Description of Courses
The following list represents courses offered in the Division of Counseling. This list does not contain specific information regarding the session and time of offering. Specific information will be made available to the student by the Registrar’s Office and through posted syllabi prior to registration.
CCSW5331 Disaster Relief Training and Experience (3 hours)
This course provides training in disaster response and experience in disaster preparedness and/or disaster response. Attention will be given to preparing local churches to respond in positive ways to disaster situations and to opportunities to expand God’s Kingdom in a variety of ministry settings. Also can be taken as MISS5331.
CCSW6214 Interpersonal Relationship Skills (2 hours)
The purpose of this course will be to study the nature of interpersonal relationships with particular reference to personal, family, and ministry relationships. Goals will be to learn to establish positive relationships, to improve weak relationships, and to develop skills in resolving problematic relationships.
CCSW6310 Social Work Practice with Groups (3 hours)
The course provides an overview of group work in the church by providing experiences in leadership, group formations, development, and processes.
CCSW6360 Introduction to Social Work (3 hours)
The student is introduced to the field of social work and its underlying philosophy and processes. The major divisions of social work – casework, group work, community organization, administration, and research – will be discussed. The challenge to the churches and their responsibility in the community are an integral part of the course.
CCSW6361 Social Welfare Policy and Planning (3 hours)
A detailed study is made of the major social problems in the community: poverty, income maintenance, health, mental health, child welfare, housing, and criminal justice. These problems will be analyzed in light of social welfare policy and planning. The church’s role in social welfare will be examined.
CCSW6363 Social Work Practice with Juvenile Delinquents (3 hours)
The nature, extent, and causation of juvenile delinquency are examined. The developmental tasks of adolescence are discussed in terms of the juvenile delinquent’s achievements of these tasks. Family relationships of the delinquent are explored. Proposals are made to assist the church in organizing a network of church, court, and community relationships to aid in the reduction of delinquent behavior.
CCSW6364 Church Community Ministries (3 hours)
A special study is made in the development of weekday programs for churches and faith-based community ministries. Emphasis is placed on discovering needs of a community and developing programs to meet these needs as well as the spiritual needs of people. Attention is given to church and community surveys in addition to supervision and administration of weekday ministries. Also can be taken as MISS5362.
CCSW6365 Death, Loss, and Grief (3 hours)
The focus in this course is on death, loss, and grief throughout the life span. Attention will be given to basic therapeutic interventions that can be used to assist individuals and groups through a wide variety of loss experiences such as illness, divorce, unemployment, relocation, infertility, and purpose. The role of the minister in the helping relationship will be explored. Lecture, discussion, role playing, and small group components will be utilized.
CCSW6366 Social Work Practice with Children and Families (3 hours)
This course examines issues related to the welfare of families and children. Topics included are foster care, adoption, institutionalization, domestic violence, and divorce. The role of the church in addressing the issues is discussed. Students will spend eight hours with a child or family.
CCSW6367 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3 hours)
The course is designed to understand various theories of social work practice including Cognitive, Behavioral Psychotherapy, Experiential, Family Therapy, Structural, Solution Focused, Strategic, and Psycho-educational. Students will practice these theories in eight sessions with selected clients.
CCSW6368 Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to social work practice with communities with special attention given to evaluation of community methods of intervention, community study and planning, professional role with community committees and representation, differential aspects of the community organization method, and emerging trends of theory and practice. The church’s role in the community is emphasized.
CCSW6369 Social Work Practice with the Aging and Their Families (3 hours)
This course focuses on issues related to the aging process, including retirement, caregiving, health, and spiritual development. Social work interventions such as case management, individual therapy, group therapy, and community planning are explored. The importance of church ministry to aging persons is stressed.
CCSW6370 Essentials of Helping (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of the helping process including a Biblical and a historical foundation for helping and essential skills for helping. In addition, philosophy and values and ethics related to helping are explored. Personal issues, including time management, stress, accountability, and healthy relationships will be examined to determine readiness to help.
CCSW6371 Social Work Practice and Christianity (3 hours)
This course will examine the integration of the Christian faith and Social Work practice. Beginning from a historical perspective that connects early charity work and the roots of historical Social Work in the Christian tradition, this course will explore a wide variety of social justice issues and best practices to the present day. The course will address areas of strength and possible conflict for Christians practicing in the field of Social Work.
CCSW6380 Social Work Practicum (3 hours)
Students are involved in the practice of social work under supervision for eight hours per week. Experiences of the student vary according to the field placement. Students gain real-world experience in Baptist centers, social service agencies and church settings. This course is limited to students specializing in Social Work. Each student must consult with the professor prior to registering for the practicum. Prerequisite: CCSW6360 Introduction to Social Work.
CCSW6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Social Work (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CCIS6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Social Work (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CCSW6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Social Work (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CCSW6693 Internship Program in Social Work (6 hours)
CCGT5258 Introduction to Gerontology (2 hours)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the major concepts and issues pertinent to the study of the aging process. Theoretical content is combined with practical issues in each unit. The course is designed to provide an overview for the generalists in ministry with the elderly and to offer stimulation for further detailed study for the specialist.
CCGT6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Gerontology (1, 2, or 3 hours)
GTIS6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Gerontology (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CCGT6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Gerontology (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CCGT6693 Internship Program in Gerontology (6 hours)
COUN5000 Student Process Group (0 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to identify and explore areas for personal growth important to their development as counselors and to help students begin developing interpersonal and communication skills necessary for counseling. This course is designed as an 8-week process group. Students will participate fully by attending group meetings, setting goals, developing their own homework, and providing feedback to fellow members.
COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry (2 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of pastoral care and counseling. A Bible-based, reality-focused, five-session model will be learned. In addition, the class will emphasize application heavily through the use of role play. Specific clinical issues to be considered include marital and family distress, depression, grief, and spiritual direction (course formerly titled “Pastoral Counseling”).
COUN5303 Advanced Pastoral Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to build on the foundation presented in COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry. A solution-focused model of pastoral counseling is presented with an emphasis on gaining practical experience through role play and outside class experience. Prerequisite: COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry.
COUN5310 Practical Integration of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in the Counseling Setting (3 hours) Faculty
This course will address issues in practice related to the active integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling. The practical application of these respective disciplines to a variety of counseling concerns will be emphasized.
COUN5311 The Bible in the Professional Counselor (3 hours) Faculty
Recognizing the need for personal integration of the Bible into the counselor’s own life, this course is designed to examine and express the connections between humans and God as defined in Scripture. Models of integrating Scripture and counseling are presented. Students are challenged to learn effective, therapeutic methods of sharing biblical passages, principles, theology, and historical contexts with counselees. God’s Word is presented as the truth, which permeates the presence of the Christian counseling environment.
COUN5320 Personality Development (3 hours) Faculty
In this course students are presented an overview of the major theories, concepts, and research methods of the psychology of personality. Students will relate theorists and theories to the field of the counseling ministry. A biblical and theological understanding of the development of humans is reviewed.
COUN5321 Human Development (3 hours) Faculty
The course includes advanced study of human development. The theories, concepts, and research regarding the developmental characteristics of the body, spirit, and mind at each state of human growth are examined and related to Christian ministry.
COUN5322 Human Sexuality (3 hours) Faculty
A study of human sexual development, sexual practices, and treatments for the sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias is made. Theological and Christian practice issues are applied to human sexuality. Students learn techniques of sex therapy with a systemic perspective.
COUN5330 Group Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course consists of lectures on the theory and practice of group therapy. Principles relating to group processes will be examined. Various models of groups are considered, including both psycho-educational and process groups. Student groups are formed, and each student will lead one outside therapy group during the semester.
COUN5331 Social and Multicultural Issues in Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to introduce students to transcultural theory and the application of counseling principles to multicultural and multi-ethnic situations. This will include transcultural communication, ethnography, worldview, and racial and gender identity development. Specific ethnic groups, gender, and racial issues impacting the therapeutic process are explored.
COUN5332 Crisis Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
Students study the theory of crisis intervention and emergency psychology. High stress communication skills and a specialized counseling approach, the crisis intervention model, are presented. Students acquire knowledge and skill through observation, study, and practice. Biblical and theological bases for understanding crisis events are considered. Various crises are examined including such events as suicide, death, grief, physical illness, family emergencies, and situational and developmental crises.
COUN5340 Lifestyle Development and Career Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
Students will examine the developmental theories, personality career theories, and decision-making theories to develop a framework for lifestyle development and career counseling. Lifestyle and vocational assessment, choice, search tactics, family influences, and God’s will and spiritual direction are examined. Students will learn to administer and interpret career assessment inventories. At the discretion of the professor, a small additional fee may be assessed to cover testing materials.
COUN6186/6286/6386 Special Topics in Counseling
Specialized courses in the field of counseling offered on an as-needed basis. This learning experience also provides students with the opportunity to attend a seminar, retreat, professional meeting, or other extra-curricular activity related to the field of counseling. Prior to the regular registration cycle for the semester, students will petition the appropriate professor in the counseling program for approval to attend the event. The application will include the scope of the event, the title, place, leadership, and other pertinent information to inform the professor about the relevance of the event to the curriculum of study the student is pursuing. Prior to the event, the professor will establish the expected pre- and post-event academic requirements. The faculty member will establish the criteria for the completion of the project. The special topics event will require a minimum of two faculty-to-student meetings. The evaluation of the student’s involvement in the event will be the responsibility of the academic professor who established the criteria for attendance.
COUN6301 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of mental disorders and treatments. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the DSM-5 classification system, the diagnostic categories, and the primary treatment options for the major mental disorders. Diagnostic techniques, etiology and pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical course, and psychopharmacology are also examined. This course and COUN6302, COUN6303 and COUN6350 OR COUN6351 are prerequisites for all other counseling courses.
COUN6302 Techniques and Skills in Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
Counseling theory, practice, and skills are presented through active learning and traditional methods to train students in techniques and skills for effective counseling. Additionally, psychotherapeutic process research is examined. A model conducive to the use of the counseling skills is taught. This course and COUN6301, COUN6303 and COUN6350 OR COUN6351 are prerequisites for all other counseling courses.
COUN6303 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
Students develop ethical, legal, and professional knowledge and responses to issues arising in professional counseling. The following issues relevant to the practice of professional counseling are investigated: licensure and certification (LPC, NBSS, AAMFT); legal responsibilities and liabilities; and emotional, spiritual, and personal concerns of the practicing Christian counselor. The second half of the course is designed to teach a process of ethical decision making to help increase a student’s awareness of ethical practice. Students will examine the code of ethics statements of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, and the American Psychology Association. Role-plays and video segments will be utilized to gain an experiential understanding regarding ethical responses to topics such as boundaries issues, moral issues, dual relationships, confidentiality, financial matters, termination processes, and duty to report and warn. This course and COUN6301, COUN6302 and COUN6350 OR COUN6351 are prerequisites for all other counseling courses.
COUN6304 Family Systems Theory in Practice (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to develop students’ practical skills for application of Family Systems theory in marriage and family therapy. Students will examine theoretical foundations, research findings, basic principles, assessment techniques, and the intervention strategies of Structural, Strategic and Intergenerational Therapy models. These examinations are applied to a wide variety of problems in living and are framed within a Christian theological context.
COUN6330 Professional Issues in Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course is the capstone course for the counseling program and is designed to address practical issues relevant to the practice of professional counseling. The course will be presented as a hybrid, with a portion of the course being taught through Blackboard and the other portion in class. The following topics will be addressed: preparing for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) & Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), applying for licensure and certification (LPC, NBCC, AAMFT), advocacy, resumes and interviews, and practice management. December graduates must take this course in the spring semester prior to graduation and May graduates must take this course in the fall semester prior to graduation.
COUN6341 Addiction Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
Students are introduced to basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, along with effects of various classes of substances on the brain. In addition, students will learn major etiological models of chemical dependency and corresponding treatment options. Students are encouraged to incorporate the broadest level of integration of physiological, psychological, and theological insights into the problem of chemical dependency. Family intervention programs are examined, and a family systems perspective is used. The chemically dependent family system is studied.
COUN6348 Trauma-Informed Care for Foster and Adoptive Families (3 hours) Faculty
A detailed study is made of the major factors faced by kids from hard places: developmental trauma, attachment issues, self-regulation, sensory processing, interpersonal relationship skills, and behavioral challenges. These problems will be addressed from the Trust Based Relational Intervention Model. Non-counseling majors must have taken a prerequisite course, COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry, before taking this course.
COUN6349 Trauma: Theories and Treatment (3 hours) Faculty
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skill in the treatment of trauma for individuals,marriages, and families. Students will explore the psychological trauma field, including the current theories in the field, the nature of trauma, how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. Also included is the exploration of the professional’s response to trauma, vicarious traumatization, comorbid disorders and general treatment issues. Students will have the opportunity to review evidence-based practices in the trauma field. A variety of theoretical frameworks are presented, including cognitive, spiritual, neurobiological, clinical, and socio-cultural.
COUN6350 Clinical Marriage and Family Assessment (3 hours) Faculty
The purpose of this course is to enable students to assess family systems, to develop knowledge of current family life demographics, and to examine various clinical family assessment techniques and tools. Lectures, discussions, assessments, and experiential methods are used to help students gain an understanding of marriage and family styles, symptomatology, and interviewing and assessment techniques. A study of healthy and dysfunctional families is included. The courses COUN6301 COUN6302, COUN6303 and COUN6350 OR COUN6351 are prerequisites for all other counseling courses.
COUN6351 Counseling Theories and Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course examines the theoretic and practical foundations of the family systems approach to marital and family therapy. The major theorists, theories, models, and practices are examined. The primary focus is upon the theories, principles, and language which support the numerous marriage and family therapy models. The courses COUN6301 COUN6302, COUN6303 and COUN6351 OR COUN6350 are prerequisites for all other counseling courses.
COUN6354 Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling for Individual, Marriage and Family (3 hours) Faculty
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skill in the cognitive-behavioral approach to individual, marital, and family therapy within a systemic perspective. Students will examine theoretical foundations, research findings, basic principles, assessment techniques, and the intervention strategies of cognitive-behavioral therapy. These examinations are applied to a wide variety of problems in marriage, family, and social relationships and are framed within a Christian theological context. Non-counseling majors must have taken a prerequisite course, COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry, before taking this course.
COUN6355 Brief Approaches to Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of brief approaches to marriage and family therapy. Special attention is given to solution-focused and selected depth-oriented models and their practical application in the ministry setting. Students should come prepared to spend extensive time participating in live supervision using each of these selected models. Non-counseling majors must have taken a prerequisite course, COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry, before taking this course.
COUN6356 Childhood Disorders and Therapies (3 hours) Faculty
This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of mental and behavioral disorders and problems affecting children and adolescents. Students will acquire knowledge of the DSM-5 classification system as it pertains to various childhood disorders. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic techniques, etiology, and the primary treatment strategies for the disorders and problems studied. The course is designed to help students develop effectively as practitioners working with children, adolescents, and their families. This course is taught from a systemic perspective.
COUN6357 Contemporary Approaches to Marital/Pre-Marital Therapy (3 hours) Faculty
Students study a variety of leading contemporary theories of marriage and pre-marriage therapy from a systematic approach. Concurrent emphasis is placed on mastery of the techniques used within each of those theories. Students will develop a personal model of marriage and pre-marriage therapy including assessment, treatment planning, interventions, and follow-up. Non-counseling majors must have taken a prerequisite course, COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry, before taking this course.
COUN6360 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 hours) Faculty
In this course students will explore the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of the clinical mental health counseling field. It will explore current trends, professional and ethical issues and other relevant matters for clinical mental health counseling. Furthermore, it will examine the role of the Christian who has been called to work in such settings.
COUN6374 Scientific Research and Program Evaluation (3 hours) Faculty
This course will provide a basic understanding of research methods and program evaluation. The course covers both research design and statistical procedures. Topics covered include the program evaluation in counseling, the scientific method, experimental and correlational research, sampling methods, hypothesis development, introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, and the choice of appropriate statistical analyses for testing specific hypotheses. Students will gain the fundamentals of statistics as they analyze counseling and counseling program data, with the emphasis on review and interpretation of research literature (particularly in the areas of community mental health counseling and marriage and family counseling), experience the role of computers in statistical analysis, and discover the relationships among measurement, design, and statistics. At the conclusion of the course, each student will have selected a research topic, and will have begun to develop a research proposal including hypotheses, sampling, and methodology. This course must be taken before, or concurrently with, the course, COUN6380 Clinical Practicum.
COUN6378 Appraisal of Individuals (3 hours) Faculty
This course will examine the context of psychological testing, technical and methodological principles, test of general intellectual level, tests of separate abilities, personality tests, behavioral assessments, and ethical principles of psychological assessment. An additional fee of approximately $35 is required to cover appraisal materials.
COUN6380 Clinical Practicum (3 hours)
This course is designed as a semester-length (16-week), mental health practicum totaling at least 100 clock hours. The student is required to complete 40 hours of direct counseling, one hour per week of individual supervision, and one and one-half hours per week of group supervision. Students pursuing LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the specialization in clinical mental health, must complete the Practicum of 16 weeks and 40 Direct Client Hours with individuals, couples, or families. Students pursuing the LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the Specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling, must complete 10 hours of direct counseling (within the total 40 Direct Client Hours) with couples, families, children, and adolescents.Students pursuing LPC licensure in Louisiana must complete a clinical mental health practicum with 16 weeks and 40 Direct Client Hours. The Practicum is considered part of the Clinical Practice requirement of 500 Direct Client Hours for those pursuing LMFT licensure in Louisiana. Students wishing to register for this course must first go through the application and approval process and obtain a signed approval form from the NOBTS Director of Training prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: COUN6301, COUN6302, and COUN6303; and COUN6350 or COUN6351.
COUN6390 Clinical Internship I (3 hours)
This course is designed as a 18-week/300 hour placement in an approved setting (students should be prepared to complete additional hours if they are required by their placement site) where students are engaged in individual, marital, group, and family therapy. One hundred twenty (120) hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, and families must be represented within the total hours completed. Students pursuing LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the specialization in clinical mental health, must complete the internship of 18 weeks and 120 Direct Client Hours with individuals, couples, or families. Students pursuing the LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the Specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling, must complete 30 hours of direct counseling (within the total 120 Direct Client Hours) with couples, families, children, and adolescents.Additionally, one hour per week of individual supervision by a counseling faculty member or approved supervisor and one and one-half hours per week group supervision by a faculty member supervisor or approved supervisor are required during the placement. There is an emphasis to learn to diagnosis using the DSM-5 criteria.
COUN6391 Clinical Internship II (3 hours)
This course is designed as a 18-week/300 hour placement in an approved setting (students should be prepared to complete additional hours if they are required by their placement site) where students are engaged in individual, marital, group, and family therapy. One hundred twenty (120) hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, and families must be represented within the total hours completed. Students pursuing LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the specialization in clinical mental health, must complete the internship of 18 weeks and 120 Direct Client Hours with individuals, couples, or families. Students pursuing the LPC licensure in Louisiana, majoring in the Specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling, must complete 30 hours of direct counseling (within the total 120 Direct Client Hours) with couples, families, children, and adolescents.Additionally, one hour per week of individual supervision by a counseling faculty member or approved supervisor and one and one-half hours per week group supervision by a faculty member supervisor or approved supervisor are required during the placement.
COUN5391/5392 Clinical Pastoral Training (3 hours each)
These courses are designed as basic courses in Clinical Pastoral Training in a mental health setting. Patient visitation, lectures, and counseling evaluation are under the guidance of the professor, clinical supervisor, department psychiatrists, and other hospital or clinical setting teaching personnel. Prerequisites: COUN6301, COUN6302, COUN6303 STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
COUN5395 Basic Clinical Pastoral Education (3 hours)
The course is a clinical pastoral counseling practicum in a hospital or similar setting. This course is the introductory unit of training designated Basic CPE. All MDiv in Pastoral Care Majors will complete this CPE course (or similar course as permitted by departmental faculty). Prerequisites: COUN6301, COUN6302, COUN6303 STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
COUN5396-99 Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education (3 hours)
These courses extend the studies into a specialized ministry to correlate with Advanced CPE and Supervisory CPE. Students in these latter programs are exposed to learning opportunities involving personal visits, verbatim reports of pastoral conversations, supervision of this pastoral work with troubled people, interaction with other clinical students, and dialogue with workers of other disciplines. Prerequisites: COUN6301, COUN6302, COUN6303 STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
COIS6185-6485 Independent Directed Study in Counseling (1-4 hours) Faculty