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Faculty Book Finalist for ECPA Award…

Derek Cooper’s, Christianity and World Religions is a finalist for this year’s ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) awards, under the Bible Reference category. The Christian Book Award program honors the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year. Winners will be announced at the Industry’s Award Banquet on April 28, 2014 at Focus on the Family. Derek Cooper is the Assistant Professor of World Christian History, Director of LEAD MDiv, and Director of DMin at BTS.

Congratulations, Dr. Cooper!

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. Watch for more opportunities to obtain CE contact hours from Biblical in the near future!

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 - One Credit Courses: $462.00 (or current cohort rate)
  •      (Each course includes pre-course and post-course work that
  •      must be completed to earn one credit)
  • Continuing Education - 9 hours NBCC approved CE’s (each course): $154.00 for 9 CE's
  •      (Please check the requirements for your discipline)
  • Audit Rate: $154.00

Forms for Our Summer Courses:


2014 Summer Counseling Institute courses:


Counseling Toolbox #2: Practical Ways to Help your Clients

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Steve Smith, MA,CAPC and Pam Smith, Leadership Coach and Crisis Counselor - Steve is a graduate of Biblical Seminary and is a staff counselor at the seminary as well as serving as Pastoral Counselor at his church. Steve counsels on a wide range of life issues including pre and post-marital, anxiety, depression, career and job transition, Asperger’s, addiction issues, and grief and loss. Pam has been a crisis counselor for a pregnancy clinic since 1986 and a coach for Cru (Campus Crusade) since 2007. She developed the S.T.U.C.K. model for one-session coaching and co-instructs in our Career and Vocational Lifestyle course for those pursuing licensure.
Description: This course is for those in the helping profession who want to go beyond the knowledge and skills they have and learn to utilize tools to enhance sessions with clients and their progress outside of the counseling room. This course aims to make counseling more practical and will include take-away tools. Topics covered:
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Using Influence for Lasting Change
  • Tools for Engagement –conversation starters for positive change
Take This Course to:
  1. Understand theories and background of various tools and techniques utilized in counseling.
  2. Be able to assess what the tool is trying to do and not to do, why & where to use it and its effectiveness.
  3. Observe tools being utilized and how to approach clients with them.
  4. Have practice implementing and utilizing tools well as you develop your toolbox of techniques for various counseling issues.
Pastoral Health - Exploring the Antidotes to Ministry Failure and Burnout

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Tracy Commons MDiv, MA - Other presenters during this course will include Dr. Phil Monroe PsyD, Professor at Biblical Seminary, Ruth Graham, Speaker, Author, J.R. Briggs MA, Pastor, Author, Bryan Maier PsyD, Professor at Biblical Seminary, and Christine Labrum, Spritual Director.
Description: The negative statistics on pastoral ministry are staggering, and the personal stories behind those statistics are even more sobering. The purpose of this course is to address the often neglected issue of pastoral health in order to enhance awareness of its importance, to encourage pastors and spouses in their pursuit of it, and to equip church leaders and counselors with the knowledge and resources necessary to cultivate it among the pastors they supervise and serve.
Take This Course to:
  1. Understand the unique and difficult task of maintaining pastoral health, and the importance of pursuing it.
  2. Be able to assess pastoral health and increase self awareness of ministry risks.
  3. Develop strategies and resources for counseling and/or self-care in a holistic approach to pastoral health.
Forgiveness and Counseling: What Does It Really Mean to Forgive?

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Bryan Maier PsyD associate professor of counseling and psychology - Dr. Maier’s prior experience as an associate pastor, combinedwith 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. Bryan maintains a private practice with a local Christian counseling center and is a requested speaker for seminars and professional organizations. Currently he specializes in outpatient counseling for individuals and couples struggling with addiction (both chemical and behavioral), marital problems, sexual brokenness and abuse, and working with those in ministry.
Description: Both contemporary research and traditional religion advocate the benefits of forgiveness. This course approaches forgiveness through the character and mission of God. Approaching forgiveness from God’s perspective not only requires a well developed understanding of what forgiveness is but also requires a deeper understanding of God. Forgiveness is not just part of who God is but also what He does. Significant focus will be on helping someone respond to interpersonal sin in a way that honors God.
Take This Course to:
  1. Develop an understanding of how forgiveness is rooted in the very character and mission of God.
  2. Learn to apply this understanding of God and his forgiveness to shepherd someone struggling with issues of forgiveness in their life.


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 you 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.


Frank and Carolyn James Co-Lead Important Workshop…

Seminary President Frank James and his wife, evangelical thinker and author Carolyn Custis James were captured in action at their workshop on His and Her-meneutics at the Ecclesia National Gathering, February 25-27.

Their co-led workshop explored the good, bad, and ugly hermeneutics among Evangelicals with a goal to help those attending to gain a missional perspective on how we approach the Bible.

Dr. Frank James teaching Carolyn Custis James teaching

Counseling Department in 4 Places at Once

The weekend of February 22-23 was an active one for the Biblical counseling team as representatives from our counseling department served in four locations.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Biblical Adjunct Faculty and Counseling Department Staff Members Bonnie Steich and Jennifer Zuck attended the Justice Conference at Calvary Church in Souderton where they built relationships, connection, and staffed the recruiting table.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Staff Counselor Steve Smith, MA Christian Thought and MA in Counseling both from Biblical, finished the fourth week of the adult education elective at Great Valley EPC Church in Malvern, PA: Balancing Life’s Demands – a Biblical Perspective. Director of Ministries at the church is Biblical alum Jim Shackleton.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Pictured here with MDiv student Natalie Martinez at the Philadelphia’s Women Conference, Heather Drew, Biblical’s counseling teaching assistant and alum of both our MA in Counseling and our Global Trauma Recovery training, spoke at St. Matthew’s Episcopal in Maple Glen on Trauma and Forgiveness. Counseling faculty member Dr. Bryan Maier spoke the prior week on Broken Relationships.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Director of Biblical’s counseling program Phil Monroe spoke at the Sparrow-Fund couples’ conference in Leola, PA. Phil addressed 40 adults on the topic of trauma and adoption. All attendees were adoptive parents, many of whom have adopted from very difficult countries who have children with physical and emotional scars. This gathering is organized by Biblical Alum Kelly Raudenbush and her husband Mark.

Click here to learn more about our dynamic counseling programs.


Don't miss out on an opportunity to join the next GTRI Cohort

A missional initiative by Biblical Seminary and under the leadership of Dr. Diane Langberg and Dr. Philip Monroe, the Global Trauma Recovery Institute consists of a clinical faculty able to teach, train, and supervise individuals and groups seeking to enhance effective ministry and provide best clinical practices.

We provide high quality continuing educational resources, skills training, and case consultation for mental health clinicians, ministry leaders,and professionals interested in addressing the needs of psychosocial trauma victims in the United States and around the world.

Trauma is the mission field of the 21st century. Trauma disrupts life, dissolves relationships and hinders faith development wherever it is experienced. As an expression of the Gospel, missional Christians follow Jesus into the world to care for the least of these suffering the effects of trauma.

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Global Trauma Biblical Seminary

Dr. Frank James Congratulates Matt Millen

Matt Millen

On January 11, 2014 Matt Millen, husband of Biblical board member Pat Millen and four-time Super Bowl winner, will be awarded the Walter Camp “Man of the Year.”

This prestigious award “honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football… attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service… He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp,” according to the Walter Camp Foundation.

Matt started his career as a linebacker at Penn State University and went on to have a successful 12-year career in the NFL. He then worked as an NFL analyst prior to providing leadership for the Detroit Lions and now broadcasts college football games for ESPN.

Matt and Pat Millen understand “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addition to being active members of Cornerstone Church in Easton, Matt and Pat are passionate about making a difference by investing their time, talent, and resources in organizations close to their hearts. Their focus is assisting those who bring help, hope, and healing to victims of trauma, globally and domestically. "She’s My Sister," an initiative of the American Bible Society (ABS), and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute, established by Biblical Seminary (in partnership with ABS), are two ministries that have become important in their lives. Trauma expert Dr. Diane Langberg, clinical professor at Biblical Seminary, describes trauma as “the mission field of our century.” The Millen’s daughter Marianne, currently a student at Biblical Seminary, has traveled to Rwanda to learn about the spiritual and emotional wounds caused by decades of brutal conflict throughout that region in Africa.


Biblical-trained Counselor Now in Our Nation’s Capital

Congratulations to 2009 Master of Arts in Counseling alum Greg Franklin who is the newest addition to the growing list of counselors trained at Biblical Seminary who have achieved the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor.

Greg traveled quite a distance to Biblical each week so that he could receive the excellence in training found in Biblical’s graduate counseling degree program. Our one night a week, one Saturday a month format made it possible for him to achieve his counseling degree.

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Biblical Congratulates Alum Elected to City Commission

David Ennis from Biblical Seminary

Biblical Seminary 2013 Urban Master of Divinity alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate David Ennis was elected to the City Commission last night for Millville, NJ.

Pastor Ennis is the founder of In His Presence Worship Center. He has served on the Millville Board of Education for three years.

As a pastor who grew up in Center City, Ennis wants to make the city safer by bringing more jobs. He and his wife Starr have one daughter.

Click here for information on a picture of David's leadership in the face of tragedy.


Biblical Board Member Appears on WFMZ-TV

Dr. Jim Arcieri Participates in Televised Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Biblical Seminary’s leadership is committed to engaging with culture, which sometimes means having difficult but important conversations. Last night, Dr. Jim Arcieri, Biblical board member and pastor of Community Bible Fellowship Church, engaged in a debate on same-sex marriage that was televised on the show “Business Matters” on WFMZ-TV. Sam Rohrer (former Pennsylvania Representative and Pennsylvania Pastors Network), Mary Lisicky (LGBT Council), and Kirby Upright, Esq. (Kim, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC) also participated in the debate.

If you missed it, you can view it online here.

“Business Matters” on WFMZ-TV reaches 2.7 million households from Hazleton, Pennsylvania to the Jersey Shore. The show has hosted Hillary Clinton, Tom Corbett, Bob Casey, and many other influential business and political leaders. It airs Monday evenings at 7:30.


Biblical Board Member Following Jesus to Washington!

United States Senate Confirms Timothy Haahs to NIBS Board of Directors

“Tim Haahs pursues excellence — for the sake of glorifying God — in every area of his life. He runs a successful company and founded and provides pastoral leadership to a church that meets in his building. He is truly an example of a missional business leader. He greatly deserves this honor, and I am confident he will add significant value to NIBS Board of Directors,” says Dr. Frank A. James III, president of Biblical Seminary.

After being nominated by the White House earlier this year, the United States Senate recently voted to confirm Timothy Haahs, PE, AIA to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Authorized by Congress, the Institute brings together representatives of government, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to identify and resolve issues that hinder the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce, and industry throughout the United States. The Institute serves as an authoritative source, and provides a unique opportunity for free and candid discussion among private and public sectors within the built environment. The Institute serves public interests by supporting advances in building sciences and technologies to improve the performance of the nation’s buildings, while reducing waste and conserving energy and resources.

The Board of Directors, which is comprised of 21 members from across the country, includes public representatives and industry voices elected from the nation’s building community. The bi-partisan Board also includes members appointed by the White House to represent public interests.

Some of the Institute’s most recent accomplishments include the development of the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an online portal providing access to peer-reviewed building research and case studies; the Integrated Resilient Design Program, an innovative approach to the design, construction, and operation of buildings and infrastructure to withstand natural and man-made disasters; and HAZUS, a nationally-used software system estimating potential building and infrastructure losses from natural disasters.

In response to his appointment, Haahs states “I am thrilled and honored by the opportunity to work with the National Institute of Building Sciences, and to work with my fellow Board members to further the Institute’s mission. I look forward to the opportunity to use my experience in the building industry, specifically related to issues associated with parking planning, design, and construction, to contribute to the development and implementation of programs to improve the built environment now and in the future.”

Reprinted with permission from Tim Haahs Engineers & Architects.


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