Evidence-based Christian Counseling




Dr. Harold Koenig, a pioneering professor, and research leader, offers a clear road map on evidence-based Christian Counseling for Christian clients and examines and profiles clinical application for depression, anxiety, moral injury, and more. Mental health professionals will learn the step-by-step procedures to help Christian clients through some of the problematic issues and challenges of life.


Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Explain the important of evidenced-based Christian counseling techniques for Christian clients.
  2. Identify key terms used and treatment modalities for Christian clients.
  3. Describe how Christian clients use their religious beliefs to cope with mental health issues.
  4. Evaluate the mind-body relationship as it applies to mental health issues.
  5. Analyze the importance of understanding scope of practice and limitations for each mental health professional.
  6. Summarize the first five session of Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can be used to help clients from a variety of religious backgrounds with depression and anxiety.
  7. Summarize the second five session of Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can be used to help clients from a variety of religious backgrounds with depression and anxiety.
  8. Compare and contrast the symptoms and responses of a client who is experience PTSD or Moral Injury.
  9. Describe the twelve sessions for a mental health providers when his or her client is struggling with a moral injury.
  10. Identify the ten common moral injury dimensions and treatment strategies for each.
  11. Evaluate how helping clients identify the source and underlying beliefs that were violated by the moral injury can be helpful in determining treatment pathways.
  12. Explain how the therapeutic relationship can be effective in helping clients of all faiths to achieve mental health.


Course Presenter 

Harold Koenig, M.D., completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly boarded in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry. He is on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center as Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, China. In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Shiraz, Iran. Dr. Koenig has over 550 scientific peer-reviewed academic publications, nearly 100 book chapters, and 55 books. His research has been featured on many national and international TV programs (including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz Show, NBC Nightly News) and hundreds of national and international radio programs and newspapers/magazines (including Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religious involvement on public health. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Gary Collins award from the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is the currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion and Health.


Course Lessons and Descriptions

EBC 101: Introduction and Overview
What is evidence-based Christian counseling? This first session will introduce Dr. Harold Koenig as the course presenter and provide viewers with a detailed walk-through of the course.

Runtime: 55 minutes 19 seconds

EBC 102: Definitions: A Thorny Issue
Understanding the terms is foundational to any counseling approach. This presentation will define a number of key terms in Christian clinical practice and equip counselors to understand the groundwork for the treatment strategies in this course.

Runtime: 59 minutes 53 seconds

EBC 103: The Evidence Base: Research on Religion, Mental, and Social Health
Religious involvement plays a fundamental role in mental health. People use religion as a way to cope with trauma and distress. In this lecture, Dr. Koenig presents research on religion and mental health in areas of a variety of common psychiatric issues.

Runtime: 58 minutes 15 seconds

EBC 104: The Evidence Base: Behavioral and Physical Health
Physical health has a significant impact on mental health. This research-based lecture explores the mind-body relationship and how a person’s lifestyle choices can influence his/her emotional well-being.

Runtime: 1 hour 0 minutes 8 seconds

EBC 105: Identifying Problems Treatable by Counseling
Counseling is a profession that must be taken seriously. In some instances, the counselor must refer the client for psychiatric or medical assistance. This session walks viewers through the benefits and limitations of counseling and the dangers of exceeding limits.

Runtime: 55 minutes 9 seconds

EBC 106: Christian Counseling for Depression/Anxiety – Part 1
How effective is Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? This lecture addresses practical tools for helping clients through depression and anxiety using biblically-based CBT. Dr. Koenig provides strategies and techniques for the first five sessions of counseling those from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Runtime: 1 hour 0 minutes 40 seconds

EBC 107: Christian Counseling for Depression/Anxiety – Part 2
Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) comes with unique challenges and therapy goals. This lecture covers sessions 6-10 of conducting counseling for depression and anxiety. Dr. Koenig provides in-depth detail and step-by-step guidance for a therapeutic counseling session utilizing research-based CBT.

Runtime: 59 minutes 55 seconds

EBC 108: Moral Injury in the Setting of Life Trauma
Moral injury is a syndrome that often occurs in the setting of trauma. While moral injury is no the same as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it frequently occurs in similar populations. In this lecture, Dr. Koenig will discuss the distinction between PTSD and moral injury, along with ways to detect moral injury in clients.

Runtime: 55 minutes 34 seconds

EBC 109: Christian Counseling for Moral Injury – Part 1
When people suffer a moral injury, it can be detrimental to their emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In this lecture, Dr. Harold Koenig walks viewers the 12 sessions of conducting Christian-based counseling for moral injury, focusing primarily on the foundational first and second sessions.

Runtime: 46 minutes 17 seconds

EBC 110: Christian Counseling for Moral Injury – Part 2
Moral injury can occur in a variety of ways. This session explores ten common moral injury dimensions and how to help clients as they work through each issue. Dr. Koenig provides detailed intervention strategies and scriptural support for each type of moral injury.

Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes 35 seconds

EBC 111: Christian Counseling for Moral Injury – Part 3
After helping clients identify the source and underlying beliefs violated by moral injury, counselors can move forward with treatment solutions. In this lecture, Dr. Koenig describes the treatment modules that are key to addressing each of the Moral Injury dimensions.

Runtime: 1 hour 0 minutes 12 seconds

EBC 112: The Key to Successful Counseling: The Counselor
Research indicates that the most important and effective aspect of treatment is not the therapeutic approach but the counselor him/herself. This lesson focuses on how counselors can maximize their potential and effectiveness to their clients of all faith backgrounds through the therapeutic relationship.

Runtime: 49 minutes 57 seconds


Continuing Education

11.25 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

11.25 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: