Christian high school psychology course because God is a Psychologist. First, allow me to show you why. Then, I’d like to tell you why your high schooler should like Psych. Ready?
Ok, I’m a bit biased on this one, being a mental health counselor myself but this one is easy.
Christian High School Psychology Course
A psychologist is one with expertise in Psychology (of course)…which is defined as:
the science of the mind, mental states and processes, human behavior, and mental ploys or strategies.- dictionary.com
The original psychologist is God, himself. Yes. God IS a psychologist. He says so in the Scriptures when He describes himself and when instructs us in healthy thinking and living.
Let’s take a look at some Scriptures that talk about the ways that God is an expert in the mind, mental states and processes, human behavior, etc…
First off, the Messiah is promised to be “Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”. (Isaiah 9:6)
His job on earth is to “preach good tidings to the meek, bind up the broken hearted…” (the job of a counselor). (Isaiah 61:1)
After Jesus’ time on earth, the Holy Spirit came as a Comforter. (John 14:16)
Jesus and the Holy Spirit both acted in “counselor” roles and held counselor-type titles. In fact, those of counselors who are Christians feel like we are acting as God’s representatives.
Not only that, but in the New Testament, Paul spent a LOT of time giving the first lessons in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (the kind of stuff I teach my clients ALL the time).
Cognitive Therapy from Philippians 4:8
…Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise; think on these things.”
Behavioral Therapy from Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Those verses are the fabric of good psychological practices.
If God is a psychologist, it is a great idea for homeschooling high schoolers to study psychology. It is a great idea for them to study a Christian high school psychology course – especially before they get to college and hear these important truths from psychologists who have long forgotten our true psychological roots.
These are reasons why we firmly believe it is okay for homeschool high schoolers to study Psychology. This is a course that gives them life preparation skills, self-awareness, and hopefully…wonder at God’s creation of the human brain and mind.
That is why 7Sisters offers Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective. It covers the scope and sequence for a high school Psychology course, but from a Christian worldview. It is not preachy, though, because we know teens do not like to be preached at.
Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective is a downloadable pdf e-text that includes chapters on:
- The Brain and How it Works
- History of Psychology (Ancient to Pre-modern Times )
- History of Psychology into Modern Times
- Needs and Motivation
- Looking at Personality & Theory
- Sleep & Dreams
- Abnormal Psychology
- Crisis Intervention
- Psychological Testing
- Christian Counseling
- Understanding Research & Statistics
- Careers in Psychology
This attractive e-text includes:
- new words and key concepts in sidebars
- comprehension questions for each chapter
- answer key
- instructions on how to make the course ½ credit average high school level, 1 full credit average high school level, or ½ credit college prep, advanced or honors levels
You can also download a FREE suggested syllabus for Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective that will help your teens stay on track with their studies. You can take a look at the Psychology syllabus in this post.
For teens who love online courses, we have good news!
7Sisters has an online, self-paced course to accompany the Psychology textbook. The course includes video lessons for each chapter of the textbook, along with a chapter checklists to help teens stay organized AND enrichment videos and activities.
God is a psychologist, so your teens can learn about Him and his work through studying Psychology! Help your homeschool high schoolers learn about themselves and the wonders of God’s work in us as they learn to like Psych!