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NLBCS College of Christian Counseling

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Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (M.A.) & Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


The Dual Master of Arts and PHD in Christian Counseling degree is designed to prepare the student for a specialized ministry in the counseling of individuals, couples, families and special focus groups within the context of the local church, para-church ministries, church-related agencies, or other religious settings. The program enables the student to employ integrative therapies: integrating proven, effective counseling methods, models and modalities, with sound biblical and theological principles.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

A degree major may be selected in any of the following religious concentrations: Clinical Christian Counseling or Clinical Pastoral Counseling


Our Doctor of Philosophy graduate program is based on the European university model of “research degrees” which are entirely research-based, rather than course-based. The Ph.D. degree is awarded on the basis of substantial original research; the Ph.D. has a prerequisite of an MA degree (or its equivalent),


Prerequisite

The Doctor in the Ministry requires a prerequisite 15 graduate credit hours in Biblical Studies or Theology


Courses You’ll Complete to Earn Your Degree:

The twelve courses listed comprise the Master’s degree in Christian Counseling. Changes or substitutions are subject to the approval of the Academic Dean. Substitutions may be made if some of the above courses have already been taken

Doctors: DMIN (courses) or PHD (dissertation & book)(duel Masters/PHD)

CO 500: Psychology and Theology This study is intended to help pastors and other Christian leaders develop proficiency in enabling people to solve their problems while understanding and balancing the tensions between psychology and theology.  3 Credit Hours.

CE 502: Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management An examination of the process of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships within Christian organizations, with attention given to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress and other strategies that will assist the Christian leader in developing interpersonal communication skills and the productive use of conflict.  3 Credit Hours

CO 510: Human Development From a Christian Perspective It is the purpose of this course to focus on the anatomical, physiological, intellectual, sociological and spiritual development of the human organism from conception until death. The major theorists in the area of human development will be researched and the various major theories of human development will be critically compared. Specifically, this course views human growth and development as a psychological, biological, and spiritual process that demands an integrated analysis. The course addresses the development and wellness of individuals and families throughout the life cycle. The aspects of development including biological, social, cognitive, emotional, and moral will be covered. The course will examine how the abilities, needs, problems, and concerns of humans change throughout life, and how people are shaped by their experiences throughout their development from a Christian perspective.  3 Credit Hours.

CO 530: Counseling Theories and Strategies: A Biblical Integration This course will introduce students to counseling psychology concepts and interventions related to lifespan development, prevention of mental health problems, social justice, and optimal human functioning in both the church and society. An emphasis will be placed on psychopathology, in order to provide strategic counseling for specific issues in the congregation and family. The course provides preparation in the core counseling skills essential for the practical counseling and effective treatment outcomes.

3 Credit Hours.


CO 540: Crisis Counseling: A Christian Perspective  Crisis Counseling is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in counseling with an emphasis in family counseling, domestic violence counseling, pastoral counseling and substance abuse and addiction counseling. Crisis counseling focuses on the etiology, context, process and effects of victimization. This course is designed to acquaint students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers understand the theoretical basis for, and acquire the practical skills necessary to carry out effective therapeutic interventions in a diversity of crisis situations. Emphasis is given those types of crises typically encountered by the Christian Counselor including: 1) Grief and Bereavement, 2) Emotional Traumatization, 3) Sexual Molestation and Incest, Domestic Violence and The Abuse of Children and Elders. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students an understanding of the nature, effects and consequences of crises, to perpetrator, the victim and witnesses as well as society in general, 2) educate students in the types of trauma inducing crises 3) teach students the signs and symptoms of unresolved trauma, resulting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and manifesting itself in numerous associated personality disorders, thereby enabling students to identify victims of trauma, traumatized witnesses and their abusers, 4) teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a traumatized individual, 5) teach students how and when to use direct and indirect counseling techniques, 6) how to develop appropriate social service networks and guide clients to hotlines, victim support groups and other support services that can assist them in regaining control of their lives, 7) train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques including stress-reduction, and 7) increase students critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation. 3 Credit Hours.


CO 550: Marriage and Family Counseling: A Christian Perspective This course is designed to expand on the basic concepts and procedures for marriage and family counseling from a pastoral perspective. The purpose of the course is to assist theology students in their development of a ministry to family systems. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of various approaches to marital and family therapy. Within the context of systems theory, emphasis will be placed on understanding various methods of conceptualizing family dynamics and intervention strategies.3 Credit Hours

CO 560: Assessment and Diagnosis: A Christian Perspective This course provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling. There will be an emphasis on assessment strategies and psychometrics. The phenomenology of emotional disorders and their diagnosis will be explored in detail. The course will also explore the means of assessment and diagnosis that are consistent with effective counseling techniques from a Christian perspective. 3 Credit Hours.

CO 610: Group Dynamics: A Christian Perspective Group Dynamics: A Christian Perspective, is one of the required courses for students pursuing a degree in counseling. This course explores the history of the development and growth of groups (an outgrowth of social psychology), the varied kinds of groups, and the process and structure of individual and group behavior as it relates to group dynamics, Christian maturity and ministry. The course will acquaint students, pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers and group facilitators with the theory and research relating to small and large groups; the benefits and detriments of homogeneous groups vs. gender-specific, or problem-specific groups; and the benefits and detriments of democratically governed groups vs., facilitator directed groups. Students will gain insight into a number of different types of groups, including: problem solving groups, decision making groups, recovery groups, support groups, process groups and Christian Growth Groups. Students will learn how to develop, organize and govern groups to optimize the effectiveness of group dynamics for behavioral change and cognitive restructuring.3 Credit Hours

CO 620: Addiction Counseling: A Christian Perspective The course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in Christian counseling. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with the etiology, cultural context, prevailing patterns and outcomes of alcohol and drug abuse, the phenomenon of addiction as an illness of body, mind and spirit, and the resources, treatment approaches, models and methods for helping alcoholics and addicts in their recovery. Particular focus in given to the medical aspects of illnesses and recovery in addiction. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students an understanding of the nature and consequences of substance abuse, to the individual abuser as well as society, 2) educate students in the drugs of abuse 3) teach students the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, thereby enabling them to identify substance abusers, 4) teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a substance abuser, 5) teach students how to select the most appropriate treatment approach, setting and modality, 6) train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques, and 7) increase students critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation. 3 Credit Hours

CO 630: Cross-Cultural Christian Counseling This course provides an overview of the theories of multicultural counseling and development from a culture-centered perspective. Issues related to social and cultural diversity will be examined as well as guidelines for developing multicultural counseling competencies and sensitivity in Christian counseling service. The impact of diversity, within and between group differences, is examined. Various psychosocial developmental factors of diverse cultural and ethnic groups, and the influence of these variables on the counseling relationship will be explored. 3 Credit Hours

CO 640: Christian Ethics and Law This course provides an introduction to professional ethics with special application for the Christian Counselor. The course includes an analysis of professional ethics, training and practice standards, educational requirements, and mental health law. Attention will be given to contemporary professional and psycho-social issues that affect the training and practice of Christian counselors. The course also provides students with the knowledge of legal and ethical guidelines for the practice of community and religious counseling. Students will learn to use these guidelines to make sound decisions about professional practice. The course examines ethical and legal standards related to professional practice and the impact of personal values on the counseling process. 3 Credit Hours.


CO 680: Pastoral Care of the Elderly: This course provides an overview of issues, problems, and challenges that older individuals face so that those involved in pastoral care are able to recognize and respond to the needs of the aging population. Physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychological changes in the over 65 age group will be reviewed to assist the pastoral care giver in understanding issues of dependence, security, affiliation, loss, and mental health in light of elderly persons’ spiritual needs.


CO 710: Human Sexuality: A Christian Perspective In an atmosphere designed to de-mythologize sexuality, this course examines different sexual styles, behaviors, cultural values, and over-reaction to sexual stimuli. Resources from Biblical theology and the behavioral sciences are utilized as each student is asked to develop a stance about sexuality of modern times for an effective spiritual ministry. 3 Credit Hours

*The student will provide several projects related to their courses

*During the student’s studies, the student will do a practicum to provide the student with practical experience to transfer their knowledge to actual work.

*Before graduation, the student will participate in an internship training.

A DEGREE MAJOR MAY BE SELECTED IN EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING RELIGIOUS CONCENTRATIONS:

CLINICAL CHRISTIAN COUNSELING OR  CLINICAL PASTORAL COUNSELING


Our Doctor of Philosophy graduate program is based on the European university model of “research degrees” which are entirely research-based, rather than course-based. The Ph.D. degree is awarded on the basis of substantial original research; the Ph.D. has a prerequisite of an MA degree (or its equivalent), and requires the student to write a 250-page dissertation on a topic centered on the student’s selected concentration.


*YOUR DISSERTATION MUST BE WRITTEN TO BE PUBLISHED AS A BOOK (though the CBIS publishing company


*You will graduate with your PHD in Christian Counseling in your choice mentioned:

A degree major may be selected in any of the following religious concentrations: Clinical Christian Counseling or Clinical Pastoral Counseling


*You will be Board Certified and Ordained


Credit hours: 36



Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)


Doctor of Ministry……………………………………45 credit hours


Doctor of Philosophy………………………………Dissertation and book


Purpose:

The purpose of this degree program is to equip the student for a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry than that achieved in the foundational work normally resulting in an M.Div. degree. The Doctor of Ministry and the Doctor of Philosophy degree program is designed to serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education which renews the personal life of faith, further develops professional competence, and stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry.


Program Goals: Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:


-Serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education

-Renew the personal life of faith

-Develop professional competence

-Stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry

Prerequisite

The Doctor of Ministry and the Doctor of Philosophy requires a prerequisite 15 graduate credit hours in Biblical Studies or Theology.


Nature of the Program

The program of studies leading to the Doctor of Ministry degree is a 45-credit (consisting of 35 credit hours in coursework and 10 credit hours for the doctoral project) program of study beyond the Masters designed for men and women who are engaged in pastoral and related ministries. The candidates are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a biblical theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry.


Core Courses

The student will complete the following seven courses, each of which constitute five semester credit hours. A 20-page paper is to be written on each topic. The choice is the student’s, unless the committee determines a weakness in the students’ prior academic background. Upon completion of the core topics the student will be advanced to candidacy. Completion of each core topic earns 5 credit hours. Course descriptions are provided to the student in a separate document as requested. The student has the option to choose seven core courses OR choose one emphasis.


The program of studies leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree


Doctor of Ministry Emphasis Courses (5 credit hours each)


Human Behavior

CC 840: Clinical Applications of Counseling in the Church

CC 850: Psychopathology, Sin and Demonic Influence

CC860: Psychotherapy, Pastoral Counseling and Inner Healing

CC 870: Psychology and Theology: A Personal Integration

CC 880: Personality Theory, Therapy: A Christian Worldview

DM 803: Counseling, Family Life, and Pastoral Leadership

DM 807: Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life


plus:

DM 899: Doctoral Project (10 credit hours)


The doctoral student must submit a bibliography of the books used for the core papers.


Doctoral Project Proposal

The student is then to write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee of the College. The process and format for a Doctoral Proposal is described in Research Writing Made Easy. These resources will be provided by the Student Services Department.



Doctoral Project

Upon approval of the proposal the student may begin writing his or her Doctoral Project according to the specific format. The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree and is what provides the right to be called “Doctor.” It earns 10 credits towards the degree program. The guidelines for the writing of the Project are found in the book Research Writing Made Easy. Through the combination of foundational coursework, diligent study, and the guidance of a doctoral project coordinator, students successfully complete projects that are both personally gratifying and that contribute to the advancement of God’s kingdom.



The Doctor of Ministry degree requires 45 credits: 35 for core courses and 10 for the Doctoral Project.


CC 840: Clinical Applications of Counseling in the Church

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of clinical applications of counseling in the Church. 5 Credit

5 Hours.

Prerequisite: None


CC 850: Psychopathology, Sin and Demonic Influence

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychopathology, sin and demonic influence. 5 Credit

5 Hours.

Prerequisite: None

CC 860: Psychotherapy, Pastoral Counseling and Inner Healing

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and inner healing.

5  Credit Hours.  

Prerequisite: None


CC 870: Psychology and Theology: A Personal Integration

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychology and theology.

5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: None


CC 880: Personality Theory, Therapy: A Christian Worldview

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding personality theory and therapy.

5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite:


DM 803: Counseling, Family Life and Pastoral Leadership

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of counseling, family life and pastoral leadership. 5 Credit

5 Hours.

Prerequisite: None


DM 805: Spiritual Development of the Pastor, Church and Community

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of spiritual development of the pastor, church and community.

5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: None

DM 807: Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of conflict management and resolution in church life. 5 Credit

5 Hours.

Prerequisite: None

DM 813: Psychology or Theology: Conflicting or Contemporary?

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychology and theology.

 5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: None

DM 810: Conflict Resolution in Educational Leadership

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding conflict resolution in educational leadership.

5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: None


Dual Degree Program/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


A degree major may be selected in either of the following religious concentrations: Clinical Christian Counseling or Clinical Pastoral Counseling


Our Doctor of Philosophy graduate program is based on the European university model of “research degrees” which are entirely research-based, rather than course-based. The Ph.D. degree is awarded on the basis of substantial original research; the Ph.D. has a prerequisite of an MA degree (or its equivalent) and requires the student to write a 250-page dissertation on a topic centered on the student’s selected concentration.



*YOUR DISSERTATION MUST BE WRITTEN TO BE PUBLISHED AS A BOOK (through the CBIS publishing company)


MASTERS/DOCTORATE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM