summer counseling institute

Every summer we offer special topic courses that help counseling students and professionals maintain their continuing education requirements. Past course topics have included dealing with abuse in the church, healing trauma in international settings, Christian counseling in the postmodern context, and one session coaching techniques.

NBCC Approved Courses

On February 1, 2013 Biblical Seminary was approved to offer Online Continuing Education by the National Board for Certified Counselors (#4562). This is in addition to our approval to offer live on-site continuing education, which was granted on June 1, 2011.

Click here to view how obtain CE Credits online

Who Should Attend?

Those with counseling and/or healthcare training at the graduate level who are:

  • Christian Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Therapists
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Pastors and Church Leaders
  • Mercy Ministry Providers

Why Choose Biblical Seminary?

We are a nationally accredited evangelical seminary training men and women in our Masters of Arts in Counseling program from a Christian worldview. Graduating students are eligible to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Biblical seeks to train graduates to take their faith and their profession seriously as they serve others in diverse settings.

What Will the Courses Cost?

  • Graduate Credit - $498.00 per credit
  •      (Each course includes pre-course and post-course work that
  •      must be completed to earn one credit)
  • Continuing Education - $90.00 for 9 CE's; $250.00 for 25 CE's
  •      (Please check the NBCC approved CE's for each course below)
  • Audit Rate: $90.00 per credit


Register for Our Summer Courses:

Complete the appropriate application form AND registration form below*:

* NOTE: If you are a current BTS student, or alum, an application is not required, but you must complete the summer course registration form.


2016 Summer Counseling Institute courses:


Forgiveness and Counseling

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Dr. Bryan Maier - Dr. Maier’s prior experience as an associate pastor, combined with his 25 years of diverse counseling experience, gives him a passion for helping others through a distinctly Christian perspective. This goal remains the primary focus of his teaching, writing, and counseling.
Description: This course will construe forgiveness primarily within the rubric of the character and mission of God. Thus, it will primarily be theologically and biblically driven. Understanding forgiveness from this perspective not only requires a well-developed understanding of what forgiveness is but also requires a deeper understanding of God. Significant focus will also be given for helping someone respond to interpersonal sin in a way that honors God.


Healing Wounds of Trauma

2 Credits or 25 CE’s

  • Wednesday-Saturday (9am - 5pm (7pm on Thurs.)) August 10th - 13th, 2016
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructors: Dr. Phil Monroe & Heather Drew, MA - Phil Monroe, is the director of the Graduate School of Counseling here at BTS and also founded the Global Trauma Recovery Institute with Dr. Diane Langberg. Heather Drew, serves as a counselor at 2200 Arch Counseling Services, and has special training in both trauma recovery around the world (including experience working with immigrants and missionaries), and suicide prevention & assessment.
Description: If trauma is the mission field of the 21st century then who will be the service providers? This training is designed to equip spiritually-minded mental health professionals to pass on basic trauma healing knowledge and intervention strategies to local facilitators in low resource communities. The primary tool, Healing the Wounds of Trauma approach will be reviewed, experienced and evaluated. This training will emphasize the tools of dialogue education as a means to “train the lay trainer” and successful completion of a test and practice facilitation will lead to a facilitator in Training certificate, recognized by the Trauma Healing Institute. 2 Semester Hours or 25 NBCC approved continuing education credit hours.


Previous Topics at the Summer Counseling Institute

  • Emotionally Destructive Relationships
  • Justice for Human Trafficking Victims: Perception, Prevention, and Intervention
  • Trauma and the Military
  • Counseling Toolbox 1 and 2
  • Pastoral Health Conference
  • Forgiveness
  • Abuse in the church
Our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have regarding our programs and the application process.


Purchase the Video of the Abuse in the Church Conference

In 2012, we offered a two-day conference for the Summer Counseling Institute entitled: Abuse in the Church: Biblical, Legal & Counseling Perspectives with guest speakers Dr. Phil Monroe and Dr. Boz Tchividjian. The goal was to equip the attendees to be empowered to personally respond to this issue and to help your organizations prepare and implement procedures to both prevent abuse and take appropriate action when the issue presents itself.

Click here to order the video

If you are a mental health practitioner, pastor, lay leader, para-church ministry leader and you are wrestling with these questions in your church, ministry, or place of employment . . . this video series is for you.

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