MA in Counseling for Ministry - Core Courses
IPS 501 Advanced Human Relation Skills
Course Description - Provides the skills needed for the interpersonal involvement essential in any helping relationship. Participants learn and practice the skills of communicating empathy and challenge to others as well as exploring and disclosing oneself. Learning consists of applying theory to the experience of relationships in small groups.
Outcomes: Students will effectively use ten essential skills to communicate and connect in relationships. Students will practice these skills with one another to understand the effect of these skills on the receiver.
IPS 502 Theology of The Developing Person
Course Description - This course seeks to help the students think theologically about human personhood. It offers students a theological anthropology presented with developmental considerations in mind. It offers a theological dialogue partner for psychological perspectives on development.
Outcomes: Students will form a more abiding and working connection between theology and human experience. Students will understand how pastoral and therapeutic practice is strengthened by theological awareness and supports therapeutic and caregiving relationships.
IPS 503 Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling
Course Description - This course focuses on the process and skills of pastoral counseling. Emphasis is on training in basic listening and influencing skills. Students practice selected strategies drawn from various approaches to counseling.
Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of two classes of core counseling skills (listening and influencing), which they will practice in small peer groups under the supervision of the instructors.
IPS 505 Group Counseling Approaches
Course Description - This course introduces students to the theory and practice of group approaches to counseling and preventative, psychoeducation work. Group dynamics and leadership issues are explored. Students will design and lead a group of their choosing.
Outcomes: From various approaches to structured and unstructured groups, students develop a design for a specific group in which they are interested and which they plan to use in their subsequent career.
IPS 512 Ethics for Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction
Course Description - This course introduces students to the richness and diversity of the Christian moral tradition. The course provides students with the codes and procedures of professional ethics essential for their work as pastoral counselors and spiritual directors.
Outcomes: Articulate methodologies of ethics, knowledge of the several professional ethical codes, skills of assisting clients, awareness of one's own ethical stances and their integration in counseling and spiritual direction.
IPS 555 Human Person and Psychological Development
Course Description - Human beings are created to grow and mature into their full humanity. Every phase of life carries particular psychological and spiritual agendas. While each person is unique, our developmental story from birth to death is also our universal human story with particular variations, sharpened around gender and cultural differences.
Outcomes: Exploration of developmental differences. Discovery of reliable markers for ministry
IPS 564 Foundations of Pastoral Care
Course Description - Pastoral Care is the ministry of accompanying people in the difficult times of their lives. Students explore the history, theology and purpose of pastoral care, including their own personal loss experiences.
IPS 473 Family Therapy and Personal Transformation
Course Description - Family therapy is a unique way of working with individuals, couples and families. This course will examine the foundations of and theory and practice of family therapy as expressed in five major schools. We will integrate psychological and theological dimensions throughout. The course will balance didactic input and experiential exercises.
Outcomes: Demonstrated knowledge of application ability of family system theory, family therapy, and understanding of culture and other effects on family systems