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Fall 2010

Winter 2012





DESCRIPTION: The development of personality, a theology of person, and the study of religious experience will be examined as a theoretical, theological, experiential and practical base for pastoral caregiving and pastoral counseling. The work of contemporary and some traditionalist therapists will be studied and correlated with theology and Christian experience. The course is experiential and celebrative as well as theoretical and clinical. A bio-psycho-social-spiritual view of personality, psychotherapy, and theology is emphasized.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of being engaged and completing this course, students will:

  • Understand the nature and scope of pastoral counseling as it relates to ministry
  • Gain skills to be prepared to do pastoral counseling in ministry
  • Re-explore oneŐs own developmental journey
  • Interact with and understand healing principles as preparation for ministry


COURSE FORMAT: This course will meet in an intensive format three hours per day for two weeks, a total of 30 hours of lecture, dialogue, experiential processes, growth exercises, small group interaction, and dynamic class presentations and discussions. This course will explore the impact of materials from assigned readings, case studies, notes and experiences.


REQUIRED READING: A minimum of 1200 hundred pages of reading which includes daily assignments from the syllabus and:      

  • Rasmussen, Paul R. Personality-Guided Cognitive Behavior Therapy. APA, 2005. 355 pgs. ISBN 159147230X (MSRP $50.00)
  • Gilligan, Carol In a Different Voice, Harvard University books, 1993, 184 pgs. ISBN 0674445449. (MSRP $17.00)
  • Fowler, James W., Stages of Faith. New York: Harper and Row, 1995, 323 pgs. ISBN 0060628669. (MSRP $16.00)
  • Anderson, Ray S., Guernsey, Dennis B., On Being Family – A Social Theology of the Family. Fuller Seminary Press, 1985, 168 pgs. ISBN 9780960263899. (MSRP $22.00)
  • Oldman, John M., Morris, Lois B., The New Personality Self-Portrait. Bantam Books, 1995, 449 pgs. ISBN 0553373935 (MSRP $18.00)
  • Michael, C.P.,Norrisey, M.C. Prayer and Temperament: Different prayer forms for different personality types. Open door,1991, 192 pgs. ISBN 0940136023. (MSRP $12.00)
  • Prashantham, B.J. Indian Case Studies in Therapeutic Counseling. 6th edition, India:Christian Counseling Centre, Vellore, 2005. 286 pp. (Available at Fuller Northwest for $20.00)



  • Augsburger, David W. Helping People Forgive. Westminster John Knox Press, 1996, 179 pgs. ISBN 0664256864
  • Benson, Herbert. The Break-Out Principle. Simon and Schuster, 2003, 320 pgs., ISBN0743223977
  • Benson, Herbert , Timeless Healing, Simon & Schuster, 1997, 212 pgs., ISSBN0684831465

An appropriate bibliography will also be provided

á       Frankl, Victor E. ManŐs Search for Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006, 165 pgs., ISBN 0807014265

  • Harbaugh, Gary. Pastor as Person. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1994, 172 pgs., ISBN080662115
  • Nouwen, Henri. Life of the Beloved, Crossroad Publishing, 2002, 160 pgs., ISBN0824519868
  • Nouwen, Henri J.M. The Wounded Healer. Image, Doubleday, 1979, 100 pgs. ISBN 0385148038
  • Seligman, Martin Authentic Happiness , Free Press, The, 2004, 321 pgs., ISBN743222989
  • Stone, Howard W. Depression and Hope, Minneapolis: Augsburg, 2000, 161 pgs., ISBN08006319730
  • Tan, Siang-Yan. Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective, Baker, 2011, 495pgs. ISBN 978-0801029660.
  • Wicks, R., and D. Capps, eds. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, vols. 1-3. Expanded ed.; Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press,1994 & 2003. [1904 total pp.] ISBN0809133512, 0809133253, 0809140616


ASSIGNMENTS: The course grade is dependent on class participation in the following areas:

  1. Full participation in lecture and discussion. See syllabus for policy on absences. (20%)
  2. In-class quizzes (20%)
  3. Take home midterm exam (20%)
  4. A 15-20 page paper focusing on the studentŐs developmental journey integrating developmental studies of the studentŐs own psychological, moral and spiritual experience (40%).




RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in Ministry 5 (MIN5).

FINAL EXAMINATION: No written exam.


Note: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design, but is subject to modification.                                                                                     (04/10)