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Meets Degree Requirements for: BS Addiction Counseling Major Electives

CVC432: Technology, Life Balance & Behavioral Addictions

We live in an epidemic of addiction to sex, pornography, online affairs, gaming, the Internet and Facebook–all addictions that are exacerbated by technology. These fit into a larger category of addictions called behavioral addictions which also includes: codependency, eating, shopping, exercising and work addiction. This course is intended to equip students with an interdisciplinary approach to minister to those with technology-related addictions combining lessons from the disciplines of counseling/psychology, theology, public health and technology.

CVC420: Addiction Counseling Practicum

This is a practice-based course in which students will apply the concepts learned throughout the degree program by participating in an internship. The primary course objective is to serve as a means of practicing skills and applying theoretical learning in a clinical position. When applicable the course is customized to meet the requirements of the certification board in the student’s state. Attention is also given to personal and professional growth in preparation for serving in a counseling role.

CVC407: Chaplaincy

This course is designed for people who have received a call from God or are exploring the call to Christian ministry and who may wish to explore the possibility of chaplaincy ministry, either as a full-time calling or in conjunction with other forms of ministry. The course introduces students to the contexts in which chaplains minister, the types of tasks they perform, and the challenging issues that they will face ministering in various settings outside the scope of the traditional church’s ministry, such as the military, the workplace, hospitals and retirement homes, prisons, and rescue missions or homeless shelters.

CVC419: Family Issues & Recovery

Understanding the importance of family dynamics in recovery, including youth issues, codependency, plus God given resiliency and self repair.

CVC418: Sexual Issues in Addiction

This course is designed as a holistic, Christ-centered introduction to a basic recognition, understanding, and responsibility with clients who experience sexual addiction and its related issues of sexual abuse and sexual offending.

CVC417: Group Counseling Practices

This course is designed for the novice therapist, one who is participant learner of the experience and dynamics of small groups. Students will begin to develop their abilities as group facilitators and potential therapist. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the aspects of forming, leading and evaluating groups as well as identify specific behaviors that are disruptive in group settings.

CVC416: Mental Illness, Addiction & Dual Diagnosis

The content of this course is designed to address issues concerning the treatment of clients who have both a substance use disorder and another mental disorder. Counselors must recognize and address both conditions; otherwise the risk of relapse remains high. Learn the most significant predictor of treatment success, how to provide an empathic and continuous treatment relationship, how to recognize the criteria for a substance use disorder, and more.

CVC414: Counseling Alcoholics

Provides a complete road map for assessing, diagnosing, and treating alcohol use disorders. Topics include recognizing alcohol problems in clients, understanding the critical concepts of the treatment of alcohol use disorders, the 12-step approach, relapse prevention, and recognizing primary or secondary psychiatric disorders in clients who are chemically dependent.

CVC406: Vocation, Calling & Purpose of Work (take early in program)

This course will help students to understand the purpose of work and a Christian understanding of vocation. Students will gain a better understanding of their unique identity and purpose in their vocation. They will also refine their understanding of calling or vocation might be and how it fits into God’s purposes and a Christian worldview. They will then create a synthesis of the above understandings into a reflective life plan.

CVC402: Curriculum Development for Recovery & Ministry

This course is designed to equip Christian urban mission workers and urban ministry workers to effectively develop and deliver information on basic life skills to those with whom they work. The focus will be on the rehabilitation of the homeless.