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Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
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Advanced Standing
Any graduate from TMC’s undergraduate Biblical
Counseling major is immediately eligible for four
(4) credits of advanced standing in the program.
The department also reserves the privilege to award
fourteen (14) credits of advanced standing in the
program based upon an evaluation of previous
study and experience. Students awarded “Advanced
Standing” will be waived credits on selected program
requirements. Advanced standing is not guaranteed,
but will be decided on an individual basis at the
discretion of the program Director and Chairman
of the Biblical Counseling Department
Course Offerings in MABC
BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (2)
This course offers 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 in biblical counseling, the
different kinds of counseling that are needed, the place of
counseling in the ministry of the church, and how biblical
counseling theory and practice relate to and differ from
some of the more common secular models and theories.
Part of the course will 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.
BC502 Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2)
This course will help the student to understand the Christ-
like character and functional qualities of the discipler/
counselor. The course will also provide the environment
for self-examination for present and future growth, both
in his/her personal walk with Jesus Christ and as a skilled
biblical counselor.
BC503 Methods of Biblical Change (2)
This course provides an overview of the counseling
process, presenting a comprehensive methodological
model for promoting biblical change in people. The goal of
this course is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures
in the process of helping people.
BC506 Theology & The Psychologies (2)
This course is designed to critically analyze secular and
evangelical integrationist theories of psychotherapy.
It will probe the anthropological presuppositions of
treatment theory and seek to bring a thoroughly biblical
critique to their foundational assumptions as well as
methodology. Issues like theories of the subconscious,
psychoanalytic approaches to personality, establishing
norms, psychological testing, making the distinction
between the normal and abnormal, major and mood
disorders, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders
are among the psychological constructs and their popular
theoreticians that will be explored.
BC511, 512 Theological Basis of Counseling 1, 2 (2, 2)
This course offers 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 unfallen), 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.
BC518 Counseling & the Book of Proverbs (2)
This course is an expositional study of the book of
Proverbs with its special relevance to counseling
BC519 Counseling & the Book of Ecclesiastes (2)
This course is designed to help the counselor to work
with individuals who are struggling with a materialistic
BC521 Problems & 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, BC531, BC503, and BC511.
BC528 Cross-Cultural Counseling (2)
This course is an exploratory study of biblical counseling
in diverse cultural settings with a particular emphasis on
equipping the Christian who seeks to counsel people of
a culture different from his/her own.
BC530 Counseling from the Wisdom Literature (2)
This course is an expositional study of the genre and
message of the wisdom books of the Bible with special
emphasis on their relevance for counseling.
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