Biblical Counseling Training (2022-2023)

OBC is excited to announce a new certification program for training in personal discipleship and biblical counseling! The Lay Counseling Certificate program includes 3 courses: Foundations of Biblical Counseling, Portraits and Contemporary Issues.

Course 1

Foundations of Biblical Counseling
The Foundations of Biblical Counseling course covers 23 topics during each 45 minute (appx.) lesson of material, a downloadable 200 page Biblical counseling notebook and dozens of printable "Practical Change Assignments" which you can utilize within your personal counseling ministry. This course gives you "the why" to counsel one another, a model for how to structure a counseling session, and then practice with the most common issues.
Required reading: How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur

Course 2

Portraits of Biblical Counseling
The Portraits of Biblical Counseling course contains actual observations of real counseling sessions that were filmed with 2 cameras, one viewing the counselor and the other viewing the counselee, so that you, the trainee, can see how a counseling session progresses. These are interspersed within the Foundations course at the point where we feel you will benefit most from observing that session. You will fill out observation forms for each.

Course 3

Contemporary Issues
The Contemporary Issues course covers a wide variety of issues regularly seen in counseling offices. There are printable notes. You will learn the Biblical perspective on how to address each issue. By the time you finish all three of these courses, you will have earned your Lay Counseling Level 1 Certificate. You will also have satisfied all of the requirements of Phase 1 for certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
Required reading: Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp

Why Should You Take the Lay Counseling Certificate Courses?

"Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; 
so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:11
Everyone is a counselor. We engage in counseling every time we answer a question about life, offer words of comfort or encouragement or suggestion, or help someone think through a decision. Whether we call it giving advice, counseling, discipleship, or something else, the crucial question is, Is your counseling consistent with Scripture, biblically wise, and practically effective? This class will help lay the foundation of how to understand and address common problems from a biblical perspective.
 
Everyone needs counsel as they live out the Christian life in a fallen world. We all go through seasons—short and long—when we need wisdom spoken into our lives. This class is taught in such a way as to benefit every Christian who wants to know how to better go through the challenges of life themselves.
 
Everyone is called to counsel. Not everyone is called to serve in a formal ministry of counseling, but all of us as believers are urged to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14) How do you know which situation you are confronting when you seek to help someone? Do you know how to begin admonishing, encouraging, or helping? In growing in your understanding of how God’s Word is sufficient to address all our problems in life, you will be better equipped to disciple others in daily interactions.

God calls some to serve in a ministry of counseling.  The Holy Spirit grants to each believer unique gifts for the benefit of the body (1 Corinthians 12:7). Some have received gifts and passions that enable them to minister effectively as counselors in the local church. This course is a significant step in equipping those who have the desire to make biblical counseling a focal point of their ministry, and pursue additional training such as certification through ACBC. It is also the minimum required training for all lay counselors at OBC.

Program Information

Foundations (33 weeks) – 9/11/22 through 5/28/23
Sunday Mornings 7:45 – 8:45 AM plus
Saturday Workshop (breakfast provided) on 1/14/23 and 3/25/23 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$300/person plus cost to purchase How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur
* If you took Counseling Fundamentals at OBC in 2022, your cost is only $200. Please see the FAQ for more details.

See the  schedule for more details on the topics that will be covered!

To register, contact Diana Rosner. Full and partial scholarships are available. Please contact Diana for more information.

FAQs

I took Counseling Fundamentals at OBC earlier in 2022. Should I take the Lay Counseling Certificate courses?
Yes! Although much of the Foundations material will be familiar, the implementation of this course is completely different. Unlike Fundamentals, there is assigned reading, group discussion and some quizzes and exams. It also integrates 10 observation sessions  and dives deeper into common struggles found in the counseling room. If you are interested in possibly becoming a lay counselor at OBC, you MUST take the Lay Counseling Certificate courses. However, your total cost to do all three courses will be $200 as you have already paid to take Fundamentals.

Is the Lay Counseling Certificate program a requirement to counsel?
It will be a requirement for all lay counselors at OBC. However, completing the courses and earning a certificate from the Biblical Counseling Center is the first step of a church member who is interested in joining the formal counseling ministry of OBC.

Should I take the Lay Counseling Certificate courses even if I know am not interested in assisting the counseling ministry as a biblical counselor?
Yes! Everyone is called to counsel. Not everyone is called to serve in a formal ministry of counseling, but all of us as believers are urged to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14) How do you know which situation you are confronting when you seek to help someone? Do you know how to begin admonishing, encouraging, or helping? In growing in your understanding of how God’s Word is sufficient to address all our problems in life, you will be better equipped to disciple others in daily interactions.

What is the structure of these courses?
The courses are web-based with in-person group discussion each week. Students will complete most coursework at home during the week and meet to discuss the material on Sunday mornings. The Saturday Workshops are a time for classmates to come together and complete a section of the coursework as a group.

How much time should I expect to spend preparing for class?
Students can expect to spend about 2 hours per week on this course. Video sessions are around 40 minutes in length. Each of the modules have notes in your course binder that guide you through the videos. There are no blanks to fill in but there is a place for you to take your own notes on the edge

What does the coursework include?
Watching videos, reading articles and assigned text reading, along with periodic quizzes and a final exam.

What happens if I miss a class or workshop?
No problem! Simply keep up with the work in the schedule and keep coming to class.

What happens if I fall behind in my coursework?
Please continue to come to the Sunday morning classes. We would encourage you to jump back in to the current week’s work. Then, as you have time, go back and complete catch up work. From the time you start this course, you will have 12 months to complete it and an additional two months free to access the course and retrieve any materials if you need an extension.

Where can I find out more information about the ACBC certification process?
https://biblicalcounseling.com/training/certification/
You can also ask Diana Rosner.