Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Counseling Abusive Marriages

Counseling Abusive Marriages

Course Description

Abuse occurs in one quarter of all marriages. Fueling these dynamics are distorted and dangerous beliefs that require us to have a distinctive counseling approach. In this course on Counseling Abuse in Marriage you will learn a working Biblical counseling model that will assist you in your conceptualization of abuse as well as providing guidance for how to wisely minister in these difficult and overwhelming situations. You will learn about physical, spiritual, sexual and emotional abuse and how Scripture provides wisdom for both the sufferer and perpetrator. You will walk away with tools for assessing the extent and severity of abuse, plans for providing protection, strategies for church engagement as well as practical counseling approaches for ministering to both the oppressor and the oppressed. Lectures and readings will provide the essential conceptual elements for organizing and understanding oppressive & abusive elements and how the gospel penetrates and applies. Through the use of written work and case studies you will learn how to connect the gospel to these overwhelming and complex dynamics.


Course Outline

  1. Overview and Conceptualization
  2. Biblical Framework
  3. Physical Abuse
  4. Sexual Abuse
  5. Entitlement, Extreme Neglect, Deceit, and Economic Oppression
  6. Spiritual Abuse, Manipulation, and Terrorizing Behaviors
  7. Helping the Wounded Tell Their Story
  8. Church Involvement
  9. Bringing it Together with Redemptive Stories

About the Professor

darby-stricklandDarby Strickland is a counselor at CCEF. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Divinity degree, Counseling Emphasis, from Westminster Theological Seminary. Darby has been counseling at CCEF for over 10 years. In addition to her work at CCEF, she also counsels at her local church, where she runs a support group for women in abusive marriages. Darby has over fifteen years of ministry, teaching, and counseling experience. She is married to John, and they have three children.

Required Textbooks for Onsite Students

Onsite required textbooks forthcoming.

Course Registration

Registration for this course is unavailable at this time.