Issues in Biblical Counseling

Roger G. DePriest

This course will build upon the prerequisite introductory course, Introduction to Biblical Counseling. The focus is on current/pertinent issues in biblical counseling. Specifically, it seeks to develop in much greater detail—through a commitment to the sufficiency of Christ and Scripture—some of the common counseling issues that biblical counselors face, as well as a few of the less common and more difficult ones. The subjects addressed in this course include, inter alia, a review of the Key Elements, a biblical theology of temptation, case study DVDs, critical interaction with the DSM-V, psychological labels as well as such sins and sinful predispositions presented as anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, anger, sex, gluttony, et al.

As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the dynamics of the human heart with regard to select counseling issues as well as a basic level of competency in strategizing and approaching these in a way that will be helpful for counselees struggling and suffering with these same issues. The student will become conversant with key works that currently come to bear on key biblical counseling issues. In addition, the student will be able to knowledgably discuss the secular notion of “disorders” in contrast and in comparison to the doctrine of sanctification.

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Course Requirements

  • 34% - Reading (1500 pages)
  • 10% - Participation & Discussion
  • 20% - Writing Assignments During Residency
  • 36% - Writing Assignments Post-Residency (4)