A course investigating the basic theories and concepts of psychology with an emphasis on understanding human behavior. Foci include the history, sub-fields, perspectives, ethics, and current issues of this behavioral science, as well as its application to contemporary life. Particular attention is drawn to the integration of psychology and the Christian faith.
The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:
The development of a portfolio for assessing personal growth in character. This portfolio would include periodic self-assessment and assessment by significant others. These assessments would evaluate the minister with the "BE" categories. (Character-Personal Growth)
Identify the major schools of thought in the field of psychology.
Understand the scientific method as it relates to the social science of Psychology.
Be acquainted with the major developmental stages in human growth and development.
Know how human beings perceive, process, and learn information.
Know the basic motivational systems of human beings.
Know the major personality theories and psychological disorders.
Become acquainted with psychotherapeutic models.
Be able to integrate a general knowledge of psychology into one's self-understanding.
Be able to correlate psychological theory with the practice of ministry in the church.
The following are competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development that will be addressed in this course:
Ability to describe and apply knowledge of human development in leading people to Christian maturity. (CP9)
Ability to demonstrate a realistic self-understanding including personal strengths, gifts, weaknesses, and areas of needed growth. (CH7)