Doctor of Religious Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Religious Family Ministry

Doctor of Religious Counseling Psychology

Program Description

Doctor of Religious Counseling Psychology is designed to build the religious counseling knowledge and skills needed for those who desire to bring hope to people as counselors in churches or faith-based organizations. This program will prepare students for an advanced level of pastoral counseling or other counseling positions which do not require professional licensure.

Admission Requirement

Anyone possessing a master’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

A completed and signed application form

Signed enrollment agreement form

College-level transcript which indicates master degree is granted

An overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 3.0)

Copy of master certificate of graduation

Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

Passport Copy

Program Requirements

Students receive the Doctor of Religious Counseling Psychology degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

  • Religious core studies: 9 units
  • Major requirements: 21 units
  • Elective requirements: 24 units
  • Dissertation: 6 units
  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 60 quarter units
  • The program requires 54 units of course work, plus 6 units of a dissertation.
  • The content of the dissertation must reflect the Christian worldview
  • Quarter Requirement: Required for 7 quarters

Religious core studies: 69 units

URCD703        Introduction to the New Testament                        3 Units

URCD704        Introduction to the Old Testament                          3

URCD765        Systematic Theology                                 3

URCD766        Biblical Foundations of Mission                     3

URCD767        Revitalizing Church and Community               3

URCD768        Healthy Church & Church Growth                           3

URCD769        Theology of Ministry                                 3

URCD834        Religious Special Seminars 1                        3

URCD835        Religious Special Seminars 2                        3

URCD836        Religious Special Seminars 3                        3

URCD837        Religious Special Seminars 4                        3

URCD838        Religious Special Seminars 5                        3

URCD839        Religious Special Seminars 6                        3

URCD840        Religious Special Seminars 7                        3

URCD841        Religious Special Seminars 8                        3

URCD911        Christian Studies Special Seminars 1              3

URCD912        Christian Studies Special Seminars 2              3

URCD913        Christian Studies Special Seminars 3              3

URCD914        Christian Studies Special Seminars 4              3

URCD915        Christian Studies Special Seminars 5              3

URCD916        Christian Studies Special Seminars 6              3

URCD917        Christian Studies Special Seminars 7              3

URCD918        Christian Studies Special Seminars 8              3

Major requirement: 69 units

URCD770        Foundations of Mental Health Counseling                3 Units

URCD771        Spiritual Formation and Counseling               3

URCD772        Counseling Theories and Methods                          3

URCD773        Human & Family Development                      3

URCD774        Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling  3

URCD775        Counseling Assessment & Research              3

URCD776        Counseling Techniques                              3

URCD826        Multiple Talent 1                                                3

URCD827        Multiple Talent 2                                                3

URCD828        Multiple Talent 3                                                3

URCD829        Multiple Talent 4                                                3

URCD830        Multiple Talent 5                                                3

URCD831        Multiple Talent 6                                                3

URCD832        Multiple Talent 7                                                3

URCD833        Multiple Talent 8                                                3

URCD901        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 1           3

URCD902        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 2           3

URCD903        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 3           3

URCD904        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 4           3

URCD905        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 5           3

URCD906        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 6           3

URCD907        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 7           3

URCD908        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 8           3

Elective Requirement: 72 Units

URCD777        Biblical Resources for Counseling                           3 Units

URCD778        Substance Abuse Counseling                      3

URCD779        Marriage & Family Counseling                     3

URCD780        Practicum                                              3

URCD781        Crisis and Grief Counseling                         3

URCD782        Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling        3

URCD783        Counseling Children & Therapy                   3

URCD784        Counseling Adolescents                                      3

URCD785        Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling         3

URCD786        Treatment of Psychopathology                     3

URCD787        Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders  3

URCD735        The Work of a Pastoral Counselor                          3

URCD741        Abnormal Christian Psychology                    3

URCD865        Topics in Analytical Psychology 1                            3

URCD866        Topics in Analytical Psychology 2                            3

URCD867        Topics in Analytical Psychology 3                            3

URCD886        Dissertation Research and Presentation 1                 3

URCD887        Dissertation Research and Presentation 2                 3

URCD888        Dissertation Research and Presentation 3                 3

URCD889        Dissertation Research and Presentation 4                 3

URCD890        Dissertation Research and Presentation 5                 3

URCD891        Dissertation Research and Presentation 6                 3

URCD892        Dissertation Research and Presentation 7                 3

URCD893        Dissertation Research and Presentation 8                 3

Course Description (Doctor of Religious Counseling Psychology)

URCD703 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD704 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD765 Systematic Theology (3 units)

This course is to help the student gain, by his or her own efforts, a profound knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in comparison with other contemporary theologies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD766 Biblical Foundations of Mission (3 units)

An advanced examination of the biblical and theological foundations of mission, encompassing the mission of God expressed in his relationship with his people, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church from Pentecost onward. This course also examines various modern theologies of mission from the evangelical perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD767 Revitalizing Church and Community (3 units)

This course explores theories and theologies of congregational and community changes and transformation. Students will analyze how the changes occur and discover various methods church leaders can use in during the transformations in church and in community. The framework for these learning will be the student’s congregation in its social, political, economic, cultural and religious context. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD768 Healthy Church & Church Growth (3 units)

A survey of the biblical principles and crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of theological, sociological, and missiological elements. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD769 Theology of Ministry (3 units)

This course seeks to equip students with theological foundations for church ministry. It offers students an opportunity to pursue theological inquiry in view of a ministry-specific need, problem or challenge they are facing. It serves as a research tool related to the student’s dissertation project, informing the theological/biblical foundations component. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD834-841 Religious Special Seminars 1-8 (3 units)

Religion is the most complex of human cultural phenomena. Therefore, religious research is naturally possible in all areas of humanities and social sciences and interdisciplinary research. Through religious studies, we can study more detailed counseling psychology. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD911-918 Christian Studies Special Seminars 1-8 (3 units)

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, also known by Christians as the Christ. It is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion followers, or 33% of the global population, making up a majority of the population in about two-thirds of the countries in the world. We learn the background of the birth of Christianity and what its effect on our lives. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD770 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an overview of professional issues within the field of clinical mental health counseling. This course focuses on the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the professional identity and role of clinical mental health counselors, the public and private practice of mental health counseling, and the general framework of consultation with other helping professionals. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD771 Spiritual Formation and Counseling (3 units)

The course will address questions related to the interaction of the mind with classical approaches to spiritual formation with attention to specific actions designed to facilitate healthy spiritual development in both counselors and clients. Topics include the impact of trauma, family of origin issues, and neuroscience on spiritual growth. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD772 Counseling Theories and Methods (3 units)

A survey of contemporary counseling theories and techniques. Topics covered will include the counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional ethical issues in counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD773 Human & Family Development (3 units)

This course provides information regarding human development theory and research. Changing trends and issues are also explored with focus upon family life cycle variations. Emphasis is given to the application of scientific knowledge to select issues and thematic narratives of 317 lifespan development as well as to information regarding child development in families and their socio-cultural contexts. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD774 Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling (3 units)

This course will provide an introduction to many of the current issues that counselors and ministers face in terms of how culture impacts their work with others. Areas of focus include: theories of multicultural counseling; identity development; advocacy and social justice; characteristics and concerns when working with diverse groups nationally and internationally; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences designed to foster understanding of self and others; strategies for working competently with diverse populations; and counselors’ roles in promoting optimal wellness and growth of human spirit, mind and body as well as eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCD775 Counseling Assessment & Research (3 units)

This course is an examination of the use of assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Discussions include the purpose of counseling, education, and psychological assessment; client welfare; competence to use and interpret tests; informed consent; release of information; proper diagnosis; test selection; conditions of test administration; diversity and culture; test scoring and interpretation; test security; obsolete and outdated test results and test construction in counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCD776 Counseling Techniques (3 units)

Practical application of basic helping skills, clinical documentation, and professional behaviors in counseling at the campus counseling center. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD826-833 Multiple Talent 1-8 (3 units)

Humans have long studied why people are psychologically different. However, they did not get a definite answer. Multiple talent is psychology that helps us understand the innate psychological talent given by God. Learn systematically what Multiple talent is. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD901-908 Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 1-8 (3 units)

Multiple talent is psychology that helps us understand the innate psychological talent given by God. Multiple talent essentially analyzes the cause of conflict between humans. Learn how to counsel using Multiple talent. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD777 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 units)

A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD778 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an introduction and overview of substance abuse/dependence counseling that includes alcohol, prescription and nonprescription drugs for adolescents and adults. Various theoretical models will be introduced along with the stages and process of change toward recovery. Assessment, interventions, treatment modalities, motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, effect of trauma on addiction, treatment planning, relapse prevention are included. Additionally, the impact of addiction on families and how addiction manifests itself on adult children will be addressed. Ethical issues in the treatment of substance abuse/dependence are discussed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD779 Marriage & Family Counseling (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of prominent history, theories family systems, strategies, techniques and practices when working with couples and families. This course provides an introduction to the theory, research, and practice of marriage and family counseling. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marriage/family systems, and the practice, marriage and family counseling. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: URCD773

URCD780 Practicum (3 units)

Initial supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: URCD772

URCD781 Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 units)

An examination of the dynamics of a crisis or disaster, the recommended steps in crisis intervention, disaster mental health, and the role of the church in prevention as well as in a caring response. An examination of the dynamics within the person, family and community when severe or terminal illness has been diagnosed or the bereavement process has been initiated. The course also includes methods and resources for helping. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD782 Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an introduction and overview of addictions and their treatment. This overview includes both process (behavioral) and substance abuse addictions. The pathology of addiction and the effects of compulsive behavior on the individual and families are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Various theoretical models of addiction will be presented along with the process and stages of change toward recovery. Assessment, interventions, treatment modalities, motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, the effects of trauma on addiction, family dynamics, as well as relapse prevention are also included within the course framework. Additionally, the role of the church for the addicted individual and the development of support/recovery groups will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD783 Counseling Children (3 units)

Specific training designed for counselors who work with young children (under age 12) whose ability to communicate feelings verbally is limited. Students practice play counseling techniques with other students and with child clients (when legally and ethically appropriate). Discussion includes research literature, which supports the appropriate utility of play counseling techniques with young children affected by circumstances such as divorce, single parenting, ADHD, and sexual abuse. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD783 Counseling Adolescents (3 units)

A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on intrapersonal dynamics of adolescents frequently referred to counselors. Counseling procedures, treatment plans and referral for resistant and recalcitrant youth will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD785 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 units)

This course provides an examination of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation so that counselors can learn to be critical consumers of current and developing information related to the practice of counseling.  This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: URCD776

URCD786 Treatment of Psychopathology (3 units)

An advanced study of the etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Focus on using biopsychosocial framework and counseling theory to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Course includes a review of empirically supported treatments and discussion about etiology and treatment from a Christian perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD787 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (3 units)

This course provides an examination and practical use of the current edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders and an understanding of the International Classification of Diseases. This course focuses on conducting mental status examinations, and on the development and recognition of a framework for identifying symptomatology, etiology, and psychodynamics of mental and emotional disorders. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD735 The Work of a Pastoral Counselor (3 units)

Introduction to Pastoral counseling, prolegomenon to a History of Pastoral Counseling. Directions in Pastoral Counseling. Spiritual and Personal Maturity. An approach to facilitating Psycho-spiritual growth. Counter-transference and burnout in Pastoral counseling. The counseling relationship. Assessment in Pastoral Care. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCD741 Abnormal Christian Psychology (3 units)

This course is designed to study personality deviation and behavior disorders. The student is acquainted with the nature of the major types of mental disorders, the theories of etiology, and an exposition of the various methods of treatment. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCD865-867 Topics in Analytical Psychology 1-3 (3 units)

It is a psychology that deals with the theory and psychotherapy created by C. G. Jung. This course covers the background of the development of analytical psychology, major concepts and theories, and concrete analysis of Jung’s work. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCD886-893 Dissertation Research and Presentation 1-8 (3 units)

Research, organize, and submit to the professor for examination on specific issues in the field of study. Learn how to set the topic of your thesis and how to write it. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None