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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Counseling Women
PACO-687

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

Course Description

This course examines the most common problems women bring to counseling, including both developmental and situational crises. It explores biblical perspectives and the most effective treatments for these situations.

Requisites

Prerequisites

PACO 500 and PACO 501

Rationale

There are many specific psychological issues that apply to women throughout their lifespan. It is beneficial for the practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will guide him or her as he or she works with women and their specific issues in counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesize research on current theories and issues relevant to the mental and physical well-being of women.
  2. Integrate a Christian worldview in the practice of counseling women.
  3. Describe the tension women experience, especially Christian women, as a result of the feminist movement.
  4. Summarize personal assumptions about gender and gender roles.
  5. Discuss the differences between men and women in relationship to one another.
  6. Recognize theoretical, sociological, biological, and developmental considerations in counseling women.
  7. Identify concepts related to developmental issues throughout a woman’s lifetime, such as marriage, pregnancy, and menopause.
  8. Apply professional knowledge and biblical concepts in counseling women.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

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

Clinton, T., & Langberg, D. (2011). The quick-reference guide to counseling women: 40 topics, spiritual insights and easy-to-use action steps. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN: 9780801072345.

Fitzpatrick, E. (Ed.). (2010). Women counseling women: Biblical answers to life’s difficult problems. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. ISBN: 9780736929981.

Hislop, B. (2010). Shepherding women in pain: Real women, real issues and what you need to know to truly help. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers. ISBN: 9780802477057.

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 presentations

The readings and presentations contain scholarly information and research on course topics. The assignments for each module/week will require integration of the assigned 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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Counseling Research Project

This assignment will assist the student in gaining valuable information and resources on several issues women may bring into counseling. This assignment will consist of a topic selection and 2 main parts, Part A and Part B.

Part A: The first main part of the Counseling Research Project is the research paper. The student will select an instructor-approved topic of his or her choice and then research the topic as preparation for teaching a potential workshop to fellow counselors. The paper must be 10–12 pages, include 10–12 scholarly sources, and follow current APA format.

Part B: The second main part of the Counseling Research Project is the presentation handout that the student will create to serve as an outline of the project that he or she could present to fellow counselors. This handout must be 2–4 pages. The student must address the main points of the Counseling Research Project, incorporate at least 5 sources, and follow current APA format.

Reflective Journal Assignment

This assignment will provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate his or her journey through the developmental stages and transitions in life, and also to reflect on how the impact of these transitions may help or hinder his or her work in the helping profession. This assignment must be 3–6 pages and integrate concepts learned from the course materials, as well as personal research from at least 1 additional scholarly source outside of the course materials. Current APA format must be followed.

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams that will cover the course readings and presentations. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Group Discussion Board Forums (3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Counseling Research Project

Part A

200

Part B

75

Reflective Journal Assignment

125

Exam 1

(Modules 1–4)

150

Exam 2

(Modules 5–8)

150

Total

1010

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 687

Textbooks: Clinton & Langberg, The Quick-Reference Guide to Counseling Women (2011).

Fitzpatrick, Women Counseling Women (2010).

Hislop, Shepherding Women in Pain (2010).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Clinton & Langberg: Roles of Women

Fitzpatrick: ch. 1

Hislop: chs. 1–5

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Group DB Forum 1

Counseling Research Project:

Topic

10

0

50

0

2

Clinton & Langberg: Divorce; Relationships with Men

Fitzpatrick: chs. 11, 13

Hislop: ch. 18

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 1

50

3

Clinton & Langberg: (Select any 3 of the following chapters) Aging; Grief and Loss; Infertility; Menopause; Miscarriage; Pregnancy; Singleness; Single Parenting

Fitzpatrick: chs. 12, 15, 19

Hislop: ch. 7

2 presentations

Reflective Journal Assignment

125

4

Clinton & Langberg: Self-Worth and Approval; Eating Disorders

Fitzpatrick: ch. 20

Hislop: ch. 12

4 presentations

1 website

Group DB Forum 2

Exam 1

50

150

5

Clinton & Langberg: Fear and Anxiety; Depression

Fitzpatrick: chs. 8, 9

Hislop: chs. 6, 15

4 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 2

50

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

6

Clinton & Langberg: Child Sexual Abuse; Emotional Abuse; Physical Abuse; Rape

Fitzpatrick: ch. 14

Hislop: chs. 16, 17

2 presentations

1 website

Counseling Research Project: Part A

200

7

Clinton & Langberg: Sex Addiction

Fitzpatrick: ch. 22

Hislop: ch. 10

1 presentation

1 website

Group DB Forum 3

Counseling Research Project:

Part B

50

75

8

Clinton & Langberg: Strength in Conflict and Stress

Fitzpatrick: ch. 5

Hislop: ch. 24

2 presentations

DB Forum 3

Exam 2

50

150

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.