Students will examine philosophical assumptions of major counseling theories and apply empirically verified modalities and techniques that can be faithfully housed within the Christian tradition. Students will learn to administer formal and informal assessment tools, as well as adopt counseling theories and clinical interventions which will enable them to competently address the religious/spiritual dimension of client functioning in culturally and ideological diverse treatment settings.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the students with the study of mental disorders and advanced clinical assessments. The student will learn how to systematically obtain important client demographic information, evaluate drug and alcohol issues, and assess for other mental health disorders utilizing clinical instruments that allow for effective information gathering. This course will enable students to better evaluate mental health disorders utilizing some of the most prominent assessment instruments found in the clinical and research realms. Finally, students will learn how to administer formal and informal assessment tools, as well as integrate various counseling theories (i.e., CBT, MI, etc.) and clinical interventions which will enable them to effectively address the clinical picture of client functioning based on empirical evidence. Summer semester.

A review of the most commonly used drugs for psychological conditions, their effects and their side effects, and the methods of action. Particular attention is paid to the synaptic events relevant to drug actions. Summer semester.

The course covers the nature, development, and management of school counseling programs and differences between elementary and secondary school contexts. Students will develop knowledge of concepts, skills, and issues necessary to function effectively as school counselors. Students will be able to assess, plan, and integrate the elements of a comprehensive program that reflects the programmatic and ethical standards of the American School Counselor Association, including structuring of essential services to foster personal, social, educational, and career development in students.

Prerequisite: The course is open to graduate students in the Master of Arts in Counseling School Counseling Program.

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, philosophy, and etiological premises that define the practice of marriage, couples, and family counseling/therapy. The domain of professional ethics, the legal system, and professional organizations pertaining to the field will be presented. Professional issues will be presented as well as implications pertaining to social, cultural, diversity, and equity pertaining to couples and families. Students will articulate a foundational view of marriage, couple, and family counseling consistent with their own biblical worldview.