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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Introduction to Christian Counseling

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to biblical counseling and helping ministry with special attention given to tough issues that pain today’s generations, the modern-day search for answers, and the biblical basis for a counseling ministry.





This course is designed to equip students to identify and distinguish counseling models that quantify Christian counseling. The content is designed to deliver essential knowledge and skill to help students become proficient in helping within a Christian ministry context. The course provides students with an overview of basic resources and knowledge that apply to a broad scope of counseling issues; secondly, it presents practical biblical counseling models and skills to address those issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Define the current issues in the Christian counseling field (PLO1).
    2. Identify foundational Christian counseling skills (PLO1).
    3. Evaluate the differences between Christian counseling and the secular counseling field (PLO 2, PLO3, PLO4).
    4. Apply counseling issues to diverse populations (PLO6).
    5. Discuss a biblical model of Christian counseling (PLO5).
    6. Identify major counseling issues Christian counselors face (PLO1).

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Clinton, T., Hart, A. D., & Ohlschlager, G. (Eds.). (2005). Caring for people God’s way: A new guide for Christian counseling. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio and video equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
  5. APA Style Central:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations with lecture notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The original thread must be at least 300–500 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge and include at least 1 citation from the textbook and 1 citation from the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ thread. The reply must be at least 150–250 words in length and include at least 1 citation from the textbook and 1 citation from the Bible.

Research Project

This project will be completed throughout the eight week course. The student will choose a topic related to Christian counseling to research. This project will be completed in 3 parts:

Part 1: Research Paper Topic Proposal

The student will submit an APA formatted, research paper topic proposal of at least 250 words that will identify the topic on which they plan to write. It will include a title page in APA format.

Part 2: Annotated Bibliography

The student will find at least 4 scholarly journal articles that pertain to their topic. These articles will be submitted in the form of an Annotated Bibliography. The assignment will include a title page in APA format, the sources listed in APA format, as well as a brief summary of each article and a descriptions of its purpose in the paper (2–3 sentences). 

Part 3: Research Paper

In the final step, the student will write a research paper on the topic chosen in Part 1. The essay will be at least 3-5 pages in length, include at least 4 scholarly references in addition to the Bible, and should be written in APA format. The essay submission should also include a title page and reference page in APA format. 

Short Essays (2)

The student will submit two short essays, of 300-500 words each, addressing topics provided. The essays will be in APA format and include a Title page, a Reference page and in-text citations. Each essay will review a different topic from the text and will also link each topic with Scripture. 

Counseling Review Presentation

The student will read a specific academic article on client centered therapy (CCT) and review a list of scripture verses. The student will then create an 6-8 slide PowerPoint presentation. It will include slides that show support for CCT based on a biblical worldview, along with slides that show limitations to CCT based on a biblical worldview. The presentation will include a title slide and a reference slide not included in the slide count. 

Exams (4)

The student will take 4 exams in this course. Each exam will have 40 multiple-choice or true/false questions, and the student will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete each exam. The exams cover content select chapters in Caring for People God’s Way (Clinton, Hart, & Ohlschlager, 2005). Exam 1 covers Chapters 1–2. Exam 2 covers Chapters 3–4. Exam 3 covers Chapters 7 and 10. Exam 4 covers Chapters 6 and 13.

Course Grading

Course Required Checklist 10

Research Paper Topic Proposal


Annotated Bibliography


Research Paper


Short Essays (2 at 75 pts ea)


Counseling Review Presentation


Discussion Board Forum



(4 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CCOU 201

Textbooks: Clinton et al., Caring for people God’s way (2005).


Clinton, et al: ch. 1

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Research Paper Topic Proposal





Clinton, et al: ch. 2

1 presentation

Short Essay 1

Exam 1




Clinton, et al: ch.3

1 presentation

Annotated Bibliography





Clinton, et al: ch. 4 

2 presentations

Short Essay 2

Exam 2




Clinton, et al: ch.7

3 presentations

Research Paper



Clinton, et al: ch. 10

1 presentation

DB Forum

Exam 3




Clinton, et al: ch. 6

1 presentation

CCT Article

Counseling Review Presentation



Clinton, et al: ch. 13

1 presentation

Exam 4


DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.