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Mobile Ed: CO108 Introducing Biblical Counseling: Theory and Practice (7 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: CO108 Introducing Biblical Counseling: Theory and Practice (7 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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Overview

This course is designed to help you care for others by developing an effective pastoral care and counseling ministry. Consider the biblical foundation of counseling as it’s expressed in the book of Genesis, as God first engages Adam and Eve after the fall. Observe how God performs crisis counseling intervention. Discover how the Messiah, Jesus, was perfectly equipped to bring salvation to mankind. Explore how Jesus provides a model for the biblical christian counselor and apply biblical models to counseling.

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Definitions and Biblical Foundations

  • Defining Pastoral Counseling
  • The Uniqueness of Christian Counseling
  • The Impact of Calling
  • The Role of Theology in Christian Counseling
  • The Importance of Being Prepared

Unit 2: The Influence of Worldviews

  • The Importance of Recognizing Worldviews
  • Contrasting Naturalistic and Christian Worldviews
  • Worldview Awareness
  • Responding to the Influence of the Secular Worldview
  • Contrasting Secular and Christian Definitions of Spirituality

Unit 3: The Biblical and Historical Basis for Care

  • The Language of Care in the Old Testament
  • The Language of Care in the New Testament
  • Salvation, Love, Grace, and the Problem of Sin
  • New Testament Themes of Care
  • The Character and Skills of a Christian Counselor
  • Historical Foundations of Caregiving in the Church

Unit 4: Developing a Biblical Model of Counseling

  • The Foundation for Developing a Biblical Approach to Counseling
  • Responding Biblically
  • Shaping Perspectives
  • Developing a Godly Attitude and Orientation
  • Assessing Location within the Five Stages of Change
  • Responding with Location in Mind
  • Qualities of an Effective Counselor
  • A Messianic Model of Counseling: The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding
  • A Messianic Model of Counseling: The Spirit of Knowledge and Power
  • A Messianic Model of Counseling: The Spirit of the Knowledge of God
  • A Messianic Model of Counseling: The Spirit of the Fear of God
  • The Therapeutic Ministry of Jesus

Unit 5: Principles and Skills for Effective Biblical Counseling

  • Locating with Love, Grace, and Empathy
  • Stages of Growth
  • Listen, Locate, and Value
  • Observe Holistically
  • Adjust, Allow Silence, and Bring Hope
  • Questioning and Active Listening
  • Attending to the Counselee
  • Redirecting Focus and Influencing
  • Spiritual Interventions
  • Maintaining a Ministry of Acceptance
  • Ethics and Healthy Boundaries

Unit 6: Brief Counseling Models

  • The Single-Session Counseling Model
  • Determining the Proper Approach and Setting Expectations
  • Preparing for Single-Session Counseling
  • Insights into a Single-Session Counseling Scenario
  • Following Up after Single-Session Counseling
  • The Basic Principles of Reconciliation-Focused Counseling
  • The Role of Grace within Reconciliation-Focused Counseling
  • Preparation and Engagement of Reconciliation-Focused Counseling
  • Making the Decision to Refer

Unit 7: Issues in Counseling

  • Sexual Misconduct in Ministry
  • Pornography and Infidelity in Ministry
  • Addressing Sexual Misconduct
  • Coping with Stress and Temptation
  • Mental Illness, Anxiety, and the Church
  • Handling Stress and Anxiety
  • Resolving Anxiety
  • Addressing Depression
  • Suicide Intervention

Conclusion

  • Course Summary

About Ian F. Jones

Dr. Ian F. Jones is professor of psychology and counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is chairman of the Division of Church and Community Ministries and holds the Baptist Community Ministries’ Chair of Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Jones has taught, counseled, and conducted family conferences in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia. He is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, and his areas of teaching specialization include counseling theory, cross-cultural counseling, historical pastoral counseling, and counseling and ethics.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.