AccreditationWUV is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to grant BA, BS, M.R.E., MDiv., MCC, D.Min., and DCPC degrees. WUVis also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Non-Discrimination PolicyWUV admits students without regard to race, color, physical disability, national or ethnic origin and accords all rights, privileges, programs and activities to all students at the university. However, some classes are taught in Korean so it is not advisable for those who are not proficient in Korean language to register for classes that are taught in Korean.
Program DescriptionThe DCPC Program is intended to provide counseling knowledge and skills grounded in biblical principles at its highest level to equip those who desire to reach people effectively to bring healing and restoration in God’s people. It is designed to raise leadership and scholarship among Christian counselors and prepare them to serve in churches and other faith-based organizations as well as secular places of practice to make meaningful contributions. The program provides doctoral students with advanced theories and clinical skills for counseling practice as well as knowledge required to carry out scholarly research. The program leading to the DCPC degree consists of a minimum of 42 semester credits beyond a master’s degree, 8 semester credits of an internship, a candidacy examination, and a quantitative or qualitative dissertation.
- CNS 800 – Integration of Theology and Psychology (3Cr)
- CNS 805 – Applied Counseling Theories (3Cr)
- CNS 810 – Counselor Spirituality and Identity (3Cr)
- CNS 835 – Applied Research I (3Cr)
- CNS 845 – Applied Research II (3Cr)
- CNS 850 – Cognitive theory and Application (3Cr)
- CNS 860 – Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (3Cr)
- CNS 865 – Advanced Psychopathology and Treatment (3Cr)
- CNS 877 – Advanced Counseling Seminar (3Cr)
- CNS 880 – Ministry of Individual Counseling (3 Cr.) or choose concentration in families (883), groups (886), or organizations (889)
- CNS 990 & 999 – Dissertation Writing and Defense (6 Cr)
CNS 805 Applied Counseling Theories (3 credits) This course focuses on review and critique of counseling theories. Research regarding counseling theory constructs, along with their application in different settings and populations are reviewed.
CNS 810 Counselor Spirituality and Identity (3 credits) The Christian counselor must be in good spiritual as well as emotional and psychological health in order to assist those needing healing. This course focuses on self-examination, as well as on ways the counselor may sustain good spiritual health while assisting others in a broken world.
CNS 835 Applied Research I (3 credits) This course focuses on review of the process and method of developing and conducting research. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of methods for development and preparation of the doctoral proposal.
CNS 845 Applied Research II (3 credits) This course focuses on providing individually selected quantitative or qualitative research project under supervision of the student’s advisor (includes independent studies).
CNS 850 Cognitive Theory and Application (3 credits) This course focuses on an overview of theoretical foundations of cognitive therapy. Students learn the assessment, conceptual framework, strategic focus, and technical details of how cognitive therapy is conducted.
CNS 860 Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (3 credits) This course focuses on psychological and psychosocial effects of various drugs, along with current information on addictive patterns and behaviors of individuals. Emphasis is placed on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention of addictive behaviors.
CNS 865 Advanced Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment (3 credits) Prerequisite: Graduate- level Psychopathology and Counseling. This course focuses on a comprehensive examination of the major psychiatric disorders contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including Personality Disorders and character flaws. Students will learn multi-axial diagnosis and develop treatments for these disorders.
CNS 877 Advanced Counseling Seminar (3 credits) This course focuses on an intensive study in a specific subject of Professional Counseling. Examples of seminar courses presently being offered include: Psychodynamic Theory and Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory and Psychotherapy; Treatment of Trauma.
CNS 880 – 883 – 886- 889 Ministry of Counseling (3 credits)
- CNS 880 Ministry of Counseling (with focus on individuals) This course focuses on working with individuals who identifies himself or herself as needing counseling. Students will examine major theoretical perspectives and the counseling processes that underlies assessments and interventions relating to individual’s personal and interpersonal concerns. The students will learn to adapt counseling to issues of cultural diversity, as well as ethical and legal considerations.
- CNS 883 Ministry of Counseling (with focus on families) This course focuses on working with families who identify themselves as a system in need of counseling. This course provides family counseling theories and major treatment approaches utilized in marital and family counseling. The students will learn to translate theories into practice, including how to formulate hypotheses about couple and family process, identify problematic patterns of interaction and communication, compose goals for couple and family therapy, design and practice systemic interventions that are therapeutic and biblical. The students will learn to adapt counseling interventions to issues of familiar and cultural diversity, as well as ethical and legal considerations.
- CNS 886 Ministry of Counseling (with focus on groups) This course focuses on the study of principles in group development, group dynamics, group processes, and group members’ roles and behaviors, as well as therapeutic factors in relation to group guidance/counseling/therapy. With the understanding of group counseling theory and methods, students will practice their leadership styles, techniques and roles through practical exercises. Ethical and legal issues related to group interventions will also be explored and adapted.
- CNS 889 Ministry of Counseling (with focus on organizations) This course focuses on working with community non-profit organizations and churches as a counselor, facilitator, or consultant, promoting biblically sound and healthy adaptive functioning of the organizations. This course provides students with the studies related to provision of consultation services, counseling administration, and program evaluation procedures. The course places special emphasis on effective application of evidence based best practices of organizational and Christian leadership.
CNS 990 & 999 Dissertation Writing and Defense (6 credits) These courses focus on successful completion of dissertation wring and defense. Each students must create a dissertation proposal, successfully defend the proposal, obtain IRB approval to conduct the research, collect and analyze the data, and complete the final writing of the Dissertation.
PrerequisitesCounseling (Any 4 Courses or their equivalents from the following courses)
- Counseling Theories or Introduction to Christian Counseling (3cr)
- Human Growth and Development (3cr)
- Ethics of Counseling (3cr)
- Psychology and Theology (3cr)
- Group Counseling or Individual Counseling (3cr)
- Systematic Theology (3cr)
- Introduction to New Testament (3cr)
- Introduction to Old Testament (3cr)
- Practical Theology or its equivalent (3cr)