Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling
Counseling the Adolescent and Their Families
- Section 8WK
- 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
- Modified 02/06/2020
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:
- Identify counselor requirements for assisting adolescents within American culture.
- List the ubiquitous dynamics of specific areas of concern for adolescents.
- Apply biblical counseling techniques when working with adolescents.
- Describe the role of family dynamics in adolescent development and health.
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.
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
- Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
- Internet access (broadband recommended)
- Blackboard recommended browsers
- Microsoft Office
- TV and DVD player
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)
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)
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 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
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:
- Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
- Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
- 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.
- 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.
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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
Course Requirements Checklist
DB Forum 1
Collins: chs. 1–5
Parrott: chs. 2–4
DB Forum 2
Research Paper: Topic Submission
Collins: ch. 41
Parrott: pp. 576–584
Research Paper: Bibliography
Clark et al.: pp. 66–71, 172–178, 213–218
Parrott: pp. 138–155, 387–397, 430–439
Movie Review 1
Clark et al.: pp. 13–19, 103–110,
Parrott: pp. 195–207, 331–340, 341–352
DB Forum 3
Clark et al.: pp. 34–41, 92–102, 160–165
Parrott: pp. 156–163, 184–194, 353–362
Movie Review 2
Clark et al.: pp. 79–84, 111–119,
Parrott: pp. 221–229, 300–312
Clark et al.: pp. 154–159
Collins: chs. 6, 42
Parrott: chs. 5–6
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.