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Mobile Ed: CO131 Integrative Counseling (10 hour course - audio)

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In Introduction to Integrative Counseling, Dr. Dave Wenzel provides students with a comprehensive overview of a counseling technique that combines psychology, science, and physiology with theology, spirituality, and faith. Dr. Wenzel, a teacher and a practicing counselor, begins by looking at the historical phases of integration relative to the development of the fields of psychology and psychiatry, as well as a survey of major integration models. From there, he explores the role Scripture, faith, and spirituality can play in counseling and provides practical guidance on how to bring faith into the counseling session. The course covers foundational concepts such as sin, psychopathology, and the self, and concludes with some specific tips on how to counsel suffering people.

This is the audio only version of CO131 Integrative Counseling. To purchase the full course, click here.

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe a model of mental health based on a Christian worldview
  • Explain what integrative counseling has to offer that secular psychology and psychiatry do not
  • Develop a strategy for leading an integrated life so as to be an effective integrative counselor
  • Discern the best ways to use Scripture to help clients
  • Use concepts such as identity in Christ, self-efficacy, self-worth, and self-control to address self-esteem issues


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Integrative Counseling

  • Key Questions in Integrative Counseling
  • Common Errors in Integrative Counseling
  • Foundational Components of Integrative Counseling: Four Main Areas of Study
  • Goals in Integrative Counseling

Unit 2: Historical Phases of Integration

  • Historical Phase 1 (Indifference) and Phase 2 (Rejection)
  • Historical Phase 3 (Critical Examination)
  • Historical Phase 4 (An Uneasy Union)
  • Historical Phase 5 (Establishment) and Phase 6 (Marketing and Professionalism)
  • Historical Phase 7 (How Do We Then Care?) and Phase 8 (Multidisciplinary Integration)

Unit 3: Models of Integration

  • Models of Integration Introduction
  • Collins and the Credibility Models
  • Convertability and Conformability Models
  • Compatibility Model
  • Complementary Model and the Transformational Approach
  • Objections to Integration

Unit 4: The Sufficiency of Scripture

  • Why the Problem? Components of the Integrative Task
  • Presuppositions in Sufficiency: Worldview and Information
  • Presuppositions in Sufficiency: Theology, Humility, and Science
  • Is Scripture Sufficient? Part 1
  • Is Scripture Sufficient? Part 2
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Comfort?
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Forgiving?
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Confession?
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Teaching and Transformation?
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Reconciliation?

Unit 5: A Model of Mental Health Based in a Christian Worldview

  • Introduction to Mental Health from a Christian Perspective
  • Personality Theory: Unhealthy Behavior
  • Unhealthy Behavior: Key Factors
  • Unhealthy Behavior: How Do We Respond?
  • Personality Theory and Scriptural Integration
  • Common Models of Personality
  • Mental Health in Proverbs
  • Mental Health Characteristics: Relationships
  • Mental Health Characteristics: Work
  • Mental Health Characteristics: Conduct
  • Mental Health Characteristics: Sexuality
  • Mental Health Characteristics: Self-Control
  • Mental Health Characteristics Conclusion

Unit 6: Healthy and Unhealthy Spirituality

  • Knowability
  • Relationship and Initiative
  • Freedom and Fear/Faith
  • Conformity/Rebellion and Death/Rebirth and Risk/Redemption

Unit 7: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Counseling

  • Holy Spirit in Counseling Introduction
  • What the Holy Spirit Is Not in the Counseling Office
  • What the Holy Spirit Is in the Counseling Office: Part 1
  • What the Holy Spirit Is in the Counseling Office: Part 2

Unit 8: Developing a Concept of the Self

  • Introduction to Self-Esteem
  • Key Questions in Self-Esteem
  • Untangling Self
  • Image of God and Identity in Christ
  • Theological Truths, Self-Worth, and Self Efficacy
  • Self-Image, Self-Control, and Community
  • Storms of Life and the Illumination of the Holy Spirit
  • Self-Esteem and Scripture: Part 1
  • Self-Esteem and Scripture: Part 2
  • Self-Esteem and Scripture: Part 3
  • Jonathon Case Study: Introduction
  • Jonathon Case Study: Naturalistic Worldview Response: Part 1
  • Jonathon Case Study: Naturalistic Worldview Response: Part 2
  • Jonathon Case Study: Integrative Response: Part 1
  • Jonathon Case Study: Integrative Response: Part 2

Unit 9: God Needs to Be in Therapy

  • Another Night of Trouble: Renee
  • Introduction to God and Counseling
  • The Interpretation of the Counseling
  • Framework for Thinking about Spirituality and Its Role in Everyday Life
  • Approaching Spirituality in Counseling
  • Themes for Recognizing God in Therapy
  • Interventions and Questions
  • Death
  • Suffering: Part 1
  • Suffering: Part 2
  • Relationship and Purpose
  • Categories for Helping Explore Spiritual Topics in Counseling

Unit 10: Working with the Christian and the Non-Christian

  • Inherent Belief
  • Secular vs. Sacred
  • Negative Religious Coping
  • Positive Religious Coping Skills
  • Marking Religious Boundaries

Unit 11: Finding Self vs. Finding God

  • Characteristics of the Religious Experience
  • Characteristics of the Psychological Experience: Part 1
  • Characteristics of the Psychological Experience: Part 2
  • Differentiating What You Are Doing
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • What Role Am I Playing?

Unit 12: Sin and Psychopathology

  • The Neurotic Cycle
  • Example of the Neurotic Cycle
  • The Growth Cycle
  • Example of the Growth Cycle
  • The Cycle and Common Therapeutic Mistakes

Unit 13: Is the Problem Spiritual or Organic?

  • The Placebo Effect
  • Principles to Keep in Mind when Dealing with the Organic and the Body
  • Is the Problem Organic or Spiritual?
  • Indicators of Underlying Organic Issues: Part 1
  • Indicators of Underlying Organic Issues: Part 2
  • Indicators of Underlying Organic Issues: Treatment Checklist
  • If the Problem Is Spiritual: Part 1
  • If the Problem Is Spiritual: Part 2
  • If the Problem Is Spiritual: Part 3

Unit 14: Counseling Suffering People

  • When Suffering Comes
  • Common Frameworks for Suffering: Reward, Retribution, and Randomness
  • Common Frameworks for Suffering: Tapestry
  • Common Frameworks for Suffering: God’s Active Working Toward an End and Free Will Providence
  • Principles of Suffering
  • Responding to Suffering

Unit 15: Concluding Thoughts

  • An Introduction to the Congruence Model
  • Application of Integrative Counseling


  • Conclusion to the Course
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Dave Wenzel

Dr. Dave Wenzel earned his PhD in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. He also has master’s degrees in both divinity and theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. He has been a professor of counseling for 19 years. His clinical experience includes the Veterans Administration, outpatient drug and alcohol, inpatient psychiatric, and outpatient community mental health. He also trained for two years in the Isaac Taylor Institute of Psychiatry and Religion in Columbia, Maryland.

Formerly, he served as the clinical director of the Sandy Family Services DUII program, clinical director at Sunnyside Counseling Center from 1994–2007, and director of the counseling program at Western Seminary from 1994–2010. His professional interests include child development, parenting, clinical supervision, and the role of spirituality in mental health. In addition to his teaching and presentation of professional continuing education, he frequently speaks to community groups on parenting, family communication, marriage, and relationships.


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