Reconciliation Counseling Specialization

Counselor Specializations Seal - ReconciliationBW v2-01

Reading Requirements

To receive specialization in conciliation counseling a member must complete 700 pages of reading from the following approved books:

  • Help! I’m in a Conflict, Ernie Baker
  • Unpacking Forgiveness, Chris Brauns
  • Redeeming Church Conflict, Tara Barthel and David Edling
  • Pursuing Peace, Robert Jones
  • The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness, John MacArthur
  • The Peacemaker, Ken Sande
  • Peacemaking for Families, Ken Sande
  • The Young Peacemaker, Corlette Sande

Training Hours

To receive the specialization in conciliation counseling a member must complete 15 hours of training in the following required areas:

  • Understanding Conflict Biblically: Causes
  • Understanding Conflict Biblically: Categories
  • Understanding Conflict Biblically: Consequences
  • A Biblical View of Confession
  • A Biblical View of Forgiveness
  • Pursuing Peaceful Relationships That Undermine Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies for Families
  • Conflict Resolutions Strategies for Churches
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies at Work
  • Dynamics of Conflict with Unbelievers
  • Pursuing Peace When Others Refuse to Change
  • Leading A Mediation and Arbitration


To receive the specialization in reconciliation counseling a member must successfully complete the online reconciliation counseling exam demonstrating their knowledge of the material they have learned.

Applicants for the specialization in reconciliation must submit an application documenting the completion of the reading and training requirements.


When and where can I obtain this specialization?

Starting in late 2018, training for this specialization will be made available through various ACBC Certified Training Centers. If you would like to apply for this specialization by exemption, please click here. This needs to be completed by September 2018.


What are the next steps for me to take action?

ACBC members should review the content for the specializations and can begin reading the required material. The ACBC office will release an announcement once various Training Centers have met the requirements for the specializations. Training will not begin until the Fall of 2018.


What happens/what do I get when I obtain this specialization?

This specialization is further training in a specific area for ACBC members. In order to show that a member has advanced training, the specialization will be added to the online directory listing of every ACBC Member who satisfactorily completes all elements of the specialization. The specialization will be denoted in document form as well.

Are there online options for training? 

Any online training options will be at the discretion and determination of various ACBC Certified Training centers. There will be some training centers that offer online opportunities and others will only offer regional training. This is based on the training decisions of each individual ACBC training center. More information about which centers offer specialization will be available on our website in the Fall of 2018. 

Are these optional? 

At the present, these are optional advanced specializations for ACBC certified members. In the future, they will be a part of a Continuing Education Program for ACBC members.