Proposed courses, although others could be offered based on the expertise of other teachers:

Transformational Coping: Treatment Planning, Discipleship Counseling and the Sanctification Process by Dr. Ron Newman  July 2013
Group Dynamics, Counseling & Ministry by Dr. Paul Stevenson                                       August 2013

Marriage Counseling and Conflict Resolution by Debbie MacIntosh                                  September 2013
Understanding and Counseling Anxiety, Depression and Psychosis by Dr. Daniel Rota      November 2013

The Theology of Sin, Suffering, and Salvation by Dr. David Hard            March 2014
Understanding Mental Illness by Dr. Paul Stevenson              May 2014

   ...  by Dr. Flores Ciani    July 2014

Freedom from the Cycle of Bondage by Dr. Ron Newman      September 2014

The Identity Driven Life by Pastor Chris Gregas    November 2014

Counseling with the Mind of Christ by Dr. Ron Newman    March 2015

Developmental Psychology and Ministry through the Phases of Life    by Dr. Paul Stevenson  May 2015

Effective Spiritual Disciplines and therapeutic practice by Dr. Paul DeSchenes    July 2015

Understanding and Counseling the Third Age (Aging/Geriatrics)  by Dr. Daniel Rota

Introduction to Christian Counseling and Discipleship  by Dr Steve Silverstein

Crisis and Trauma

Human Sexuality 

Characteristics of Process in Good Counseling by Dr. Daniel Rota (Argentina)

Biblical Anthropology (nature of human beings) and the Change process

Ethics and Integrity in ministry by Gil Kinch

Christian Counseling and Discipleship, Level II   (Intro. Will be prerequisite)

Counseling Theories and Techniques

Personality Theory & Therapy

The Integration of Psychology and Theology

Psychopharmacology (Finding Balance in our View of Medication)

Emotion management:  Grief, anger, anxiety & depression

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and the Emotionally Healthy Church

Effective Spiritual Disciplines and Therapeutic Practice

Psychological Measurement &Testing:  Tools for ministry

Lay Counselor Training in the Church

Love in Therapy and Ministry:  Its All About Love

Identity and the Self:  Dying to Self without loosing your identity (Developing a Biblical Self-Concept;  Self-Esteem;   Self-Denial, etc.)

Developmental Psychology and ministry through the phases of life

Research Methodology

Practicum (individual attention, perhaps during daytimes during same week, or alternate times, even potentially via the internet/Skype type of format).

Course details for scheduled classes

Understanding Mental Illness  by Dr. Paul Stevenson  May 2014

    This course examines the varieties of mental illness including their biological, psychological and social underpinnings.  It includes a brief section on the history of mental illness as well as a section on clinical assessment and diagnosis.  The majority of the course is looking at each category of mental illness, delineating it’s symptoms and discussing treatment options.

Course Goals:

The learners will:

1) understand the organization and reasoning behind DSM-V & or ICD-10

2) be able to distinguish between major mental illness categories including mood, anxiety, somatoform, dissociative, eating, sleep, sexual, gender identity, substance, impulse, personality, psychotic, and cognitive disorders.

3) be aware of psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive approaches to treatment

4) examine their personal belief systems with regards to how to best help individuals with mental illness.


 (July 15 - 20, 2013) by Ronald S. Newman, Ph.D.

Course Description

This course will lay an overall Biblical foundation for use of the Transformational Coping Model as a tool for discipleship counseling that will emphasize treatment planning, building resilience, and stress management, all in the context of a Biblical model of the stress and coping process, which also can be understood as the sanctification process. Through the lens of this model various forms of psychopathology (ex.- depression, anxiety, psychosis, etc.) can be understood, including trauma and its affects.  This course will also equip students to run their own stress management seminars, which would be beneficial to their communities as a preventive intervention, and even can be used as an evangelical outreach.  It is also a model that can be used to help the counselor or pastor find balance in their own lives and avoid the danger of burnout in their ministry. Dr. Don Colbert's books, The New Bible Cure for Stress and Deadly Emotions will be the text books for this class, supplementing Dr. Newman's own material.  For those interested in supplementing the text books through outside reading are encouraged to look at Dr. Janelle Barlow's The Stress Manager (Gestion del Estres), Time and Stress Management for Rookies (Gestion del Tiempo y del Estress for Rookies), and Joyce Meyers book  21 Ways of Finding Peace. This course will present a model which also can also be a framework for the Counseling with the Mind of Christ and Freedom from the Cycle of Bondage courses in the future. 

Course Goals:

In this class, students will:   

  1. Learn the basics of a Biblical model of the Heart and the Sanctification process.
  2. Learn the basics of assessment and treatment planning, including how to help clients (and disciples) achieve their own goals.
  3. Learn key factors that help build resilience against the stressors of life, including an

understanding of how to prevent burnout in your personal life and ministry.

4. Learn key techniques and tools that can help clients/disciples to overcome a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, and excessive anger.

5.  Gain an understanding of a model of the stress and coping process that can be used with clients or even for community outreach programs.

6. Learn how current psychological research supports the Biblical perspective, and gain an appreciation for longevity and health psychology research which all supports the Transformational Coping model.

7. Gain an overview of psychological theories and how they contribute to the model.

8. Learn the basics of journaling as a therapeutic tool to help clients foster better long term results.

GROUP DYNAMICS AND MINISTRY(August 2013)(elective special seminar) by Dr. Paul Stevenson

Course Description

    This is a course in group dynamics and group counseling.  The content includes an overview of group process, leader roles, member roles, and types of groups in school and church settings.  A variety of therapeutic approaches are presented as well as specific group counseling techniques for working with people in a variety of settings. Issues in working in an ethical manner with diverse student/client populations, including a variety of types of church ministries will be presented. 


Course Goals

  1. Students will understand group counseling as a multi-layered conceptual and analytical process which begins with assessment of client needs, which leads to selection of appropriate group counseling techniques, and is monitored through ongoing assessment of the client progress.

2.  Understand the dynamics and interface of use of self related to group counseling as a treatment modality, and the use of self with individual clients within the treatment group.

3.  Understanding the range of group skills for beginnings (client assessment and initial organization of the group), middles (use of self in facilitating the group process) and endings (either individual client exit from the group or termination of group).

4.  Understand values and ethics related to group counseling, and identify issues which arise related to school settings.

5.  Understand the application of course material to facilitating a variety of ministries in a church, including small group bible studies, fellowship groups, and addiction/recovery groups.



Marriage Counseling and Conflict Resolution:  (September 2013) By Debbie MacIntosh



The course on Marriage Counseling and Conflict Resolution will address the treatment and prevention of issues in marriage, with a particular emphasis on conflict styles and resolution. The course will include a discussion of the role of the counselor and approaches to marital counseling, Specific topics of focus will be marital roles, the influence of family of origin, communication, infidelity, and divorce, with insights from both research and Biblical exegesis.




Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify his or her concept of the role and functions of a marriage counselor, both in the church and in the local community.
  2. Value the crucial role of communication in the marital relationship and help couples. develop effective communication skills within their relationship.
  3. Utilize specific therapeutic techniques within the counseling session, whether in a premarital context, with marriage mentoring in the church, or marital therapy.
  4. Analyze crucial factors to be considered with reference to infidelity, divorce, and abuse, both from psychological and Biblical perspectives.
  5. Practice principles of effective communication and conflict resolution in the context of his or her personal life, consistent with living the gospel message.


Dr. Rota's description of classes


Understanding and Counseling Anxiety, Depression and Psychosis by Dr. Daniel Rota 

In frequent pathologies, the subject, Understanding and Counseling, points toward knowing and understanding the most common emotional and mental sicknesses, their symptoms, evolution, and their influence on the personal, family and spiritual lives of those who suffer. Taking into account that we tend to classify as irrelevant that which we do not understand, emotional disorders have increased in frequency and seriousness just as new pathologies are appearing like fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, computer addictions, etc. which need to be known in order to properly address prevention and help for those who are suffering.


We will point out the contributions of the neurosciences and social sciences that have notably expanded our understanding of normal and pathological behavior and we will tackle some of the foundations of this understanding.


Characteristics of Process in Good Counseling by Dr. Daniel Rota (Argentina)

Regarding the subject of characteristics and processes of good counseling, we will focus first on the characteristics of a good counselor, the general characteristics of good counseling and different ways of facing and approaching individual, marriage and family interviews. We will outline objectives for each interview as well as the steps to carry out good counseling.

Counseling with the Mind of Christ  by Ron Newman, Ph.D.

Counseling Discipleship:  Foundations for Balance by Ron Newman, Ph.D.