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SC 600


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The Christian Counselor is a source of spirituality for his or her clients.  He does not only advise, heal, and guide, but enriches the soul he counsels.  SC 600 covers the supplying source for this spiritual spring which is prayer.  In particular, the course delves into Christian Meditative prayer.   The course emphasizes the rich tradition of Christian meditation which is based on Scripture and Jesus Christ the door to union within the Trinity.  Avoiding Eastern ideals of meditation, this course draws a clear line between what Christian union with God is and what Eastern union teaches.   In addition to experiencing and practicing these spiritual exercises, the course gives an academic background in Christian mysticism and prayer by reviewing some of the most notable Christian mystics throughout history.

From the early Christian fathers to Medieval times to the modern era, the course covers sixty notable mystics of all Christian denominations.  Through this brief run through history, you will enrich your knowledge of the mystics and the saints but also become more familiar with their story, their writings, and their meditations. Course Code: SC 600. Contact hours of education = 50.

Pre-requisite: you must have successfully completed SC 570 and SC 580, and SC 590 before you may enroll into this CE course.

Instructor/Course Author: Mark Moran, M.A.

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

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This is a guided, independent study CE Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There is one objective examination and one written assignment for this course.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment of the first course in this program, to complete all of the courses required in the Spiritual Counseling- Christian Focused program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) required textbook for this course.

Christian Meditation. By Hans Ur von Balthasar. Ignatius Press, , 1989. ISBN 978-0-89870-235-4

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Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages. By Ursula King. Hidden Springs, 2001. ISBN # 1-58768-012-2

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours. Access information

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Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

 To understand the nature of Christian Meditation
 To know the difference between Christian union and Eastern union
 To realize the central role Christ plays in all meditation towards union
 To utilize the practices of prayer into daily life
 To share these practices with future students or clients
 To possess a summary knowledge of Christian Mysticism
 To compare and contrast different mystics and their teachings
 To demonstrate knowledge of a particular mystic that relates to their spirituality
 To choose a spiritual paradigm of prayer that best fits your spiritual needs
 To enhance the overall spirituality of the counselor for counseling purposes


A brief abstract of course content:

    The Son as the Word of the Father
    The Meditating Word

    Introduction to Meditation

    The Light of the Holy Spirit

    Making the Meditation


    The Silent Word

    Dwelling on the Word


    The Marian Way

    The Ecclesial Way

    On the paths of the Word

    Background and Themes of Christian Mysticism

    Early Christian Mystics

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