Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Helping Relationships

Course Description

Let’s say you have a basic and growing understanding of biblical counseling. You know the key ideas and have been able to apply them to yourself. Now comes the hard part: How do you apply this understanding in your everyday relationships? This course will take the content you already know and get specific about how you can actually deliver the content. Case studies, lectures, and group discussions will help you grow in your ability to listen well, know people, interpret another person’s story from a biblical perspective, and offer biblically-based truth that will motivate others in their growth in Christ.

**Note: This course has two unique requirements. First, you will be paired with two other students for a bi-weekly community group. This group will decide when they want to meet, and what format works best (Skype, Google Hangout, Phone Call, etc.)

You will also meet weekly for an hour with someone (a friend, fellow church member, neighbor, etc.) to put into practice what you are learning in Helping Relationships. You will receive more information about these activities in your course syllabus and in the opening lecture.


Course Outline

  • Week 1: Course Introduction and Overview
  • Week 2: How to Help in Shorter, Everyday Conversations
  • Week 3: How to Help a Person Who is Stuck or Hurting
  • Week 4: Tracking (Part 1)
  • Week 5: Tracking (Part 2)
  • Week 6: Knowing Someone’s History
  • Week 7: Counseling Process
  • Week 8: How to Access Scripture (Part 1)
  • Week 9: How to Access Scripture (Part 2)
  • Week 10: Moving Toward Those with Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Week 11: Walking Alongside Another Person
  • Week 12: Concluding Lecture

About the Professor

edEd Welch is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than 35 years. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology with a neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah and an MDiv degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame, Interrupted; and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.

Required Textbooks for Onsite Students

Required textbooks for onsite students are forthcoming.

Required Textbooks for Online Students

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.

  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
  • The Heart of the Servant Leader by C. John Miller
  • The Gift of Therapy by Irving Yalom
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Course Registration

This course is offered online every semester.

ONLINE - Summer 2017 (CREDIT) - Helping Relationships

Ed Welch
May 17-August 16

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ONLINE - Summer 2017 (AUDIT) - Helping Relationships

Ed Welch
May 17-August 16

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