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Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling


Dissertation Guidelines:
The candidate's dissertation idea should be submitted in writing at the outset of study. The student should complete and submit the Dissertation Title form as soon as possible.  The Christian Counseling student should speak with someone from the seminary academic team about dissertation ideas. Such themes may include dealing with divorce, anger, abuse, depression, addictions among others. The dissertation should be written in such a way that it would be worthy of public distribution. Every dissertation submitted will be considered and read with the prospects of publication. While no student is required to publish the dissertation it is certainly a worthy way of preserving and circulating the student's work.

The dissertation should introduce the theme and then in detail research the theme and provide in lay language the exposition or details of the theme. Footnotes and research notes should be noted numerically after each quote with the source listed at the end of the paper. This paper may be started at the beginning of the doctoral program with approval of a seminary academic team leader. It may not be turned in until the six core courses are fulfilled.

Purpose:The doctoral student will increase his/her understanding in this area of Christian ministry. The core courses and dissertation will demonstrate academic and practical understanding.

Degree Requirements:
The doctoral candidate must have a Master's degree approved by our seminary before admission into the program is granted. The student must prove that he/she possesses the academic background capable of pursuing the Doctoral degree. After consultation and review the administrative faculty team will determine if the candidate qualifies for admission. All correspondence  may be emailed to schoolassignment@aol.com.

Verbatims: The Doctoral Candidate should present Christian care/counseling verbatims. If you have a Master of Christian Counseling degree from our school you will need only five verbatims. If you do not have the Master of Christian Counseling from our school you will need ten verbatims. Verbatims are two to three page papers that report a Christian care/counseling situation. This may be an actual counseling situation or talking to somebody at the hospital or nursing home or other ministry setting. The verbatim simply and briefly reports the conversation that occurred in the Christian care situation.

Six core courses of study related to the doctoral field and one research dissertation. Research dissertations average about 70 pages. We have approved some as low as 55 pages if they are very well done. Some dissertations have come in from 200 to 300 pages but we prefer a dissertation from 60 to 100 pages in length.  The six core course books may be selected from our suggested textbooks on this page. All books may be ordered at one time, however, students are encouraged to take one course at a time. Each book constitutes five hours of credit or one course. The student may select up to three elective textbooks from any Christian counseling degree program page on this web site. These books do not include the student's list of books that will be used in writing the dissertation project.  

DCC 600  Christian Counseling Ethics - Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook for Therapists, Pastors,  & Counselors by Randolph K. Sanders

DCC 700  Life and Marriage -  by Glenn Mollette (Available in audio form only, Order on the No Travel Seminar Page under Marriage Vows)

DCC 710  Comprehensive Christian Counseling - Christian Counseling a Comprehensive Guide, by Gary R. Collins

DCC 720     Foundational Christian Counseling - Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, by  Mark R. McMinn Ph. D.

DCC 730  Biblical Christian Counseling - The Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling for People Helpers  (1997 edition)  by Gary R. Collins

DCC 750    Boundaries In Marriage - Boundaries in Marriage, by Dr. Henry Cloud

DCC 760  Healing Your Past -  The Healing Path: How Hurts in Your Past Can Lead You to a More Abundant Life, by Dan B. Allender

DCC 770  Sex, Men and God - Sex, Men, and God: A Godly Man's Roadmap to Sexual Success, by Dr. Doug Weiss

DCC 780   Practicing Spiritual Direction - The Practice of Spiritual Direction, by William A. Barry

DCC 790   Ministry and Community Development - Ministry and Community: Recognizing Community and Preventing Ministry Impairment, by Len Sperry

DCC 800   Healing Relationships - Healing Relationships: Christians Manual of Lay Counseling, by Stephan Grunlan

DCC 810   Forgiveness and Church Discipline - Beyond Forgiveness: The Healing Touch of Church Discipline, by Don Baker

DCC 830    Healing of Memories  - Healing of Memories: Prayer and Confession, Steps to Inner Healing, by Matthew Linn

DCC 840  The Healing Church - The Healing Church: Practical Programs for Health Ministries, by Abigail Evans

DCC 860   Healing The Dysfunctional Church -  Healing the Dysfunctional Church Family, by David Mains

DCC 870 Church Restoration - Churches that Heal: Becoming a Church that Mends Broken Hearts and Restores Shattered Lives, by Doug Murren

DCC 880 Healing and Restoration - The Miracle of Healing in Your Church Today, by Jim Lynn

DCC 900 Care Giving - Silent Struggler by Glenn Mollette

DCC 910 Nursing Home Case Study - Nursing Home Nightmares by Glenn Mollette

DCC 920 Assessment Procedures - Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to the Use of Psychological Assessment Procedures, 4th Edition by Albert B. Hood and Richard W. Johnson (Paperback - Dec 30, 2006)  This text is suggested in order to help the Christian counselor understand more about assessment and helping people find those trained in doing Assessment.

DCC 930  Compassionate Care - Compassionate Care: An Inspirational Guide For Caregivers of the Seriously ILL  by John Walton

The doctoral program may be done at your own pace. However, we do encourage the completion of this program in two years. 

No Travel Seminars:  Up to Three No Travel Seminars (Core Only) may be utilized in this program. One seminar replaces one textbook.  No Travel Seminars are always optional and never required.

Submit coursework via email.

Use Schoolassignment@aol.com  for submission of email coursework. This email address should also be used for submission of Doctor of Ministry projects and Ph.D. Dissertations.
NTS expects a good ten to twenty page summary paper of each textbook for all degree programs. Typed, double-spaced, Font type
should be 10 - 12. Microsoft Word is preferred when emailing an attachment. If Microsoft Word is unavailable, assignments may be copied and pasted into the body of your email. Please review your paper for spelling and grammar errors before submitting.
 - Summarize what the book said.
 - Tell us what you learned.
 - If the text is helpful to you in your life, work and ministry, please tell us about this as well.
Seminar papers require 4 - 5 pages, font size 10 - 12. 
 - Summarize what the seminar professor said.
 - Tell us what you learned.
-  If the seminar is helpful to you in your life, work and ministry, please tell us about include this in your paper.


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