Courses

New Born to Elementary

Course description:
This course will provide an overview of different aspects of Child development from theories and important contexts that shape children’s development. The course will provide also knowledge about effective parenting and instructional practices.
Course objective:

  • Developing understanding of children’s development during infancy until 12 years of age
  • Gaining knowledge of effective parenting, behaviors and attitude that support child well-being.
  • Developing basic understanding the effect of stress and Trauma on a child and risk and protective factors.
  • Students will describe practical applications of theories.
    Course outlines:
  1. Theories in child development
  2. Foundations of development
  3. Infancy and toddlerhood: The first 2 years
  4. Early childhood: two to six years
  5. Middle childhood: seven to eleven years

Required Text:
1- Child Development, Third Edition: A Practitioner’s Guide (Clinical Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families. By Douglas Davies
ISBN-10: 9781606239094
ISBN-13: 978-1606239094
2- How to discipline your six to twelve year old without losing your mind
Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D., and Barbara C. Unell
ISBN-10: 0385260474
ISBN-13: 978-0385260473

Child development:
The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work
www.pacwrc.pitt.edu/Curriculum/CTC/MOD9-OLD/RsrcBk/RsrcBk.pdf

Child development guide:
https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/fostercare/assets/ChildDevelGuide.pdf
Center for Development of Human Services Research Foundation of SUNY, Buffalo State College

The challenging child, by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD with Jacqueline Salmon

Evaluation tools:
Writing paper about development theories and applications
Tests
Case reports

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

Parenting Coaching

Instructor

Adly Youssef

B.Sc. Pharm, Cairo University

Certified Professional Life Coach, Professional Christian Coaching Institute

Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Positive Discipline Association

Course Description

Connection is a cornerstone in Parenting. When implemented peacefully and positively, not only does it result in joy, confidence, and a high sense of belonging among family members, but also helps to raise spiritually mature and responsible kids.

The Parenting Coaching course is an introductory course that aims to strengthen connections in our homes. The course equips students with both the tools and understanding needed to help parents explore and practice how to positively connect.

In a blend of on-site lectures and online webinars, students will be empowered to facilitate a six-week Parenting Coaching Program. They will be introduced to a set of experiential activities that allow parents to learn without the need for lectures or advice. During the online webinars, students will have an opportunity to practice their skills in facilitating the Parenting Coaching Program. By the end of the course, each student will be evaluated based on the level of knowledge, skills, and confidence they demonstrate during a personal assessment with the instructor.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand and distinguish Christian Coaching as a powerful tool to help people grow and connect.
  • Understand the basic principles of Positive Discipline along with corresponding Biblical teachings.
  • Acquire the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to conduct a Group Coaching program utilizing Positive Discipline Experiential Activities.

Course Design and Grading

 

Grading Scale

A = 90-100                 B = 80-89

Below 80 will get a Certificate of Attendance

On-Site Instruction  

  • Lecture 1: The Basics of Christian Coaching
  • Lecture 2: The Principles of Positive Discipline
  • Lecture 3: The Parenting Coaching Program (Part 1)
  • Lecture 4: The Parenting Coaching Program (Part 2)

Course Requirements

  • Attend all the four onsite lectures. Late arrivals exceeding 10 minutes will result in deducting 5% of the grade.
  • Attend the two webinars on the announced day and time. Students must be able to dedicate 2 hours every month for the 3 months of the course.
  • Submit the personal assignment based on the communicated requirements on google classroom.

Course Policies

  • All students are required to switch off their phones during all the on-site lectures.
  • All students are expected to email their quiz on the communicated date. Late submissions will result in deducting 5% from the grade.
  • In case of inability to attend a webinar or submit a quiz on time for any unforeseen reason, students are required to inform the instructor via email.
  • All the webinar dates will be communicated to students during the on-site lectures.

Required Text

  • Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
  • IMPORTANT: PDF format is available online. Please wait for instructions to be given on-site before downloading this book.

Recommended Reading

  • Positive Discipline in the Christian Home

Mary Hughes, MHR, and Mike Brock, LPC with Jane Nelsen EdD. Empowering People Books. ISBN: 978-0-9836052-3-2

  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Dr. Laura Markham. Penguin Group, New York. ISBN: 978-0-399-16028-8

  • Parenting toward the Kingdom, Orthodox Christian Principles of Child Rearing

Philip Mamalakis, PHD. Ancient Faith Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-944967-02-4

 

Counseling 23: Infidelity Prevention/Purity in Marriage

Instructor:  Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC

Course Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts of purity in marriage as well as how to prevent infidelity. Students will learn about the impact of technology on marriage relationships and ways to protect marriages from infidelity. Various types of infidelity and warning signs of an affair will be reviewed. Students will gain an understanding of how betrayal occurs and how to rebuild trust. The perspectives of the betrayed spouse and the unfaithful spouse will be discussed in the course. Typical responses to the betrayal and the healing process will be covered. Positive communication tools will be identified so that students may assist couples who may be struggling with infidelity.

Course Objective:

  • Explore purity in marriage
  • Learn ways to combat lust
  • Understand the concept of boundaries in marriage
  • Investigate the impact of technology on relationships
  • Explore ways to protect marriage from infidelity
  • Identify possible warning signs of betrayal
  • Understand typical responses to betrayal from the perspective of both spouses
  • Explore how to establish safety and rebuild trust
  • Understand the recovery process
  • Explore positive communication strategies
  • Understand ways to help the couple

Expectations for On-Site Lectures:

Please attend all on-site lectures. I encourage you to take notes and participate during sessions. This will help you learn the material and make the class more interesting and interactive.

 

Required Text:

Not “Just Friends” Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity, by Shirley P. Glass, PhD  (2003)
ISBN-10: 0743225503
ISBN-13: 978-0743225502

Assignments:

There will be four short reaction/reflection papers, as well as a culminating paper, each worth 20 points. Each paper must be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced. Please use the APA format. Each reaction/reflection paper will be based on readings from the required textbook. Reflections should be your thoughts about the readings.

The culminating paper will also be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced about a topic of your choice from this semester and how you plan to apply it to your service. There will be no webinars during this course.

APA Style Information Website:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html

 

Assignment:                                                                                                     Due Date

Read p. 259-end of Chapter 10. Write Reflection paper 1                            Feb 10

Read Chapter 11. Write Reflection paper 2                                                   Feb 24

Read Chapter 13. Write Reflection paper 3                                                   Mar 16

Read Chapter 14. Write Reflection paper 4                                                   Mar 30

Write Culminating paper based on material from entire semester             April 10

 

Due Date Policy:

All assignments should be turned in on the dates listed. I will allow a grace period of one week past the due date. However, if assignments are not turned in by this time, grade deductions may be taken. Please make note of the due dates and keep up with the readings and assignments. If there are special circumstances, a short extension may be granted on an individual basis. Please contact me by email or cell phone to discuss further.

 

Grading Policy:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

 

 

 

 

 

Counseling 2: Family Systems Theories & Therapies

Amani Henry, MD, LMHC

 

  1. Course Description

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the Family Systems Theory, the historical and conceptual development of Family Systems Theory, General Systems Theory, and the eight concepts of the theory. The course will also cover family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns, functional and dysfunctional family systems, life-cycle issues in marriage and family, and family therapy. The course will also discuss applications of Family Systems Theory beyond the family, e.g., in the Church, in the workplace, and in society.

 

Course assignments will be discussed onsite.

 

2. Required Text:    The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory (1st Edition),
Dr. Roberta M Gilbert

ISBN-13: 978-0976345510

ISBN-10: 097634551X

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eight-Concepts-Bowen-Theory/dp/097634551X/

 

3. Course Objectives

  

  1. Gain a general idea about Family Systems Theory and its eight concepts.
  2. Learn about the history of the Family Systems movement and the unique contributions of Murray Bowen, MD.
  3. Introduce students to “thinking systems,” and the differences between Bowen Family Systems Theory and traditional psychological theory, which is based on the medical model. Students will learn how to apply the theory to his/her own personal family system, and all participants will be sensitized to issues of confidentiality in the classroom.
  4. Learn about the “Genogram” which functions as an excellent backdrop for the eight interlocking principles that have come to be known as Family Systems Theory.
  5. Increase knowledge of one’s own family of origin and increase understanding of the role of the family in the development of the individual.
  6. Become aware of the developmental processed involve in the “normal” family life cycle.
  7. Become familiar with the role of the lay helper in family systems counseling.
  8. Become familiar with strategies and techniques for working with families from a variety of ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds.

4. Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts of family systems theory.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the differences between individual/intrapsychic and a systemic/interpersonal perspectives of human behavior.
  • Demonstrate recognition of system dynamics in individual, couple, family, church and also societal behaviors.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the therapeutic relationship, assessment, change techniques and termination of therapy using systems theory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of oneself in relation to one’s own family of origin.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of oneself and context on the therapeutic relationship.

 

 

 

Counseling 10: Preparing for Marriage

Coun 10: Preparing for Marriage

 

Hani Ashamalla MD

Course Description:

The course will offer discussion about how to prepare couples for marriage. It will allow the lay counselors to help couples identify their differences, weaknesses and strengths.

Course Objectives:

  1. Differences between man and woman
  2. Basics of Christian marriage
  3. How to identify deal breakers during engagement
  4. How to discover the will of God in marriage?
  5. How to choose your spouse?
  6. How to anchor your marriage on Love and respect?
  7. What to avoid in choosing your future spouse?
  8. Understand the Win-Win approach

 

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Love and Respect Workbook: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (Author)

ISBN-13: 9781591451877

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

by Stephen R. Covey (Author)

ISBN 1451639619

(Free PDF will be forwarded to new students)

 

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

Lecture 1: Basics for Christian marriage and Differences between men and women

Lecture 2: Knowing God’s will, how to choose and what to avoid?

Lecture 3: Win-Win approach, what a man wants from his wife and what a woman needs from her future husband?

Lecture 4: Premarital sex, deal breakers in engagement

 

 Assignments: 5-8 pages

–       Book Love and Respect: Please read and summarize in your language the meaning of Love (C-O-U-P-L-E) and Respect (C-H-A-I-R-S). From your own experience and your own observations and book reading, please write a model of discussion regarding this question: I will respect him if he loves me first or I will love her if she respects me first?-       Book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: You met a couple who are seeking to be married, your analysis of their situation that one is trying to win so the other may lose.Using Win-Win policy, write in your own language how to prescribe to this couple to change from Win-Lose to Win-Win attitude.

Course Requirements:

  1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.
  2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.
  3. Turning assignments after the dead line may reduce the score by 25 %
  4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be followingall the assignments that have been completed and turned in.

Counseling 703: Hope for The Broken Hearted

Instructors:

Fr. Makary Ibrahim (Former Psychiatrist)

E-mail: agapemercy@gmail.com

Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Description:

This course will explore the new research on addictive behaviors and the most effective way to overcome, craving, escape from boredom, the pursuit of pleasure, the avoidance of pain, and the relief from chaos is some of the topics that will be covered in the course. Also, emphasis is placed on the spiritual dynamic at the heart of addiction and the path from recovery to discovery and onto the path of grace.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will understand:

·         Roadblocks to recovery

·         Principles of recovery

·         Discuss the role and place that 12-Step programs hold in sexual addiction

·         Healthy relationship

·         Hope for the broken hearted

·         Biblical transformation

Required Text:

1.      God will Make a way by Dr.Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Integrity publishers. ISBN: 1-59145-124-8.

2.      Undefiled by Harry Schaumburg. Moody Publishers., ISBN: 978-0-8024-6069-1.

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

            Readings Prior to Arrival:  The first three chapters in undefiled by Harry Schaumburg the Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale:

Test Schedule Percentage of course grade  A+ =  96-100

A- =  90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60

Test 1 – 6

Final Test 70%

30%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning Tests & assignments after the dead line may reduce the score.

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

 

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week

Lesson

Text Book  

Test Schedule
Week 1 Chapters 1 – 3 # 1
Week 2 Chapters 4 – 6 Test 1 Due Sept   17
Week 3 Chapters 7 – 9
Week 4 Chapters 10 – 12 Test 2 Due Oct 1
Week 5 Chapters 13 – 15
Week 6 Chapters 16 – 20 Test 3 Due Oct 15
Week 7 Chapters 1 – 3 # 2
Week 8 Chapters 4 – 6 Test 4 Due Oct 29
Week 9 Chapters 7 – 9
Week 10 Chapters 10 – 12 Test 5 Due Nov 12
Week 11 Chapters 13 – 15
Week 12 Appendix 1 to 6 Test 6 Due Nov 30
Final Test = 30 % Final Test Due

 

 

Counseling 702: Relationship Addiction

Instructor:

Fr. Makary Ibrahim (Former Psychiatrist)

E-mail: agapemercy@gmail.com,  Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Description:

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the dependencies of the heart, romance, relationships, and sexual intimacy.

Course Objectives:

The student will learn about:

  • Roots of addictive love
  • Characteristics of addictive love
  • Romance & sex addiction
  • The truth about lust
  • Strategies for long-term change

Required Text:

  1. Is It Love or Is It Addiction: The Book That Changed the Way We Think About Romance and Intimacy by Brenda Schaeffer.  Publisher: Hazelden; Third Edition edition (March 27, 2009)  ISBN-10: 1592857337  ,  ISBN-13: 978-1592857333
  2. 2.      Sex is not the problem lust is by Joshua Harris. Multnomah publishers.   ISBN-10: 1590525191   ,     ISBN-13: 978-1590525197

 

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

            Readings Prior to Arrival:  The first 2 chapters of each book. The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading   Scale:

Test SchedulePercentage of course gradeA+ =  96-100

A- =  90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F = Below 60Test 1 – 6

Final Test60%

40%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning Tests & assignments after the dead line may reduce the score.

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

 

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week

Lesson

Text Book (Ref # 1)

Test   Schedule
Week   1 Chapters 1 – 2  
Week   2 Chapters 3 – 4   Test   1 Due January 31
Week   3 Chapter 5    
Week   4 Chapter 6   Test   2 Due February 12
Week   5 Chapter 7    
Week   6 Chapter 8   Test   3 Due February 26
Week   7 Chapter 9    
Week   8 Chapter 10   Test   4 Due March 12
  Text   Book (Ref # 2)  
Week   9 Chapters 1 – 3    
Week   10 Chapters 4 – 6   Test   5 Due March 26
Week   11 Chapters 7 – 8    
Week   12 Chapters 9 – 10   Test   6 Due April 9
  Final Test = 40 %   Final Test Due

 

Counseling 701: Hidden Addiction

Instructors:

Mrs. Margo Rizk, M.A., Diploma, Christian Counselor

E-mail: rizkmargo@gmail.com, Phone: 412-793-1868

Fr. Makary Ibrahim,M.D.

Course Description:

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding addictions, in order to develop strategies for coping and empowerment.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will:

  • Examine in depth the addictive cycle
  • Addiction to Adrenaline
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Video games and cyber addiction

Required Text:

    1. Healing Life’s Hidden Addictions; Archibald Hart, Ph.D,. Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, Michigan, ISBN: 0-89283-787-X.
    2. Restoring Sexual Identity, hope for women who struggle with same-sex attraction: Anne Paulk. Harvest housepublishers.

ISBN: 978-0-7369-1179-5

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

Readings Prior to Arrival: The first three chapters in Healing Life’s Hidden Addictions The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A+ = 96-100A- = 90-95B = 80-89Below 80 will get certificate of attendance Test 1: Reflection paperTest 2: Research paper 40%60%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. The research paper will be due at the end of the semester.

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week Lesson Text Book (Ref # 1) Assignment Test Schedule
Week 1 What are hiding addictions Page 1
Week 2 Addiction and craving Page 23
Week 3 Is there an addictive personality? Page 37
Week 4 The addictive cycle Page 55
Week 5 Obsessions and compulsions Page 73
Week 6 Lifestyle addictions Page 95
Reflection Paper
Week 7 Codependency: Addiction to helping Page 111
Week 8 Addictions to sex and love Page 145
Week 9 Addiction to adrenaline: hurry sickness Page 171
Week 10 Addiction to food Page 191
Week 11 Overcoming your hidden addiction Page 213
Week 12 A theology for self-control Page 237
Research paper

Reflection Paper

  1. Write four pages personal reflection on “Restoring Sexual Identity: hopefor women who struggle with same-sex attraction by Anne Paulk.

Research paper

The paper is to be divided into two parts:

  1. Summary of research about 75% (you demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of your subject)
  2. Personal analysis about 25% (evaluate the validity of research, drawing conclusions based on your research)

Write a research paper and cover a topic related to any of the hidden addiction that particularly interests you.

Note:

Your paper should be a minimum of five pages and five references (other than the text book).

1. First page is the title page (title, your name, instructor’s name, course name) Page 1

2. Abstract (summary). Page 2

3. Your paper. Page 3, 4, 5

4. Summary or conclusion. Page 6

5. Last page is the reference. Page7.

Counseling 603: Chemical Dependency III

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

INSTRUCTOR:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

 

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of Courses 601 & 602.

Course Objectives: Counseling 603 should help Students comprehend the Basics and Options of Treatment of Substance Abuse and Dependence. Course 603 should deal with the psycho-spiritual, psychosocial and pharmacological aspects of treatment, as well as the relevant methodological outlines that are followed in this regard.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying the Assigned Books besides the Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and/or A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about treatment of chemical addiction.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be introduced to the Basics and Options of Treatment,      as stated above. They should be familiarized with approaches that target addicted individuals and populations, like Intervention, Screening and Referral.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The course should have 7-8 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Books:

  • Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)
  • Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps By: Father Meletios Webber (amazon)

Recommended Reference Book:

  1. Double Duty:  Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)
  2. Breaking the Chains of Addiction By: Victor Mihailoff (amazon)

Counseling 602: Chemical Dependency II

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

NAME:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of all basic courses of the Family Ministry Program.

Course Objectives: Counseling 602 should continue introducing Students to understand the basic Epidemiological, Pharmacological and Psychopathological aspects of various Mood Altering Substances along with the most updated information on their addictive patterns and impact on behaviors of individuals and families and the community. Counseling 602 is actually a continuum of Counseling 601.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor and/or his associate. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying an Assigned Book and/or Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be prepared to learn more about addictive substances from all relevant aspects. Helpful tools, like PowerPoint presentations, will be used during the class.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor or his associate.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The Course should include at least 5 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Book:

Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)

Recommended Reference Book:

Double Duty: Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)

Counseling 601: Introduction to Chemical Dependency

On Site Instructor & Contact Information:

NAME:  YOUSRY ARMANIOS, M.D., M.A.

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  YARMANIOS@HOTMAIL.COM

PHONE NUMBER: 614-327-8289

 

Course Prerequisites: Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of all basic courses of the Family Ministry Program.

Course Objectives: Counseling 601 should introduce Students to understand the basic Epidemiological, Pharmacological and Psychopathological aspects of various Mood Altering Substances along with the most updated information on their addictive patterns and impact on behaviors of individuals and families and the community.

Course Description:

The Course provides actual onsite didactic function in terms of education through Six Introductory Clock Hours of face to face, on-site teaching by the Instructor and/or his associate. Thereafter, teaching has to be completed electronically and/or telephonically as Students begin studying an Assigned Book and/or Reading Articles provided by the Instructor. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 60 out of 100% according to what is detailed below.

A list of other Recommended Books and A/V Material shall be available to Students to help them deepen their knowledge about substance abuse and chemical dependency.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  1. During the must-attend face to face 6 clock hours’ class in the beginning of the course, Students shall be prepared to learn the Basics of Chemical Addiction as well as the Stages of Addiction and Dependency. Helpful tools, like movies and PowerPoint presentations, will be used during the class.
  2. Students shall meet their biweekly reading assignments through the entire Course by studying the assigned chapters or articles while preparing their list of questions. Questions shall be discussed and answered during the biweekly teleconference with the Instructor or his associate.
  3. Regular attendance of these scheduled teleconferences contributes to 50 out of 100% of the final grade. The Course should have 5 biweekly teleconferences.
  4. A Final Test counts for the other 50% of the final grade.

The multiple-choice-questions (MCQ) Final Test shall immediately follow the last teleconference. All Students should be available to take the Final Test at the same time to insure fairness and confidentiality.

Assigned Book:

Drugs in Perspective (Edition 7) By: Richard Fields, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-0073380759)

Recommended Reference Book:

Double Duty: Help for the Adult Child By: Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W. (ISBN 978-0345361523)

Counseling 504: Practical Applications of Christian Counseling

Course Description:

This course will allow students to learn and practice counseling techniques, which would make of them better helpers.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, students will be more comfortable with counseling others in both, a personal and a social capacity. Students will learn and practice the purpose of using empathy, silence, questioning, reflecting and paraphrasing to help with their counseling work. Other techniques will also be taught and modeled.

Required Text:

  • The Helping Relationship (Process and Skills) Lawrence M. Brammer
  • The Art of Helping (Lauren Littauer Briggs)
  • Additional Reading Material: The Bible; Verses related to Christian counseling will be assigned and practiced. Additional articles assigned by Instructor. Case scenario’s related to all forms of addiction and mental health.
  • Reading Assignments:  Students to read 1 chapter each week as assigned.

Weekly practice sessions:

1)    Students will practice skills for 30 minutes each week via phone.

  1. An important part of counseling and attaining these skills accurately is through a face to face and in person process.  It is difficult to pick up on some cues over a phone conference when there are multiple people on the phone.  It is also difficult to pick up on body language cues.  My suggestion would be to cover this in the on-site portion of the class.

2)     Students will alternate practice both being the helper and helpee as assigned.

3)    Students will be assigned a practice partner for the semester

Final Exam:

Student will prepare a 30 minute practice session video with a partner.  In this video, student must demonstrate these counseling skills:

1)    Use of Empathy

  1. Explain how empathy should be accurate and genuine
  2. Explain the limits of self-disclosure

2)    Reflective Statements

  1. Explain why this is helpful and when it would not be helpful

3)    Use of Silence

  1. In my experience people are the most uncomfortable with this one because of the nature of how we interact in our lives outside of counseling
  2. Explain the crucial benefits of this and what to do if the silence gets too long.  For example, I once saw a teen who wanted to be silent the entire session because she was forced to see me by her mother.  This was her protest!  What do you do in this case?  Explain…

4)    Use of Paraphrasing

  1. Explain the difference between this and reflective statements and how the benefit is also different.

5)    Use of Interpretation

  1. Explain how this helps to clarify and to join with the client

6)    Clarification and Leading questions.

7)    I would also add how building rapport is important and necessary and ways to do this explaining that without rapport in the therapeutic relationship little else can be accomplished.

8)    Also one of your required books above is about process.  Explain thoroughly the difference between process and outcome and why both are essential for growth in the client

9)    I would discuss things like cognitive dissonance, transference, countertransference and how these may be useful to recognize

10)  Also important to discuss that once you have the techniques down it is not enough to just use them.  You need to use evidence-based treatments to deal with the issues at hand.  While the specifics of this may be beyond the scope of this class students should be made aware of this as well so as not to just “dispense advice” that may seem good without any real research to back it up.

11)  Also explain how some of these skills build upon others…

-Practice Partner will rate the Helper based on the above skills. (Written Assessment) I would assign the students videos of people doing these methods accurately and correctly so they see examples before they do the examples.

  • -Instructor will grade video session and give feedback to students.
  • -Helper will describe their session experience and identify their strong skills while also addressing skills they need to work more on. (Written Assessment)

Course Requirement:

  • Weekly Practice Sessions: 40% of Grade
  • Final Exam/Written Assessment: 60%
  • Students must be present for all practice sessions, on site teaching and Have Final Exam on due date.

Extra Credit: available on a case by case basis

Good luck!  This has always been one of favorite classes!  I have enjoyed teaching it so much to university Master’s level students and enjoyed it also when I took it in graduate school!  Enjoy!

Counseling 503: Introduction to Positive Psychology and Implications for Addiction

Instructor: Christine E. Agaibi, MA (ABD – PhD Candidate Counseling Psychology)

Email: cagaibi1@yahoo.com

Phone: 216.338.7277 (Cell)

Course Description: Course is designed to familiarize students (lay Christian helpers) with the fundamentals of Positive Psychology and the positive aspects of the human experience.  Students will learn about the history of positive psychology and interventions and application to this psychological construct.  Students will learn the research and application of fundamental topics such as happiness, well-being, resilience, post-traumatic growth, values, strengths.  Students will explore how interventions of positive psychology can be applied to addictions and how we can better understand ourselves and the people we interact with through a positive psychology lens.  Students will also learn about the impact and implications for increasing well-being.

Course Objective:

  • Learning what is positive psychology?
  • Learning the fundamentals of Positive Psychology
  • Understanding the role of emotions
  • Understanding the fundamentals of well-being and happiness
  • Understanding positive psychology interventions
  • Examining how this could be applied to addiction

Required Text:

Positive Psychology: Theory, Research, and Applications – By Kate Hefferon and Ilona Boniwell

(2011).  ISBN-10: 0335241956 | ISBN-13: 978-0335241958

 

Other Articles may be required and will be distributed as necessary by the instructor

 

Suggested Text:

Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide – By: Bridget Grenville-Cleave

(2012).  ISBN-10: 1848312776  ISBN-13: 978-1848312777

 

Assignments:

 

Phone Meetings will be every Wednesday at 9pm EST.  If there is a scheduling conflict we will reschedule to some other day in that same week.  For each week, each chapter listed is what you should have read BEFORE the call to discuss and ask questions for that week’s call.  While some of the call will be dedicated to lecture and review of the material, the purpose of the call is to answer your questions and have a discussion about the topic listed for that week.  Please have the material listed for the week read by Wednesday’s call.

 

Call #: (712) 432-3900

Conference Access Code: 176244#

 

There will be THREE Reaction/Reflection Papers Due throughout the course that are 2-3 pages long at 20 points each.  The will be reflections of the weeks prior to when it is due.  For example the paper due the week of 1.28.13 will be reflections of material covered in 1.14 and 1.21.13 weeks.  Reflections should be about thoughts or questions you ponder when you have read and reflected about the topic.  I will also provide a question or two as a launch point for you to consider when writing your paper.

 

There will be a final exam due the last week of class that reflects the ENTIRE semester.  It will be worth 40 points and will consist of 35 multiple choice questions at one point each (35 questions x 1pt each = 35 points) + ONE SHORT ESSAY questions worth 5 points = 40 Total Points.

 

Semester Points:

Reflection Paper 1 – 20pts.

Reflection Paper 2 – 20pts.

Reflection Paper 3 – 20pts.

FINAL Exam         – 40pts. (35+5)

————-

 TOTAL                   100pts.

Schedule:

Week 1 – 1.14.13 – What is Positive Psychology and why do we need to study this (Call 1.16.13)

Week 2 – 1.21.13 – Read “Why are some people happier than others?” – By Sonja Lyubomirsky

                                 Read “Positive Psychology: An Introduction” – By Martin Seligman & Mihaly

Csikszentmihalyi (Call 1.23.13)

Week 3 – 1.28.13 – Reflection 1 Paper Due – 20 Points – Read Chapter 1 (Call 1.30.13)

Week 4 – 2.4.13 – Read Chapter 2 (Call 2.6.13)

Week 5 – 2.11.13 – Read Chapter 3 – Diversity and Positive Psychology (Call 2.13.13)

Week 6 – 2.18.13 – Read Chapter 4 (Call 2.20.13)

Week 7 – 2.25.13 – Reflection Paper 2 Due – 20 Points Read Chapter 5 (Call 2.27.13)

Week 8 – 3.4.13 – Read Chapter 6 (Call 3.6.13)

Week 9 – 3.11.13 – Read Chapter 7 (Call 3.13.13)

Week 10 – 3.18.13 – Reflection Paper 3 Due – 20 Points – Read Chapter 8 (Call 3.20.13)

Week 11 – 3.25.13 – Read Chapter 9 (Call 3.27.13)

Week 12 – 4.1.13 – Read Chapter 10  & Applying to Addiction (Call 4.3.13)

Week 13 – 4.8.13 – Read Chapter 11 (Call 4.10.13)

Week 14 – 4.15.13 – FINAL EXAM Due 4.17.13 – 40 Points

 

Grading Scale:

>93 = A

90-93 = A-

87-89 = B+

84-86 = B

80-83 – B-

,80 = C/Certificate of Attendance

Counseling 502: Advanced Course in Counseling Skills

Counselor:MARY MICHAIL, MA. LPC. NCC.

Home Phone 248.629.5152, Cell Phone 248.762.6748,

Email: marymichail@hotmail.com

Course Description: This advanced course will allow students to apply counseling skills they have previously learned. The purpose of this course is intended to help students by allowing them regular practice and supervision of their counseling abilities. By doing so, students will gain a better awareness of how to handle multiple cases/problems more efficiently. This course will also increase student’s knowledge of their counseling weaknesses and strengths.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, students will be more comfortable with counseling others both in a personal and social capacity. Students will learn, practice and receive supervision and feedback about their skills.

Required Text:

  • The Helping Relationship (Process and Skills) Lawrence M. Brammer (8th addition)
  • The Art of Helping (Lauren Littauer Briggs)
  • Additional Reading Material: Bible, verses related to Christian counseling will be assigned and practiced. Additional articles assigned by Instructor. Case scenario’s related to all forms of addiction and mental health.
  • Reading Assignments: Students to read 1 chapter each week as assigned.

Weekly practice sessions:

  1. Students will practice skills for 30 minutes each week via phone or internet.
  2. Students will alternate practice both being the helper and helpee as assigned.
  3. Students will be assigned a practice partner for the semester.

Final Exam:

Student will prepare a 30 minute practice session video with a partner. In this video, student must demonstrate these counseling skills:

  1. Use of Empathy
  2. Reflective Statements
  3. Use of Silence
  4. Use of Paraphrasing
  5. Use of Interpretation
  6. Clarification and Leading questions.

-Practice Partner will rate the Helper based on the above skills. (Written Assessment)

  • -Instructor will grade video session and give feedback to students.
  • -Helper will describe their session experience and identify their strong skills while also addressing skills they need to work more on. (Written Assessment)

Course Requirement:

  • Weekly Practice Sessions: 30% of Grade
  • Self Assessment Paper 20% of Grade
  • Final Exam/Written Assessment: 50% of Grade
  • Students must be present for all practice sessions, on site teaching and Have Final Exam on due date.

Extra Credit available on a case by case basis.

Counseling 501: Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Perspectives on Addiction Family Ministry Advanced Program

Instructor: Christine E. Agaibi, M.A. (ABD) (Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology)

Email: cagaibi1@yahoo.com

Required Text:

1) Handbook for Christ-Centered Substance Abuse and Addiction Counselors – By Michael Belzman, PhD – Xulon Press – 2010 – ISBN-9781609578091

2) Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Addictions – The Brenda Approach – By Joseph Volpiccelli, Helen Pettinati, A. Thomas McLellan, and Charles P. O’Brien – The Guilford Press 2001 – ISBN – 1-57230-618-1

Supplemental Material will be supplied by the instructor throughout the course.

Important and Useful Website: www.samhsa.gov – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

Course Description:

This is a survey course, which covers biological, social, psychological, and spiritual perspectives on addiction in four modules. This course will examine a holistic view of addictions as well as interventions and positive psychological and spiritual interventions.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand fundamentals of addiction.
  2. Understanding biological perspective on addiction
  3. Understanding psychological perspective on addiction
  4. Understanding social perspectives on addiction
  5. Understanding spiritual perspective on addiction.
  6. Understanding interventions (spiritual and positive psychology interventions)
  7. Understand God’s grace related to the biopsychosocial and spiritual model on addiction

Course Requirements:

Each student is responsible for reading all the material required throughout the course including text and other material provided by the instructor. The books are a great resource and provide a lot of information. Lectures will not focus on every detail of the book. Instead lecture will highlight what is most important to focus on and will include a discussion as well. Therefore, using the text as further background to what is presented in lecture is wise but lecture will focus on what is most important and thus it is important to attend conference calls to focus your study.

Each student is also responsible for turning in assignments and completing exams on time. Each assignment will be worth 20 points. There will be a 2-3 page reaction paper due at the end of each module and one multiple choice final exam at the end of the semester. To write the reaction papers, you will be prompted by some questions and then you are free to write about that topic. The exam will cover the entire course and will be 40 questions (1/2 point per question)

Grading Scale:

A+ = 96-100

A- = 90-95

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get a certificate of attendance

Reaction Papers – 15 points each (4 papers for 60% of Grade)

Final Exam – 40 points (35 questions @ 1point each; 1 SHORT Essay @ 5 points) (40% of grade)

Late Assignments will be deducted ½ point per day later

Off Site Conference Call Schedule:

Calls will be made once a week for the duration of the semester according to the following schedule (see schedule below with dates). Students are expected to make time for the 1-1.5 hour calls once per week. Approximately one hour will be dedicated to lecture and/or setting up discussion questions which will then be immediately followed up with no more than half an hour for students to ask questions or contribute to discussion. All calls will be at 9:00 pm EST on THURSDAYS. If you are unable to make a call it is your responsibility to obtain the material for that lecture/discussion that you missed. Please let me know if you are unable to make it. There will be no conference calls on the weeks of May 31, 2012 and August 2, 2012 due to conflicts with my (instructor) schedule. Exams (and papers) are due to the instructor on the due date by 11:59pm via email. Dates are listed below for each week. For conference calls FMP has set up the following conference call information:

Call #: (712) 432-3900

Conference Access Code: 176244#

Schedule:

At St. Stephen Retreat Center – Memorial Day weekend 2012 – Sunday May 27, 2012

? Introductions

? What brought you to this class – what do you hope to learn

? Your experiences with addiction

? Introduction to Course on Addiction

? What are addictions?

o What is the difference between abuse and dependence?

o What is tolerance

o What is withdrawal

? What is the DSM IV Definition

? DSM 5 Axis

? Types of addiction

? Prevalence and Statistics

? Why do people turn to addiction?

? Is it a disease, a sin, a bad choice? All the above?

? Stages of change

? Overview of course

o Why are we examining a Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Model to Addiction?

o What do each of these categories mean?

o How can I be effective?

Week 1-2 – Biological Understanding of Addiction – Week of May 28 and June 4

? Call on ________

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p.184-294

? Volpicelli et al., p.40, 43 (Biological Evaluation section), 77-78

? I will also have a handout for you that I will email you

Week 3-4 – Psychological Understanding of Addiction – Week of June 11 and June 18

? Call on _________and _________

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p. 295-328 (Chapter 9 &10) Do you agree with Belzman’s perspective

? Volpicelli et al., p. 41, 44-45 (Psychological Evaluation Section) Chapter 5 & 6, and 78-82

? I will send you the central tenets of psychotherapy theory and you can apply this to addiction in your reaction paper.

Week 4-5 – Social Understanding of Addiction – Week of June 25 and July 2

? Call on ____________ & _____

? Reaction paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p. 127-183 (Chapter 7)

? Volpicelli et al., p. 41-42, 46, 72-77

? Handouts

Week 6-7 – Spiritual Perspective of Addiction – Week July 9 and July 16

? Call on ____ and _______

? Reaction Paper Due 2 days after call

? Belzman p.19-47 & 67-77

? Volpicelli et al., p.

? Handouts

Week 8-9 – Treatment, Prevention, Recover, Psychological and Spiritual Interventions, BRENDA Model – Week of July 23 and July 30

? Call on _____

? Belzman p. 349-414, Chapter 1, Chapter 3

? Volpicelli et al., p. Chapter 7, 10, 11

? Handouts

Week 10 – Ethics, Privacy, and Other Final Considerations – Week of August 6

? Call on __________

? FINAL EXAM DISTRIBUTED THIS WEEK

? Belzman p. 329-348

? Volpicelli et al., p. Chapter 5,6, 9

? Handouts

FINAL EXAM –

Counseling 22: Practicum III

Instructor:  Sofie Azmy, Psy.D, HSPP, MBA

E-mail: sofie.azmy@gmail.com

Course Prerequisites:

Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of Practucum I & II classes.

Course Objectives:

Practicum III is the advanced continuation of Practicum I and Practicum II courses. The purpose of the practicum course is to facilitate each student’s ability to interface theory and practice, theology and counseling, by integrating their FMP theoretical learning with experiential supervised counseling. Students who complete Practicum III, should be ready to assume their assignments as effective lay church counselors.

Required Reading:
Title: Troubled Minds; Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

Author: Amy Simpson

ISBN-13: 978-0830843046

Course Requirements and Grading:

There are two components of the Practicum III course:

  1. The required on-site portion of the course consists of 6 hours of interactive lectures with the instructor. These lectures will focus on advanced counseling competencies of professionalism, relational abilities, cultural credibility, assessment, intervention, advocacy, and consultation. Students will have the opportunity to observe and actively practice usable skills through experiential learning opportunities including “enactments” and “role-plays” of situations that are encountered in the church setting. Students will practice counseling skills in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. (20% grade)
  1. Following the on-site lectures, students will meet for 8 weekly webinar meetings that provide online group and one-on-one interaction with the instructor. These online meetings will provide students with a continued opportunity to discuss case conceptualization, case presentation of individual cases or vignettes, and reading assignments while insuring that students get the supervision and support needed. It is the student’s responsibility to attend the webinars on time according to the schedule, which will be given during the on-site meeting. (40% grade)

Final Paper

Students are expected to turn in a critique paper about the assigned book. Student are also to include their own reflections on specific ways they can serve their local churches based on the ministry ideas presented in the reading. (5-7 typed pages in length). Term paper is due on or before the end of the semester. (40% grade)

 

 

Counseling 21: Practicum II

Instructor: Sallie Boulos-Sophy, PH.D. , HSPP

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Practicum II is designed to develop students counseling skills beyond the level required in Practicum I. The primary emphasis is on performing counseling and related activities as a lay helper. Students will learn and practice a variety of counseling strategies in this course and will be asked to engage in experiential learning through role play, practicing intervention strategies, and discussing case vignettes.

Requirement for Practicum II: successful completion of practicum I.

COURSE OBJECTIVES include, but are not limited to the following.

Students will demonstrate understanding and appropriate application of:

  1. Essential interviewing and counseling skills so that the student is able to develop, maintain, and successfully terminate a therapeutic relationship.
  2. Develop an identity as counseling lay helper within a multi-cultural competent framework.
  3. Integrate spiritual/religious themes in the counseling work while maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries.
  4. Increase self-awareness to improve therapeutic interventions and ethical considerations.
  5. Gain knowledge in legal and ethical concerns as a non-licensed lay helper. https://www.aacc.net/code-of-ethics-2/

REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND/OR READING(S)

Tan, S.Y & Scalise, E.T. (2019). Lay Counseling, Revised and Updated: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry Paperback. Publisher: Zondervan; Revised, Updated ed. edition (October 11, 2016)

ISBN-10: 031052427X  ISBN-13: 978-0310524274

OPTIONAL TEXT:

Collins, Gary R. How to Be a People Helper. Tyndale House, 1995. (ISBN-10: 0842313850, ISBN-13: 978-0842313858)  (*not required for the course, just a personal recommendation.)

 

Pipes, R. B. & Davenport, D. Introduction to Psychotherapy: Common Clinical Wisdom (2nd Edition.) Pearson, 1998  (ISBN-10: 0205292526, ISBN-13: 978-0205292523)

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENTS

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Display the necessary techniques for accurate and competent record-keeping
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to specific counseling problems usually encountered by the novice counselor
  3. Exhibit the ability to case conceptualize
  4. Show the ability to provide empathy, reflective listening skills and basic counseling skills while maintaining ethical boundaries.
  5. Evaluate personal philosophical and theoretical basis for counseling
  6. Participate in frequent self-evaluation in order to be constantly aware of areas in which improvement is necessary (e.g. skills, professionalism, multicultural competence, advocacy, counselor wellness)
  7. Be aware of the need to maintain confidentiality and to protect the rights of clients at all times
  8. Understand the need to develop cultural self-awareness and cultural competence

EVALUATION AND GRADING

 In-person Training

Active participation in the 4 lectures (each 1.5 hours). Students are expected to engage in discussion about case vignettes, therapeutic interventions, ethical dilemmas in the counseling relationship, and actively participate in role play. Maintain respect towards peers and the instructor. Students will participate in the practice of counseling skills and case conceptualization in a safe, confidential, culturally competent environment. (30% of Final Grade)

Online Training

Online Group discussions. We will review assigned readings, analyze applicable case vignettes. Please complete the discussion questions at the end of the Book Chapters assigned to discuss as a group. See schedule for meeting times. (30% of Final Grade).

Goal Paper:

Please complete 1-2 page paper stating your goals for your practicum experience.

Think about your strengths as well as areas you plan to grow in this semester (i.e., using reflection of feelings, dealing with termination, etc.).

Make sure your goals are clear and concise so you can evaluate them at the end of the semester with the instructor.  E-mail the final paper to professor’s email by the deadline below. (10% of Final Grade).

 

 

Reflection Paper

“My Professional Self” – For this paper, please reflect on your learning process over the course of this semester.

Think about how you understand your professional identity and your professional behavior (e.g., as a counselor, a supervisee, a student, a colleague/peer, a group member and leader).

Please discuss how that identity and behavior represent your strengths, growing edges, theoretical orientation, and multicultural competence.

Please also include what you have learned this semester about counselor and client wellness.

In other words, write about who you are today as a person and professional with a past, present, and future. Make this assignment meaningful to you.

Upload the final paper to Google Drive by the deadline below.  (20% of Final Grade).

Resource Binder

During this class, you will begin to accumulate material to assist you in your work as a pastoral lay helper. Your binder will contain things such as brochures, referral information, community contacts, worksheets and activities to do with clients, etc. Please organize your binder in a way that makes sense to you (10% of Final Grade).

Attendance and Participation

Learning in this course is based on interaction and participation.

Students are expected to attend all class meetings, arrive on time, and remain for the entire class meeting. Students are also expected to be appropriately prepared for classes and to take an active role in discussion and activities. (Grading for this is integrated into the other activities)

*Assignments are expected on their due date. Any Late work will incur a 1 point penalty off the final grade per day it is overdue.

All written work must be typed with the following standards:

  • One-inch margins on top, bottom and sides
  • Double-spaced
  • Indent first line of paragraphs by half an inch
  • Include page numbers
  • Written material must reflect at least a near-Master’s Level use of the English Language in terms of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

WEEK DATE REQUIRED READING HOMEWORK SPECIAL PROJECTS
WEEK 1 01/26/2020 Read Ch 1 Introduction: a View of Psychotherapy complete discussion questions on p. 18

Due 2/1/2020

 
WEEK 2 02/02/2020 Read Ch 2: Questions Beginning Therapists Asks complete discussion questions on p. 64

Due 2/8/2020

 

 
WEEK 3 02/09/2020 Read Ch. 4: Therapist Fears and Concerns complete discussion questions on p. 119

Due 2/15/2020

Online Class Tuesday 2/11/20 @

7:30PM CST

 

WEEK 4 02/16/2020 Ch. 5 Ethical and Legal Issues complete discussion questions on p. 149

Due 2/22/2020

 

*Goal Paper DUE by 2/22/2020

 

 

WEEK 5 02/23/2020 Ch. 6 Intake Interviewing complete discussion questions on p.189

Due 2/29/2020

 

WEEK 6 03/01/2020 Ch. 7 The Therapeutic Stance complete discussion questions on p. 211

Due 3/7/2020

Online Class Tuesday 3/03/2020 @ 7:30PM CST

 

 

WEEK 7 03/08/2020 Ch. 8 Listening complete discussion questions on p. 230

Due 3/14/2020

 
WEEK 8 3/15/2020 Ch. 10 Multicultural Counseling complete discussion questions on p.280

Due 3/21/2020

WEEK 9 3/22/2020 Ch. 15 Relationships complete discussion questions on p. 381

Due 3/28/2020

Online Class Tuesday 3/31/20 7:30PM CST

 

 

WEEK 10 03/29/2020 Ch. 13 Termination complete discussion questions on p. 340-341

Due 4/4/2020

 
WEEK 11 04/05/2020 Ch. 16 A final Note, Brief Therapy *Reflection paper Due 4/05/2020

 

WEEK 12 *04/52020-04/11/2020 Goals for Practicum III/ Discuss resource binder Debrief about semester 1:1 online meeting/phone call (Google sign up TBD)

*The plan is to finish everything by Palm Sunday so we can fully enjoy Holy Week!

 

 

Counseling 20: Practicum I

Instructor: Mary Michail, MA, LPC, NCC

Required Text: Lauren Littauer Briggs The Art of Helping: What to say and do when someone is hurting.  (ISBN-10: 061547568X,      ISBN-13: 978-0615475684)

Course Prerequisites

Students who wish to join this course can only be qualified after successful completion of Introduction to Practicum class.

Course Description

This course focuses on three important areas: self-awareness, counseling skills and techniques, and motivational interviewing.

Practicum I is a journey through which the student is helped to better understand him-/herself and to deepen his/her self-awareness and self-knowledge, to be more empathetic and non-judgmental towards others, which are essential skills for an effective counseling relationship.

It provides actual counseling practice and supervision through introductory, on-site lectures. These lectures focus on basic counseling skills, providing hands-on knowledge and opportunities for each student to observe and actively practice these skills through role-playing and structured exercises. Through constructive feedback, students will attain an appropriate level of professionalism as a lay counselor.

Lectures are followed by weekly webinars, which provide online group and one-to-one interaction with the instructor, in which we discuss actual cases or vignettes, written verbatim, and reading assignments, to encourage, monitor, and teach clinical experiences.

Finally, students will be introduced to the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing as an essential tool in motivating people to improve.

Course Objectives

  1. Improve students’ self-awareness.
  2. Improve students’ clinical skills by applying their basic learned knowledge of different counseling techniques and skills.
  3. Help students integrate spirituality as an asset in the counseling process.
  4. Teach students how to spot (identify) and differentiate feelings in a clinical setting.
  5. Teach students how to detect manifestations of problems or erratic behaviors.
  6. Teach students how to use motivational skills from the first session with the client to promote change in people’s lives.

Course Requirements and Grading

  1. Student must attend six on-site interactive lectures with the instructor.
  2. Each student must complete eight weekly webinar meetings, which provide online interactions with other students and with the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to attend the webinars on time according to the schedule, which will be given during the on-site meeting.
  3. The student must complete the assigned homework, which may include but is not limited to, writing verbatim for each counseling session or vignette and answering required questions, before each webinar, to be emailed to the instructor in a timely manner.
  4. Student must keep a copy of his/her work and send a copy to the instructor via email in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all legal and ethical requirements in regards to confidentiality, consent for release of information, and record keeping. Other forms of electronic supervision may also apply, based upon individual agreement with the Instructor. A written verbatim should be concluded by the student’s clinical perception of whatever the counseled individual might need to proceed with the case in terms of specific referrals, therapies, follow-ups or else. This requirement represents 60% of the final grade.
  5. Before the end of the course, each student must write and submit a 2 – 3-page self-reflection paper to outline the student’s counseling experience and what has been learned from those clinical interactions. Student must abide by the due date given by the instructor during the on-site lectures. This requirement represents 20% of the final grade.
  6. Before the end of the course, students must write and submit a 2-3-page critique paper about the assigned book. Student must abide to the due date. This requirement represents 20% of the final grade.

Case/Book Presentation Guidelines and Format

All recorded material must be safely and completely destroyed at the end of the course, even when a student may have to repeat the same course.

Students may have more than one session with the same individual. Nonetheless, it is better to practice counseling with individuals from different backgrounds and with different issues.

All written work must be typed to a near-thesis standard as defined below:

  • One-inch margins on top, bottom and sides
  • Double-spaced
  • Indent first line of paragraphs by half an inch
  • Underline section headings
  • Include page numbers
  • Written material must reflect at least a near-Master’s Level use of the English Language in terms of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.

Any written verbatim should reflect the following:

  1. Student’s name
  2. Setting (Church, Home, etc.)
  3. Client’s Name (select an assumed name, not the real name)
  4. Session Number (out of a total of eight sessions)
  5. Presenting Concerns (concerns presented by client)
  6. Actual verbatim of all interactions with client during the session or vignettes
  7. Anticipated Outcomes of Counseling (how the student believes the client will or will not respond to interventions, treatments, or referrals)
  8. Recommendations for further steps
  9. Evaluation of whether the session has achieved any goals for the client or not
  10. Thoughts about specific areas in which the student needs improvement (e.g., counseling skills, techniques, etc.)

 

Counseling 19: Introduction to Practicum

Instructors: Fr. Makary Ibrahim, MD

E-mail: agapemercy@gmail.com   Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Objectives:

The student will gain a general understanding of:

  • Healthy relationships
  • The helping relationship
  • The importance of values in helping
  • Basic communication skills
  • Attending, listening and understanding
  • Basic empathy
  • The art of probing and summarizing
  • Helping clients tell their stories
  • Emergencies: Suicide & Homicide: how to handle them?
  • Reluctant and resistant clients
  • Helping clients make plans
  • Termination issues in counseling.

Required Text:

Lukas, Susan; Where to start and what to ask (An assessment Handbook) W.W. Norton & Company,  ISBN-10:  0393701522

Recommended Text: 

(Few related chapters)

[Only to be used as a reference from the  Library].

Kaplan & Sadock’s; Synopsis of Psychiatry- Ninth Edition

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

On-Site Lesson Schedule:


Readings Prior to Arrival:
  Few handouts will be e-mailed on: Introduction, the helping relationship, communication skills. The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A 90-100

B 80-89

C Below 80

Test 1-12

Final Test

60%

40%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning assignments after the dead line may reduce the score by 25 %

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which
will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule:

Week Lesson Text Book Assignment Test Schedule
Week 1 Communication Skills Handout
Week 2 How to conduct the First Interview with an adult? Page 1 Test 1 + 2
Week 3 Looking, Listening, and Feeling:The Mental Status ExamHow to write an assessment? Page 13Page 162
Week 4 How to conduct the First Interview with a family? Page 44 Test 3 + 4
Week 5 How to conduct the First Interview with a child? Page 58
Week 6 How to conduct the First Interview with a couple? Page 87 Test 5 + 6
Week 7 How to determine whether a client might hurt somebody- Including you? Page 101
Week 8 How to determine whether a client might hurt self? Page 112 Test 7 + 8
Week 9 How to assess children for neglect, abuse, and sexual abuse? Page 138
Week 10 What psychological testing is & when you might ask for it? Page 153 Test 9 + 10
Week 11 Building the Relationship and establishing Goals Handout
Week 12 Issues affecting Helping + Termination and Follow-up Handout Test 11 +12
Final TEST

Counseling 18: Self Development

Instructor: Sarwat Gad, MD

Course Description:

The course will offer discussions on the development of self esteem with particular emphasis on cognition and belief systems. The relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior will be addressed. Various communication skills and behavior strategies will be introduced to assist in enhancing self esteem and coping skills.

Course Objectives:
  1. Identify negative belief belief systems and cognitive distortions that inhibit self esteem.
  2. Identify characteristics associated with high self esteem.
  3. Achieve knowledge of how to recognize symptoms of low self esteem.
  4. Identify behavior techniques used to enhance and rebuild self esteem.
  5. Identify areas of improvements o strengthen coping skills.
  6. Explore effective forms of communication.
  7. Explore effective coping skills to deal with anxiety, depression and stress.
  8. Identify and tackle toxic thought patterns and learn the circle of thoughts, feelings and behavior.
  9. Differentiate between passive, assertive and aggressive behavior and develop assertive techniques and strategies.
Course Requirements:
Required Text:

Managing your mind “The mental Health Guide”   2nd edition

Gillian Butler, PhD and Tony Hope, MD

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-531453-3

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of Course Grade
A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79%
Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

Assignments
Final Exam
20% for each assignment

20% of grade

Counseling 17: Ethics & Legal Issues

Instructor: Fr. Makary Ibrahim, M.D

E-mail:  agapemercy@gmail.com, Phone: 210-730-3782

Course Description:

This course educates what constitutes sound, ethical conduct to do the right thing with good intentions in counseling. It covers the moral principles of the helping lay counselors. It addresses the knowledge of ethical, legal and professional standards. It equips the student with the skills for applying the rules and standards to the questions and dilemmas that would arise in the counseling settings.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students should:
1. Learn the guidelines to help counselors keep client welfare foremost and respect client rights.
2. Understand the important issues of informing, maintaining, and ending the counseling relationship.
3. Understand the client’s right to privacy of information shared during counseling sessions and of records. Also know the exceptions and limitations to confidentiality.
4. Realize the standards related to competent professional responsibility.
5. Understand the importance of the relationships with other professionals.
6. Resolve ethical issues and report suspected ethical violations.

Required Text:

Theodore Remley and Barbara Herlihy, “Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling”, 3rd Edition, 352 pages, Pearson; 3 edition (March 23, 2009), ISBN-10: 0137016719, ISBN-13: 978-0137016716.

Recommended text

Sanders, Randolph; Christian Counseling Ethics.  InterVarsity Press.

On-Site Lesson Schedule: 
Readings Prior to Arrival:  As indicated in the Lesson Schedule.
AND: (www.counseling.org)
The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.


Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

WEEK LESSON Textbook
Assignment
Test Schedule
1 Introduction + Professional Identity of Counselors Chapter 1+2
2 Professional Practice in a Multicultural society Chapter 3 Test 1+2
3 Client Rights & Counselor Responsibilities Chapter 4
4 Confidentiality and Privileged Communication Chapter 5 Test 3+4
5 Records. subpoenas & Technology Chapter 6
6 Competence and malpractice Chapter 7 Test 5+6
7 Boundary Issues. Chapter 8
8 Counseling Children and vulnerable adults Chapter 9 Test 7+8
9 Counseling families and groups Chapter 10
10 Resolving Legal & Ethical Issues Chapter 16 Tests 9+10
11 Qualifications of the Christian Mental Health Professionals Handout
12 The Ethical Behavior of Christian Therapists + Ethical Guidelines Handout Test 11+12
 Final Test 20%  FINAL TEST 
 Case Discussions + Informed Consent
20%

Grading Scale:

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A+ = 96 – 100

A  =  90 – 95

B+ = 86 – 89

B  = 80 – 85

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60 (Fail)

Test 1- Test 12

Case Discussions + Informed Consent

Final Test

60%

20%

20%

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.
2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.
3. Turning assignments after the dead line may reduce the score
4. There will be a comprehensive final exam, which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.

Counseling 16: Crisis and Trauma Counseling

Instructor: Sahar Awad, M.D.

Course Description:
As a part of the FMP course, learning about how to deal with a crisis situation is imperative. Starting by dissecting crisis, reviewing the Biblical principles, how can you be helpful to a person who is grieving, a victim, or recovering from trauma. On site, will have 4 sessions, an hour and half each. These will be dedicated for an overview of the course, discussions, and practice. Distant learning will be as seen below.

Required Text:
The Complete Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling: What to Do and Say When it Matters Most! By H. Norman Wright

ISBN-13:   978-0764216343

Amazon link for the book :      https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Crisis-Trauma-Counseling/dp/0764216341/ref=sr_1_ 1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542680085&sr=8-1&keywords=crisis+and+trauma+norman+wright


Required Reading:     Before the meeting on site it is recommended to read introduction, chapter 1 and 2. Please try to memorize page 46.

Course Objective​​: To learn how to bring comfort to those who need it when they need it. When to talk and when to be silent. What is crisis. Ways to handle death, loss and suicide.

Assessments​​: Each week there will be an assignment. Either a written essay or to answer the MCQ about the topic from the text. Essay would reflect a personal experience in the context of the reading materials as assigned. The writing should be 500-700 words.

Grading System:

A    (4.0) > 95 Indicate excellent work of consistently high standard

A-  (3.75) 90-94 Indicate excellent work of consistently high standard

B+ (3.5) 85 – 89 Indicate good work above satisfactory level

B   (3.0) 80-84 Satisfactory performance

C+ (2.5) 75-79 Unsatisfactory performance

C   (2.0) 70-74 Unsatisfactory performance

D+ (1.5) 65-69 Unsatisfactory performance

D  (1.0) 60-64 Unsatisfactory performance

Weekly schedule for readings and assignments:

Dates                         Topic, reading          Assignments

2/3/2019 – 2/9/2019  Ch 7 & Ch 8

2/10 – 2/16                 Ch 9 & Ch 10

2/17 – 2/23                 Ch 4 & Ch 5

2/24 – 3/2                   Ch 6 & Ch 11

3/3 – 3/9                     Ch 12

3/10 – 3/16                Ch 13

3/17 – 3/23                Ch 14 & Ch 15

3/24 – 3/30                Ch 16 & Ch 17

3/31 – 4/6                  Ch 18

4/7-4/13                    Ch 19 & Ch

20 4/14-4/20            Work on finals

Counseling 15: Gerontology

Instructor: Fr. Makary Ibrahim, MD

Course Description:

Our aging population is growing rapidly so that by the year 2025 it is estimated that the number of persons age 65 or over in the US will increase by more than 100%. Also chronic health problems are common in older adults and many normal changes of aging are similar to and may blend in with symptoms of treatable diseases.

This course will address the normal changes of aging and the abnormal ones that need to be helped in counseling. We will explore the roles of religion and spirituality and their implications for the physical and mental health and psychosocial outcomes in older adulthood.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students should:

1- Learn the health changes expected with normal aging.

2- Realize what older adults can do to maintain their physical and mental health.

3- Help facilitate the spiritual growth in later life.

4- Understand the challenges and dilemma of aging.

5- Understand the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the victims and their caregivers.

6- Learn how to help the disabled and dependent older adults to cope and how faith can play an important role.

7- Learn how to help the depressed, the grieved, the anxious and the fearful elderly.

8- Be able to figure creative living in later years.

9- Understand how to include the oldest-old in the church and society.

Required Text:

1- Watkins, Derrel; Practical Theology for Aging. Haworth Pastoral Press., ISBN# 0-7890-2227-3
ISBN-13: 978-0789022271

2- Koenig, Harold; Pastoral Care of Older Adults. Fortress Press., ISBN# 0-8006-2964-7, ISBN-13: 978-0800629649
Recommended Text:

Kirkland, K.;  Spiritual Therapy for the Elderly

On-Site Lesson Schedule: 
Readings Prior to Arrival:
Chapter 3 & 4: Practical Theology for Aging

The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.
Distance Learning Lesson Schedule:

Week Lesson Text Book Assignment Test Schedule
Week 1 Pastoral Care of Older Adults Chapters 1 to 4
Week 2 Practical theology for Aging Chapter 6 Test 1+2 
Week 3 Practical theology for Aging Chapters 7 – 8
Week 4 Practical theology for Aging Chapter 5 Test 3+4
Week 5 Practical theology for Aging Chapters 9 – 10
Week 6 Practical theology for Aging Chapters 2 to 4 Test 5+6
Assignment Booklet Assignment 
Week 7 Pastoral Care of Older Adults Chapters 5 to 8
Week 8 Practical theology for Aging Chapters 11 – 12 Test 7+8
Week 9 Pastoral Care of Older Adults Chapters 9 to 12
Week 10 Pastoral Care of Older Adults Chapters 13 to 15 Test 9+10
Week 11 Practical theology for Aging Chapter 13
Week 12 Practical theology for Aging Chapter 14 Test 11+12
Final TEST 
Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A = 90-100

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

Test 1- Test 12

Final Test

Assignment

60%

20%

20%

Assignment Topic:
As a Church Helper, you are called upon to develop a “Guidebook for Older Adults” The Booklet will include (in the table of contents), at least: 1- Your Community Resources for the Elderly & for Alzheimer’s disease, including phone #s & addresses 2- Research the important DOCUMENTS that senior adults ought to have (medically & legally). Include the forms used in your State. 3- Selected Biblical Verses to encourage the seniors in their different stages of life & different states of trouble & suffering.

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.

2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.

3. Turning assignments after the dead line may reduce the score by 25 %

4. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.
Note:

Your Assignment:
All papers must be typed or word-processed using a 12-point Arial font. Papers must be doubled-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides.

Your paper has to be an average of 10 pages.

1. First page is the title page (title, your name, instructor’s name, course name)

2. Assignment

3. Last page is the reference page.

Counseling 13: Domestic Violence and Anger Management

Instructor: Maggie Bishay, PsyD

National Domestic Violence hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Course Description:

  • Gain a better understanding of the patterns of behavior of survivor and abusers
  • Learn to communicate with a survivor
  • Grow in verbiage
  • Understand the types of abuse
  • Recognize the warning signs
  • Provide resources and strategies to seek and receiving help
  • Educate to break the cycle

Course outline

Introduction:

Share with each other experiences with domestic violence.

  1. Nature (cycle of abuse)
  2. Tools used
    1. Threats
    2. Isolation
    3. Manipulation
  3. Reality shift
  4. Familiarity
    1. Why do they stay?
    2. Why do they keep going back?
    3. Why do they often defend the abuser?
  5. The effects of the children
  6. Re-victimization
  7. Treatment:
    1. Cycle of respect
    2. Safety plan
    3. Know when to ask for help
    4. Provide the victims with resources in the area
  8. Look into the abuser’s mind
  9. Understand and identify the mind of a Narcissists

 

Each student is asked to watch several movies that portray DV.

“Sleeping with the enemy” 1991

“Enough”2001

“Cries Unheard” 1994

“Men don’t tell” 1993

 

Assessments:

A) students are asked to write a 1-page paper on:

Personal perceptive regarding thoughts, feelings, emotions experienced when watching the assigned movies.

B) read the books assigned and write a 3-page book report explaining what you learned from the book

 

Required reading:

   “No Visible Bruises” by Rachel L. Snyder

    “The Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist” by Debbie Mizra

 

 

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A 90-100

B 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60

Counseling 11: Marriage & Family Counseling

Instructors:

Mervat Messiha, MD

Course Description:

Course Objectives:

Required Text:

Sacred Marriage: What if God designed Marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?      By Gary L. Thomas

On-Site Lesson Schedule: 

 

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A + = 90-100

A – = 90-95

B    = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

 

Course Requirements:

  1. Attending the course’s lectures in the announced conference.
  2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.
  3. Turning assignments after the dead line may reduce your score.

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Counseling 10: Preparing for Marriage

 Instructor: Hani Ashamalla, MD

Course Description:

 

Course Objectives:

 

Required Text:

On-Site Lesson Schedule:
Readings Prior to Arrival:
The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.

Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of Course Grade
A= 90-100

B = 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

Course Requirements:

1. Attending the course’s lectures on site.
2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.
3. There will be a midterm reaction paper, final exam, and research paper.
Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Counseling 09: Homosexuality

Instructor: Fr Boutros Samy

Email: 

Course Description: 

1- Introduction and definition of Homosexuality (Same Sex Attraction)

2- Causes of Same Sex Attraction

3- Healing Process & the Importance of Confession

4- How to be protective in our churches and families

Course Objective:

Required Text:

1- Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality: A New Clinical Approach by Joseph Nicolosi

ISBN-13: 978-0876685457

ISBN-10: 0876685459

2- Coming Out Straight: Understanding Same-Sex Attraction   by Richard Cohen M.A. (Author)

 

Suggested Text:

Counseling the Homosexual: A Compassionate and Accurate Guide for Pastors and Counselors   by Michael R. Saia

ISBN-10: 0871239892

ISBN-13: 978-0871239891

 

 

 

Call #:

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Assignment Due Dates Policy:

 

Schedule:

On-Site: Introduction to Positive Psychology

Week 1 –

Week 2 – 

 

Week 3 –

Week 5 – 

Week 6 –

Week 7 –

Week 8 –

Week 9 – 

Week 10 –

Week 11 –

Week 12 –

Week 13 –

Week 14 –

 

Grading Scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

Below 80 gets Certificate of Attendance

Counseling 08: Human Sexuality

Instructor: Mrs. Marguerite Rizk, M.A., Margo Rizk, M.A., Diploma, B.S., AACC.
Individual; Marriage and Family Therapy

E-mail: rizkmargo@gmail.com Phone: 412-793-1868
Course Description:
An analysis of the anatomical, psychological, cultural, and religious aspects of a wide range of topics in the area of human sexuality. Emphasis is on the development of an understanding and appreciation of the role of sexuality throughout the various phases of the life cycle.
Course Objectives:
  1. Increase awareness and understanding of one’s own sexual knowledge, feelings, and attitudes.
  2. Increase knowledge and understanding of the nature, development, and function of human sexuality.
  3. Increase knowledge and understanding of the range of sexual attitudes and practices of both present and past societies.
  4. Increase knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity to the responsibilities and ethics of adult sexuality.
  5. Promote a deep and truly Christian thinking regarding sexuality.
  6. To develop a foundation of knowledge and skill in, discussing, sexual issues.
Required Text:
  1. Human Sexuality Today, fifth edition.King Bruce. Published by Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-189164-2
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0131891642/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all
  2. The Act of Marriage the beauty of sexual love. Tim & Beverly La Haye. Zondervan., ISBN: 0-310-21177-8
  3. The Act of Marriage After 40. Tim LaHaye and Beverly LaHaye. ISBN: 0-310-23114-0
    Chose Book #2 OR Book #3 above.
On-Site Lesson Schedule:
Readings Prior to Arrival: The first three chapters in Human Sexuality Today. King Bruce
 The Instructor will give an overview of the course and will emphasize the important points.
Grading Scale:
Test Schedule
Percentage of course grade
A+ = 96-100
A-=90-95
B=  80-89
Book review
Final exam Lessons 1-12
Research paper
30%
30%
40%
Course Requirements:
  1. Attending the course’s lectures on site.
  2. Having daily access to the Internet and basic typing skills.
  3. There will be a comprehensive final exam which will be following all the rest of the work that has been completed and turned in.
Distance Learning Lesson Schedule
Week
Lesson
Text Book Assignment
Test Schedule
Week 1
Chapter 1; Why a course in human sexuality?
Ref #1
Week 2
Chapter 2; Our sexual and reproductive anatomy
Ref #1
Week 3
Chapter 3; Hormones and sexuality
Ref #1
Week 4
Chapter 4; Similarities and differences in our sexual responses
Ref #1
Week 5
Chapter 5; Sexually transmitted and sexually related diseases
 Ref #1
Week 6
Chapter 10; Becoming a woman / becoming a man gender identity and gender role
Ref #1
Book Review
Week 7
Chapter 12; Life span sexual development
Ref #1
Week 8
Chapter 13; Adult sexual behaviors and attitudes
Ref #1
Week 9
Chapter 14; Love and relationships
Ref #1
Week 10
Chapter 15; Sexual problems and therapy
Ref #1
Week 11
Chapter 17; Sexual victimization, rape harassment, and abuse of children
Ref #1
Week 12
Why God created sex
Ref #2
Final Exam
Book Review: 
The Act of Marriage the beauty of sexual love. Tim & Beverly La Haye.
  1. Write three pages personal reflection on the book.
Research paper: 
The paper is to be divided into two parts:
  1. Summary of research about 75% (you demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of your subject)
  2. Personal analysis about 25% (evaluate the validity of research, drawing conclusions based on your research)
Write a research paper and cover a topic related to human sexuality that particularly interests you.
Note:
Your paper should be a minimum of five pages and five references (other than the text book).
  1. First page is the title page (title, your name, instructor’s name, course name) Page 1
  2. Abstract (summary). Page 2
  3. Your paper. Page 3, 4, 5
  4. Summary or conclusion. Page 6
  5. Last page is the reference. Page 7

Counseling 07: Addiction

nstructors: 

Adel H Andraws, MA, LMHCA 

Course Description:This course provides an overview of the problem of addiction and how servants in the church can support individuals who suffer from this problem as well as their families.

Required Text:

Fisher, G.L. & Harrison, T.C. (2009) Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors (4th Edition). Pearson
ISBN-13: 978-0-205-59176-3

Recommended Text:

Webber, Archimandrite Melletios (2003) “Steps of Transformation, an Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps”. Ancient Faith.
ISBN 978-1-888212-63-1

Course Objective:

  • Understanding the addiction disease, symptoms and different types.
  • Recognizing the symptoms of addiction in adults and adolescents. Identifying at risk situations.
  • Impact on different members of the family.
  • Methods of treatment and rehabilitation, with a focus on spirituality.
  • Educating families and children about addiction.
  • Supporting families with addict child or adult, and how important it is to respect the privacy of these families.
  • Resources for treatment and rehabilitation in your area.

Course Schedule

WEEK SUBJECT CHAPTER
Week 1 Role of the Servants in Prevention and Treatment

Classification of Drugs

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Week 2 Gambling and Other Addictions Chapter14
Week 3 Models of Addictions

Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Groups

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Week 4 Assessment and Diagnosis

Interventions

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Week 5 Treatment Chapter 8
Week 6 Relapse Prevention and Recovery Chapter 9
Exam 1
Week 7 Twelve Steps and Other Types of Support Groups Chapter 10
Week 8 Children and Families Chapter 11
Week 9 Adult Children and Co-Dependency Chapter 12
Week 10 HIV/AIDS

“Resources Research” is due

Chapter 13
Week 11 Prevention Chapter 15
Week 12 Confidentiality and Ethical Issues

Discussion of the “Resources Research” results

“Prevention Measures” research is due

Chapter 5
Exam 2

We will have two required researches.

Resources research: This assignment is to familiarize you with the resources exist in your area for addiction treatment and rehabilitation.

Prevention Measures research:  The purpose is to understand the role of the servant in addiction prevention and intervention.

Grades:

Exams                    60% (30% each)

Research      40% (20% each)