Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 136

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
Post Session
These courses, which are held both during the day
and evening, are standard college classes that have
been compressed into an intense, three-week period
of time. Post Session classes are scheduled during
the weeks immediately following the beginning of
the traditional college summer and winter breaks.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Prior Learning Assessment is a systematic process
by which students may receive academic credit at
The Master’s College. The college-level learning
that qualifies for credit must have occurred prior
to entering The Master’s College, either through
informal life-learning or non-credit courses.
D e g r e e Comp l e t i o n
Program CourseOfferings
BIB300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)
A general introduction to basic concepts and distinctive
features of biblical counseling. Students will discuss
what biblical counseling is and what it involves, the role
of the counselor, different types of counseling that are
needed, the place of counseling in the ministry of the
church, how biblical counseling theory and practice relate
to and differ from some of the more common secular
models/theories. The course will also involve a personal
improvement project in which the student will evaluate
his/her own counseling qualifications, design a plan for
improving some area of his/her life, put that plan into
action and then evaluate his/her progress as the course
draws to a close.
BIB311 Theological Basis of Counseling (3)
A consideration of the theological realities that form
the basis of a proper approach to counseling. Special
emphasis is given to the nature of God and of man
(unfallen and fallen); a biblical definition of the image of
God, the nature of sin, the realities of regeneration and
progressive sanctification; the concept of “the flesh” (old
man/new man); an understanding of the heart/mind as
used in Scripture; and the place of the local church in the
ministry of counseling.
BIB316 Introduction to Psychology (3)
Introduction to the various schools of psychological
thought. Designed to teach students of biblical counseling
how to interact with the philosophical underpinnings of
psychotherapeutic theory, including secular and Christian
BIB321 Christian Theology (4)
A survey of Christian theology in the areas of God
(Theology Proper), the Bible (Bibliology), angels
(Angelology)- including Satan and demons, Christ
(Christology), and the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology).
BIB330 Methods of Biblical Change (3)
An overview of the counseling process presenting a
comprehensive methodological model for promoting
biblical change in people; the goal is to encourage biblical
thinking and procedures in the process of helping people.
Prerequisite: BIB300
BIB332 Marriage & Family Counseling (3)
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 (from a biblical perspective)
with the major difficulties that trouble marriages and family
experiences. 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, why
conflicts arise, and how to resolve them.
BIB362 Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)
This course is designed to help the student think biblically
about conflict and how to respond to life’s conflicts in a
way that glorifies the Lord (I Cor. 10:31). 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 a special focus
on handling marriage difficulties.
BIB399 Counseling & Proverbs (2)
This course is an expositional study of Proverbs with
special emphasis on its relevance to counseling.
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