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PAS 5314 Working with Small Groups
The dynamics of a small group will be studied. Students will be expected to participate in a group during class. Topics to be studied are: stages in the development of a group; how to lead a group; how to develop spiritual intimacy in the group; how to define boundaries between genders; how to use different theoretical approaches in group work. 3 credits. Dr. McMahon.
PAS 5315 Practicum in Counseling
The objective of this course is to help the student develop his/her personal style of counseling within the theoretical framework chosen by the student. Eight taped counseling sessions accompanied by written reports will be required of each student. Two of these will be videotapes. In each class section, the tapes will be discussed. Prerequisite: PAS 5101 or PAS 5312. 3 credits. Dr. McMahon.
PAS 5316 Dealing with Challenging RelationshipsThis pastoral course addresses how to apply Jesus’ most profound teaching—love your enemy—in common, everyday situations. Using spiritual and psychological insights, it shows how to help people “take apart” the mental and emotional structures they build within themselves that hinder them from embracing one another in forgiveness and reconciliation. Students will address at least one difficult relationship in their own lives and learn tools to counsel others in resolving conflicts. 3 credits. Ms. Saunders.
PAS 5501 Marriage and Family CounselingFamily relationships give meaning to most people’s lives and are central to their understanding of God and His love, as well as the catalyst for spiritual and moral growth. Their challenges, however, can be great and many marital and family issues are brought to pastors for their wisdom and guidance. Given the complexity of interpersonal relationships, pastors who lack professional training in marriage and family counseling often wonder if they can help their church members in a significant way. Yet, relatively simple interventions of an educational and coaching nature can be quite helpful, and these can be facilitated without extensive training. This course emphasizes classic techniques that can be effective yet are not widely known. It also focuses on basic coaching skills. 3 credits. Mr. Williams or Mrs. Walsh