Certificate in Christian Counseling (CCC)

What is Biblical Counseling?

Simply put, Biblical counseling is counseling that seeks to impart the wisdom of Scripture into the life of an individual and guide them to lasting growth and change. Biblical counseling seeks not only to change a person's life but their heart as well. Providing hope from the Word of God, the ultimate goal of biblical counseling is to draw the individual to Christ and the work of the cross. The skills and knowledge gained from biblical counseling are useful for pastors, church leaders, or anyone interested in counseling from the biblical perspective.

If you're looking for seminary level training to equip you with biblical counseling skills, but are not interested in pursuing a degree program, then our certificate program may be just what you're looking for. This certificate provides the opportunity to bring current counseling skills to the forefront of ministry, helping people grow and change. Our courses, taught by leaders in the field, will provide insight into key issues that those serving in ministry frequently face.

Who is this Certificate for?

The certificate program provides an opportunity for those in a wide range of ministry service to bring current counseling skills to their ministries that will help people to grow and change.

In addition to those who wish to examine the possibility of a future MA in Counseling degree, others who will benefit include pastors, church leaders, pregnancy counseling volunteers, crisis hotliners, educators, home school personnel, those in a social service environment, and anyone with a desire to explore counseling from a biblical perspective.

Are there any specific requirements?

The certificate program requires a completed undergraduate degree, and completion of a degree application. Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to transfer appropriate completed courses into the MA in Counseling (MAC) degree program.

Why is BTS's Graduate School of Counseling Program Unique?

Wise Counsel:

Effective people-helping combines knowledge, skill and the self-awareness needed to practice what the Bible calls wisdom (Proverbs 2:2).

Biblical Anthropology:

Looks to the biblical story to best understand God's design for human life, the impact of the fall on all of creation, and God's redemptive work among his people.

Counseling Skills and Practice:

Students gain Fieldwork experience through 700 supervised hours over two years, including a practicum and a full-year internship.

Cohort Community:

Students remain together and follow a sequenced curriculum in Bible and Theology, Core Counseling, and Advanced Counseling course.

Generalist Program:

Students receive a broad and solid foundation for a wide variety of callings in God's kingdom including, but not limited to, pastoral or professional ministry.

Theology Developed for Counselors:

We successfully combine a thorough understanding of the biblical text and theology, and use it specifically in a counseling context.


Certificate in Christian Counseling Curriculum

Required Courses - 9 Credits

  • Human Development & Change
  • Helping Relationships
  • Psychopathology

Electives - 3 Credits

The remaining three (3) credit hours needed to complete the certificate program may be taken from any courses offered on a variety of counseling subjects including these sample courses:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Models of Counseling
  • Annual Summer Advanced Topics

A prerequisite for counseling electives is successful completion of Helping Relationships or Pastoral Counseling including a recommendation from the professor.

Please be aware that these elective courses vary from year to year. Please see our current term schedules for the classes being offered this year.

Total Required Credits - 12

To earn the certificate, students must complete twelve credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0

MAC Course Policy for Non-MAC Students

Students not in the MAC program who wish to complete core counseling classes [note: this does not limit bible and theology counseling courses) are limited to certificate level courses. These courses include:

  • Helping Relationships
  • Human Development
  • Psychopathology
  • Models of Counseling
  • Physiology
  • Some summer electives

Students wishing to take advanced counseling classes as part of the certificate (i.e., the elective course) such as Marriage and Family, Child and Adolescent must first successfully complete Helping Relationships (or Pastoral Counseling plus receive the recommendation of that professor).

Students wishing to transfer into the MAC program must first complete Helping Relationships (successful completion of triads, mock counseling and the video assignments). Those students who completed the pastoral counseling course must audit Helping Relationships and successfully complete the above assignments.

Students need to be reviewed before they are permitted to transfer into MAC fully, but can be taking courses on the list above.


Why Choose Biblical Seminary for Counselor Training?

Biblical has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. In addition the the Certificate in Biblical Counseling, Biblical offers the following additional options:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) - This 52-hour degree is delivered in a cohort class format that meets one night a week and one Saturday a month for two years. It includes a reduced schedule in the summer (see summer counseling institute) and two fall retreats.
  • Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling (CAPC) - This certificate allows students with a master's degree in counseling to acquire advanced counseling training. Many students who complete the CAPC program will pursue full licensure.
  • Master of Arts, Church Counseling Concentration (MA,CCC) - This 48-hour degree is delivered in a traditional class format with an emphasis in practical theology and counseling.
  • Master of Divinity degree with a Counseling Concentration (MDiv, CC) - The language-based Master of Divinity consists of 90 credits in a convenient format. Due to block scheduling, full-time students are on campus a maximum of only two days per week. Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening so students may work and minister as they complete their degree.
  • Summer Counseling Institute - The institute is open to current students completing their elective credits, alumni, and those desiring additional couseling education and training at the graduate level. Course topics have included anxiety, suffering and disability, depression, grief, victimology, and more. CEU credits are also available, and are provided over a weekend.
  • Global Trauma Recovery Institute - Dr. Diane Langberg & Dr. Philip Monroe provide high quality continuing education for those interested in addressing the needs of psychosocial trauma victims in the United States & around the world.
Biblical's Counseling Program Goals
  • Live grace-based lives increasingly characterized by wisdom, the fruit of the Spirit, and love for God and community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to humble, learner-oriented ministry in a world marked by cultural, theological, and philosophical diversity.
  • Grow in knowledge of the Bible and ability to humbly interpret & apply it in light of history, culture, and genre.
  • Demonstrate effective counseling skills in light of student's gifting, call, and context.

Important Dates:

  • Open Now:
  • Registration for summer 2014 Classes
  • May 3rd
  • Child Protective Services Training at Biblical's main campus
  • May 9th
  • Leadercast 2014 Leadership Training
  • July 25th
  • Pastoral Health course at Biblical's main campus

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