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

Master of Religious Counseling Psychology

Program Description

The Master of Religious Counseling Psychology program provides the Christian leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a spiritual environment. The program emphasizes Christian counseling psychology, support church    and counseling skills, ethics, and Christian real-world applications for the Load.

Admission Requirement

Anyone possessing a bachelor’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 bachelor degree is granted

An overall GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 2.75)

Copy of bachelor diploma (Certificate of Graduation)

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

Passport Copy

Program Requirements

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

  • Religious core studies: 6 units
  • Major requirements: 18 units
  • Elective requirements: 6 units
  • Thesis 6 units (Selectable thesis instead of course in 5th quarter)
  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 30 quarter units
  • Quarter Requirement: Required for 5 quarters

Religious core studies: 60 units

URCM401        Intro to the Bible                                    3 Units

URCM403        Introduction to the New Testament              3

URCM404        Introduction to the Old Testament                3

URCM407        Introduction to Missiology                3

URCM534        Religious Special Seminars 1              3

URCM535        Religious Special Seminars 2              3

URCM536        Religious Special Seminars 3              3

URCM537        Religious Special Seminars 4              3

URCM538        Religious Special Seminars 5              3

URCM539        Religious Special Seminars 6              3

URCM540        Religious Special Seminars 7              3

URCM541        Religious Special Seminars 8              3

URCM611        Christian Studies Special Seminars 1    3

URCM612        Christian Studies Special Seminars 2    3

URCM613        Christian Studies Special Seminars 3    3

URCM614        Christian Studies Special Seminars 4    3

URCM615        Christian Studies Special Seminars 5    3

URCM616        Christian Studies Special Seminars 6    3

URCM617        Christian Studies Special Seminars 7    3

URCM618        Christian Studies Special Seminars 8    3

Major requirement: 60 units

URCM451        Foundations for Faith-Based Counseling         3 Units

URCM452        Counseling Theory                         3

URCM453        Counseling Skills                                      3

URCM454        Psychopathology and Diagnosis                   3

URCM526        Multiple Talent 1                                     3

URCM527        Multiple Talent 2                                     3

URCM528        Multiple Talent 3                                     3

URCM529        Multiple Talent 4                                     3

URCM530        Multiple Talent 5                                     3

URCM531        Multiple Talent 6                                     3

URCM532        Multiple Talent 7                                     3

URCM533        Multiple Talent 8                                     3

URCM601        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 1 3

URCM602        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 2 3

URCM603        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 3 3

URCM604        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 4 3

URCM605        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 5 3

URCM606        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 6 3

URCM607        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 7 3

URCM608        Multiple Talent Counseling Practicum 8 3

Elective Requirement: 48 Units

URCM455        Counseling Children and Adolescents  3 Units

URCM456        Group Counseling                          3

URCM457        Mental Health Counseling                          3

URCM458        Substance Abuse Counseling             3

URCM459        Psychopharmacology                       3

URMC460        Family Counseling                          3

URCM461        Mental Health Counseling Practicum    3

URCM462        Research Methods                          3

URCM542        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 1    3

URCM543        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 2    3

URCM544        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 3    3

URCM545        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 4    3

URCM546        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 5    3

URCM547        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 6    3

URCM548        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 7    3

URCM549        Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 8    3

Course Description (Master of Religious Counseling Psychology)

URCM401 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCM403 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. Prerequisites: None

URCM404 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. Prerequisites: None

URCM407 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church’s global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

URCM534-541 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

URCM611-618 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

URCM451 Foundations for Faith-Based Counseling (3 units)

A study of basic concepts of evangelical and Reformed Christian theology with special emphasis on biblical anthropology and the way it informs and critiques various counseling theories. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM452 Counseling Theory (3 units)

A comprehensive overview and integration of the major theoretical perspectives on the counseling process. An examination of the historical development of counseling theory, an exploration of affective, behavioral, and cognitive counseling theories, and the application of theoretical material to case studies. Foundational elements of the counseling process will be explored via academic activities and observation. Students will develop an initial personal theoretical orientation for counseling endeavors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM453 Counseling Skills (3 units)

A comprehensive overview, integration, and application of major theories and techniques employed in the counseling process. Specific advanced counseling interventions by master counselors will be reviewed via videotape and critiqued. Initial counseling skills will be developed via in vivo role play and will be reviewed and critiqued by the instructor. Basic models and strategies of consultation will be explored from theoretical and pragmatic points of view, and applied to case material. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM454 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3 units)

An exploration of understanding of mental illness. The study of the classification, etiology, and treatment of psychopathology and personality disorders. The course deals with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM) categorization of criteria for specific diagnoses. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM526-533 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

URCM601-608 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

URCM455 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 units)

Theory and practice of counseling children and adolescents in school and community settings. Characteristics of at-risk children and exceptional needs students and the provision of counseling services to these children. Various topics include counseling related to disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, death and dying, child abuse, substance use, youth violence, teenage pregnancy, risky sexual behavior, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, chronic health problems, and eating disorders. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM456 Group Counseling (3 units)

Elements of group dynamics, ethical issues special to group work, and group leadership skills. Students will compare four types of groups—task and work groups, psychoeducational groups, counseling groups. Various theoretical approaches to groups counseling as well as adaptations with diverse populations and specific settings will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM457 Mental Counseling (3 units)

Assumptions and roles of mental health counseling within the context of the community and its health and human service systems, including functions and relationships among interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the historical, organizational, legal, and fiscal dimensions of the public and private mental health care systems. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM458 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 units)

This course provides a basic introduction to the assessment and counseling treatment of clients manifesting alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Theoretical formulations, etiological issues, presenting symptomatology, and courses of these disorders, and interventions models will be addressed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RMB602

URCM459 Psychopharmacology (3 units)

A review of the most commonly used drugs for psychological conditions, their effects and their side effects, and the methods of action. Particular attention is paid to the synaptic events relevant to drug actions. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URMC460 Family Counseling (3 units)

This course is designed for students to learn knowledge and skills for the practice of couple and marital counseling. Models of marital counseling will be reviewed and critiqued in light of the Christian worldview of the student. Techniques, assessments, interventions, and strategies will be discussed and role-played to develop preventive approaches as well as resolving specific problems that impede marital functioning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM461 Mental Health Counseling Practicum (3 units)

The 100-hour practicum is comprised of 40 hours of direct counseling service to counselees at an arranged practicum site, an hour each week of supervision by the site supervisor, an hour each week of individual or triadic supervision by the faculty supervisor, one and one-half hours each week of group supervision by the faculty supervisor and additional administrative and/or counseling hours on site to complete the 100 total hour practicum requirement. Prerequisites: Requires Acts 33 and 34 and FBI fingerprint clearances and proof of malpractice insurance. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: URCM457

URCM462 Research Methods (3 units)

This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. The course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in social research. In addition to reviewing core human research methods such as interviews, ethnographies, surveys and experiments, we will explore methods used in critical analysis of texts and technologies (discourse /content /design analysis, historical case studies), with an emphasis on the digital (e.g. virtual worlds, videogames, and online ethnographies). We will also discuss mixed method approaches, case studies, participatory and user-centered research, as well as research involving minors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

URCM542-549 Face Analysis Behavior Psychology 1-8 (3 units)

Face Analysis Behavior Psychology’ systematically analyzes the body and behavior of the person created by God, the Almighty, and identifies the psychology of the person, such as his or her facial form and behavior, through statistics. God created each person differently, but he studied the similarities in a modern way so that each one realizes what life is appropriate for his purpose in which he created himself. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None