Spring 2020 Course Highlights: Communicating to Oral Cultures and Introduction to Counseling

Spring 2020 Course Highlights: Communicating to Oral Cultures and Introduction to Counseling

It’s that time of year again: A Fall semester has closed, Christmas parties are in full-swing, and our students are experiencing winter weather— at least, our online students above a certain latitude. Over the next six weeks, students will enjoy some much needed time off. For those about to graduate in May, graduation applications will open amid much jubilation.

But this year, just like every year, a few of our faculty are busy planning for what could almost be considered a GCD Christmas Break tradition at this point: January Intensives. This January, some of our students have elected to come back a week early for the chance at an on-campus course with some outstanding faculty. From January 13th-17th, we will be holding two intensive courses each night from 6pm-10pm, with one more meeting on the morning of January 18th. This year, we will be offering HUM 130- Communicating to Oral Cultures, and CNS 130- Introduction to Counseling.

These courses, in addition to the on-campus component at the Fayetteville Campus, will have assignments spread-out in the traditional 16-week semester, offering the best of both on-campus and online course methodologies.

HUM 130: Communicating to Oral Cultures- Taught by Dr. Steven Crowther, with assistance from two experienced missionaries from Frontline Missions, students learn how to share their faith in cultures that communicate primarily through storytelling and oral traditions. The skills learned in this course have aided students in practical ministry in Latin American and East Asia, working with indigenous populations and the local church. This course is only offered in this Intensive format.

CNS 130: Introduction to Counseling– Taught by GCD alumna Pat Parkinson and Christian Counseling Program Director Chris Floro, Intro to Counseling is a required course across many programs. This course offers an introduction to Christian Counseling rooted in client-focused, strengths-based models with emphasis on counselor-client interactions, while also applying counseling techniques for public, private, and church-based settings.

While the intensive portions of these courses take place on the Fayetteville Campus, they are open to all GCD students, even those who primarily take courses online or on other campuses. Online students or those from other campuses who are interested in taking one of these courses should contact the GCD office at 910-221-2224.

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