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Mobile Ed: CO101 Introducing Pastoral Counseling I: Theory and Practice (7 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: CO101 Introducing Pastoral Counseling I: Theory and Practice (7 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2014–2016

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Overview

In this introduction, Dr. Eric Johnson identifies the seven pillars of pastoral counseling, essential skills needed, and issues of human development. He emphasizes the biblical view of God and human nature so you can care for others in a way that expresses Christ’s love. This course is beneficial for anyone involved in Christian counseling.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand the glory of God as the ultimate purpose of pastoral counseling
  • Integrate Scripture and the Christian metanarrative into a pastoral counseling approach
  • Understand union with Christ and the discipline of self-examination as the basis for transformation
  • Develop an approach to pastoral counseling that emphasizes love and empathy
  • Begin to understand and use both basic and advanced counseling skills
  • Establish a structured model applicable to most pastoral counseling engagements

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar One: The Glory of God

  • The Glory of God
  • What Is Glory?
  • Everything Is Created for God’s Glory
  • Participating in God’s Glory
  • Discovering Jesus’ Qualities and Characteristics

Unit 2: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Two: The Word of God

  • The Word of God
  • The Importance of Language
  • Scripture
  • Internalization of Scripture
  • Searching Your Library for Devotion, Meditation, and Prayer

Unit 3: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Three: The Story of God

  • The Christian Metanarrative
  • Creation
  • The Fall
  • Redemption
  • Consummation
  • Studying a Passage with Parallel Resources

Unit 4: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Four: Union with Christ

  • Union with Christ
  • Hindrances to Intimacy with Christ
  • Aspects of a Personal Relationship with Christ
  • How to Enhance Our Relationship with Christ, Part 1
  • How to Enhance Our Relationship with Christ, Part 2
  • Setting Up a Prayer List and a Reading Plan

Unit 5: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Five: Self-Examination

  • Self-Examination
  • Three Great Teachers of Self-Examination
  • Søren Kierkegaard: For Self-Examination
  • Look in the Mirror, Not at the Mirror
  • “It Is I about Whom It Is Speaking”
  • Researching the Pharisees with the Factbook Tool
  • The Great Danger of “the Journey into Christianity"
  • Becoming Aware of and Free of Our Religious Defenses
  • Researching Kierkegaard

Unit 6: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Six: The Dialectic of Law & Grace

  • The Dialectic of Law & Grace
  • What Is the Law?
  • Two Law-Grace Dialectics
  • The Paradoxical Nature of the Law-Grace Dialectics
  • Collecting and Exporting Bible Verses with Passage Lists

Unit 7: The Seven Pillars of Pastoral Counseling—Pillar Seven: Love & Empathy

  • Love Is the Primary Christian Virtue
  • Love Is Basic to Human Life
  • God Is the Empathic Archetype
  • Empathy Fosters Healing of the Soul
  • Creating a Collection of Psychology Books

Unit 8: Counseling Skills

  • Basic Counseling Skills
  • Building a Trusting, Loving Relationship
  • Attending Skills
  • Asking Good Questions
  • Cognitive Listening
  • Affective Listening
  • What Is Going On in the Heart?
  • Why Emotions Are Important
  • Studying the Fruit of the Spirit with the Exegetical Guide
  • What to Listen For
  • Advanced Counseling Skills
  • Teaching
  • Challenging
  • Interpreting
  • Dangers in Counseling

Unit 9: Benner’s Five-Session Model for Counseling

  • How Much Counseling Is Needed?
  • The Introductory Session
  • The Problem-Solving Sessions
  • The Final Session
  • A Case Study Using Benner’s Model for Counseling
  • Researching the Seven Pillars of Counseling

Conclusion

  • Summary Thoughts about Pastoral Counseling

About Eric L. Johnson

Dr. Eric L. Johnson, professor of pastoral care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, taught courses in psychology, theology, and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for nine years. He has contributed to numerous articles in the field of Christian psychology, arguing for the necessity of theology in both counseling and psychological research.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and in 1998 he was editor for a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity titled “Psychology within the Christian Tradition.” He authored articles for the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and has coedited and contributed to two books: Christianity and Psychology: Four Views and God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God. Dr. Johnson wrote Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal.

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 was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.