Program Objectives - Human Services Counseling
Human Services Counseling
- To provide a basic foundation in counseling skills.
- To give students an overview of counseling in the areas of individual, group, marriage and family, community, and church-based counseling.
- To provide a schedule of classes that comprise a joint degree program with other schools of Regent University, primarily, but not limited to, the School of Divinity, the School of Education, and the School of Law.
- To apply biblical principles to psychological theory and counseling methodology for effective counseling practices.
- To apply counseling skills learned in ministry settings.
- To enhance professionals in their career paths through the principles, skills, knowledge, and application of concepts learned in the program.
- To equip ministers and those in ministry with appropriate tools to be more effective in their respective organizations.
These broad objectives are further refined into the specific course objectives that make up the program curriculum, and can be found in each course syllabus.
Program Mission and Vision
Training mental health professionals to provide healing and restoration to members of the local and world community, through the application of biblical principles and professional excellence.
Counseling Programs Philosophy & Goals
The Counseling program is first and foremost a group of people who have a deep commitment to serve Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives. This requires an unrelenting adherence to the two primary commandments laid down by Christ in Matthew 22: 37-39:
- Love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
The primary goal for the Counseling Program is to promote these two commandments, for within these words hinge all the successes which might be obtained in God's service. The program has committed itself to these commandments; as a result, each day encourages growth toward becoming one body dedicated to achieving a unity of spirit that will allow the school to discern God's direction. Colossians 3:12-17 succinctly describes that perfect bond of unity which is earnestly sought:
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."