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Richard D. Dobbins Institute of Ministry

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Module 2: Individual Counseling I

The seven lessons in Course 2 will help you differentiate between what is often referred to as "Christian psychology" and a psychology that is truly biblical. Some of the conflicts between secular psychology and biblical psychology are set forth and discussed. You will become familiar with a case history form and taught how to use the information gained in discerning the nature and extent of the counselee’s problems. You will also be introduced to some basic observation skills and counseling techniques. The vital role Scripture plays in counseling is emphasized. Finally, you will learn five common traps of the counseling process and ways of avoiding them.


201 Biblical Psychology in Christian Ministry - $49.95

Is there such a thing as "Christian psychology?" If so, what is it? Some basic conflicts between secular psychology and evangelical theology are identified. You will be helped to differentiate mental illnesses from emotional disturbances and character flaws. We will also talk about what role, if any does medications play in helping people deal with these issues.

202 A Basic Approach to Biblical Counseling - $49.95

This training lesson expands on my Model for Integrating Theology and Psychology. It also goes into greater detail in explaining the use of my Healing of the Mind Model in Christian counseling. We look at the analogy between physical birth and spiritual birth Jesus used in introducing the world of spiritual reality to Nicodemus. Then, we will be revisiting my definitions of sin and eternal life to understand more clearly the role they play in the supernatural dynamics of the ongoing spiritual warfare for the mental health of the believer.

203 Fostering Healing and Growth - $49.95

This training lesson is designed to help you identify any habits, attitudes, behaviors or traumas your counselee may have brought into the Kingdom of God with them. The spiritual and developmental challenges associated with these are explored. You will discover the five components of your counselee’s personal reality. Also, you will learn some observational skills which can teach you much about the person simply by carefully noticing the person from the moment you meet them and introduce them to your office until they leave. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of didactic skills in counseling. You will learn 10 counseling techniques that will help you effectively communicate with the persons you see. And, you will learn a much more detailed way of applying my Healing of the Mind Model in the counseling process.

204 Using a Case History in Counseling – Part 1 - $49.95

Over 45 years of my clinical practice I developed the case history form you will be introduced to in this lesson. It is designed to help you identify problems a person may be having with their self-concept, fear, anxiety, anger management, guilt and depression. The important role self-concept and God-concept play in a person's mental health is explored further. You will learn some ways to help a person change these important components of their mental health.

205 Using a Case History in Counseling – Part 2 - $49.95

This training lesson continues to help the student know how to draw relevant information about the person's problems from the case history information. Help is given in defining goals that, with God's help, the person can achieve.

206 The Use of Scripture in Counseling - $49.95

In this training lesson you will learn how to theologically define the counselee's psychological problems. You will discover why the Scriptures are the only reliable guide to the spiritual origin of our urges, fantasies and ideas. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of Scripture memorization for the counselee and the counselor’s use of scripture in the counseling process.

207 Avoiding Christian Counseling Traps - $49.95

Two dynamics present in each counseling session are identified and explored in this lesson. Every person you see excites unique feelings in you just as you excite unique feelings in them. These dynamics create a process that sets up counseling traps which can damage or destroy the counselor- counselee relationship. Five of these traps are identified and explored in this lesson: the stress trap; the voyeuristic trap; the "me too trap;" the rescuer trap; and, the love trap. Practical ways of avoiding each trap are provided.



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We have created RDDIM as a biblical based, Christian pastoral counseling education and training program that includes over 50 online video lessons of my teaching for Christian counselors, pastors, missionaries and laypeople."

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