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.
This is the audio only version of CO121 Pastoral Counseling: Foundations and Practices. To purchase the full course, click here.
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.