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Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

BC519 Counseling from Ecclesiastes (2)

This course is an expositional study of the book of

Ecclesiastes with its special relevance to counseling

This course assists the counselor to work with

individuals who are struggling with a materialistic

cosmology.

BC521 Problems and Procedures (2)

This course is designed to apply the biblical principles

taught in the Introduction to Biblical Counseling

(BC501) and the Methods of Biblical Change

(BC503) courses to a range of specific counseling

problems. Topics discussed include anger, fear,

depression, homosexuality, anxiety, eating disorders,

incest, child abuse, counseling youth, counseling

divorcees, and crisis counseling. During the second

semester of this course, each student will research

and present to the class a detailed biblical counseling

outline for a teacher-approved counseling issue.

Prerequisites: BC501, BC503, BC511, and BC531.

BC531 Hermeneutics (2)

This course is advanced examination of the science

and art of interpretation, with special attention given

to the application of Scripture to counseling. Various

interpretive approaches on key scriptural passages will

be examined, especially as they relate to the biblical

counselor and his task.

BC532 Advanced Hermeneutics (2)

This course is designed to continue to develop the

skills of the graduate student with the science and

art of biblical interpretation for greater accuracy

in the application of truth in a counseling context.

A proper hermeneutical approach will be modeled

for difficult passages that are frequently used in

counseling, especially as they relate to the use of

texts from a variety of genres in Scripture. The

focus of this course is for the graduate student to

learn how to properly interpret each book of the

Bible, with its special literary genre and subgenres,

in order to be well-equipped to accurately apply its

truth.

Prerequisites: BC501, BC503, BC511, and BC531.

BC542 Marriage & Family Counseling (2)

Marriage and family problems are present in the

majority of counseling cases. This course will

give an overview of general marriage and family

counseling issues relating to the content and process

of counseling. It will then proceed to specifically deal

with some of the major difficulties that troubled

marriages and families experience from a biblical

perspective. Included in the course are discussions

of the biblical basis and purposes of marriage,

family stages, in-law problems, developing unity,

husband/wife roles and responsibilities, correcting

communication problems and how to resolve

conflicts that arise.

BC555 The Biblical Counseling Movement (2)

A study of the history of the modern Biblical

Counseling movement and an active engagement

with its current leaders and the issues being debated

among proponents. This course involves attendance

at the annual conference of the Association of

Certified Biblical Counselors.

BC556 ACBC Membership Seminar (2)

All students are encouraged to seek membership

in and certification by the Association of Certified

Biblical Counselors (ACBC). This seminar transitions

students from the application and examination

requirements for ACBC certification to the required

supervised counseling.

BC557 Counseling & Physiology (2)

This is a survey of the physiological factors

that influence areas in a person’s life and are of

importance when counseling that person.

BC560 Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)

This course is designed to help the student think

biblically about conflict and how to respond to

conflicts in a way that glorifies the Lord. In particular,

the student will be taught a model and a plan for

how to think about struggles in relationships and

evaluate their own typical patterns of response. These

principles apply to business and the church, but there

will be special focus on handling marriage difficulties.

BC572 Counseling Women (2)

This course outlines the basic concepts and

distinctive features of woman-to-woman biblical

counseling, in order to equip women to fulfill their

scriptural mandate to mentor/counsel other women

and bring ultimate glory to God. It will focus on

gospel-centered counseling in the context of one

Christian woman coming alongside another woman

with words of truth fromGod’s Word in the context

of relationship to encourage, admonish, comfort,