Doctor of Christian Counseling

Program Description

The Doctor of Christian Counseling Program (DCC) is designed to give the student an advanced background in Christian Counseling and incorporates the programs which will allow for National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) licensure.  The program is 40 semester hours in length.

Each student will be assigned a mentor to help him or her throughout the program.

NCCA courses include study materials.

NCCA Core Courses.. $395

NCCA Advanced Courses.. $358

NCCA courses require one or two proctored final exams. Arno Profile System (APS) Reports are $33 each, 25 required. They are tests that provide a personal client inventory. NCCA membership fees are $50 per year, background check $100.

CTS courses cost $362. 

Text Books: As required. Dissertation: $400 (compilation of APS case studies)

Approx. Total Cost w/o Books: $5143. (Less NCCA fees)

Prior to applying for licensure, all students should be commissioned, licensed or ordained. CTS can help with this process. NCCA’s Certification/Licensure Program is not to be confused with state licensure. Most states have regulatory laws governing the practice of psychology. Many states also have laws governing the practice of general counseling. States recognize that counseling is one of the responsibilities of the church and its clergy. For this reason the state does not interfere with the ministry of counseling as long as the counseling is provided under the following conditions: The counselor is ordained, commissioned or licensed, that the counseling service is provided by and represented as a Christian or pastoral counselor.

Note: Becoming licensed by the NCCA is an option.  It is not required for graduating from CTS.

Degree Courses

CC 600 Creation Therapy

This course provides an in-depth program of the theory of temperament and provides the historical, scientific and biblical basis for this theory. This course introduces a fifth temperament and the behavioral patterns of each temperament with three behavioral areas: Inclusion, Control and Affection.

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CC 601 Basic Christian Counseling

This course will cover, on DVD, an overview of the "Big Eight" (types of secular counseling and therapeutic methods). In addition, the student will be taught the difference between Christian and secular counseling, goals, techniques, and several other important topics, such as the dangers and pitfalls of counseling.

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CC 605 Christian Psychology and Counseling

The candidate will be provided with general information regarding basic theories concerning historical systems of psychology, counseling, biblical theories of counseling and the utilization of NCCA's counseling model, Temperament Theory.

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GCCS 650 Christian Counseling I

This course gives an overall view of many problems that Believers face and how the counselor can help. It discusses briefly, the differences of Christian Counseling. The course is divided into four sections; The Counselor, Personal Issues, Interpersonal Issues and Family Issues.

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GCCS 660 Christian Counseling II

This course is a continuation of Christian Counseling I. It gives further details of problems that are found in personal lives of the believer and also it show problems and possible resolutions of the dysfunctional family unit. It is divided into three main parts; Identity Issues, Developmental Issues, and Additional Issues.

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CC 607 Temperament Case Studies

The candidate will learn firsthand the counseling model with which the NCCA members and graduates counsel. These case studies utilize the counseling method taught by NCCA and they also incorporate other testing instruments with this model.

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CC 608 Counseling the Codependent

The candidate will be provided with specialized training regarding codependency which incorporates the counseling model taught by the NCCA; Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy

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GCCS 623 Counseling for Change

This course deals with self awareness and change. It gives a biblical perspective on how to change the circumstances in one’s life. It discusses Counseling and the Church as well as Counseling in the Community. It specifically deals with: Anxiety, Loneliness, Depressions, Anger, Guilt and Life Stages.

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CC 606 Mastering Pastoral Counseling

The candidate will be provided with specific information regarding stress, anger and guilt with the emphasis on the need to develop family relationships. This course utilizes the NCCA's counseling model, Temperament Therapy..

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GCCS 630 Marriage Counseling

This course begins with premarital counseling and continues through problems that exist within marriage, taking a look at Biblical marriage models. It will give tips of choosing the right mate, the effects of premarital counseling, Marriage problems, and working through marital conflicts.

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