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PSY4013 - Life Cycle Counseling

Course Description

This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on human development from conception through the senior years of life.  Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and socio- emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development. In addition, a focus on various developmental theorists will be explored at length. A second objective is to provide an awareness of each student’s own developmental history.

Course Objectives

The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

1. To gain a deeper appreciation of the integration of traditional ministry and processes of psychological/Biblical counseling in implementing healing--emotionally, relationally, spiritually, and even physically.
2. Acquire insights in self-understanding, self-acceptance, and self-control through the processing of actual counseling situations. The ability to recognize "danger signals" in the counseling relationship is also essential.
3. To become knowledgeable of the fundamental processes, and crisis periods, of human development across the life-span.
4. To gain understanding of the special relationship between childhood developmental influences, pro and con, that affect subsequent experience on wholeness.
5. To receive insight, directly and indirectly, relating to one's own developmental history, and its current outcomes.
6. To develop awareness of the crises of each developmental period and the ministry/counseling needs that attend them.
7. To develop attitudes, approaches, and techniques appropriate for dealing with counseling/ministry needs relating to each developmental period.
8. To gain the ability to integrate Scriptural principles and direct quotations with positive counseling processing, and build a Biblical base for the ministry of counseling.


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