This course aims to go deep with the everyday and universal problems of life, such as guilt, shame, fear, anger and suffering. The course content also goes broad by considering problems that are not found in a concordance, such as bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, anorexia and bulimia, and addictions. Through case studies, lectures, and outside readings, you’ll learn to move toward people with any type of struggle in a way that is engaging, helpful, and Christ-centered.



Week 1: Shame, Resistant Guilt, and Legalism
Weeks 2 - 4: Suffering
Week 5: Addiction (Licentiousness), Homosexuality
Week 6: Fear of Man, Anxiety
Week 7: Psychiatric problems: Insanity
Week 8: Psychiatric problems: Depression
Week 9: Addiction: Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Week 10: Addiction: Anorexia/ Bulimia
Week 11: Guidance
Week 12: Fear, Anxiety, and Trauma (PTSD)



About the Professor

Ed Welch is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than 35 years. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology with a neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah and an MDiv degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame, Interrupted; and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.



Required textbooks

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access. If you would like to borrow these books please email us at ccef [at] to check availability.

  • Crossroads: A step-by-step guide away from addictions by Ed Welch (either facilitator or student version)
  • Depression - Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch
  • Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest by Ed Welch
  • Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison
  • When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes
  • DSM-IV-TR by the American Psychiatric Association (sections on Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Schizophrenia)*

*We do not require you to purchase this text, due to the high cost. Instead please make every effort to secure this reading from the public library or borrow a copy from a friend.




Term start date: 15th August 2018
Registration closes: 15th July 2018