Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Explain the basic assumptions and principles of Christian counseling. 2. Describe the role that the Christian layperson can have in paraprofessional counseling in the local church setting. 3. Identify and utilize some of the resources available to the Christian counselor. 4. Evaluate your personal growth and growth needs as they relate to functioning as a paraprofessional counselor.
Table of Contents
UNIT ONE: Agape Therapy: An Overview 1 The Approach: Agape Therapy....................................16 2 The Object: Man...........................................................44 3 The Paraprofessional and the Helping Team...............68 UNIT TWO: Agape Therapy: The Goal 4 The Role of Conscience...............................................94 5 Agape and the Goals of Christian Counseling.............120 6 The Agape Lifestyle.....................................................142 UNIT THREE: Agape Therapy: The Process 7 Human and Divine Resources.....................................182 8 Effective Communication..............................................214 9 The First Interview........................................................248 UNIT FOUR: Agape Therapy: The Ministry Applied 10 Ministering to the Married Couple..............................272 11 Ministering to Those in Life-Threatening Situations...294 12 Ministering to the Terminally Ill...................................318 13 Ministering to the Depressed.....................................340
Course Introduction
Christian Counseling Agape Therapy is a paraprofessional approach to Christian counseling. Man is viewed as the creation of God with a capacity to know and fellowship with Him. Psychological and spiritual wholeness is rooted in man’s relationship to Jesus Christ. This counseling approach seeks to put into practice biblical principles relating to human relations and psychology. Christian lay people engage in agape counseling as an expression of Christ’s love (John 13:34–35; Matthew 22:34–40), their ministry as priests in the kingdom of God (1 Peter 2:9–10), and their role as members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). An understanding of the Agape Therapy approach to counseling will help the Christian to follow Christ’s command “to love one another.” You can do this as a paraprofessional counselor. This approach of love will carry over into every personal relationship you experience. This course is not a theoretical approach to Christian counseling, but a means of counseling.
Course Description Christian Counseling (MIN2022—Credit: 2–3 hours) Agape Therapy is a paraprofessional Christian lay-counseling ministry, which is an expression of love to meet the problems of troubled people within a spiritual perspective. This is a practical course of preparation for a Christian individual in or entering into a counseling-related profession.
CHRISTIAN COUNSELING