Required Courses

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 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)

Counseling 6: Abnormal Psychology – DSM-V

Instructor: Ihab Istafanous, M.D  Psychiatrist   

COURSE   DESCRIPTION
1-STUDY THE DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA OF DSM-1V OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS,
2-DEVELOP THE ABILITY  FOR THE DIFFERENTIAL  DIAGNOSIS . THE STUDENTS WILL  BE PROVIDED  BY  CLINICAL  CASES   IN WEEKLY BASIS .
3- OVERVIEW ON TREATMENT PLAN FOR EACH DISORDER, ANXIETY D/O, MOOD D/O EATING D/O, AND PERSONALITY D/O

COURSE   OBJECTIVES
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE COURSE STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE THE PATHOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR USING  DSM1V-TR

REQUIRED TEXT

Please consult with counselor prior to purchasing books for this course.
1-SYNOPSIS  OF  PSYCHIATRY  BY KAPLAN  AND SADOCK
2-  QUICK  REFERENCE  TO THE  DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA  FROM  DSM-1V-TR PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC   ASSOCIATION
3-DSM-1V-TR CASEBOOK  PUBLISHED  BY AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION  PART 1.

COURSE   REQUIREMENT

  • Attend on-site lectures.
  • Each week you will be provided by study clinical cases for
    discussion in each topic to enhance your understanding for each disorder.
  • Each Friday you will be provided by quizzes. The answer should turned by following Friday
  • The average of the 12 week quizzes plus final exam will be the grade for the course.
  • It is an option not an obligation to turn in a paper in any of the psychiatric d/o we study in course to improve your grade.
  • A 90-100                   B 80-89                    C 70-80%  ( only gets certificate of attendance)

ON –SITE LEARNING

The instructor will provide an overview of mood d/o anxiety d/o, personality d/o and eating d/o.
The instructor will provide quick overview on treatment plan for each disorder.
The instructor will meet with each student individually to understand their different ability of learning.

DISTANCE LEARNING SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

TOPIC: MAJOR DEPRESSIVE D/O;
READING :PAGES: 534-544 Read prior to onsite meeting.

SYNOPSIS KAPLAN AND SADOCK

WEEK 2

TOPIC: BIPOLAR D/O
READING PAGES; 544-672

WEEK3

TOPIC: PANIC D/O
READING PAGES; 599-609

WEEK 4

TOPIC SOCIAL PHOBIA
READING PAGES; 609-615

WEEK 5

TOPIC OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE D/O
READING PAGES; 616-622

WEEK 6

TOPIC   ; POST TRAUMATIC D/O

READING PAGES 623-631

WEEK 7 :
TOPIC; GENERALIZED ANXIETY D/O

READING PAGES 632-635

WEEK 8

TOPIC; SOMATOFORM  D/O

READING PAGES  643-661

WEEK 9

TOPIC; EATING D/O

READING PAGES 739-755

WEEK 10

TOPIC; GENDER IDENTITY D/O

Reading pages 730-733

WEEK 11

TOPIC PERSONALITY D/O

1 READING PAGES 803-812

WEEK 12

TOPIC PERSONALITY D/O

2 READING PAGES 812-821

WEEK 13

FINAL EXAM AND GRADING.

DSM V-Part 2

 

Instructor: Dr. Ihab Istafanous, M.D. Psychiatrist

E-mail: istafanous@uthscsa.edu       &  Cell 210-334-7477

Course Description:

A study of behavioral and psychological deviation from the norm with special attention to schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, dissociative disorders, somatic symptom and related disorders, disruptive and impulse control disorders, and suicide prevention.

Course Objectives:

1- Comprehensive review of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, dissociative disorders, somatic symptom and related disorders, disruptive and impulse control disorders, and suicide prevention.

2- Provide an overview on how the above disorders present in the field of Christian ministry and in the church environment.

3- Equip students with enough knowledge to early identify and refer individuals who may be suffering from the above disorders. Early identification can help in providing early evaluation and management by qualified providers.

4- Provide a quick overview of the different treatment modalities to be able to assist patients in maintaining better adherence to treatment and provide support while treatment is implemented.

Required Text:

Will be provided during on site meeting

Course requirement

  1. Attend all on-site lectures.
  2. Have access to the internet and basic typing skills.
  3. There will be mid-Term and a final exam.
  4. Passing grade is 70%. Delay in turning in the exams may reduce the score by 25%.
  5. On site instructor will give an overview of schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders as well as neurodevelopmental disorders.
  6. Grading scale  A 90-100                   B 80-89                    C 70-80%  ( only gets certificate of attendance)
Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
 Test 1

Test 2

Final Test

30%

30%

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 1 points per day with a max of seven days.

Distance Learning Lesson Schedule

Week Lesson
Week 1 Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
Week 2 Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
Week 3 Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
Week 4 Neurodevelopmental disorders
Week 5 Neurodevelopmental disorders
Week 6 Neurodevelopmental disorders
Week 7 Neurodevelopmental disorders
Week 8 Trauma and stressor-related disorders
Week 9 Dissociative disorders
Week 10 Disruptive and impulse control
Week 11 Disruptive and impulse control
Week 12 Suicide

 

Counseling 4: Adolescents & College Development, Parenting & Counseling

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

Email: cagaibi1@yahoo.com

Course Description:

 

Course Objectives:

Requested Reading:

1- The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish   By: Lea Waters

ISBN-13: 978-1101983645

2- The Little Book of Child and Adolescent Development    By: Karen Gilmore (Author), Pamela Meersand (Author)

ISBN-13: 978-0199899227

 

Suggested Reading:

 

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

B 80-89

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

Counseling 1: Counseling Theories & Psychotherapies

INSTRUCTOR:
Sister Youanna, MD
E-mail: sisteryouanna@outlook.com       Phone Number:  615-543-8780

Course Description:

It surveys the major concepts and practices of the contemporary therapeutic systems. The course aims to teach students to select wisely from various theories and techniques and to begin to develop a personal style of counseling. It also gives a Biblical perspective on human nature and how to integrate Christian faith and spirituality in counseling and psychotherapies.

Course Objectives:

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Biblical Perspective on human nature
  3. Integration of Christian faith in clinical practice
  4. The Holy Spirit and Christian spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy
  5. The Counselor: Person and Professional
  6. Psychoanalytic Therapy
  7. Adlerian Therapy
  8. Existential Therapy
  9. Person-Centered Therapy
  10. Gestalt Therapy
  11. Behavior Therapy
  12. Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  13. Reality Therapy
  14. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  15. An Integrative Perspective & Case Illustration: An Integrative Approach

REQUIRED TEXT:

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

9th Edition 

Gerald Corey (Author)

ISBN-13: 978-0840028549

ISBN-10: 0840028547

Recommended Text: 

Counseling and Psychotherapy

A Christian Perspective

Siang-Yang Tan (Aouthor)

ISBN-13: 978-0801029660

ISBN-10: 08102966X

On-Site Lesson Schedule:

Lecture 1: Introduction and overview

Lecture 2: Biblical perspective on human nature and how to integrate Christian faith and spirituality in counseling and psychotherapies

Lecture 3: Overview of counseling and psychotherapy, Part 1

Lecture 4: Overview of counseling and psychotherapy, Part 2

 

Readings Prior to Arrival:   Introduction and overview – Chapter 1, P. 4-17

 

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

B 80-89

C Below 80

Quiz 1-12 

Final Test

Only gets attendance

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 Introduction and Overview Chapter 1, P. 4-16 Quiz 1
Week 2 The Counselor: Person and Professional Chapter 2, P. 17-35 Quiz 2
Week 3 Psychoanalytic Therapy Chapter 4, P. 62-100 Quiz 3
Week 4 Adlerian Therapy Chapter 5, P. 101-135 Quiz 4
Week 5 Existential Therapy Chapter 6, P. 136-171 Quiz 5
Week 6 Person-Centered Therapy Chapter 7, P. 172-209 Quiz 6
Week 7 Gestalt Therapy Chapter 8, P. 210-243 Quiz 7
Week 8 Behavior Therapy Chapter 9, P. 244-286 Quiz 8
Week 9 Cognitive Behavior Therapy Chapter 10, P. 287-332 Quiz 9
Week 10 Reality Therapy Chapter 11, P. 333-359 Quiz 10
Week 11 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Chapter 13, P. 395-431 Quiz 11
Week 12 An Integrative Perspective & Case Illustration: An Integrative Approach Chapter 15&16, P. 464-520 Quiz 12
Final TEST