graduate counseling program core values
Integrating Christianity and Counseling
We believe that God offers grace (undeserved mercy and favor) through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We strive to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and freely offer this grace to our clients.
We believe that God is the author of all truth. God's truth is revealed through His word (The Bible) and His world (The sciences such as psychology, counseling, etc.). We will diligently pursue truth applying it to our lives and the clients we serve.
We constantly strive to be more aware of our clients, our God, and ourselves. We are most effective when we are fully aware, so we strive to be self-aware while being fully present with our clients. We will respect and work within the diverse life experiences and values that our clients bring to us.
We believe that we were created for relationship and have a need for healthy attachment. We will work toward reconciliation in the relationships of our clients. When reconciliation is not possible we will help our clients work toward forgiveness.
Because of our need for healthy attachment, we grow best with the support and challenge (accountability) of a community. Both scripture and research support the truth that people grow and sustain growth with appropriate social support. We will commit to the influence of community in our lives and in the clients we serve.
All of our faculty strive to teach and model the above values in all of our interactions with students.