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This course is designed to provide an understanding of the role that mental health professionals can play in the transformation of a community. Distinctions from traditional clinical counseling practices are highlighted as a means of enhancing the vision and skill repertoire of future professional counselors. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to advocacy, service to the underserved, preventive education and ethical issues in community counseling. The purpose, theories and practices of community counseling are examined from a Christian world-view. Students will reflect on their call as Christian servants, in the context of promoting the life of those who are poor, marginalized, discriminated against, and/or oppressed. Examples of faith-based community programs will be studied as models for community health agencies.
Asbury Theological Seminary
CO, 650, COMMUNITY, COUNSELING, JA08