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Course Syllabus

COUN 506
Integration of Psychology and Theology

Course Description

Students critically examine the implications of a Christian worldview for counseling and marriage and family practice. Ethical issues relevant to the use of spiritual and religious interventions with individuals, couples, & families are considered, along with current research related to spirituality and counseling.

Rationale

Integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality provides students an overview of integration models as a theoretical and practical foundation for faith-based counseling. In order to practice Christian counseling, professional counselors must be able to articulate a Christian worldview and understand the way in which their world view informs counseling theory and practice.

I. Prerequisites

None

II. Required Resource Purchases

Entwistle, D. N. (2010). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity (2nd ed.). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. ISBN 9781556359446.

McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Rev. ed.). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. ISBN: 9780842352529.

Disclaimer: The above texts provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the area of counselor professional identity, function, and ethics. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these texts.

III. Additional Materials for Learning

A. Computer with basic audio/video equipment

B. Internet access (broadband recommended)

C. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

IV. Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Integrate psychology, theology, and spirituality in the counseling process.

B. Develop a personal theory of integrative counseling that includes a rationale for the interdisciplinary application of psychological, theological, and spiritual principles.

C. Assess client needs in an integrative pattern.

D. Apply intrapersonal integration and personal spiritual formation to counseling.

E. Demonstrate competence in ethical issues related to integrative counseling practice.

F. Discuss various aspects of worldview and how these relate to counseling.

V. Course Requirements and Assignments

A. Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

B. Course Requirements Checklist
As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

C. Group Discussion Board Forums (4)
The student will participate in 4 Discussion Board forums throughout the duration of the course. For each forum, the student will write a 250-word thread in response to the instructor’s prompt. Then in the same module/week, the student will post a 100-word reply to 2 classmates’ threads.

D. Journal Article Reviews (2)
The student will complete 2 reviews of articles from the list provided. Each review must be at least 3–5 double-spaced pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages (the reference page citing only the article being reviewed). The assignments will include a summary, a personal response to the article, and an application for how the information provided can be used in a clinical or church setting.

E. 4-MAT Reviews (2)
The student will write 2 separate reviews for the Entwistle and McMinn textbooks. Each review must be double-spaced and adhere to the word counts provided for each of the 4 sections. Each 4-MAT Review will be submitted through SafeAssign (a plagiarism detection tool) for...
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