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 with a strong emphasis on a careful attention to the biblical counseling method when confronted with a difficult counseling issue. The subjects addressed in this course include, inter alia, a close look at the dynamic operations of the heart, the nature of temptation, various counseling issues, case studies, critical interaction with certain entries in the DSM-V, and 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 knowledgeably discuss the secular notion of “disorders” in contrast and in comparison to the doctrine of sanctification. 3 credit hours.

Dr. Roger DePriest serves as the Faculty Associate in Biblical Counseling at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary; Dr. DePriest has taught in an adjunct role for the seminary since 2000. He is the Executive Director of Grace Biblical Counseling Ministry, an ordained Baptist minister, and a Level 2 certified ACBC counselor. Dr. DePriest earned his academic degrees at Cedarville University (BA), Talbot Theological Seminary (MA), and Clark Summit University (PhD). Read more....

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34% – Reading (1450 pages)
10% – Participation & Discussion
56% – Written Assignments

The textbooks below were required the last time this course was delivered. They are subject to change for the next delivery of this course.