A study of cultural and cross-cultural issues as they relate to counseling. The course will investigate the society and the church in terms of the role of ethnic groups, lifestyle traditions and change, population patterns, and counseling in various societies and mission fields. 

A study of the major techniques and strategies that can be appropriately and effectively used in counseling individuals or families,
including ways of determining, defining, and treating problems. Prerequisite: COU 121 Counseling Foundations

An introductory course in biblically-integrated counseling.  The student will gain an understanding of counseling with a biblical foundation while being exposed to various techniques and theories of counseling.  A foundation will be set for basic skills and techniques in counseling.  Ethics, referral training, and available resources will be addressed.  May be used as a social science elective.  Pre-requisite: PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology.

This course will investigate the developmental stages and continuous process of human growth throughout the lifespan. Through the lens of a Christian worldview, the major theoretical perspectives relating to the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of the individual (biopneumapsychosocial) will be examined and explored. Students will consider the biological influences (such as genetics), the environmental aspects (such as parenting techniques or cohort effect), and the Christian theological propositions (such as “imago Dei” and “original sin/pollution”) that shape who we are as individuals. Developmental disabilities and the effects of atypical development will be considered but not emphasized