“Learning How to Listen Well”
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. - Proverbs 20:5
Do you consider yourself to be a listener? Do you have a heart for listening to people share their hopes, fears, joys, and hurts with you? Do you desire to offer others wise counsel as you seek to encourage them in their life’s journey?
Our Christian Counselling program will give you the opportunity to learn the proper and necessary skills to be able to successfully counsel those needing your help.
It will also provide you with a rock-solid foundation, for you to continue on for further training to become a licensed counsellor. Or it will better equip you for ministry in a variety of contexts.
At Kingswood, we strive to base our understanding of psychology and counselling upon the truths of Scripture. APPLY NOW!
Kingswood University strives for academic excellence by offering a core set of courses unique to each accredited program, along with the Bible and theology courses required for the B.A. in Ministry degree.
It is important to understand how teenagers grow and develop. This course will discuss adolescent development. You will also investigate some of the problems and challenges teenagers face. You will be shown ways of how you can help teenagers cope with difficult life situations.
It is incredible just how quickly children develop and grow. This course will explore children’s growth from when they are babies until they reach puberty. You will learn specific theories of how they develop. Child development is such a crucial stage in a person’s life, it is necessary to study it, in order to counsel effectively.
Introduction to Addiction
Addiction is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. You will examine the cultural attitudes toward substance use and abuse; physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual factors that relate to addiction; and issues of prevention and treatment. You will learn firsthand the effects of drugs and how to help someone recover from their addiction.
Every person goes through a variety of developmental stages in their lives. This course will help you understand each of these stages and learn early intervention skills to help people develop well.
Introduction to Counselling
This course will present you with an overview of counselling theory as it relates to human behaviour. You will learn how to be a good helper and counsellor, while you examine how theology and psychology can be integrated. You will also have opportunity to counsel (and be counseled by) your fellow classmates.
Mental illness is on the rise. This course will teach you how you should understand mental illness and help you overcome any possible stigmas you may have toward those who struggle with mental illness. You will learn how to properly respond to the struggles many face.
You will need a basic understand of psychology. This course will introduce you to the topic of the behaviour of organisms from the simple stimulus/response mechanism to the human mind as it responds to the conditions and environment surrounding it.
So many face challenging situations in life, and for some, traumatic ones. This course will show you how to help people through crises’ in their lives. You will learn how to answer the hard questions people ask in difficult situations.
Marriage and Family Counselling
Sadly, the family is continuing to break down within our society. This course is designed to give you an overview of the issues involved in marital and family counselling. You will learn various ways to use in counselling couples and families through tough times.
For this course, you will learn about group counselling. You will be split up into groups to have group counselling sessions. This will help you learn how to keep a conversation going and how to counsel a group of people through various activities, visuals, and specific conversations.
Note: If you wish to view further details regarding the program, you may check out our catalogue.
Along with academic excellence, Kingswood University seeks to incorporate practical ministry experience into all our programs.
- You will participate in a Student Ministry assignment three times throughout your studies. This will entail doing practical ministry for three hours each week, under the direction of an approved student ministry supervisor.
- As a Christian Counselling major, you will embark on a Supervised Ministry Experience, the major practical component of your program. This internship will be completed in your fourth year and will last for approximately four months. You will work with an experienced counsellor in a counselling context, as you immerse yourself fully into learning how to counsel people effectively.
- You will have many opportunities within the classroom to practice how to counsel with your fellow classmates, under the guidance of your professor.
An education at Kingswood University would not be complete without making an intentional effort to form students holistically—head, heart, hands, and habits.
- You will have opportunity to meet with Dr. Lee for one-on-one counselling sessions, should the need arise.
Allen A. Lee, Ph.D.
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Fearful of making bad parishioner situations worse as a youth and young adult minister, I decided to prepare myself further for ministry by earning a master's degree in Counselling Psychology with a specialty in Marriage and Family. Now, it is a distinct privilege to facilitate learning alongside the coming generation of Christian counsellors. The greatest reward comes from partnering with these young men and women as they are increasingly impacting their world.