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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Counseling the Adolescent and Their Families

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course examines the transitions of adolescence emphasizing family, social, spiritual/moral, and physical issues. Counseling theories and practices for working with adolescents are explored. Opportunities for application of theory are provided.



PACO 500 and PACO 500


The purpose of this course is to help those who counsel adolescents to develop an awareness and capability to address the challenging issues associated with the passages of adolescence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify counselor requirements for assisting adolescents within American culture.
  2. List the ubiquitous dynamics of specific areas of concern for adolescents.
  3. Apply biblical counseling techniques when working with adolescents.
  4. Describe the role of family dynamics in adolescent development and health.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

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

Clark, C., Clinton, T., & Straub, J. (2010). The quick-reference guide to counseling teenagers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN: 9780801072352.

Collins, G. R. (2007). Christian counseling: A comprehensive guide. (3rd ed.). Nashville, TN: Word, Inc. ISBN: 9781418503291.

Last Song. DVD. (2010). Directed by Robinson: Critics Choice Video. ISBN: 1327907.

Parrott, Les III. (2000). Helping the struggling adolescent: A guide to thirty-six common problems for counselors, pastors, and youth workers. (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310340874.

Soul Surfer. DVD. (2011). Directed by Mcnamara: CD Universe. ISBN: 1327908.

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.

Recommended Resources 

Benner, D. (2003). Strategic pastoral counseling: A short-term structured model. (2nd ed.). Baker Academic. ISBN: 9780801026317.

McDowell, J., & Hostetler, B. (1996).  Josh McDowell’s handbook on counseling youth: A comprehensive guide for equipping youth workers, pastors, teachers, and parents.  Nashville, TN: Word, Inc. ISBN: 9780849932366.

Miller, P. A., & Miller, K. R. (2014). Quick Scripture reference for counseling youth. Baker Book House Co. ISBN: 9780801015830.

Additional Materials for Learning

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

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and 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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Topics include attending to the identified needs of adolescents, appropriate and skillful use of Scripture, and counselor technique enhancement. Each thread must be a minimum of 400 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 a minimum of 250 words. (Learning Outcome: A)

Quizzes (2)

The student will have 90 minutes to complete two true/false/multiple answer quizzes based on some of the weekly readings. Each quiz will have 25 questions and it will be worth 100 points (Learning Outcomes: A, B, C, D)      

Movie Reviews (2)

The student will write two 5–7-page page Movie Reviews, in current APA format, that focus on a critique of the movie as it relates to adolescent development and crisis. The Movie Reviews must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, D)

Research Paper: Topic

The student will choose any topic from the textbooks associated with                                 adolescence. The student must be specific with his topic (anger management,                         eating disorders, etc.). (Learning Outcomes: A, B)

Research Paper: Reference List

The student must submit a bibliography prior to the Research Paper’s submission and it must consist of at least 9 references. (Learning Outcome: A)

Research Paper

The student will write a 8–10-page paper, in current APA format, that focuses on any topic from the textbooks which are associated with adolescence. The paper must include at least 9–10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, C)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)


Quizzes (2 at 100 pts ea)


Movie Reviews (2 at 100 pts ea)


Reseacrh Paper Topic


Research Paper: Reference List


Research Paper





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

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


PACO 620

Textbooks: Clark et al., The Quick-Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers (2010).

Collins, Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide (2007).

Parrott, Helping the Struggling Adolescent (2000).


Reading & Study




Collins: ch. 14

Parrott: ch. 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Collins: chs. 1–5

Parrott: chs. 2–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Research Paper: Topic Submission




Collins: ch. 41

Parrott: pp. 576–584

1 presentation

Quiz 1

Research Paper: Bibliography




Clark et al.: pp. 66–71, 172–178, 213–218

Parrott: pp. 138–155, 387–397, 430–439

1 presentation


Movie Review 1



Clark et al.: pp. 13–19, 103–110,

Parrott: pp. 195–207, 331–340, 341–352

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 2




Clark et al.: pp. 34–41, 92–102, 160–165

Parrott: pp. 156–163, 184–194, 353–362

1 presentation


Movie Review 2



Clark et al.: pp. 79–84, 111–119,
135–141, 197–204

Parrott: pp. 221–229, 300–312

1 presentation

Research Paper



Clark et al.: pp. 154–159

Collins: chs. 6, 42

Parrott: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 4




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.