June 2018 | Update to 2.5 - In June of 2018, several lectures were updated and modernized in Level 2. If you own a handbook from before June 2018 the corresponding lectures can be found in the Legacy section of this course. These legacy sessions are not required for the CDC exam.
June 2018 | 2.5
- CDC 2-21 | Biblical Foundation: Marriage is Made in Heaven is replaced with The Divine Design for Marriage
- CDC 2-22 | Biblical Foundation: God’s Directive for Marriage is replaced with Transforming Grace in Marriage Roles 1
- CDC 2-23 | How to Change Your Husband is replaced with Transforming Grace in Marriage Roles 2
- CDC 2-24 | How to Change Your Wife is replaced with Keys to Preserving and Strengthening Your Marriage
- CDC 2-30 | The Medicine Only Approach to Counseling is replaced with What’s Medical About Mental Illness?
- CDC 2-31 | Psychotropic Drugs and Biblical Counseling is replaced with Counseling People With a Psychological Diagnosis
- CDC 2-32 | Cognitive-perceptual Disorders and Biblical Counseling has been removed
- CDC 2-35 | But my Child is Different! has been removed
- Sessions 33,34,36,37,38 have been renumbered as 32-36
Marriage is designed by God to be the most intimate of human relationships. It is a lifelong covenant of companionship. The bond is not metaphysical but covenantal. We need to invest time and effort in our marriage relationships and enjoy the blessings God has given.
God has designed marriage to be a partnership in which the wife follows her husband’s leadership. Many women suffer under the authority of sinful husbands. What if a husband won’t lead in a Christlike way? What does Peter mean by saying you should win your husband “without a word”?
Christian men are called to love their wives unconditionally, as Chris loves the church. Christlike love is not merely a feeling. It is a commitment. Christ’s love is demonstrated on the Cross. What should a husband do if his wife is hard to love? What should he do if he doesn't have loving feelings towards his wife?
This session explores contrasting views of human nature (biblical vs. materialist) and explores a theology of pain and emotion. Medicine may be needed to control a few serious brain conditions, solve a crisis situation, or help a “stuck” counselee begin to move forward. But even those who take these medicines can learn better self control and habits of thought that will lead to greater emotional stability through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psychotropic drugs improve feelings without changing the counselee’s basic response to circumstances. These medicines produce a mood that doesn’t match the counselee’s real-life situation. How do we think about these medicines from a Christian perspective? How can we better understand drug dependence and withdrawal?
This session explains the features of cognitive-perceptual disorders. Is there a connection between sin and sickness? Do people with brain disorders sin? Determining the boundary between physical disability and willful sin can be difficult. How can we help those with these disorders?
There are clearly special needs people in the Bible. Having a different child sometimes doesn’t feel like a blessing but God is sovereign over these difficult situations. In these cases, parents are often tempted to make excuses or be overprotecting, but they need to love the way Jesus loves. God chooses the weak, foolish, and despised and his grace is sufficient for us.