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Yea Sun E. Kim

Emeritus Professor of Family Counseling and Korean Family Studies

BA, Ewha Women’s University
MSW, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Master of Pastoral Counseling, Christian Theological Seminary
MDiv, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Social Science, University of Tübingen

Courses Taught

CN547: Enriching Korean Families

CN548: Restoring Korean Families

CN741: Building Healthy Families through Churches

CN742: Crisis Ministry and Clergy Self-Care

CN743: Pastoral Family Counseling

FE741: KDMin Practicum

Areas of Expertise

Family ministry for Korean churches, marriage and family counseling, crisis ministry, clergy and clergy wives self-care, issues in ministry and coping strategies, clinical supervision


Yea Sun Kim has been at Fuller from 1996 to the present. A licensed clinical social worker, she maintains a limited private practice in addition to her role as professor of family counseling and Korean family studies. Kim teaches in the Korean Doctor of Ministry, MDiv, and MA programs.

One of the rewards of Kim’s position has been to help students develop family ministry programs for Korean churches, which are vital to healthy church growth. She teaches and leads workshops in Korea as well as in the United States. A former clinical social work professor at Ewha Women’s University, Kim is a member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a former member of the American Family Therapy Academy. Her publications include The Korean Church and Family Ministry (2007), Development of Family Therapy in Korea (1994), Korean Families and Family Therapy (1987), and over 80 articles, including “Understanding Asian Americans: Problems and Possibilities for Cross-Cultural Counseling,” in the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work (2003), “Guidelines and Strategies for Cross-Cultural Counseling with Korean American Clients,” in A Quarterly Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (2005), and “Shame,” in The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity (2011).