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 departmental faculty members, specializing in varied counseling disciplines and representing over 100 years of experience in a variety of settings, are committed to education in the behavioral sciences within a Christian worldview. The faculty members on campus include two Licensed Professional Counselors and two Licensed Psychologists. The faculty members teaching online courses include Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Psychologists, Certified School Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and other experienced professionals working in the helping field.
“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 basic understanding and factual knowledge leading to competency in the field of counseling psychology.
- Developing knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, global awareness, and other cultures.
- Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories related to counseling and psychology.
- Developing skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field of counseling psychology.
- Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal biblical values and ethical reasoning and decision making for use in the field of counseling psychology.
- Counseling Psychology
- Marriage and Family Therapy