Level 1 Certification in Biblical Counseling

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The three classes required for Level 1 will be offered in the Fall 2014 semester on August 29-30, September 26-27, and October 17-18. The cost for all three classes is $250, which includes course materials and refreshment breaks. Classes will meet Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Level 1 must be completed before taking level 2 classes.

1. The Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling

This foundational class offers an overview of the basic biblical doctrines of the Christian faith, along with their application to ministry. Specific areas of study include:

  • Inspiration and Authority of Scripture
  • Attributes of God
  • Doctrine of Man
  • Christ and Salvation
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Church

Instructors: Dr. John Babler
Date: Friday, August 29 - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: The Riley Center at Southwestern

2. Introduction to Biblical Counseling

The second class of Level 1 asks the question: "Why not Biblical Counseling?" Students are provided a Scriptural foundation for the use of biblical intervention as a means of teaching, discipleship, counseling, restoration, and evangelism. Specific areas of study include:

  • The Law of the Lord: Psalm 19 and 119
  • Avoid Man’s Wisdom: Psalm 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1-3, Colossians 2:8
  • All We Need: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:3
  • Study the Word: 2 Timothy 2:15
  • Able to Admonish: Romans 15:14; 1 Thess. 5:12-14; 2 Thess. 3:15
  • Counsel Ephesians
  • Counsel 1 Corinthians
  • The Great Commandment and Biblical Counseling

Instructors: Dr. John Babler
Date: Friday, September 26 - Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: The Riley Center at Southwestern

3. The Process of Biblical Counseling

The third class of Level 1 addresses the beginning process of counseling, especially as it relates to the counselor's own life and the relationship with the counselee. Specific areas of study include:

  • What about unbelievers? – Evangelism - 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • The Counselor/Counselee Relationship: Fellow Struggler or Professional
  • Developing and Exhibiting Empathy
  • “Could I talk to you about something?” : The Importance and Power of Informal Counsel
  • Instilling Hope in the Counselee
  • Get the Log Out of Your Own Eye: Self-Confrontation in Biblical Counseling
  • Put On –Put Off – The Process of Biblical Change

Instructors: Dr. John Babler
Date: Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: The Riley Center at Southwestern

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