Department of Biblical Counseling

 

BC7501 INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL COUNSELING

An introduction to the theory and practice of biblical counseling. The biblical theological framework, the multidimensional model, and methods of dealing with common problems are some topics to be developed. Lecture, video, and case studies form the bulk of the classroom material. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.B.C., M.A.M., M.A.B.S., C.B.C., C.B.S., C.M.PL. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7502 COUNSELING IN THE LOCAL CHURCH I

A biblical approach to equip lay counselors as ambassadors of Christ, to help Christians work through daily living problems with counsel, prayer, evangelism and discipleship. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7505 ADVANCED BIBLICAL COUNSELING

Designed to help the student develop a particular knowledge base of the ten most common problems encountered in a ministry setting and the functional skills for interviewing, developing a counseling strategy and maintaining a relationship with the counselee. PREREQUISITE BC7501. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7509 COUNSELING THEORY

The work of theorists in the major schools of psychology will be discussed and evaluated from a biblical perspective. The theories of personality formation will be contrasted with the biblical data. PREREQUISITE BC7501. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C., – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7606 USING THE BIBLE IN COUNSELING

Designed to equip counselors to accurately and effectively use Scripture in a consistent and biblical way. The objective is the incorporation of the full counsel of God, avoiding proof-texting and easy answers, while bringing to bear the rubrics of reformational theology on daily living. PREREQUISITE BC7501 and ST3550 REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C.– Two Credit Hours

 

BC7617 BIBLICAL COUNSELING AND THE LAW

Critical issues regarding the biblical counselor and the law in such issues as child abuse, mate abuse, church discipline and biomedical ethics. Issues pertinent to the establishment and management of a Biblical Counseling center or ministry are discussed. Students will examine the laws of their own state. PREREQUISITE BC7501 OR BC7502. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7622 A BIBLICAL APPROACH TO ADDICTIONS

Alcohol, gambling, sexuality and spending have all become part of the addiction scene in America and in the American church. A biblical understanding of the dynamics of addiction and special attention to a biblical approach to helping those addicted will form the core of this course. The course will include lectures, guest lectures, films and role-plays. PREREQUISITE: BC7501. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

BC7623 UNDERSTANDING AND EVALUATING PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE

An introduction to professional literature providing the student with an understanding of the basic statistical structure, the types of research models used, and the meaning of the findings reported in journal articles. The relationship between scientific psychology and biblical counseling will be explored. Students who have had social statistics in undergraduate school will be exempt from this course. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7624 READINGS IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING

This is a tutorial course. Students will meet with the professor to determine at least five books (not previously read) to read for this course along with appropriate journal articles. After completing the reading, the student will submit a 12-15-page paper summarizing the salient points gleaned from this experience. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7630 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING

An introduction to the biblical approach to counseling couples and families. Biblical concepts and relational dynamics that pertain to marriage and family living will be discussed. The work of major therapists in the field will be investigated and critiqued. PREREQUISITE BC7501 or BC7502. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.B.C., M.A.M., C.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7631 PREMARITAL COUNSELING

Provides the student with the occasion to employ basic biblical, theological and personality knowledge in assisting couples in the preparation for marriage. A biblical model for conducting premarital counseling will be explored and students encouraged to develop modifications applicable to specific couples. REQUIRED FOR M.DIV., M.A.B.C.- Two Credit Hours

 

 

BC7632 ADVANCED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING

Application of Biblical principles to marriage and family issues in the context of church life. Development of methods and techniques through case studies and role playing will be taught. Various instruments, surveys, and a variety of homework assignments and projects will be used. Classes will consist of lectures, reports, role playing and interaction with reading assignments. REQUIRED FOR M.A.BC. – Two Credit Hours

 

 

BC7735 GROUP DYNAMICS

The biblical basis for group work and human interpersonal dynamics will be discussed. Group structure, control and mutual respect will form the biblical framework. Contemporary literature, experiential learning, and the dangerous abuses of group work will be considered in biblical perspective. PREREQUISITE BC7501 or BC7502. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C., M.A.M.CE., – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7755 COUNSELING IN THE LOCAL CHURCH II

This course will include the discussion of daily living problems, biblical references for godly solutions, role play of counseling situations, observations of actual counseling situations and supervised counseling practice. PREREQUISITE BC7502. REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C., C.B.C. – Two Credit Hours

 

 

BC7800 COUNSELING INTERNSHIP REQUIRED FOR M.A.B.C.

This internship is completed at the end of the BC program under the supervision and direction of the degree program chairman. – 4 credit hours (100 supervised counseling)

 

Electives

 

BC7611 BIBLICAL COUNSELING SEMINAR

During the student’s tenure at BTS, he will register for three counseling seminars sponsored by the seminary or approved by the seminary and prepare a paper summarizing that seminar. In addition, the student will read twenty-five journal articles from an approved list and write a summary/critique paper on each article. PREREQUISITE BC7501 or BC7502. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7626 EXPERIENCING BIBLICAL COUNSELING SEMINAR

This is a practicum seminar which will be conducted off-campus and which will involve people from other institutions and counseling practices. The seminar will consist of casework conducted by group dynamics, role-play, lecture and demonstration cases. The seminar will include a variety of instructors. The student must elect to pay the registration for the seminar and arrangements will be made to apply for credit after the prescribed academic component has been completed. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7628 LAY COUNSELOR TRAINING

Presents a helping model and a helper skills training program designed to implement a lay counseling program in the local church. The student is presented with both a learning theory and a practical model. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7668 CRISIS COUNSELING

Designed to equip the student with the skills to handle intense situations. Emphasis will be given to developing a paradigm for crisis intervention. The student will develop a plan for transitioning from crisis intervention to life style management. Understanding the church’s role and accessing Christian resources will be essential elements. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7750 COMTEMPORARY ISSUES IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING

Journal readings, bibliography of readings, lectures and a counseling practicum project will be included. Seminar meetings will be negotiated at first class meeting. PREREQUISITE: Twelve hours of counseling courses in the program completed. – Two Credit Hours

 

BC7775 COUNSELING CASE STUDIES

This course will offer the student the opportunity to explore a counseling issue of interest in depth under the faculty supervision.- Two Credit Hours

 

 

BC7901-05 INDEPENDENT COUNSELING RESEARCH – DIRECTED STUDY

Independent Counseling Research is intended to give the student an opportunity to pursue a subject of interest under the oversight of a faculty mentor. The student must submit a proposal for the study to the President or Vice President. The President or the Vice President will approve the proposal and determine the appropriate faculty member to be assigned as the mentor. – One to Five Credit Hours