. Whilst raising the question of 'authority' for a particular belief or behavior may not resolve a disagreement (church history shows us that!), it does help to clarify real points of difference. Understanding 'Authority' is therefore a vitally important basis for any exposition of Christian belief (doctrine). So, what is 'Authority'? What does it mean? What is its source? What are its implications for us as Christians? In this session we are going to examine 'Authority' from a Biblical (i.e., theological) perspective. The student will examine its meaning, its source, and its legitimate use and in whom invested. Knowing where proper authority lies is of paramount importance in the avoidance of abuse.