CF500 Counseling Skills
An in-depth exploration of the essential interviewing skills necessary to helping professionals. The primary focus is on the development of communication skills, including counselor characteristics and behaviors and the assessment of client characteristics and behavior associated with building a therapeutic relationship, establishing treatment goals, selecting interventions, and achieving and evaluating successful treatment outcomes.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Every Fall. Required for MDiv CF and MAC General elective for all other programs. Enrollment capped at 16 students. Prerequisite: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF503 Counseling Issues and Strategies
Students will develop competence in applying a coherent counseling approach to specific issues including: depression, anxiety, relational problems, impulse control, and personality disorders. The cognitive and behavioral basis of experience is explored in depth.
CF506 Soul Care: The Practice of Spiritual Formation
Explore the historical development, the biblical teachings, and contemporary practice of spiritual formation. Attention will be given to spiritual disciplines such as walking in the Spirit, confession, prayer, fasting, and scripture meditation, with a view toward the development of the student’s own spiritual life and ability to help others grow spiritually.
CF507 Marriage and Family Ministry
This course applies biblical and counseling concepts to practical approaches to marriage and family ministries including: pre-marital counseling, marriage enrichment, family ministry, and integrated approaches to youth ministries. Students work with area churches and some travel may be required.
CF508 Marriage and Family Counseling
This course examines the major models of family systems theory with an emphasis on family functioning, structure, communication, boundaries, development, and resilience. The course also explores the major issues and problems facing marriages in our culture in light of current research and scripture. Systemic approaches and interventions will be learned as applied to couples and family counseling.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Even Falls. Required for MDiv CF and MAC General elective for all other programs. Prerequisites: CF500 and CF509 or instructor's consent. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF509 Integration of Psychology and Christianity
An exploration of the history and systems of science, philosophy, and the Christian faith tradition as applied to change and counseling. Attention will be given to the competing claims and views of science, philosophy, and religion. The course will also provide an introduction to the psychology of religion.
CF510 Human Sexuality
An in-depth look at human sexuality including physiology, sexuality and singleness, marital sexuality, homosexuality, sexual addiction, and sexual abuse.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Steve Tracy. Frequency: Every Fall. Required for MDiv CF and MAC General elective for all other programs. Spouses and fiancés / fiancées of students are strongly encouraged to register for the course (at no cost) along with the student. Prerequisite: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF511 Addictive Disorders
This class is an in-depth study of the current research and theories of treating alcohol and substance abuse. Students will understand the process of assessing for substance abuse and dependence, the classification and effects of drugs, the etiology and progress of addiction, and empirically supported treatments available for alcohol and drug abuse.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Odd Summers. Required for MDiv CF and MAC General elective for all other programs. Prerequisites: CF503 and CF509 or instructor's consent. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF512 Counseling Adults from Dysfunctional and Abusive Families
This course examines dysfunctional families (e.g., alcoholic, battering, incestuous) with a focus on the issues facing those who grew up in them. It also provides basic counseling strategies and practical tools to help these survivors overcome their painful pasts.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Even Springs. Concentration Elective for MAC General elective for all other programs. Prerequisites: CF500 and CF509 or instructor's consent. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF513 Trauma, Loss, and Grief
Explore the social, psychological, and spiritual dynamics of trauma, crisis, loss, and grief. Students will examine the role of suffering in life, the effects of acute and chronic trauma, and will learn skills for assisting people through a variety of experiences involving loss and grief.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Odd Springs. Concentration Elective for MAC General elective for all other programs. Prerequisites: CF500 and CF509 or instructor’s consent. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF514 Child and Adolescent Counseling
Developmentally appropriate assessment of disorders related to childhood and adolescence will be examined. Treatment planning and specific methodologies for working therapeutically with children and adolescents are evaluated.
CF528 Individual Counseling Experience
Completion of twelve sessions of individual counseling assists students in the following areas: understanding family-of-origin issues which may impact interpersonal dynamics, resolving trauma and loss issues, coping with maladaptive behavior, applying personal insight to resolving problems and conflicts, expanding capacity to establish and maintain healthy relationships, enhancing ego strength, and practicing the use of a personal faith to cope with life difficulties.
[Transcripted Non-Credit. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Any semester. Required for MAC. Prerequisites: None. Required prior to the CF593 Pre-Practicum.]
CF529 Group Counseling Experience
Completion of a twelve-week group counseling experience facilitates the student’s resolution of interpersonal and intrapersonal trauma, loss, grief, and shame while replacing maladaptive behavior patterns with healthy coping skills.
[Transcripted Non-Credit. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Any semester. Elective for MDiv CF and MAC. Prerequisites: None.]
CF580 Counseling Individualized Study
A unique course designed by a faculty advisor and student to develop competence in the areas of Counseling and Counseling and Family Ministry.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any Semester. General elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisites: 3.4 GPA and approved Academic Petition. May be repeated for credit as CF581 when section content differs.]
CF591 Counseling and Family Internship
Designed for the MDiv CF student to develop and refine skills working with individuals, couples, and families in preparation for vocational ministry. You will grow in competency through substantial ministry responsibility and accountability to a competent ministry supervisor. 120 hours spanning one or two semesters.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Any semester. General elective for MDiv CF Prerequisites: at least 15 counseling hours including CF500, CF503, CF507, CF509, and CF593. May be repeated for elective credit as CF592 Internship II. The Internship Information and Application Packet (available on http://ps.mrooms.net) should be submitted to the Director of Field Education before the start of the internship semester and no later than the 2nd Friday of the semester. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may in some cases be undertaken to fulfill requirements for CF591 and / or other general elective credit. Students who successfully complete military Chaplain’s School as chaplain candidates, and provide official documentation of completion, will receive up to 4 hours of transfer credit toward CF591 and / or other general electives, subject to the approval of the Director of Field Education and / or the Registrar. (Credit is limited to programs of the United States Department of Defense or Canadian National Defense.)]
CF593 Christian Counseling Pre-Practicum
The Counseling Pre-Practicum is designed to integrate students into client-based environments under the care of qualified counseling supervisors. Students will experience training critical to their counseling skills as well as learn about the dynamics of clinical practice. This summative experience combines knowledge of Scripture, knowledge of counseling theory, counseling skills, biblical character, and gifts of the Spirit into a unified, coherent experience. Students bring together these different skills and are matched with actual clients in a real life counseling setting. All Pre-Practicum students will complete their hours at Scottsdale Bible Church Counseling Ministries (www.scottsdalebible.com/ministries/counseling).
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Every Semester. Required for: MDiv CF and MAC. Prerequisites: at least 15 counseling hours including CF500, CF503, CF509, and for MAC students, CF528 and Ottawa University’s PYF8012. Enrollment is very limited. Students register for the CF593 Pre-Practicum/Practicum as they would any other course, but it is imperative that students follow all procedures including registration, application, letters of reference, fingerprinting and insurance. The CF593 Information and Registration Packet (available from the CF593 page on http://ps.mrooms.net) should be submitted to Dr. Justin Smith, the Director of the Counseling Program, well before the start of the Pre-Practicum semester and no later than the 2nd Friday of the semester. Formerly coded as CF530. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CF595 Selected Topics in Counseling and Family
An occasional Counseling and Family elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. Required for: General Elective for all programs. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs. Past topics include: “Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse and Trauma.” Download Sample Syllabus.]
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