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Dynamics of Biblical Change

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CCEF - Dynamics of Biblical Change

 

The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counseling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.

Module outline:

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program.

Week 1: Course Introduction & Overview
Week 2: Understanding the Person
Week 3: Understanding the Heat
Week 4: The Wisdom Found in Christ
Week 5: Understanding the Situation (Part 1)
Week 6: Understanding the Situation (Part 2)
Week 7: Practical Application: James
Week 8: Influences of the Heart
Week 9: Sin & the Heart
Week 10: Sin & Transformation
Week 11: Living with Personal Integrity
Week 12: Final Lecture

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.

  • Why Does it Have to Hurt? by Dan McCartney
  • The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson
  • Optional (portions of this book are available individually throughout the course, but you may wish to purchase the entire book): Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture (Resources for Changing Lives)

 

2020 Term 2

Term starts: 13 May 2020
Term ends: 5 August 2020
Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

Helping Relationships

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CCEF - Helping Relationships

 

Let’s say you have a basic and growing understanding of biblical counseling. You know the key ideas and have been able to apply them to yourself. Now comes the hard part: How do you apply this understanding in your everyday relationships? This course will take the content you already know and get specific about how you can actually deliver the content. Case studies, lectures, and group discussions will help you grow in your ability to listen well, know people, interpret another person’s story from a biblical perspective, and offer biblically-based truth that will motivate others in their growth in Christ.

Note: This course has two unique requirements. First, you will be paired with two other students for a bi-weekly community group. This group will decide when they want to meet, and what format works best (Skype, Google Hangout, Phone Call, etc.)

You will also meet weekly for an hour with someone (a friend, fellow church member, neighbor, etc.) to put into practice what you are learning in Helping Relationships. You will receive more information about these activities in your course syllabus and in the opening lecture.

Module outline:

Week 1: Course Introduction and Overview
Week 2: How to Help in Shorter, Everyday Conversations
Week 3: How to Help a Person Who is Stuck or Hurting
Week 4: Tracking (Part 1)
Week 5: Tracking (Part 2)
Week 6: Knowing Someone’s History
Week 7: Counseling Process
Week 8: How to Access Scripture (Part 1)
Week 9: How to Access Scripture (Part 2)
Week 10: Moving Toward Those with Psychiatric Diagnoses
Week 11: Walking Alongside Another Person
Week 12: Concluding Lecture

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.

  • Side by Side by Ed Welch
  • The Heart of the Servant Leader by C. John Miller
  • The Gift of Therapy by Irving Yalom

     

    2020 Term 2

    Term starts: 13 May 2020
    Term ends: 5 August 2020
    Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
    Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

    Counseling in the Local Church

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    CCEF - Counseling in the Local Church

     

    Biblical counseling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counseling to the local church? The purpose of this course is to:

    • to broaden students’ understanding of counseling to include all relationships
    • to build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part
    • to help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same
    • to see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate
    • to examine present ministry opportunities

    Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye for ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.

    Module outline:

    Week 1: Class Introduction: Why the Church Should be Counseling
    Week 2: Redemptive Community
    Week 3: Self-counseling
    Week 4: A Biblical View of Change
    Week 5: Public Counsel
    Week 6: Sought and Created Counsel
    Week 7: Joanne and Structures and Processes for Interpersonal Ministry
    Week 8: Counseling Models at Four Churches
    Week 9: Conflict and Practicing Forgiveness
    Week 10: Jack and Unsought Group Counsel
    Week 11: Church Discipline

    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.

    • How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
    • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
    • Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition by Andrew Purves

         

        2020 Term 2

        Term starts: 13 May 2020
        Term ends: 5 August 2020
        Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
        Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

        Biblical Interpretation

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        CCEF - Biblical Interpretation


        Course Description
        All of Scripture is sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you always turn to the same familiar passages, and are less confident in using others to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord? This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives.
        Course Outline
        Week 1: Connecting Scripture and Life
        Week 2: What Does it Really Mean?
        Week 3: The Many Aspects of Scripture
        Week 4: Looking at the “Big Story” of Scripture
        Week 5: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 1
        Week 6: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 2
        Week 7: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 1
        Week 8: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 2
        Week 9: The Complexities of Biblical Translation
        Week 10: How the Bible Came to Life
        Week 11: The Importance of Interpretation in Community


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

        1. The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
        2. Crosstalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet by Michael R. Emlet

           

          2020 Term 2

          Term starts: 13 May 2020
          Term ends: 5 August 2020
          Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
          Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

          Marriage Counseling

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          CCEF - Marriage Counseling

           

          Course Description
          Marriage problems can seem especially complicated and disheartening, not only for the couples struggling with them but also for those trying to help. Talking about them with a helper can be difficult, even explosive. In this introductory course on marriage counseling, you will walk away with a working model for how to make sense of marriage problems. You’ll understand simple, basic, and Biblical categories that can handle all of the mess and hardship that marriage counseling and marriage problems will throw at you. You’ll also learn methods that help you to manage and constructively direct the conflict and volatility that are often part of the process. But most importantly, you’ll have a model that in every way connects the truth of the Gospel to everything that you are going to see in marriage problems.
          Course Outline
          Week 1: Building a Biblical Marriage & Relationship Model
          Week 2: The Dynamics of Worship and Relationships
          Week 3: Setting the Stage for Heart Change
          Week 4: Understanding Relational Dynamics
          Week 5: Let’s Talk
          Week 6: Conflict: An Opportunity for Growth and Change
          Week 7: Moving from Skills to the Heart
          Week 8: Man vs. Woman: Understanding Our Differences
          Week 9: Wisdom for Abusive Relationships
          Week 10: Marital Intimacy
          Week 11: Growing Together Over Time
          Week 12: Learning from Other Viewpoints
           

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

          1. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson
          2. Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy by Shelly Smith-Acuna
          3. Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments by Winston Smith

                   

                  2020 Term 2

                  Term starts: 13 May 2020
                  Term ends: 5 August 2020
                  Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
                  Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

                  Counseling and Physiology

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                  CCEF - Counseling and Physiology

                   

                  Course Description
                  A biblical view of human beings begins with an understanding that we are both body AND spirit. From this reality flows a nuanced pastoral approach to suffering and sin in a person’s life that takes seriously both the physical and spiritual aspects of the struggle at hand. In this class you will look at issues such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other problems that require discernment of physical and spiritual components of the struggle. You will also gain an understanding of the role of psychoactive medications and psychiatry in caring for others. Through lectures, group discussion, and case studies you’ll learn how to wisely help those who struggle with problems in which both attention to physical and spiritual aspects are paramount.

                   

                  Course Outline
                  Week 1: Course Introduction
                  Week 2: Biblical Anthropology and its Counseling Implications
                  Week 3: Chronic Pain
                  Week 4: Case Discussion: Asperger Syndrome
                  Week 5: Psychopharmacology I
                  Week 6: Psychopharmacology II
                  Week 7: Biblical Perspectives on Psychiatry
                  Week 8: Biblical Perspectives on Psychiatry (continued)
                  Week 9: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case Discussion
                  Week 10: Bipolar Disorder
                  Week 11: Neurophysiology of Addiction and its Counseling Implications
                  Week 12: Criteria for Medical Referral and Student questions/cases

                   

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

                  1. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association (pp. 47-59, 123-188, and 235-264 )*
                  2. Asperger Syndrome (booklet) Michael R. Emlet
                  3. Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Health Illness, revised ed. by Kathryn Green-McCreight
                  4. Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability by Stephanie O. Hubach
                  5. Collected Writings of John Murray. Vol. 2, Systematic Theology by John Murray, pp. 3-34
                  6. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by Todd J. Billings**
                  7. Where is the Mango Princess? by Cathy Crimmins**
                  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon**
                  9. Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power Of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease by Benjamin Mast**

                   

                  *We do not require you to purchase this text, due to high cost. Instead, please make every effort to secure this reading from the public library or borrow a copy from a friend. 

                  **You have a choice between these four books (Crimmins, Haddon, Billings, or Mast); you are required to read only one of these.

                             

                            2020 Term 2

                            Term starts: 13 May 2020
                            Term ends: 5 August 2020
                            Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
                            Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

                            Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor

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                            CCEF - Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor

                             

                            Course Description
                            Counseling skills are important, but the character and the relational building approaches of a counselor also significantly contribute to effective biblical counseling. This class guides counselors in engaging in godly, thoughtful consideration and growth in self-awareness in character and skills. The character qualities of love, humility, faithfulness, and spiritual maturity; the skills of loving, knowing, speaking and doing are explored and examined in order to contemplate development in these areas. Through lectures, group discussions, practical assignments and hands-on one-to-one counseling sessions during the course of the class, you’ll be encouraged to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a counselor and to develop a practical plan for growth. The principles taught build upon the foundation taught in Dynamics of Biblical Change and Helping Relationships, which are prerequisites.

                             

                            Course Outline
                            Class 1 – Character Quality: Love
                            Class 2 – Functional Quality: Loving
                            Class 3 – Character Quality: Faithfulness
                            Class 4 – Functional Quality: Knowing
                            Class 5 – Character Quality: Humility
                            Class 6 – Functional Quality: Speaking
                            Class 7 – Character Quality: Spiritual Maturity
                            Class 8 – Functional Quality: Doing

                                       

                                      2020 Term 2

                                      Term starts: 13 May 2020
                                      Term ends: 5 August 2020
                                      Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
                                      Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020

                                      Counseling Observations

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                                      CCEF - Counseling Observation

                                       

                                      What does actual counseling look like? It’s one thing to learn about biblical counseling through reading books and listening to a lecture, but it’s quite another to learn by actually seeing it done. You’ll have the opportunity to observe various CCEF counselors and faculty members as they counsel actual cases, either live or on video. You’ll experience the unscripted, unpredictable, and often messy aspects of face-to-face personal ministry, and be introduced to the artfulness, skill, and utter dependency on the Spirit that is needed to counsel wisely. Class discussion will focus on topics that arise out of each counseling session, and you’ll learn how to make effective progress notes to document your own counseling sessions.

                                      Taught by Edward Welch

                                       

                                      *Please note: Dynamics of Biblical Change and Helping Relationships are prerequisites for this course.

                                               

                                              2020 Term 2

                                              Term starts: 13 May 2020
                                              Term ends: 5 August 2020
                                              Registration Deadline: 31 March 2020
                                              Anticipated Course Access: 29 April 2020