These course courses are prerequisites to receiving a Bachelor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling.
BBC189M9C1 Marriage Divorce and Remarriage (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
The student is introduced to practical information concerning the family. Marriage, divorce and remarriage will be discussed with application. In addition, the "Abused and Battered Woman" is discussed with practical application. Hard questions are answered in this lesson. Perspectives on Marriage and the Family: This course introduces students to a Christian perspective of marriage and family life. The primary emphasis in this course is the exploration of the biblical model for relationships and family life. Topics include the biblical basis for marriage and family life, Christian model for parenting, mate selection, authentic sexuality, and so on.
EDU386M9C2 Identifying High Risk Behaviors Early Childhood Family and Adult (3 credit hours)
This course explores causes and consequences of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in families across the life cycle and their effects on the child. The course will also address the interplay between victims, offenders, and the treatment system. This course presents a survey of the contemporary American family with emphasis on changes in form, functions and expectations. The history of the family, both public and private, will be considered and examined in relation to the effects of class, ethnicity and social policy. The effects on the family of common life events experienced by individuals and family members will be covered including sexuality, mate selection, marriage, childbearing, the working family, divorce, domestic violence and aging. The future of the family including implications for the individual and society will be discussed.
CC405M9C3 Addiction Counseling (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
This course will cover the following: The study of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies and the, evaluation of the abuser, the medical aspects of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies, current theories of the etiology of substance abuse, and the role of persons and systems which support or compound the issue. This course introduces students to a theological understanding of factors underlying addictive patterns in human behaviors. Students examine contemporary theories and models of addiction as well as assessment and interventions against the theological perspective of addiction and behavior change. This course introduces students to the major classifications of psychoactive drugs and surveys of physiological and behavioral effects of these classes of drugs. Topics include basic principles of pharmacology, classification of drugs, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal, therapeutic and toxic effects of psychoactive drugs.
APAL101M9C4 Apologetics (3 credit hours) - Buy the book here.
The word apologetics comes from the Greek word 'apologia' found in 1 Peter 3:15 ("...always be ready to give a defence [apologia] to everyone who asks you..."). Apologia is a legal term that simply means "defence." So, apologetics is the branch of Christian theology that is concerned with making a defence, or case, for the truth claims of the Christian faith. Apologetics teaches that sufficient proof exists. God has provided objective truth, through general and special revelation, to prove He is both Creator and God. Apologists are often asked, "Can you show proof of God's existence?" But contrast that question with this one: "If you show proof of God's existence, will everyone who sees that proof be honest enough to approve of that proof of God's existence?" According to the Bible, the answer to 1 is "Yes," but the answer to
2 is "No." Why? The difference between those two answers is summarized by Paul's succinct phrase "without excuse," or anapologêtous in the Greek ("without a defense"), in Romans 1:19-20. Specifically, those who refuse to "approve" of God's revealed proofs are themselves "without excuse" for disapproving God's proof. Accordingly, apologetics must be realistic in balancing the presentation of proof with the predisposition of unpersuaded humans to suppress or reject that truth.