EDUC 638

Wellness-Based Counseling

This course seeks to present students with a way of pastoral care and counseling that focuses on health and wellness from a human development perspective rather than from a sickness and pathology framework. As such it explores the history of pastoral care and counseling and of pathology and wellness in Western culture, offers an amplified view of human development, and proposes and demonstrates pastoral clinical approaches that implement a wellness-based practice. In this course students increase their understanding of the underlying theory of pastoral counseling by examining the underlying assumptions of a pathology-based and a wellness-based therapy practice. They also devise a viewpoint and a set of skills that enable them to offer therapeutic support and change to counselees not wishing to be labeled as 'pathological.'

Prerequisites: EDUC 632