A degree in Counseling Psychology prepares you for service within the community, the church, and the family through the ministry of counseling. The Counseling Psychology Department combines the concepts of psychology and the skills of counseling within the principles of Scripture and then integrates them into practical application. The integration of one’s faith into the workplace is a challenge to all Christians, but especially for counselors who are sought out by those seeking personal changes.
As a student, you will receive an academic preparation in foundational psychological and counseling concepts, intellectual preparation through advanced studies of theory and philosophy of persons and relationships, and professional preparation in counseling laboratory and practicum events. You are also encouraged to seek emotional wholeness and spiritual maturity, realizing healthy persons make better counselors.
The Counseling faculty represents varied disciplines with combined years totaling 102 years of counseling and teaching experience in a variety of settings. The disciplines include a Counseling Psychologist, an Adventure-Based Counselor, a Pastoral Counselor and two Licensed Professional Counselors, one of whom specializes in Human Sexuality and Gender Identity issues. Their broad spectrum of expertise will afford you the ideal training for future ministry in any counseling context.
“One of the biggest reasons for this letter is to testify to just how great of a job the TFC counseling classes did in preparing me for grad school. The first week of school, everyone was suffering from syllabus shock… except me. The reason for this was because I recognized nearly all of the homework assignments! We have to be videotaped counseling one of our classmates, do a biopsychosocial assessment, lead a group counseling session, write an Annotated Bibliography, write Progress Notes, conduct a research project . . . I felt so prepared! Tell the Counseling students that they should be glad they are doing the projects that you assign them because they will see them again in the future . . . oh, and also tell them to be really grounded on the issues of conservatism and liberalism as well as Biblical truths because the fields of counseling/psychology deal primarily with moral and ethical issues.”
The learning objectives for this major include the following:
- Gaining factual knowledge leading to competency in the knowledge base of counseling and psychology.
- Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories related to counseling and psychology.
- Developing skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the counseling field.
- Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal biblical values for use in Christian counseling.
- Family Studies