CNC 5400 The Ministry of Counseling: Theory and Practice

Winter 2013 3 Sem. Hours Allan McKechnie DMin Atlanta Pre Course Work Atlanta Campus Work Post Course Work 1. Course Description This course will introduce you to basic pastoral counseling techniques and paradigms with the goal of learning how to apply biblical principles, techniques and paradigms to specific issues such as anger management, marital breakdown, addiction development, crisis management, anxiety, depression and grieving. 2. Course Objectives and Competencies 1. 2. 3. To understand the etiology of pain and dysfunction and to be able to use that understanding as a framework for meaningful class discussion and case study. To understand a theology of pain and healing and to be able to use that understanding as a framework for meaningful class discussion and case study. To understand how counseling plays a key role in spiritual formation and to articulate that understanding in a counseling paradigm paper, through class discussion and by useful responses to case situations on a written exam. To be able to analyze the hindrances to wholeness or completeness in a person’s life and to demonstrate this in written and oral responses to case situations in class. To understand the “Biblical Counseling” and “Integrated Counseling” approaches along with key secular counseling approaches and to be able to state the strengths and weakness of these paradigms. To be able to develop appropriate strategies for helping people grow through their pain and to demonstrate these in class and on written assignments. To be able to evaluate one’s own counseling paradigm and skills from a biblical perspective and to demonstrate this learning on an exam. To develop specific skills such as listening, spiritual diagnosis, guiding and to demonstrate these in class and on written assignments and in Triads. To develop understanding and skill in specific areas of emotional and spiritual difficulty and to demonstrate this understanding in class, on written assignments and on a final exam. To know key passages in scripture which are useful in pastoral counseling and to be able to use them in triad practices along with application on the final exam. January 4, 11 January 14 - 18 8:00 - 5:00 January 25, February 17, March 1 Ex. 5342

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To be aware of what types of counseling issues will need to be referred and what type of person might be the appropriate professional to refer to as demonstrated on written responses on the final exam.


Course Textbooks and Required Reading Required: Benner. Strategic Pastoral Counseling. Baker, Second Edition 2003. ISBN 0801026318 Benner. Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel. (not Care of the Soul) Baker 1998. ISBN-10:0-8010-9063-6 Collins. Christian Counseling. Word, Revised Edition, 2007. ISBN 39781418503291 Recommended: Johnson & Johnson. The Pastor’s Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments. Haworth Pastoral Press, 2000. ISBN 0-7890-1111-5 Kruis. Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling. Baker, Seventh Edition, 2001 ISBN 0801091020


Course Grading Care of Souls Paper Purpose of Counseling Paper Triad/Skills Report Personal Paradigm Report: Final Exam: Completion of all Reading: 10 10 10 30 30 10 (Report on final)

Assignments are due on the assigned date according to the calendar. Late assignments will receive a “0”. All assignments must be handed in order to receive a passing grade for the class. 5. Explanation of Assignments: Pre Course Work: You will receive feedback on each of these requirements. Post your profile on the course site by January 2nd. Read and Report on Care of Souls. Read the book in its entirety and write a one page single spaced response sheet that responds to the following questions: What did I learn that was significant about the practice of soul care? How might Benner’s book with its definitions and processes towards spiritual maturity impact my processes and goals for counseling? Upload on the website by January 4th. Read and Report on Benner and Collins chapters. Read chapters 1 & 2 in Strategic Pastoral Counseling and chapters 1 - 7 in Christian Counseling. Write a response that

addresses two questions: what are the purposes and goals of “Pastoral Counseling” and what characteristics are true of a healthy, ethical and properly motivated Pastoral Counselor? Be pithy!! Two double spaced pages. Upload on website by Wednesday January 11th. Post Course Work: You will receive feedback on each of these requirements. Triad Report: 2 pages. Your report on your triad feedback and observations. It should include: Observation and evaluation of counseling skills of others in the triad. Feedback on your counseling skills. Summary of your counseling skills: strengths and weaknesses. Changes that you want to make in my counseling skills The Triad Paper is due on by Friday January 25th . Personal Position Paper: Taking what you have learned from the course along with your theology, personality, the type of person you will be helping and the constraints of your ministry, write an five page paper articulating the type of counseling that you believe that God is calling you to do. Additional help will be given in class. The outline for the paper should include the following: Your Personality (MBTI, style of relating, factual, relational, analytical, etc.) Theology (Importance of God’s holiness, grace, mercy, confession, faith, etc.) Spiritual Formation (How counseling is used to grow people to spiritual maturity.) Target audience (What issue, age, sex, passage in life?) View of Biblical and Integrated Counseling Role of Bible, prayer, obedience, Holy Spirit Techniques (What are the core interventions, skills, relationships that are needed.) Time constraints ( How long, how often, your workload, amount of contact.) Goals for the counselee (What or where should the counselee do or be when the counseling is finished?) The Personal Position Paper is to be uploaded to the course website by Wednesday February 17th. Final Exam: The final exam is based on material from the lectures and the reading with the student demonstrating his or her skills by giving well thought out responses to counseling situations. The exam is a take home exam, given out in class. The Final Exam is to be uploaded to the website by Friday March 1st . 6. Course Workload Reading (Approximately 900 pages.) Personal Position Paper 45 hours 15 hours

Triads and Skills Paper Final Two Online papers Class 7. Key Questions

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Total 135 hours

What is the biblical definition of health? How healthy are you? How healthy is the ministry in which you serve? What are your key Pastoral Care skills? What responses are useful in Pastoral Care? Are you practicing spiritual and emotional health as part of a biblical lifestyle? How does Pastoral Care differ from other types of counseling? How does Pastoral Care contribute to spiritual formation? What is the end goal of Pastoral Care? 8. Definitions of Pastoral Care “Pastoral Care” involves the establishment of a time-limited relationship that is structured to provide growth for persons by enhancing their awareness of God’s grace and faithful presence and thereby increasing their ability to live more fully in the light of the truths of scriptures and the power of the Spirit. (Adapted from David Benner) In other words Pastoral Care is being done whenever an individual takes on a Pastoral role to comfort, challenge and/or, instruct another who is asking for help with pain, making a decision or other difficulties. Pastoral Care involves a presenting problem a goal and a strategy to meet that goal. The goal of pastoral care is to help another see their situation from God’s perspective and to apply the power and principles that God offers to bring the individual closer in their obedient relationship with Him. By the time pastoral care is completed the client should be either closer to accepting Christ or closer to being like Christ…the presenting problem is then either removed or better endured. 9. Disability Services Students with physical, emotional, ADD, or learning disabilities needing academic accommodations should make requests through the office of Academic & Disability Services. These requests will be kept confidential and will be used only to provide academic accommodations. Because many accommodations require early planning, requests should be made as early as possible. The Academic Success Center is located on the first floor of Rossi Student Center or you may contact the Academic Success Director at 807-5612 or

Case Presentation Outline Evaluation
Demographics: Is the information complete? Is the information relevant to the case at hand? Relevant history or precipitating event?

Spiritual Diagnosis: Is there a clear Benner, Hagberg, Mulholland etc diagnosis? Is the diagnosis properly substantiated? Is this case pastoral or clinical? Presenting Problem: Has the PP been properly prioritized? Is the PP clear, concrete, measureable and doable? Is the PP owned by the client? Goals: Short term: Do the STGs match the presenting problem? Are the goals measureable and doable? Long Term Do the LTGs match with the presenting problem? Are the goals measureable and doable?


Is the paradigm clear and well articulated? Does the paradigm address emotional and spiritual issues? Does the paradigm fit this case and client?

Treatment Plan:

Does the TP match the presenting problem, goals and paradigm? Does the TP address the relationship between the client and the counselor? Does the treatment plan address moving step by step towards the goals?

Techniques/Interventions: Do the T/Is match with specific treatment plan steps? Do the T/Is fit with the counselor’s paradigm and view of change?


Is there a time line and plan for ending the counseling. How will the counselor know when it is time to end the counseling?

Case Conceptualization: Can the counselor describe what the problem is, how/when the

problem began and what has contributed to the problem development? Can the counselor describe succinctly the goals, a plan for treatment along with appropriate techniques, resources and time frames? Class Schedule: (general and flexible) Monday 14 Introduction Pastoral Counselor vs. Professional Therapist A Theology of Pain Early Paradigm Development Biblical Counseling Biblical Change Levels of Sanctification Troubled Personality Tuesday 15 Models for Counseling in the Church Crabb: Returning Counseling to the Church Theophostic counseling Secular Models of clinical Counseling Freud Erikson Jung Ellis/Glasser Rogers Wednesday 16 Models of Integration in Counseling The Sufficiency Argument Benner’s Brief Counseling Approach MRI Benner: Care 1 - 6 Colossians 1-3 Benner Strategic 3-5 Benner Care 7 - 11 Collins 11-15 Benner Strategic 1-2 Galatians 5:19-21

Collins 1-5

Skills Training Listening/Empathy Paradigm Development Thursday 17 Focused Issues and Skills Conflict Resolution Confrontation Anger

Mathew 18 Collins 16-20 Ephesians 4:25-28 Johnson 1-5 Collins 9-10 Philippians 4


Collins 6-8 Johnson 6-9 Addictions Romans 1-3, 1 Collins 31-35 Romans 8:31-39 Collins 21-30 Philippians 1:20-24



Grief and Loss Crisis Death and deathbed Debrief Final

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