Pastoral Counseling: Foundations and Practices (CO121) will equip you to face a diverse array of problems in your pastoral counseling practice. In the course, licensed clinical psychologist and ordained minister Dr. C. Gary Barnes introduces theological anchor points for pastoral counseling as well as the identity and role of the pastoral counselor in the counseling process. You will also study the interdisciplinary integration of theology and psychology and the intradisciplinary integration of theology and psychology with pastoral counseling. Alongside these, you will gain a thorough understanding of Christian personality theory so you can approach people holistically in your practice.
After laying a foundation for the course, Dr. Barnes walks you through a variety of strategies to initiate change in the individual, couple, family, and group dynamics, and he corrects some common myths regarding issues facing pastoral counselors.
Dr. Gary Barnes is currently professor of biblical counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a licensed psychologist, a certified sex therapist, and an ordained minister, specializing in marriage and family research, counseling, and training. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as an assistant pastor for seven years and then earned a PhD in psychology from Columbia University. While in New York, he was a research project coordinator at NYU Medical Center’s Family Studies Clinic and later completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology through Parkland Hospital in Dallas and the Child Guidance Clinics of Dallas and Texoma.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. He also maintains a marriage and family private practice.
Dr. Barnes and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and almost 7 grandchildren. For fun, he races in the USA Cycling Masters competition.
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.