Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling

Course Description

Marriage problems can seem especially complicated and disheartening, not only for the couples struggling with them but also for those trying to help. Talking about them with a helper can be difficult, even explosive. In this introductory course on marriage counseling, you will walk away with a working model for how to make sense of marriage problems. You’ll understand simple, basic, and Biblical categories that can handle all of the mess and hardship that marriage counseling and marriage problems will throw at you. You’ll also learn methods that help you to manage and constructively direct the conflict and volatility that are often part of the process. But most importantly, you’ll have a model that in every way connects the truth of the Gospel to everything that you are going to see in marriage problems.


Course Outline

  • Week 1: Building a Biblical Marriage & Relationship Model
  • Week 2: The Dynamics of Worship and Relationships
  • Week 3: Setting the Stage for Heart Change
  • Week 4: Understanding Relational Dynamics
  • Week 5: Let’s Talk
  • Week 6: Conflict: An Opportunity for Growth and Change
  • Week 7: Moving from Skills to the Heart
  • Week 8: Man vs. Woman: Understanding Our Differences
  • Week 9: Wisdom for Abusive Relationships
  • Week 10: Marital Intimacy
  • Week 11: Growing Together Over Time
  • Week 12: Learning from Other Viewpoints

About the Professor

winstonWinston Smith is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than 20 years. He holds an MDiv degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been counseling for twenty years and is the author ofMarriage Matters: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments. Winston and his wife, Kim, have three children. Winston enjoys reading, listening to music, exercise, chess, and other games of strategy.


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.

  • Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.
  • Shelly Smith-Acuna, Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy.
  • Winston Smith, Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments.
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Course Registration

This course will be offered in the Spring 2017 semester online.