Certificate Course Description

Introduction to Biblical Counselling – This is our foundational course dealing with the need for and the fundamentals of Biblical Counselling. The student will gain an understanding of what is meant by nouthetic counselling and how it differs from the prominent secular and religious counselling models. The student will be introduced to the key elements of the counselling process including data gathering, questioning, homework, giving hope, methods of change and the role of the Holy Spirit in counselling. Other topics include the sufficiency of Scripture, self-esteem and counseling failure. 20 hours of lecture plus additional question and answer sessions with Dr. Adams.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbooks: Competent to Counsel; The Christian Counselor’s Manual

Counseling Problems – Specific counseling problems will be discussed in this course. Subjects include worry, anger, depression, fear, grief, guilt, life dominating sins, demon possession, slothfulness, decision making and suicide. Special attention is given to the pertinent Scriptures that deal with these problem issues. 14 hours.
Instructor: Donn R. Arms
Required textbooks: How to Overcome Evil, How to Handle Trouble, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, What to do When…(Pamphlet series)
Suggested textbooks: Wrinkled but not Ruined, The Christian’s Guide to Guidance.

The Use of Scripture in Counseling – Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of hermeneutics and exegesis as these relate to biblical counseling. 14 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbook: What to do on Thursday, How to Help People Change
Also: Committed to Craftsmanship, Teaching to Observe

Church Discipline – A thorough study of a neglected but vital aspect of counseling and church ministry. Because of the great confusion about and necessity for church discipline in churches today, we make this course available to churches who desire to use it at an elders’ or deacons’ retreat with the goal of helping them arrive at an understanding of the blessing of church discipline and to develop a church policy as to its practice. 5 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbook: Handbook of Church Discipline

Forgiveness – Most counseling cases require at some point the discussion of forgiveness and yet few counsellees have an understanding of the dynamics of Biblical forgiveness. This course examines the basic biblical passages on the subject and identifies the world’s substitutes for forgiveness. 5 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbook: From Forgiven to Forgiving

Marriage and Family Counseling – An examination of the biblical concept of marriage and the specific Scripture passages that relate. The student will be challenged to lead couples to biblical solutions to marriage conflict. Specific topics include communication, the purpose of marriage, gender roles, the sexual relationship, adultery, finances, raising children, and the dynamics of counseling couples. 15 hours.
Instructor: Donn R. Arms
Required textbooks: Christian Living in the Home, Solving Marriage Problems, Biblical Principle of Sex (Dr. Robert Smith).

Premarital Counseling – Practical measures to help those who are contemplating marriage. 5 hours.
Instructor: Bill Slattery

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – A study of the relevant Scripture passages dealing with the issue of divorce and remarriage with the goal of leading the student to a biblical view of the issue and application of that view to counseling situations. 5 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbook: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible

Critical Stages in Biblical Counseling – This course builds on the introductory course with a focus on the actual counseling sessions. Three specific sessions are identified as critical to the entire counseling process: the first, the final, and the breakthrough sessions. Specific “nuts and bolts” are discussed in detail as they relate to these vital sessions. Course concludes with an examination of specific counseling cases. 10 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbook: Critical Stages in Biblical Counseling

Theology and Counseling – The entire corpus of Systematic Theology is considered in relation to Biblical counselling. While not a study of any specific theological system the implications of various systems to counselling will be examined. 12 hours.
Instructor: Dr. Jay E. Adams
Required textbooks: The Theology of Counseling, Is All Truth God’s Truth?, Growing by Grace

Medical Issues in Counseling – Topics include the use of drugs in counseling, dealing with pain, pastor/physician relationships, the reason for illness, and specific medical issues i.e. anorexia, bulimia, STDs, ADHD, and sleep loss.
Instructors: Robert Smith, M.D.
Required textbooks: The Christian Counselor’s Medical Desk Reference, Pain, the Plight of Fallen Man

Counseling Women – This course focuses on issues that are specific to women and women counselors. Topics include submission, living with an unbelieving husband, divorce, manipulation, and children. 10 hours.
Instructor: Martha Peace
Required Texts: Women Helping Women, Damsels in Distress
Recommended Texts: The Excellent Wife


Counseling Theories and Issues Abroad in the Church Today – An examination of the various alternative models of counselling, both secular and religious, with the goal of applying the doctrine of sufficiency to each. Course includes a description of the counselling landscape today, starting a counselling ministry in the local church, and legal issues in counselling. Several lectures are also devoted to introducing the student to the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, the NANC certification process, and offers the student practical help taking the NANC examinations. 14 hours.
Instructor: Donn R. Arms
Required textbooks: A Call to Discernment; The End of Christian Psychology (Bobgan)

Casebook Studies – A detailed analysis and discussion of each case presented in Dr. Adams’ book The Christian Counselor’s Casebook. 22 hours.
Instructors: Dr. Jay E. Adams, Donn R. Arms
Required textbook: The Christian Counselor’s Casebook, The Case of the “Hopeless” Marriage

We reserve the right to add, delete, or revise any course(s).   Courses are available on DVD only. Our DVD process may not be compatible with older DVD players.  Students may be required to purchase a player that uses more recent technology.  All courses come with detailed course notes which the student will keep. The lecture media must be returned before a new course is shipped.

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