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MFT 694 - Counselling Internship IV 2 Credits

Students will participate in a clinical supervision group on campus under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The supervision group meets two hours per week for a period of 12 weeks. Students will also meet weekly for one hour of individual supervision with their on-site supervisor. Supervision will include collaborative conversations regarding the student’s clinical performance as well as personal and professional development. Attention will be given to client issues of diversity that are related to aspects of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Prerequisite MFT 590

MFT 696 - Internship Continuation 0 Credits

MFT Internship Continuation

MTH 800 - Research Writing and the Ministry of Scholarship 3 Credits

The student is introduced to the world of academic scholarship, research, writing, and teaching. This objective is situated within a more general attempt to help students discern and prepare for their own contribution to the ministry of Christian scholarship. The course explores broad epistemological issues that shape research within the Christian worldview; it considers other specific issues and methodologies related to research writing in the fields of specialization represented by the MTS, MLE and MTh programs; and it helps students prepare for teaching in an educational setting. Students are challenged to develop skills of persuasion in the academic context, and to build a personal philosophy of scholarly ministry. In addition, the course prepares students for the specific task of researching, writing, and defending a graduate thesis.

MTS 700 - Research Writing and the Ministry of Scholarship 3 Credits

The student is introduced to the world of academic scholarship, research, writing, and teaching. This objective is situated within a more general attempt to help students discern and prepare for their own contribution to the ministry of Christian scholarship. The course explores broad epistemological issues that shape research within the Christian worldview; it considers other specific issues and methodologies related to research writing in the fields of specialization represented by the MTS, MLE, CCM, and MTh programs; and it helps students prepare for teaching in an educational setting. Students are challenged to develop skills of persuasion in the academic context, and to build a personal philosophy of scholarly ministry. In addition, the course prepares students for the specific task of researching, writing, and defending a graduate thesis.

MTS 889 - Interdisciplinary Research Seminar 3 Credits

An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890

PTH 504 - Discipleship Ministry  3 Credits

The basis for the church’s mission will be explored along with its interface with Disciple Making Ministry. The course will trace principles and methods of developing people starting with Jesus to the early church and finally to contemporary applications.

PTH 508 - Small Group Ministry  3 Credits

This course will look at issues related to leading a small group ministry. The issues to be considered will be: biblical perspective of small groups, definition of small groups, process of building relationships related to small group dynamics, roles and personalities of members of a small group, small group ministry development, leadership, group dynamics, organization of a small group ministry and leadership development.

PTH 510 - Spiritual Formation  1 Credits

This course is designed to facilitate increased awareness and understanding of the historical developments of Christian spirituality from the early New Testament church to the current time period. The interplay between humanness and spirituality and its impact on personal and relational formation will be explored. Opportunities will be provided to examine experiences, attitudes, beliefs and practices that influence spiritual formation and impact personal, interpersonal and community life.

PTH 511 - Spiritual Formation for Counselors 1 Credits

This course is designed to facilitate the spiritual formation of counseling/family therapy professionals and to build upon the historical perspectives and foundations of PTH 510. Participants will study contemplative and active Christian spirituality, as well as examine a wide range of spiritual disciplines. Opportunity will be given for theological and therapeutic reflection regarding the presence of God and the sacred in one’s life and clinical practice. The course will require self-reflection, interactive exercises, experiential learning, group discussion, in-class presentations, and clinical application.

PTH 540 - Pastoral Care for Dying, Grief, and Loss 3 Credits

Pastors, chaplains, counselors and other helping professionals will develop a pastoral theology and response to dying, grief and loss through biblical, cultural, and psychological insights. Students will gain an understanding of the grief journey for people from diverse backgrounds, affirming and respecting strengths and differences. The course will encourage an understanding of how one’s personal losses enrich them and equip for ministry. This course will equip pastoral care givers for ministry to those who are experiencing dying, grief and/or loss.