Helping Professions Program

Program Objectives

The Christian Psychology strong minor is designed to help you accomplish several goals:

  1. You will have a biblical perspective on emotional health that incorporates what Scripture has to say about how God has designed us, the impact of sin, and the benefits of redemption and a godly lifestyle.
  2. You will understand and be able to properly use terminology common to the field of psychology and counseling.
  3. You will be familiar with common psychological theories and techniques.
  4. You will understand the characteristics (traits and needs) associated with the various stages of life.
  5. You will have the basic counseling skills and techniques to help people.
  6. Students will be prepared to do the critical thinking necessary to wrestle through the issues involved in evaluating and/or utilizing common psychological theories and techniques which may or may not integrate with known biblical principles.
  7. You will be prepared to enter into a graduate program leading to certification as a licensed counselor.

Description

The Christian Psychology strong minor is combined with the General Education core and the Bible major to complete the program requirements of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The strong minor is made up of six components:

  1. Christian Ministries Core, a series of courses which give you exposure to a broad range of ministry fields and develop your ministry skills and outlook in a systematic way.
  2. Christian Psychology Core, a series of courses designed to teach essential skills for anyone working in the field of helping professions.
  3. Guided Electives, a “menu” of courses, any of which would prove valuable in the field of helping professions, from which you can choose based on your personal goals and interests.
  4. Ministry Electives, an opportunity for you to diversify your curriculum by taking courses in a ministry field other than helping professions or to augment your helping professions degree by taking additional courses in that field.
  5. Observation, an opportunity for you to learn helping professions through observation in a “live” environment.
  6. Open Electives, which allow you to fill out your curriculum with courses from any field depending on your career goals and interests.

Achieving Certification

Certification to become a licensed counselor cannot be achieved at the underegraduate level. See page 70 for information about steps to becoming certified in counseling or other helping professions after completing this program.

General Education Core (40 credits)

See pages 40-41 for program descriptions.

The following course is required to fulfill the Social Science requirement (see pages 40-41) in the Helping Professions program:

PSYC 2110

General Psychology

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Bible Major (45 credits)

See pages 40-41 for program descriptions.

+

Christian Psychology Strong Minor (43 credits)

Christian Ministries Core (17 credits)

CEDU 1010

Introduction to Christian Education

2

ICST 1010

Foundations for Mission

OR

ICST 1020

Contemporary Missions Survey

2

MINS 1010

Christian Life

1

WSHP 1010

Planning and Designing Worship

2

MINS 2010

Sophomore Seminar

1

MINS 2110

Personal Evangelism

2

MINS 2210

Communicating Biblical Truth

OR

PRCH 2210

Introduction to Preaching (men)

OR

MINS 2220

Women’s Ministry (women)

3

MINS 2310

History of the Restoration Movement

3

MINS 4010

Senior Capstone

1

Christian Psychology Core (10 credits)

CNSL 2210

Counseling Fundamentals

3

PSYC 3210

Developmental Psychology

2

CNSL 3210

Advanced Counseling

3

PSYC 3310

Abnormal Psychology

2

Guided Electives (4 credits)

With guidance from your academic advisor and department head, choose 4 credits from this list which fit your career goals and personal preferences.

CNSL 3310

Crisis Counseling

2

CNSL 3320

Youth Counseling

2

MINS 3210

Pastoral Counseling

3

CNSL 3330

Marriage Counseling

2

CNSL 3340

Family Counseling

2

CNSL 3340

TJTA Certification

1

CNSL 4410

Clinical Techniques

3

CNSL 4420

Educational Psychology

3

Ministry Electives (4 credits)

With guidance from your academic advisor and department head, choose 4 credits from any ministry field which fit your career goals and interests.

Ministry Electives

4

Observation (2 credits)

CNSL 381_

Counseling Observations

2

Open Electives (6 credits)

Open Electives (may include any course offered)

6

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Helping Professions