We assume that the Truth and the Spirit are the agents of change in a person’s life. However, secular techniques, consistent with God’s Word, can help prepare the heart to receive this Word of Truth. The counselor is merely an instrument of God’s grace who can be used by God to help provide a Biblical context for a person’s struggles. Students will be strategically prepared to serve as people-helpers in both Christian and secular environments and to pursue graduate school.
We strive to teach the content knowledge of psychology from a distinctively Christian perspective, staying consistent with the truth of God’s Word while expressing His agape love. Practical integration of scripture with psychology is of utmost importance in the psychology major. Students get practical experience working in clinical and non-clinical settings for undergraduate credit.
We are all trained and licensed counselors that emphasize relationship skills and connection with others. Counselors are purveyors of God’s hope and grace, even when circumstances seem to be overwhelming. A theology of suffering is how to spiritually respond to the fallenness of this world without increasing our pain and without dishonoring our Lord. Counselors have the unique privilege of teaching this theology of suffering to clients that come to them with shattered lives and dreams. Counseling is the surgical application of God’s Truth to a particular person’s need at a particular time in their lives. That discernment requires God dependency and a knowledge of the human heart.