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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling
PACO-618

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

Course Description

This course is an exploration of selected major treatment approaches utilized in marital and family counseling. Development of practical skills, interventions, and techniques constitute the primary focus.

Requisites

Prerequisites

PACO 500 and PACO 501 and PACO 615

Rationale

This course covers advanced skills in marriage and family counseling. The purpose of the course is to present more in-depth concepts and philosophies of marriage and family counseling for pastoral counselors. This course will also teach advanced skills and techniques necessary when counseling marriages and families.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate a biblical foundation for marriage and family.
  2. Evaluate a counseling model to help marriages in conflict.
  3. Identify and apply skills, models, and techniques appropriate to address marital and family problems in the context of marriage and family counseling.
  4. Explore marriage and family issues and develop treatment plans and intervention strategies for various problems in marriage and family counseling.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize his or her own limitations as a pastoral counselor when working with marriages and families and how to make appropriate referrals.
  6. Integrate biblical principles and secular theories in a responsible, eclectic manner.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Clinton, T., & Trent, J. (2009). The quick-reference guide to marriage & family counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN: 9780801072246.

Datillo, F. M., & Jongsma, A. E., Jr. (2014). The family therapy treatment planner – with DSM-5 Updates (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 9781119063070.

Kendrick, A. (Director). (2008). Fireproof [DVD]. United States: Sherwood Pictures. ASIN: B001KEHAFI.

Köstenberger, A. J., & Jones, D. W. (2010). God, marriage, and family: Rebuilding the biblical foundation (2nd ed.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway. ISBN: 9781433503641.

O’Leary, K. D., Heyman, R. E., & Jongsma, A. E., Jr. (2014). The couples psychotherapy treatment planner – with DSM-5 Updates (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 9781119063124.

Sells, J. N., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2011). Counseling couples in conflict: A relational restoration model. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN: 9780830839254.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the class subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

4MAT Paper

The student will complete a 4MAT paper that covers the assigned chapters of the Köstenberger and Jones textbook. The paper must conform to the following length requirements for each section: 350 words (summary), 250 words (concrete responses), 250 words (reflection), and 400 words (application).

Marriage Counseling Plan

The student will watch the movie Fireproof and will develop a 3–5-page Marriage Counseling Plan for the married couple in the movie. The plan must incorporate elements learned from both the textbook readings and course presentations and must reflect a solid integration of a Christian worldview.

Book Critique

The student will write a 5-page Book Critique in current APA format that focuses on the counseling approach presented in the Sells and Yarhouse textbook. The paper must include references to the other course textbooks and the Bible as well as at least 3 scholarly references.

Family Counseling Plan

The student will read the case study provided and will develop a 5-page Family Counseling Plan for the family in the case study. The plan must incorporate elements learned from both the textbook readings and course presentations and must reflect a solid integration of a Christian worldview.

Exam

The exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

4MAT Paper

100

Marriage Counseling Plan

200

Book Critique

100

Family Counseling Plan

200

Exam

Modules 1–6

150

Total

1010

Course Policies

Professional Communication

Please be professional in your email communication. We live in a fast-paced world with text messaging which encourages short and abbreviated communication. However, since you are in a counseling program, you are encouraged and expected to use full sentences and good grammar when communicating with other students and faculty. It is also an expectation that your electronic communication is pleasing to God. Being courteous and polite to peers and professors demonstrates dignity and respect, "And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them" (Luke 6:31, ESV).

Dual Relationship

The faculty is responsible to interact with counseling students in a supervisory role. As such, faculty may provide students professional principles, guidance, and recommendations as it relates to the context of the student-client setting. The faculty is responsible to avoid dual relationships with students such as entering a student-counselor or student-pastor relationship. Thus, the faculty does not provide personal counseling addressing student personal problems. If a faculty member perceives that a student is in need of personal or professional counseling, then that faculty member will recommend that the student pursue either pastoral or professional assistance from a counselor in their community.

Limits of Confidentiality

In the event of a student’s disclosure, either verbally or in writing, of threat of serious or foreseeable harm to self or others, abuse or neglect of a minor, elderly or disabled person, or current involvement in criminal activity, the faculty, staff, administrator, or supervisor will take immediate action. This action may include, but is not limited to, immediate notification of appropriate state law enforcement or social services personnel, emergency contacts, and notification of the appropriate program chair or online dean. The incident and action taken will become part of the student’s permanent record.

Policies

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 https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. 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

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

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 http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PACO 618

Textbooks: Clinton & Trent, The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling (2009).

Datillo & Jongsma, The Family Therapy Treatment Planner (2014).

Köstenberger & Jones, God, Marriage, and Family (2010).

O’Leary, et al., The Couples Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (2014).

Sells & Yarhouse, Counseling Couples in Conflict (2011).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

 

Köstenberger & Jones: chs. 1–3

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

10

0

2

 

Köstenberger & Jones: chs. 4–6

2 presentations

DB Forum 1

4MAT Paper

50

100

3

 

Sells & Yarhouse: chs. 1–4

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

50

4

 

Sells & Yarhouse: chs. 5–9

1 presentation

1 DVD

Marriage Counseling Plan

200

5

 

Clinton & Trent: Selected Readings

Sells & Yarhouse: chs. 10–15

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Book Critique

50

100

6

 

Clinton & Trent: Selected Readings

Datillo & Jongsma: Selected Readings

2 presentations

1 lecture note

DB Forum 4

Exam

50

150

7

 

Clinton & Trent: Selected Readings

2 presentations

Family Counseling Plan

200

8

 

Clinton & Trent: Selected Readings

Datillo & Jongsma: Selected Readings

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

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