ADC303: Theories of Psychology and Counseling

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to psychology and counseling theories while providing a Christian perspective. This course also serves as the introduction to human developmental theories which are foundational in understanding the implications of the age of a person when they experienced trauma and/or the onset of behaviors leading to addiction. This critical understanding allows students to confidently deal with the dissonant behaviors between chronological and emotional “age” of many clients beginning recovery. This course expands the lay leaders’ and clinicians’ understanding of significant concepts and the vital role of normal human developmental needs.

In addition, this course addresses the wide range of ethical issues inherent in all steps identified within the Scope of Practice for addiction professionals and found in recovery support services. The course examines issues which may arise during initial screening, during treatment planning, and as a client progresses through treatment implementation and moves into recovery. The issues discussed relate to professional obligations, interactions with family and the community, as well as the process of documentation. Throughout this course, the participant will be asked to relate various points to their own situations, consider the various perspectives presented, and develop an ongoing awareness of their choices, decisions and behaviors in light of a high ethical standard.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of emotions, thoughts & behaviors on whole person development
  2. Identify major theoretical aspects and steps of human development to gain insight into the origins of addictive behavior and implications during recovery
  3. Establish a basis for recognizing the stages of child, adolescent, adult, and religious development in clients through listing and defining these stages
  4. Understand the ethical foundations for addiction clinicians
  5. Establish ethical guidelines for the therapeutic relationship
  6. Consider both sides of controversial treatment methods and ethical dilemmas
  7. Review cultural, spiritual, gender and age related considerations in addiction treatment
  8. Understand how culture makes a difference in working with specific populations


Course Materials & Tuition 

Meier, P., Minirth, F., Wichern, F., & Ratcliff, D.(2010). Introduction to psychology and counseling: Christian perspectives and applications (2nd Ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. ISBN: 978-0801039324


Roberts, L. and Geppert, C. (2008). The Book of Ethics, Expert Guidance for Professionals Who Treat Addiction., Hazelden; 1 edition (June 25, 2008) ISBN: 978-1592854929




Total Cost of Course