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Counselling

The Counselling Diploma is the equivalent of a two-year (64 credit) program delivered in an intensive, one-year format. This program is dedicated to training caring, healthy, Christ-centered counsellors. In twelve months, students will be given the tools and skills necessary to become successful in their respective field. The program blends academics with practical training. Classes are supplemented with hands-on learning. Under careful supervision from a licensed counsellor, students have an opportunity to counsel their peers, be counselled in return, and observe the counsellor-counsellee relationships. Students can choose to further their education and complete a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in counselling. 

"I found my passion for coming alongside people"

My time at PLBC was honestly unforgettable. Initially I went into the counseling program to learn more about myself. Here, I found my passion for coming alongside people and reducing barriers to be transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus.

Justin Waller

The Specifics.

Purpose

This three-year BA degree program combines intensive counselling training with a more complete understanding of the Bible and applied theology, along with a broader awareness of ministry within the local church. The counselling component gives you an in-depth study of models and theories of counselling practice integrated with biblical principles for effective applications, integrating both academics and practical training in each of the 14 courses (64 credits) offered. The remaining 64 credits cover a thorough background in Bible and theology, and expand your capacity for taking on teaching and leadership opportunities.

Program Length
  • 133 credit hours
  • 3 years full-time
Program Director

Ivone Juell, MA, MAMF, RPC

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning goals and objectives required for all degree programs, the Counselling Major will enable graduates to:

  1. Integrate both theological application and psychological skill into their lives and the lives of those they will be ministering to.
  2. Nurture a reliance on the Holy Spirit for guidance, wisdom, and clarity while working with people in need.
  3. Grow in a deeper understanding of themselves through skills learned and practically  applied.
  4. Prepare themselves to minister from a Christian worldview in a secular and humanistic  profession.
  5. Develop an understanding of their limitations within their skill set and learn when to refer to other counselling professionals.
Major Requirements

In addition to completing the 72 credit core, Counselling Majors also take the   following:

BIBLE OR THEOLOGY COURSES

2 Bible and Theology electives

COUNSELLING COURSES

THEORY AND SKILLS

Counselling Orientation
Basic Counselling Skills
Issues and Ethics in Counselling
Models of Counselling
Introduction to Christian Counselling
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Behavioural Counselling Skills
Crisis Intervention Counselling
Marriage and Family Counselling
Substance Abuse Counselling
Abuse and Trauma
Sexual Addiction
Group Therapy Skills

PRACTICUM

Practicum I: Basic Intake and Assessment
Practicum II: Counselling Skills
Practicum III: Advanced Clinical Skills

SELF-EXPLORATION

Self-Exploration Group I
Self-Exploration Group II
Self-Exploration Group III

CAPSTONE

Integration of Faith and Practice

3 CREDIT HOURS OPEN ELECTIVES

Purpose

This one-year intensive program offers a Diploma of Counselling (DCS), giving you an in-depth study of models and theories of counselling practice, integrated with biblical principles for effective applications.   This program will focus on how to apply practical counselling skills, how to be the most effective pastor or counsellor you can be, and how to provide helpful outreach to your church and community. This cutting-    edge style of learning integrates both academics and practical training in each of the 16 courses offered.     The curriculum of this program is designed to allow for maximum learning through the experiential process while allowing the Spirit to guide you in ministering to others through counselling. You may choose to graduate with the one-year diploma or go on to complete an additional 64 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling.

Program Length
  • 64 credit hours
  • 1 year full-time
Program Director

Ivone Juell, MA, MAMF, RPC

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning goals and objectives required for all degree programs, the Counselling Major will enable graduates to:

  1. Integrate both theological application and psychological skill into their lives and the lives of those they will be ministering to.
  2. Nurture a reliance on the Holy Spirit for guidance, wisdom, and clarity while working with people in need.
  3. Grow in a deeper understanding of themselves through skills learned and practically  applied.
  4. Prepare themselves to minister from a Christian worldview in a secular and humanistic  profession.
  5. Develop an understanding of their limitations within their skill set and learn when to refer to other counselling professionals.
Diploma Requirements

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Survey of Christian Beliefs
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

COUNSELLING

Theory and Practice

Counselling Orientation
Psychology of Human Behaviour
Basic Counselling Skills
Issues and Ethics in Counselling
Models of Counselling
Introduction to Christian Counselling
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Behavioural Counselling Skills
Crisis Intervention Counselling
Marriage and Family Counselling
Substance Abuse Counselling
Abuse and Trauma
Sexual Addiction
Group Therapy Skills

Practicum

Practicum I: Basic Intake and Assessment
Practicum II: Counselling Skills
Practicum III: Advanced Clinical Skills

Self-Exploration

Self-Exploration Group I
Self-Exploration Group II
Self-Exploration Group III

Capstone

Integration of Faith and Practice

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