The Bible teaches that believers have the responsibility to admonish the unruly, encourage those who are struggling, help the weak, and be patient with everyone (1 Thess. 5:14). We find, however, that many Christians, even some pastors, are intimidated by the implications of that passage to those whose marriages are declining, to those who are struggling with anger, to those who are depressed, and those with other problems.
Therefore, we have designed a counseling training program, based on over 40 years of counseling experience, that will help you help those who are struggling – whatever their particular concerns might be.
Our class meets for eleven weeks, but holidays are observed. Therefore, the length of the class will range from 11 to 13 weeks depending on the holiday schedule. The training course begins at 9:00 am and concludes by 9:00 pm.
This is a certified training Center for those wishing to pursue ACBC Certification. For more information on ACBC Certification, please visit www.biblicalcounseling.com.
From 9:00 am until 1:00 pm the counseling staff presents lectures on the most common counseling problems. Topics include:
Our staff counsels from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm in five different counseling hours. You will have an opportunity to observe about 20 hours of actual counseling sessions during the course.
Those who have taken the course before consider the observation time as a crucial part of helping them prepare for their own ministries.
These required items are bundled and available at a discounted rate through Faith Resources.
The current cost of the training course is a nonrefundable $239.00 plus $50.00 for the class notebook. This fee includes at least 30 hours of in-person lectures, 30-day virtual access to all recorded lectures (at the conclusion of your training module) and live counseling case observation and discussion.
The required books and pamphlets should be purchased prior to the first day of class.
Please Note: The cost of the training course is subject to change.
Yes. In fact, we ask that you sign up for a session (e.g. Spring, Summer, or Fall) only if you plan on attending each week. We understand that emergencies can arise whereby a person is not able to attend a given week. However, outside of extreme situations we expect each trainee to attend every week.
The course is open to any member of a Bible-believing church, assuming there is pastoral approval. However, this course was designed specifically for pastors and lay leaders interested in making a difference in the lives of others. Pastors have often commented that this training helped them with their preaching in addition to their counseling.
All meals will be your responsibility. We generally bring our own sack lunch for noon and use one of the local fast food restaurants for the evening meal at 4:15pm. If for the 4:15 meal you would like to purchase a box lunch, we will all use the same restaurant on a given day.
Technically, the answer is no. However, we recognize that some of you will travel a great distance to be here. As a result, you are free to leave after your last scheduled counseling observation session. We do not allow trainees to skip sessions in order to leave early. If your last case ends at 7:45 pm then you are free to leave, but if you are an observer until 9:00 pm then you are not free to leave until that case is over.
In our opinion, the observations set our training apart from other training centers. We emphasize content, but we also show you how that content is applied in real cases. The observations are actual counseling cases with folks from our town and surrounding community. We work to provide you with 20 hours of observation with several different counselors so you can watch, learn, and grow.
The Monday program includes three components: (1) reading; (2) lecture; and (3) counseling observation. The lecture component of our Monday training matches the lectures taught during track 1 of the conference (there are actually 2-3 lectures from track 2 as well). The other two components, reading and counseling observation, are unique to the Monday training program.