God sent His Son to show us how to deal with the problems of this world. In this course, we will study ways of helping people deal with prominent issues, developmental issues, interpersonal issues, identity issues, family issues, control issues, and concluding issues.
We will look at the following prominent issues (anger, anxiety, depression, guilt and forgiveness, loneliness), developmental issues (childhood, adolescence, twenties and thirties, forties and fifties, the later years), interpersonal issues (such as conflict and relationships, sex apart from marriage, sex within marriage, homosexuality, abuse and neglect), identity issues (inferiority and self-esteem, physical illness, grief, singleness, choosing a marriage partner), family issues (premarital counseling, marriage issues, pregnancy issues, family issues, divorce and remarriage), control issues (mental disorders, alcohol related problems, addictions, financial counseling, vocational counseling), and concluding issues (crises, trauma, terror and terrorism, other issues, spiritual issues, counseling the counselor and future issues).
These are issues that we have faced or will face in our personal lives and/or in the lives of the people we serve in our congregations and communities. In addition, we will study some actual cases related to the topics we listed above and have the opportunity to talk to counselors and therapists actively involved in Christian Counseling and/or secular counseling.
Join us as we open the doors of the Church to the world!
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- Christian Counseling Casebook – A Companion to Christian Counseling (3rd Edition) by Gary R, Collins, Ph.D.
- Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide (3rd Edition), by Gary R. Collins, Ph.D.
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructors
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.