Integration of Psychology and Theology
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.
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.
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.