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.
God IS a psychologist. He says so and He instructs us in healthy thinking and living.
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.
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. That is why 7 Sisters offers Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective.