Training FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About

Counselor Training at Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center:



Why should I pursue a certificate of achievement in biblical counseling at the Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center?


  • To grow in the understanding of the Bible as God’s instrument of change in the lives of His people (2 Tim 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:3,4).


  • To develop confidence in the sufficiency of scripture, gain skills necessary for using the scripture confidently to help people facing difficult issues and to encourage them in spiritual growth through their trials.


  • To obtain a higher level of knowledge of the Biblical counseling model and to obtain practical resources to more effectively use that model.


  • To develop greater competence in counseling people through difficult issues using the application of specific biblical principles.


  • To have practical accountability during the learning process.


  • To display a certificate to others as evidence of completion and competency in biblical counseling training.


  • To use this certification as a stepping stone toward one of the national certifying associations, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) or International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC).


What is the required coursework for this certification?


There are 4 courses (referred to as "tracks") in our certification program - each with its own required reading, written assignments, and scripture memory work.    Classroom attendance of at least 50% is suggested. (We can offer audio/video links for missed classes or distance learning). Course work should be completed within 2-4 years.   

 

 

How long will it take and how much does it cost?


One track is offered each spring and fall (14 weekly classes) or online, and can be taken in any order. Therefore, our training may be completed in as little as 2 years, but must be completed within 4 years. The cost of each track is $150. (plus books)



What books do I need?


Binders and outlines as well as sample documents of counseling homework assignments are provided. Each track has its own written assignments and required reading list.  Book costs (if purchased from us) range from $60-$90+ per track, depending on your choice of books.



How do I sign up to pursue this certificate?


Please notify our office of your interest in pursuing training by sending in a completed student information sheet.  Once you register with us you will be placed on an email loop with a training facilitator who will send you reminders about resources and reading assignments and be available to answer your questions. We recommend at least 80% class attendance, but you may request an audio link and outline by email if you have to miss a class session.


What will I be equipped to do?


LCBCC's Certificate of Achievement acknowledges that you have thoughtfully and successfully achieved a level of competence in theological and counseling issues as well as articulated a working knowledge of the biblical counseling model.  You will be equipped to counsel and disciple fellow believers and provide counseling help to your church body as a layperson under the authority and accountability of your pastor and church leadership. You will have completed phase one requirements for ACBC certification.


What is my next step?


By completing our training here at LCBCC, you have fulfilled a prerequisite requirement for a nationally recognized ACBC or IABC certification. You may then begin the 10 hours of counseling observation with a certified counselor - either in person or by video, the ACBC Counseling & Theological Exam, and the 50 Hours of supervised counseling. LCBCC will help provide that opportunity for you as well as a special class, if desired, to help you complete the ACBC exam. For information on your next step visit biblicalcounseling.com to obtain an application packet and to read more on the benefits of Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Certification.