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2021 Term 1 CCEF - Counselling & Physiology

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Term 1 Date: 13th January - 14th April 2021
Anticipated Course Access: 6th January 2021
Registration Deadline: 12th November 2020

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to this course.

Course Description

A biblical view of human beings begins with an understanding that we are both body AND spirit. From this reality flows a nuanced pastoral approach to suffering and sin in a person’s life that takes seriously both the physical and spiritual aspects of the struggle at hand. In this class you will look at issues such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other problems that require discernment of physical and spiritual components of the struggle. You will also gain an understanding of the role of psychoactive medications and psychiatry in caring for others. Through lectures, group discussion, and case studies you’ll learn how to wisely help those who struggle with problems in which both attention to physical and spiritual aspects are paramount.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1: Course Introduction
  • Week 2: Biblical Anthropology and its Counseling Implications
  • Week 3: Chronic Pain
  • Week 4: Case Discussion: Asperger Syndrome
  • Week 5: Psychopharmacology I
  • Week 6: Psychopharmacology II
  • Week 7: Biblical Perspectives on Psychiatry
  • Week 8: Biblical Perspectives on Psychiatry (continued)
  • Week 9: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case Discussion
  • Week 10: Bipolar Disorder
  • Week 11: Neurophysiology of Addiction and its Counseling Implications
  • Week 12: Criteria for Medical Referral and Student questions/cases

Course Professor

Mike Emlet

Required Books

Students must have a copy of the required text, either by purchase or borrow. Book list is subject to change by CCEF, please follow the syllabus as final. Other required article readings will be provided with course access.

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, Text-Revision. American Psychiatric Association. [DSM-5]. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2013, pp. 47-59, 123-188, 235-264. CCEF does not require you to purchase this text, due to high cost. Instead, please make every effort to secure this reading from the public library or borrow a copy from a friend).
  • Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Emlet, Michael R.
  • Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Health Illness by Green-McCreight, Kathryn, revised ed.
  • Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability by Hubach, Stephanie O.
  • Collected Writings of John Murray. Vol. 2, Systematic Theology by Murray, John. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1977, pp 14-33.

*Indicates that you have a choice between these four books (Crimmins, Haddon, Billings or Mast); you are required to read only one of these.

  • *Crimmins, Cathy. Where is the Mango Princess? Note: This book contains graphic language and sporadic sensuality. While these portions of the book are in keeping with a non-Christian memoir and are not gratuitous, this may factor into some students’ choice between this book and Haddon’s book.
  • *Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
  • *Billings, J. Todd. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ. 
  • *Mast, Benjamin. Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Additional Details

Counselling & Physiology is a 3-credit course. Those who sign up via Equip will be able to enjoy the discounted rate of RM500 per course. The discounted rate is eligible only for those living in Malaysia and Brunei only.

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January 13th, 2021 12:00 AM through April 14th, 2021 11:59 PM
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