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Program Goal

 

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology program provides a master’s level in biblical counseling education for students who wish to prepare for counseling ministries in Korean and Korean-American churches. This program will meet the demand among KPCA congregations for properly equipped, Korean-speaking, Christian counselors who can provide spiritual and professional help to individuals and families to help them cope with cultural transition and psychological adaptation.

 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon graduation, the student will

 

 

  1. Articulate knowledge of major theories of Christian counseling and psychology
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate Christian doctrine with psychology and counseling skills needed for Christian counseling for Korean immigrants.
  3. Demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and communication used in the ministry of Korean immigrants in a variety of settings.
  4. Demonstrate Christian counseling skills of healing, reconciliation and transformation of individuals and congregations.

 

Admission Requirement

Those admitted to the Master Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology are required to have:

  • B.Th.  degree or its equivalent;
  • A 2.5 grade point average for all previous studies.

 

Degree Requirement

  • Completion of 48 credit units (including 6 credit units of practicum) with a 2.5 grade average by completing the course requirements and;
  • Finish 6 credit units of practicum before graduation.

            

Method of Instruction

The method of instructions is a direct on-site and lecture-based  instruction. 

Qualified faculty will provide the following: a course outline that includes sequence of instruction and specific learning outcome. The sequence of instruction will include a list and brief description of each topic presented in the order of instruction along with a brief description of the lessons devoted to each topic. Faculties are required to spend an appropriate amount of time evaluating the progress of student learning and course material presented by students.

 

Practicum

The practicum courses are an integral part of the theological and psychological curriculum practical training by which students under supervision work at the Santa Fe Springs Christian Counseling Center and a variety of local churches.

 

Required Credit Unit for Graduation

 

Biblical Theology:                                    3 units

Systematic Theology:                             3 units

Intercultural Study:                                3 units

Psychological Study:                                33 units

Practicum:                                               6 units

      

Total:                                                             48 unit

 

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology Course Curriculum

Required Courses

CP 500  Introduction to Christian Counseling Psychology: 3 units

This course presents an overview of counseling from a Christian perspective, introducing key terms, theories, and concepts. It provides basic Christian counseling models that are applicable to a wide range of issues typically encountered in Korean immigrant churches. The course also includes ethical and legal issues related specifically to Christian counseling.

 

CP 520  Legal and Ethical Issues in Christian Counseling:3 units

This course provides a broad understanding of ethics, legal standards, and responsibilities including professional identity, report writing, and record keeping. The main goals of this course are to help students develop a strong personal and professional ethic as well as an appreciation for the value of professional collaboration and identity.

 

CP 530  Cross-Cultural Psychology in Christian Counseling: 3 units

This course provides a broad understanding of issues in a diverse multicultural society and focuses on acculturation issues Korean immigrants experience in diverse immigration settings. This course examines various issues in the acculturation of Korean immigrants.

            

CP 540  Integration of Theology and Psychology: 3 units

In this course, students explore the integration of theology with counseling theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the nature and purpose of human beings from a biblical perspective, while critically evaluating contemporary secular theories and practices.

 

CP 551  Practicum I: 3 units

Students practice counseling skills and all the activities that a regularly employed professional counselor would be expected to engage in in a supervised setting. The practicum/internship is supervised by a faculty member. Documentation of 100 hours, which includes 30 hours of providing counseling, is submitted to the faculty member for verification.

*Prerequisites: First year coursework; a minimum GPA of 3.0.

              

CP 552  Practicum II: 3 units

Students practice counseling skills and all the activities that a regularly employed professional counselor would be expected to engage in a supervised setting. The practicum/internship is supervised by a faculty member. Documentation of 100 hours, which include 30 hours for providing counseling, is submitted to the faculty member for verification.

*Prerequisites: Practicum I; a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

CP 630  Marriage and Family Therapy: 3 units

This course provides a broad understanding of the structure and dynamics of the family, which may include assessment of family issues and methods of familial intervention and counseling. This course focuses on issues in Korean immigrant families. 

 

CP 631  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): 3 units

This course provides a basic understanding of CBT and applying the basic CBT counseling skills in the Korean immigrant context. This course includes the history and diverse theoretical perspectives in CBT. The course also emphasizes the need for cultural sensitivity in adopting CBT for Korean immigrant communities.

 

CP 501  DSM V: 3 units

This course provides a basic understanding of DSM V and basic strategies for assessing clients’ symptoms.

 

PT 510  Spiritual Formation: 3 units

Spiritual formation into Christlikeness, ultimately, is by grace of God and not by human effort. What role, then, do we pay in the process? This course seeks to understand the dynamic process of transformation into Christlikeness. It is designed to help students re-examine their image of God, to gain a deeper understanding of their inner self, and to explore and experience various spiritual disciplines that foster continuous growth and maturity into increasing Christlikeness. Special emphasis will be given to the role of the brain, mind, heart, body, social context, and soul in the spiritual formation process. Because transformative teaching/healing flows out of teachers/counselors who are continually being transformed, promoting the continual maturity in the pastor-teachers/counselors is the primary goal of this course.

 

Elective Courses

 

CP 620  Counseling for the Aged: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of the nature of the aging and the elderly. Theories and strategies for facilitating optimum care of Korean elderly immigrants are addressed and issues of ageism are explored.

 

              

CP 541  Human Growth and Development: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Theories of individual and family development, transitions across the life span, theories of learning, theories of personality development, and strategies for facilitating optimum development are addressed.

 

CP 601  Spirituality and Christian Counselor: 3 units

This course provides an introduction to spiritual formation with attention to classical spiritual discipline and stages of growth. This course explores personal spiritual health and character development with implications for counseling practice.

 

CP 640  Grief Counseling: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of the grief process and basic counseling strategies for people undergoing grief.

 

CP 645  Preaching as Counseling: 3 units

This course provides various strategies for integrating preaching and counseling. Opportunities for students to practice these strategies for their own preaching ministry is provided throughout the course.

 

CP 650 Counseling for Stress and Depression: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of stress and depression. It includes counseling strategies for people who suffer from stress and depression.

 

CP 655  Counseling for Anger: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of anger and counseling strategies for people who suffer from anger issues.

 

CP 660  Divorce Counseling: 3 units

This course provides counseling strategies for people who are divorced or are considering divorce from psychological-biblical perspectives.

 

CP 665  Counseling for Church Conflict: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of various reasons for the conflicts in Korean immigrant churches and counseling strategies for the people who suffer from church conflicts.

 

CP 670  Addiction Counseling: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of addiction and counseling strategies for the addicted.

 

CP 675  Middle-Aged and Counseling: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of physical-psychological-social issues of the middle-aged and counseling strategies for this population.

 

CP 680  Counseling and Gender: Counseling Women and Men: 3 units

This course provides an understanding of the different needs of and the counseling strategies for male and female clients at all developmental levels.

 

Required Elective Courses

 

Introduction to Bible Study:

This course provides an introduction to the Old Testament and the New Testament.

 

Introduction to Systematic Theology:

This course provides an introduction to a systematic study of Biblical teachings concerning the person and the work of God, the authority of the Bible, humanity's relationship to God, the person and work of Christ, the Church, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit and last things.

 

Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies:

This course will examine various factors related to effective ministry in a cross-cultural

context [includes both overseas ministry as well as ministry to the growing international

community in the United States] including the use of insights and tools related to the

behavioral sciences, particularly cultural anthropology. It seeks to acquaint students with

some basic tools for understanding themselves, for understanding other cultures, and for

better communicating the Christian message across cultures.