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CO121 Pastoral Counseling: Foundations and Practices

CO121 Pastoral Counseling: Foundations and Practices

Gary C. Barnes

| Lexham Press | 2018

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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.

Author Bio

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 Ph.D. 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.