BC511 Theological Basis of Counseling (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 (fallen 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 from Proverbs (2)
This course is an expositional study of the book of Proverbs with its special relevance to counseling.
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 an 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.