Learning Model - Counseling Programs
Developed by the counseling faculty of the school, the model for instruction in professional counseling is based upon scriptural understanding of human nature and addresses the emotional and spiritual issues of individuals. It encompasses a systematic, sequential, developmental succession of courses as well as the progression of the counseling of an individual by using the knowledge and experience gained in the program. The various elements of the model provide a framework for assessing and diagnosing problem areas, and for the design and implementation of preventative and remediation strategies.
The degree programs are designed to provide a unique combination of academic instruction and clinical fieldwork, both reflecting various components of the model. When students have completed their program of study, they will have received a comprehensive graduate experience that prepares them cognitively, clinically and spiritually. A distinctive of our programs is the integration of counseling knowledge, skills and strategies with biblical foundations and faith practices. However, since there is no agreed-upon definition regarding the use of faith within the counseling process, we present integration as a process rather than a separate course or series of techniques. Integration begins in our own Christian walk. Our programs give additional tools and guides for the process and, hopefully, plant seeds that continue to grow and mature long after the degree is obtained. We intentionally teach faith principles as integrated within counseling practice, recognizing that in an academic setting this encounter may be artificial. A student's understanding and knowledge of integration comes to fruition in a counseling practice setting with continued professional and spiritual maturation and experience.