Why is Training Important?

You don’t get cardiac surgery from someone with a mere interest in hearts; you don’t want your car repaired by a simple car enthusiast; and it takes more than an affinity for toilets to fix one. In each of these areas you reach out for help to someone who actually knows what they are doing. The same is true for counseling. There are all kinds of people who are interested in counseling, and who are persuaded by the principles of biblical counseling. But interest and conviction alone do not make a faithful biblical counselor. Faithfulness requires equipping.

Fundamentals Training Course

Theology Course

Methodology Course
Regional Training

Fundamentals Training Course

What is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical Counseling is discipleship. It is the personal ministry of the word through conversation. Every Christian is called to speak the truth in love to his neighbor and help them grow in grace. Believers should desire to apply the Bible to every area of life. The goal of Biblical Counseling is to present everyone mature in Christ by teaching with all wisdom.

Who is this training for?
CDTs (Counseling Discipleship Training) are designed to help equip disciples of Christ to grow in their faith and help others do the same. The conference will cover a wide range of issues dealing with various problems in the Christian life. Whether you are a pastor, counselor or church member, this conference is for you. The Fundamentals track also completes the training portion of Phase 1 for those pursuing certification. The fundamentals track must be taken before advancing to the Theology or Methodology Track.

Theology Course

This course will equip counselors to better understand how theology relates to counseling.
Because we agree with Jesus about this reality, at ACBC we devote an entire track of our counseling training to the kind of robust theology that is the basis of the Christian faith and the Christian life. Theology is not just something for academics in an ivory tower of Christian higher learning. Jesus prays that normal Christians, like you and me, would know how to use the truths of theology to help trouble people grow in their ability to live faithful and vibrant lives.  At our ACBC trainings we are going to show you how to do this.

For those interested in ACBC certification, the new Advanced Theology Track will cover all of the material that is needed for completing the theology exam. This unique track will serve as an excellent resource for those completing phase two of certification.

A sample of session topics in this new track include the following:

  • Biblical Counseling and the Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of Scripture
  • Biblical Counseling and the Sufficiency of Scripture
  • Biblical Counseling and the Question of On-going Revelation
  • Biblical Counseling, General Revelation and Special Revelation
  • Biblical Counseling, Common Grace, and Noetic Effects of Sin
  • Biblical Counseling and the Doctrine of Union with Christ
  • Biblical Counseling and the Doctrine of the Church
  • Biblical Counseling and a Biblical View of the Person
  • Biblical Counseling and the Doctrine of Sanctification
  • Biblical Counseling and the Exclusivity of the Gospel
  • Biblical Counseling and the Image of God
  • Biblical Counseling and the Doctrine of Justification
  • Biblical Counseling and the Person of Christ
  • Biblical Counseling and the Work of Christ
  • Biblical Counseling, the Holy Spirit, and Guidance
  • Biblical Counseling and the Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Biblical Counseling and the Centrality of Repentance

Methodology Course

In Isaiah 9:6 Jesus was foretold as the Wonderful Counselor. Throughout his life on earth Jesus lived up to that reality. We often think of Jesus as a preacher, but in the gospels we, see Jesus counseling far more than preaching. Jesus knew how to respond with wisdom and skill to all the conversational challenges that were placed before him. He knew how to respond to the sorrowful, the immoral, the weak, and the self-righteous in ways that reflected grace and truth.

ACBC offers counseling and discipleship training events because we want people to grow in the counseling skill that Jesus had. Everyone who attends our advanced track will receive more rigorous training in the kinds of complex skills we need to match complex problems.

Sessions will include topics in methods of counseling such as:

  • Biblical Strategies for Building a Counseling Relationship
  • Biblical Counseling and Self-Harm
  • Biblical Counseling and Homosexuality
  • Biblical Counseling and Domestic Violence
  • Biblical Counseling and Church Discipline
  • Biblical Counseling and Personal Ministry
  • Biblical Counseling and Eating Problems
  • Biblical Counseling and Suicide
  • Biblical Counseling and Sexual Assault
  • Biblical Counseling and Medication
  • Assigning Homework
  • Marriage Counseling Case Study
  • A Case Study in Sin and Suffering
  • A Case Study in Biblical Counseling and Divorce
  • A Biblical Evaluation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Counseling with Effective Homework
  • Concluding a Counseling Case
  • How to Pray When the Pain Will Not Leave
  • How Not to Counsel
  • Common Diagrams in Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is ACBC?
For nearly 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling. We offer a comprehensive biblical counseling certification program that is rigorous, but attainable by even the busiest pastor. The biblical counseling certification phases include Learning, Exams, and Supervision.

What is included in the cost of registration?

  • 30 hours of Training from 9 speakers from all over the course of three weekends.
  • Each attendee will receive a conference booklet and includes lunch on the Saturday of each weekend.
  • The cost of the conference is designed to be as inexpensive as possible. It is less than $100 per weekend.
  • For those pursuing certification, this completes the required hours of teaching for phase one.