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Doctoral Program Course Study Guide

Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling II BD-702
Professor: Dennis Frey, D.Min.

Three (3) Credits


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Course Purpose
The purpose of this course is to increase the doctoral student’s appreciation for the Bible as an adequate handbook for the human mind, and to supply the student with an executable system for using the Bible as a counseling model.
Course Objective
As a result of successful completion, the student will be able to identify and understand the the five-point counseling system contained in the Bible, and thereby be equipped to transfer this understanding into a practical and effective pattern for counseling.

required printed materials: (Purchased from Master's by the student)
1. BIBLICAL DIRECTIONISM: A Biblical Approach to Counseling Methodology, by Dennis D. Frey, ISBN 1-59268-041-0, GMA Publishing, 2003.
2. Totally Sufficient, by Ed Hindson and Howard A. Eyrich, 1857929608, Growth Advantage Communications, 2004.
I. Your Reading/Review Project is:
part One: Read The Biblical Basis for Counseling (for this course, you are not required to read the Appendix “A Comparative Analysis”). Write a one-paragraph affirmation that you have read the required textbook. Put your signature on this document.

Part Two: Assume that you are asked to write a Book Review of The Biblical Basis for Counseling for a magazine. Write your review, as both a synopsis and a critique of the content. Use not less than 750 words.
part Three: Read Totally Sufficient and write a one-paragraph affirmation that you have read the required textbook. Put your signature on this document.
Part Four: Assume that you are asked to write a Book Review of Totally Sufficient for a magazine. Write your review, as both a synopsis and a critique of the content. Use not less than 750 words.

  1. Your Textbook Written Project is:

Part One: Read again The Biblical Basis for Counseling.

1. Summarize in adequate detail the five steps of Biblical Directionism as presented in the text, use about 150 words per step (750 words total).

  1. Answer all of the questions from each chapter.

  2. For each of the five steps of Directionism, find two Biblical examples (use as your guide for this assignment the Biblical Case Studies given at the end of chapters III – VII).

Use the following sequence for the summarization and the question/answers, and the Biblical examples:

  1. Five-Step summary from the text.

  2. Chapters #__
    Question (Write out the question).

Answer (Be concise).

3. For each example, provide the following in the order given: a. write-out the Biblical example with Book, chapter, and verses. b. Note the Step that this example corresponds with. c. Provide a concise explanation of why you believe this example actually does correspond with the Step given.

  1. Your Case Study Project:

Create a Case Study in which you use each of the Five Steps of Biblical Directionism in sequence (1-5). Include the following: 1. The Presenting Problem. 2. The Problem taken through the actual and specific Five Steps of Biblical Directionism Counseling (be sure to define each step clearly). 3. A Conclusion. Be sure to use ample Scripture. Your Case Study should be not less than 1,250 words (about five pages).

IV. Your Writing Project is:
This is the final project, and must be completed only after you have finished all of the projects. Write a summary of the entire course. Include in this summary how this course has impacted your understanding of the subject; has helped you in your ministry to others; and how this understanding has changed the way you think and react in matters related to the subject of the course. Use not less than 1,000 words.

  1. Your Final Exam Project is:

Complete the Final Examination. The Examination is at the very end of this Study Guide (scroll down to page 4). Please refer to the Exam for specific instructions.

-Biblical Basis for Counseling: Biblical Directionism-


  1. This is an open book test. However, it must be completed at one sitting in not more than one hour.

  2. Block and copy this portion of the Study Guide. Add it to the total of your course submission (do not send it as a separate file transfer).

  3. Since this document is writeable, you will change the page numbers and layout of the pay as you key in your answers. This is expected, but please give attention to the “look of the document.” This will assist in grading.

  4. Be sure to carefully check your answers.

***Time Limit is One (1) Hour***

Write a very brief definition of the following terms as they relate to Biblical Directionism.
1. Ratione et via certus:

2. Superimposition:

3. Derivation:

4. Biblical Directionism:

Answer the following true/false questions.
5. T___ F___ Integration is the process of strengthening Biblical basics by using helpful information derived from secular psychology.
6. T___ F___ Christian counseling is always the same as Biblical counseling.
7. T___ F___ The term "Biblical Sufficiency" refers to the adequacy of the Word of God as a counseling source.
8. T___ F___ The integrity of God and the veracity of the Bible cannot be separable.
9. T___ F___ "Conflicting" is a synonym for "profiling".
10. T___ F___ Ideally, profiling should result in commitment.
11. T___ F___ Silhouetting requires that a counselor bring the counseling case to closure.
12. T___ F___ God reveals His absolutes for mankind in the Bible and literature and research conducted within the past 150 years.
13. T___ F___ God confronts mankind for the purpose of pointing out man's destructive path.
14. T___ F___ God confronts mankind for the purpose of pointing out the way of life.
15. T___ F___ Partial commitment is adequate for restoration and healing.
16. T___ F___ Commitment assumes that the counselee has been confronted with his/her sin.
17. T___ F___ The ultimate goal of conditioning is to bring the counselor to a higher level of professional training.
18. T___ F___ Conditioning helps the counselor to maintain long-term contact with the counselee.

Answer the following multiple choice questions.
19. A "counseling regime" can be defined as:

_____a. A regular pattern or course of action.

_____b. A mixture of counseling models.

_____c. Successful closure.

_____d. Integration.
20. Which of the following is an example of a "physiological constant."
_____a. Room temperature.

_____b. Average age.

_____c. Fear induced paralysis.

_____d. All of the above.

21. A "superimposed" counseling system may be willing to accept which of the following.
_____a. The supernatural.

_____b. Psychotherapy.

_____c. Hypnosis.

_____d. All of the above.

22. A derived counseling system bases its model on which of the following.
_____a. A single source.

_____b. Integration.

_____c. Not less than three principle counseling models.

_____d. None of the above.

23. Which of the following is the foundation upon which the entire concept of Biblical integrity rests.
_____a. Archaeology.

_____b. Science.

_____c. The integrity of God.

_____d. Faith.

24. Hermeneutics is helpful in understanding which of the following.
_____a. The medical model of counseling.

_____b. Any psychological system.

_____c. The Scriptures.

_____d. None of the above.

25. If "profiling is a "tripartite event" who of the following must be involved.
_____a. God.

_____b. The counselee.

_____c. The counselor.

_____d. All of the above.

26. Which of the following would not be an important result of profiling.
_____a. An understanding of the counselee's presenting problem.

_____b. Biographical data.

_____c. The counselee's medical history.

_____d. Conditioning.

27. Ideally, silhouetting should result in which of the following.
_____a. An analysis of the counselee against God's standard.

_____b. Closure of the counseling process.

_____c. Payment of the counseling fee.

_____d. Referral to a professional counselor.

28. How is God's standard for holiness and health applied?
_____a. Universally.

_____b. It is binding only upon the elect.

_____c. It is only required of the redeemed.

_____d. Only the unrepentant will be held accountable.

29. Proper confrontation is dependent upon which of the following.
_____a. Profiling.

_____b. Silhouetting.

_____c. The aid of the Holy Spirit.

_____d. All of the above.

30. Which of the following is essential to change?
_____a. Confrontation.

_____b. Hope.

_____c. Fear of failure.

_____d. None of the above.

31. Universally which of the following is the primary barrier to successful counseling.
_____a. Inability to pay for counseling.

_____b. Poor training of counselors.

_____c. Failure of the counselee to commit to change.

_____d. Lack of faith.

32. Which of the following is the fourth step of Directionism counseling?
_____a. Profiling.

_____b. Closure.

_____c. Commitment.

_____d. Salvation.

33. The term "orthopraxis" relates to which of the following.
_____a. Dental surgery.

_____b. Eschatology.

_____c. Denial of the truth.

_____d. Holy living.

34. Ideally, "conditioning" should survive as which of the following.
_____a. As a life-long practice.

_____b. As a future expectation.

_____c. It should not survive past silhouetting.

_____d. None of the above.

Answer the following essay questions using not more than 50 words for each answer.
35. What does the term "integration" generally imply as it relates to Christians who counsel?

36.Define the term "Derivation."

37. Ideally, what should be the results of profiling?

38. Draw a graphic representation of "silhouetting."

39. Why is proper confrontation dependent upon the first two (2) steps of Directionism?


40. Give a succinct definition of "Commitment" as the fourth step of Directionism.

-end of exam-
Do you validate that you took not more than one hour to complete this examination? Yes____ No____

This completes the Projects for this course.

Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling II BD-702

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