Graduate Certificate in Relationship Skills




Relationship Skills online graduate certificate equips church leaders and workers with specific skills to help people in a wide variety of relationships, including families. Our graduates understand that achieving community and cooperation is possible by integrating faith-based strategies and practices. Using a distinctly Christian perspective to direct our philosophies and ethical approach, the specialized curriculum will empower you to follow your calling of loving and helping your neighbor.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Understanding of the basic skills used by members of the helping professions
  • Ability to sense when counseling services are needed in a school or community setting
  • Knowledge of resources available to the church and community
  • Ability to demonstrate how to integrate faith within any setting

Career Outlook

  • Christian Mentor/Advisor
  • Family/Youth Advocate
  • Residential Counselor
  • Church & Community Worker

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Relationship Skills

Social / Cultural Theological Foundations (COUN 553/853) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Social / Cultural Theological Foundations is an exploration of various cultures and their impact on human behavior. The focus of this course is on the powerful impact that cultural background may have on the mental health field, and on how biases may affect therapeutic relationships.
Christian Perspectives of Family Development (COUN 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspectives of Family Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.
Professional Ethics in the Helping Professions (COUN 892-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Professional Ethics in the Helping Professions deals with philosophical issues affecting practice with special attention to professional ethics, Christian bioethics and the nature of human kind. Legal issues such as confidentiality and malpractice will be explored.
Individual Counseling from a Christian Perspective (COUN 523/823) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Individual Counseling from a Christian Perspective provides the student with hands-on experience in individual counseling techniques as well as the opportunity to gain objective insight into the dynamics of one-to-one counseling, and the role of the counselor. The course requirements include practice of counseling techniques, small- group activities, audio or video-taped counseling sessions designed to promote self- awareness, skill development and development of intentional competencies.
Current Support Issues for Christian Pastors and Church Workers (COUN 863-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Current Support Issues for Christian Pastors and Church Workers will look at a range of topics such as physical and sexual abuse, pornography, various addictions, Christian reconciliation and other topics that churches and Christian agencies experience in their service to members and non-members.

Classes that may be used as electives in place of COUN 563/863 in the Pastoral/Church Worker Basic Helping Relationship Skills Certificate

Consultation Strategies within the Church (COUN 565/865) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Consultation Strategies within the Church is designed to provide an overview of the consultation process and insight into the various roles that consultants may play. Theoretical approaches and principles of consultation, planned change, and organizational development will be discussed as well as the use of consultants within the church, within faith-based organizations and the community.
Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology (COUN 510/810) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology will provide a brief overview of the major drug groups and their rationale for use, professionally, and recreationally. Emphasis will be placed on how issues involving alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs abuse/use may play a part a counseling setting. The course is also designed to acquaint participants with the fundamentals and basics of pharmacology, adverse effects, indications, and drug interactions.
Christian Trauma Counseling (COUN 578/878) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Trauma Counseling gives participants an opportunity to learn how to work with survivors of trauma. The course is designed to enhance skills and help trauma survivors and families who have experienced trauma. Topics will include: post- traumatic stress disorder, trauma in families, trauma in children and compassion fatigue.

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