Could you learn more about urban ministry?

Read the following from Michael Liimatta of City Vision College about its online classes beginning January 7.


The next term for City Vision College is starting Monday January 7th.
Individual online courses are just $600 for a three-credits and you
can register online now. If you want to learn more call 816-960-2008
, or visit

Learn more about our degree completion programs

For the past few years, the only financial aid that City Vision
College provided was Pell Grant, but we were just recently approved to
receive Federal Loans. If you are a new student, then follow the
instructions at:, and select whether you want to apply for Pell Grants, Federal Loans
or Both.

Can’t afford tuition? Individuals willing to work as a full-time
intern qualify to receive free tuition, room and board (see

Our online courses for the upcoming Spring 1 term 2013 include:

Spring 1 term 2013 – January 7, 2013 – March 1, 2013

Course 306 – Managing Residential Recovery Program
(3 credits) The purpose of this course is to impart practical
counseling and operational principles for use in long-term programs
for the chemically dependent, with a particular focus on homeless
addicts and alcoholics.

Course 309 – Fund Raising Basics
(3 credits ) Along with an introduction to the essential elements of
fundraising; direct mail, capital campaigns; annual funds, etc., this
course is intended to help the student to develop a Biblical
perspective of development. This course counts toward credit as a
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE Certification)

Course 401 – Counseling in the City
(3 credits) This course examines the role and theory of lay
counseling as it applies to urban ministry settings. The coursework
guides the learner into increased awareness, knowledge, and skill in
interacting with multicultural and diverse populations. Counselor
attributes, cultural sensitivity, and the concept of contextualized
counseling will be explored. This course also focuses on client
assessment, and approaches to addressing problems common to distressed
urban dwellers seeking counseling.

Course 406 – Joy at Work: (Theology of Work)
(3 credits) This course uncovers new ways of seeing all work as
vocation, all days as mission, all business as sacred, and all
Christians as missionaries. Through case studies, Lausanne documents,
Biblical insights, and historical experiences, this course is basic to
understanding the whole mission of the Church to the whole world,
including through the systems and structures of cities and societies.
It faces the issues of evil that perverts our work ethic and context,
and gives the hope of redemption not only of individuals, but also of
our workplaces, seeking transformation both within and beyond our
workaday contexts.

/This course is subsidized with a tuition grant of $420 by Mustard
Seed Foundation, but it is not being subsidized for the 2013 year./
The only cost to the student is the nonrefundable $180 tuition fee and
the text book, Doing God’s Business by R. Paul Stephens (approx.

To receive this tuition grant, you must be enrolled as a student with
City Vision College. If you are not already enrolled, please follow
the Enrollment Instructions
before registering for this course.

When registering for the course, be sure to enter coupon code
“MUSTARDSEED” when registering, but this code is not excepted for the
2013 year.

Students who register and do not complete the course will be charged
the non-discounted course rate of $600 (following our refund policy).

Course 412 – Counseling Foundations
(3 credits ) (Focuses on various aspects of counseling theory, human
development and the core counseling functions.)

This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a
Christian perspective. While many students resist “theory” and want to
“get down to the practice,” a foundation in theory is critical. It is
important for the Christian counselor to have a solid foundation in
the principles of Psychology, Christianity, and the psychology of
religion as they relate to understanding counseling and addiction.
Recognizing various categories of mental health disorders in abnormal
psychology and their relationship to substance abuse will be

This course also serves as the introduction to human developmental
theories which are foundational in understanding the implications of
the age of a person when they experienced trauma and/or the onset of
behaviors leading to addiction. This critical understanding allows
students to confidently deal with the dissonant behaviors between
chronological and emotional “age” of many clients beginning recovery.
This course expands the lay leaders’ and clinicians’ understanding of
significant concepts and the vital role of normal human developmental

In addition, this course addresses the wide range of ethical issues
inherent in all steps identified within the Scope of Practice for
addiction professionals and found in recovery support services. The
course examines issues which may arise during initial screening,
during treatment planning, and as a client progresses through
treatment implementation and moves into recovery. The issues discussed
relate to professional obligations, interactions with family and the
community, as well as the process of documentation. Throughout this
course, the participant will be asked to relate various points to
their own situations, consider the various perspectives presented, and
develop an ongoing awareness of their choices, decisions and behaviors
in light of a high ethical standard.

Course 417 – Group Counseling Practices
(3 credits ) This course is designed for the novice therapist, one
who is participant learner of the experience and dynamics of small
groups. Students will begin to develop their abilities as group
facilitators and potential therapist. Upon completion of this course,
students will be able to describe the aspects of forming, leading and
evaluating groups as well as identify specific behaviors that are
disruptive in group settings. Good group facilitation is much more
than conducting therapy with a number of individuals in a group. It
requires an active counselor who is constantly observing all of the
nuances of the members’ interactions. It requires a skill that can
only be mastered through supervised group experience and an
understanding of group process and group dynamics. Important aspects
of this course are designed to address: Advantages and Disadvantages
of small groups, Group assumptions, Stages of Group, the Counselor’s
role, Effective communication, Leadership styles and problematic
client behaviors. Students will understand the development of a small
group, gain the facilitation skills necessary to monitor and function
as facilitator, and assist group member in growing through a group

Course 419 – Family Issues and Recovery
(3 credits ) (Understanding the importance of family dynamics in
recovery, including youth issues, codependency, plus God given
resiliency and self repair.)

This course covers three distinct areas dealt with in family
counseling: Substance Abuse, Codependency and Family Systems. This
course will overview the treatment of substance abuse within the
Family Systems Models, as well as compare and contrast individual
therapy models and Family Systems models. In part two there will be a
comprehensive study of Codependency, including its characteristics,
origins and recovery strategies. And finally, the course wraps up with
a broader view of family issues and dynamics, bringing the focus to
the places where most families need help.

Michael Liimatta, Director

City Vision College

712 E 31st Street – PO Box 413188

Kansas City MO 64141-3188 USA

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