Core Counseling & Therapy Subjects

The Core curriculum consists of six required subjects {courses}. These are:

Addiction Counseling; Treating Domestic Violence; Suicide Prevention; Christian Counseling; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Patient and Family Counseling.

Elective Counseling & Therapy Subjects

In addition to the six required subjects, you must select two elective subjects from this list:

Alzheimer’s Counseling; Anger Management; Counseling for Women; Counseling Adolescents; Counseling Gays and Lesbians; Grief Counseling for Christians; Marriage and Family Counseling.

Master of Science Capstone Project

After receiving approval for your submission of the three Essays for the three textbooks on the final subject {#8}, you are to begin the Capstone Project. This is a Summation of your learning experience from the M.Sc. curriculum. Use your 24 Essays as the basis for a Summation of the key elements from the 24 textbooks in the eight therapy subjects, by integrating the selected key elements and methodologies in each as presented by the 24 authors. The Summation should be written so you can use it as a hand-out, or as the written source for a lecture on Christian Counseling & Therapy. The Capstone Project must contain not less than 1,500 words.

Master of Science Information & Completion Requirements

Selecting the Elective Therapy Subjects

The two electives can be chosen at any time; either during the completion of the six required subjects, or after they are completed. When you select the two electives, email the subject titles to the Dean of Faculty.

Required & Elective Therapy Subjects Completion Requirements

Each of the eight subjects requires three textbooks. The therapy subjects textbooks list is included below. These textbooks can be purchased from Amazon, or from any other source you choose. If a book is not available, you may select an equivalent textbook. Email the title to the Dean.

You are to write three Essays, (either Review Essays, or Response Essays, and Conclusion) based upon the three textbooks required for each of the eight subjects. You make the decision on which of the Essays {Review, or Response} is most appropriate for the therapy subject, and which Essay can be beneficial to you in the future. 24 Essays are submitted as eight subject units to complete the Essays assignment for the six required and two elective therapy subjects.

Subject Textbooks List

M.Sc. Major in Christian Counseling & Therapy Subject Textbooks

Addiction Counseling

Therapist’s Guide to Substance Abuse Intervention by Sharon L. Johnson

Counseling Persons with Addiction & Compulsions: A Handbook for Clergy and Other Helping Professionals by Andrew J. Weaver

Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover by Carlo C. D. Clemente

Alzheimer’s Counseling

Counseling People With Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease by Robin Yale

Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families by Pat Otwell

Person-Centered Counseling for People With Dementia: Making Sense of Self by Danuta Lipinska

Anger Management

The Anger Fallacy by Stephen Laurent and Ross G. Menzies

Anger Management Best Practice Handbook by Jessalyn Woodruff

Anger Management {Current Controversies} by Lisa Krueger

Christian Patient and Family Counseling

Bedside Manners: A Practical Guide to Visiting the Ill by Katie Maxwell

More Than Medicine: What They Don’t Teach You in Medical, Nursing, or PA School by Dr. Shenunda Simone Josey

Nursing Care At The End of Life: Palliative Care For Patients and Families by JoAnn Zerwelch, EdD.; RN

Counseling Adolescents

Counseling Adolescents by Kathryn Geldard and David Geldard

Helping the Struggling Adolescent by Les Parrott, III

The Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents by Cathrine P. Cook – Cottone. Ph.D. and Linda S. Kane, M.Ed.

Counseling Gays and Lesbians

Counseling Gay Men and Lesbians by Bob Barrett and Coleen Logan

Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys by Michael M. Kocet

Casebook for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families by Sari H. Dworkin and Mark Pope

Domestic Violence: Treating the Offender

Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment by Ronald T. Potter-Efron

Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft

Violent No More: Helping Men End Domestic Abuse by Michael Paymar

Grief Therapy for Christians

Techniques of Grief Therapy by Robert A. Neimeyer

Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy by J. William Worden, Ph.D.

Helping Teens Work Through Grief by Mary Kelly Perschy

Marriage and Family Counseling

The Quick Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling By Dr. Tim Clinton

Couples in Conflict: A Family Systems Approach to Marriage Counseling By Ronald Richardson

Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy By Everett L. Worthington

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders {Adults} by Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D. & Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.

Post Traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders by Matthew J. Friedman

Pastoral Care for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Dalene C. Fuller Rogers and Harold G. Koenig

Suicide Prevention

Understanding and Preventing Suicide by Mike A. Work & Ginny Olson

Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior by David Miller, Ph.D. and Alan L. Berman, Ph.D.

Suicide Prevention in Schools by David Capuzzi

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