Developmental Psych

This class will explore the concepts of crisis and trauma within the field of counseling and identify methods and concepts of cause and response that non-professionals can utilize to support and help individuals experiencing crises. The emphasis will be that of a Biblically-based non-professional ministry to help restore temporarily lost coping and calming skills and aid with information to those in need. The class will also provide certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, enabling students to safely intervene and deescalate challenging and potentially volatile situations.

This course will investigate the developmental stages and continuous process of human growth throughout the lifespan. Through the lens of a Christian worldview, the major theoretical perspectives relating to physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of the individual (biopnemuapsychosocial) will be examined and explored. Students will consider the biological influences (such as genetics), the environmental aspects (such as parenting techniques or cohort effect), and the Christian theological propositions (such as “imago Dei” and “original sin/pollution”) that shape who we are as individuals. Developmental disabilities and the effects atypical development could be considered but not emphasized.

This course will address historical development and philosophies behind various psychological theories and their application to help the student build a personal theory of counseling which is theologically sound and clinically proficient to inform potential practice.

This course will engage students in the process of understanding abnormal behavior and the ways that mental health professionals study and attempt to treat it. An eclectic, multicultural approach will cover the major categories of disorders listed in the DSM-5.