Counseling Adolescents

Vickey Maclin
Instructor: Vickey Maclin
Code: CO725
Section: CA
Mode: Digital Live
Location: Charlotte, Online
Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm
Dates: 06/04, 06/25, 07/23


This course gives special attention to understanding the role and function of preadolescents and adolescents as the focus for family counseling and learning to develop appropriate intervention strategies in working with preadolescents and adolescents in the context of the family.


This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:

  • To train and encourage students, in cooperation with the Church, to become skilled in ministry.[Article 3]


Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain several different therapeutic approaches to treat preadolescents/adolescents and select and integrate appropriate approaches for different problems faced during this stage of life.
  2. Utilizeskills to develop rapport with preadolescents/adolescents and explain ways to deal with what may appear to be resistance.
  3. Discuss basic knowledge of common childhood disorders and demonstrate an abilityto recognize disorders as well as recommend an effective course of treatment.
  4. Define ways to view specific childhood problems within the family system and compare and contrast therapeutic approaches that can benefit the family and the preadolescent/adolescent in treatment.


Mode: Digital Live
This monthly Digital Live course will be conducted from the campus with a monthly schedule aligned with GCTS’ academic calendar. Students should plan to interact weekly with the material, with each other, and with the instructor through online/classroom discussions, mini-lectures, case studies, discussion groups, video-taped role-plays, discussions using several media sources related to preadolescent and adolescent therapy issues. Students will also take an opportunity to engage in meeting with a preadolescent or adolescent between the ages of 10-17 and a parent to practice building rapport with a system and engaging with the preadolescent or adolescent in a mock counseling session to promote active learning opportunities.


You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to take this course (for credit or personal enrichment). Learn More »