CCEF - Theology & Secular Psychology


The modern psychologies provide the lenses through which most people view life’s problems. They shape how people interpret troubling behaviors, emotions, and relationships—so that sin is never part of what goes wrong with us. They shape the solutions offered—so that Christ plays no necessary part in addressing what is going on. Through practical assignments, group discussion, lectures and assigned readings, you’ll develop skills to lovingly and wisely engage the ways others seek to understand and solve personal problems. You’ll develop your ability to reinterpret what they see most clearly and care about most deeply. This class will help you to understand where biblical counseling fits both within the church and in relation to the surrounding mental health system.

Module outline:

Week 1: Course Introductions
Week 2: Developing Your Reinterpretive Skills
Week 3: Pastoral Care in the History of the Church
Week 4: Reinterpretative Skills
Week 5: Psychological Research
Week 6: Sigmund Freud
Week 7: Behavior and Cognitive-Behavior Therapies
Week 8: Psychotherapy
Week 9: Christian Psychology
Week 10: Engaging Secular Psychological Culture
Week 11: Engaging Evangelical Psychotherapy
Week 12: Engaging the Biblical Counseling Movement
Week 13: What Does the Future Hold for Biblical Counseling?

If you are considering taking the course as an audit student rather than for credit please contact us to discuss this first.

Required Textbooks

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.

  • The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context by David Powlison
  • The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns
  • Forgiveness: I just can’t forgive myself (booklet) by Robert Jones
  • Inside Out by Larry Crabb
  • Psychology and Christianity: Five Views edited by Eric Johnson
  • The Question of Lay Analysis by Sigmund Freud
  • Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison
  • Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison


      2020 Term 1

      Term starts: 15 January 2020
      Term ends: 8 April 2020
      Registration Deadline: 15 November 2019
      Anticipated Course Access: 2 January 2020