This course combines an Introduction to Christian Counseling with an Introduction to Addiction Counseling. The course reviews five approaches to counseling and Christianity including: Levels-of-Explanation, Integration, Christian Psychology, Transformational Counseling and Biblical Counseling. Students work to apply each of these models to a sample case.
The course also presents an overview of key elements of addiction counseling including: Assessment and Treatment, Co-Occurring Disorders, Behavioral Addictions, Relapse Prevention, Self-Help Groups, Addiction Counseling Techniques, Culturally Awareness and Development of the Counselor. The course also helps students to develop a plan to apply for certification in their state if they desire.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Describe each of five approaches to Counseling and Christianity including: Levels-of-Explanation, Integration, Christian Psychology, Transformational Counseling and Biblical Counseling.
- Apply each of five approaches to Counseling and Christianity to a sample case: Levels-of-Explanation, Integration, Christian Psychology, Transformational Counseling and Biblical Counseling.
- Reflect on their own values and those of any organization they may work for to assess which model of Christian counseling may be the best fit in various contexts and with various clients.
- Describe each of the key elements of addiction counseling including: Assessment and Treatment, Co-Occurring Disorders, Behavioral Addictions, Relapse Prevention, Self-Help Groups, Addiction Counseling Techniques, Culturally Awareness and Development of the Counselor.
Steps to Receive University Credit
Students who wish to take this course for free and later receive credit with City Vision University can take the following steps:
- Apply for free to City Vision University (takes less than 5 minutes).
- Pay the $100 tuition for the course. This tuition rate includes a $700 scholarship ($650 undergrad) since graduate tuition is regularly $800 ($750 undergrad). This scholarship only applies to first-time students, not to existing City Vision students. This scholarship applies only to City Vision’s non-federal aid courses.
- Choose an option for credit:
a. Independent Study (start dates any time). You can submit your completed student assignment workbook to have your assignments graded for credit. This workbook is provided in the course. Advantage: can start at any time and work at your own pace.
b. 8-Week Course Online with Faculty & Student Cohort (typically one start date per year in schedule). You can use whatever progress you’ve made in the free course to help jump-start you in our regular online course. Advantages: 1) students have a higher completion rate with the support of faculty and benefit from interaction with other students in discussions; 2) students choosing this option may qualify for Pell grants, which often more than pay the cost of tuition.
- Course PowerPoint Slides
- Course Video Playlist in YouTube (Core Presentations)
- Full Course Video Playlist in YouTube
- Student Assignment Workbook
Self-Paced or Group Facilitated
This course is designed so that students can go through it individually on their own, or go through it as a group facilitated by any group leader. The Guide for Group Leaders & Live Discussions provides suggestions for discussion topics for those going through as a group. The group leader may also choose to assign some of the items in the Student Assignment Workbook as "homework" to do between meetings.
Students that wish to advance their learning may find it helpful to go through the assignments in the above workbook.