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Counseling 12: Challenges Facing Christian Marriage

Instructor:         Mrs. Naglaa Moussa, M.A., NCC, LPC

Christian and secular experts agree that marriages are failing at a 50% or higher rate in the United States of America. This course provides the servant with the requisite skills and knowledge to assist couples through crises and to develop healthy, vibrant marriages.

  • Required Resource Purchases

The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship (2006).         By: Wilford Wooten, Phillip Swihart. ISBN: 9781589970410.

The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling (2009). by Dr. Tim Clinton AND Dr. John Trent. ISBN: 978-0801072246.

  • Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the servant will be able to:

  1. Identify the scriptural foundation for God’s plan for marriage and determining the implications of problems in marriage.
  2. Understand some of the challenges facing Christian marriage within the Coptic
  3. Accuretly assess the person’s problems providing helpful and constructive suggestions.
  4. Identifying effective resolutions in the process of moving away from the problems or the challenges facing the family.
  • ON-SITE LECTURES SCHEDULE:

 LECTURE 1: Disruption of family life by a major/traumatic event(s)

such as: Midlife Crisis, Empty Nest Syndrome, Widowhood, Seperation, and Divorce.

LECTURE 2: Disruption of family life by a  dramatic cultural shift

due to: second marriage, transcultrual marriage, and immigration inflicts on Marriage.

LECTURE 3: Disruption of family life by intimacy inhibitors

due to: Infertility and Sexual Dysfunctions.

 LECTURE 4: Disruption of family life by the interjection of outsiders

such as: Challenges With In-Laws, Couples With A Child Special Need Child

  • COURSE SCHEDULE

 

Week Reading & Study Assignments Grades
Week 1 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 1

Read pages    7-34

 
Week 2 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

Read Part 2

Read pages    35-67

 
Week 3 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 3

Read pages

68-97

 
Week 4 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 4

Read pages

98-121

 
  RESEARCH PAPER Due 10/2/2020 40 Points
Week 5 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 5

Read pages

122-156

 
Week 6 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 6

Read pages    157-181

 
Week 7 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 7

Read pages    182-205

 
Week 8 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

Read Part 8

Read pages    206-228

 
  CASE STUDY Due 11/6/2020 30 Points
Week 9 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

Read Part 9

Read pages    229-247

 
Week 10 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 10

Read pages    248-268

 
Week 11 *The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship

*The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling

 Read Part 11

Read pages    269-294

 
Week 12 FINAL EXAM Due 12/04/2020 30   points

 

  • Course Assignments

*Reasearch Paper

Write a research paper on one of the following topics:

Midlife Crisis

Empty Nest Syndrome

Widowhood

Seperation

Divorce

Second marriage

Transcultrual marriage

Immigration inflicts on Marriage

Infertility

Sexual Dysfunctions

Challenges With In-Laws

Couples With A Child Special Need Child

-Your paper should be a minimum of 6 pages and 6 references using APA style.

-Title page should include title, your name, instructor’s name and credentials, and your school/program.

-Abstract page should be 150-250 words and include a basic description of the research topic.

-Paper should include: introduction, Biblical insight, conclusion

-Last page should include all the references in alphabetical order.

– Paper is due 10/02/2020

*Case Study Paper

The students will be provided with a scenario/vignette where they will be responsible for identifying the specific challenge(s) that the couple is facing. After doing so, they will need to provide effective resolutions for the couple to pursue in order to overcome the challenge(s) they faced. Your analysis should be at least 3 pages with detailed analysis including practical steps and Biblical Insight to gain victory ove the challenge(s) that bind the family. Please use a chapter format from the book “The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling”  –Paper is due 11/06/2020

 *Final Exam

-Exam is due 12/04/2020