Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Compare and contrast perspectives on pastoral counseling. 2. Assess why the role of counselor is no longer an option for the pastor. 3. Explain necessary steps in preparing to become a pastoral counselor. 4. Examine legal and practical ramifications of pastoral counseling. 5. Analyze for a balance between the clinical and the spiritual with the Bible as the foundation.
Table of Contents
UNIT ONE: Building a Foundation 1 Understanding the Need for Pastoral Counseling........16 2 Responsibilities of Pastoral Counseling........................28 3 Finding a Workable Approach to Counseling...............40 4 Session and the Setting................................................54 UNIT TWO: Facing Life Issues 5 Family Counseling........................................................64 6 Abuse............................................................................74 7 Spiritual Confusion........................................................86 8 Addictions.....................................................................98 9 Mental-Emotional Disorders.........................................110 10 Crisis and Grief Counseling.......................................122 11 Dealing with Trials......................................................134 UNIT THREE: Developing the Ministry 12 Maintaining Church Relationships..............................148 13 Communication: Key to Effective Counseling............158 14 Avoiding the Pitfalls....................................................172
Course Introduction
Introduction to Pastoral Counseling Jimmy A. Robinson, with qualifying studies for both the pastorate and counseling, has presented a basic course in pastoral counseling that will help every aspiring pastor to assist his or her congregation with various types of counseling. The course has fourteen lessons organized in three units. It covers the basics, the most pressing counseling needs, and guidelines for ministry. These studies will launch the pastor who wants training for basic church counseling and whet the appetite of those who wish to pursue higher levels of involvement.
Course Description Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (MIN1092/3—Credit 2 or 3 hours) Most students have noticed that people around them have emotional, spiritual, economic, and physical problems. Even the most persuasive sermon may not be heard by someone with serious personal problems. The Christian student, layperson, pastor, or religious worker must find ways to help people with their problems. Introduction to Pastoral Counseling is a look at the different perspectives from which pastoral counseling may be seen. It emphasizes the necessary steps in preparing to become a pastoral counselor, and gives attention to legal and practical ramifications of counseling. It also examines some of the issues faced by the pastoral counselor, seeking to find a balance between the clinical and the spiritual, with the Bible as the final authority. This course investigates some of the current approaches to counseling and sets guidelines for counseling settings and sessions.
INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL COUNSELING