EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELING
- Introduction to Psychology
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Stress and Anger Counseling
- Creation Therapy
- Counseling within the African Context
- General and Innovative Approaches to Counseling
- Quality, Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
- Communication Studies for Counselors
Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. The student will be introduced to a small portion of the field. This course presents an overview of the major fields within psychology, with emphasis on developing an understanding of psychology as science of human thought and behaviour. By the end of the course, students will be able to have a cursory understanding of themselves, the individuals around them and how they function.
This course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the types of abuses such as emotional, verbal, physical and sexual, and discusses the challenges and effects of blended families, divorce and infidelity, including facts about affairs; contributing factors, restoration, remarriage, single parenting and stress.
The student will have an overview of Marriage and Family counseling with specific emphasis on System and Structural therapy techniques, a specific study of the use of genograms and family of origin work emphasized in pre-marriage and post-marriage counseling using the tools of modern System Family Counseling and Temperament Therapy.
The course defines and describes the roots and biblical dynamics of anger, how the brain works and the details of the conscious and subconscious minds.
Students will be helped to recognize the face of anger, understand brain chemistry, brain stapling as well as learned behaviour while studying topics such as brain and mind distinctions, neurons and neurotransmitters, mechanical, electrical and chemical energy in the production of emotions.
At the end of course work students will learn about what causes anger and hostility, how not to deal with anger, proper expression of anger and how to prevent it.
This course studies the temperament as people’s natural disposition and customary frame of mind that tends to make them act in a certain way. The course studies the five temperaments, along with their strengths and weaknesses. It explains testing procedures for administrating the Arno Analysis Profiles and Oheneba Dornyo Systems tests and temperament therapy. The course also teaches how we can modify our temperaments to become more responsible in the communities where we operate.
The best form of help for people comes because they understand their problems within their traditional, ethnic and cultural settings. Behavioural reform is what Counselors do. All these happens within the same context as Africans. Otherwise knowledge intended to professionally help people becomes foreign to them. The student will learn the cultural backgrounds and understand those practices that often produce a dysfunction in people and how to assist them.
This course provides a refreshing approach to people-helping. The subject provides thought-out conclusions with careful use of practical principles. It avoids repetition and provides practical, simple formulas with evidence as to why they work.
Excellence is intangible and difficult to measure, however, in nearly every field there is some degree of excellence observed. Counselors work in privacy, committed to confidentiality and are seldom observed by peers. In this course, the student will look at his/her own excellence in ethics and their relationship with counselees.
Communication is vital in all relationships. The relationship between Counselor and Counselee is based on communication as a therapeutic process. The student will be helped to define Communication and be taught different forms of communication practice that exists in the home, within the marital environment, work place and society at large.
Organizational communication is a powerful tool of construction or destruction. Students will study biblical principles of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships. Attention is given to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress, and strategies that assist Counselors in developing interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the course focuses on the nature of conflict, how to identify common styles of conflict management, and how to manage conflict acceptably and productively.