Are you interested in developing or improving your counseling skills? Are you interested in learning how to accurately handle and apply the Word of God as you provide counsel? The training we offer at Southwestern Seminary provides an opportunity for you to become equipped as a Biblical Counselor.  Since 2007, we have offered our Certification in Biblical Counseling training to a diverse group of students including laypeople, pastors and other church leaders.

Our certification program consists of 7 weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) of training that are typically completed in a 12-month period. One can begin in the Fall or Spring. The training is held on the campus of Southwestern Seminary and consists of three weekends during the first semester (Fall or Spring), three weekends during the following semester, then a final weekend in either January or August. In addition to attending the seven weekends, students will read one book each semester as well as complete an open book, take home exam before the final weekend of training. Those who complete the requirements will need to indicate agreement with the Document of Faith and Practice and the Document of Counseling Methodology before receiving their certification.

The classes will be held at the Riley Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hotel rooms are available at the conference center for those who desire them. For more information about lodging click the link below. The topic for the Advanced Seminar in January 2017 will be Marriage Counseling. Please contact Dr. John Babler at if you have questions.

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Spring 2017 Training Seminar Schedule
Semester 1: January 27-28, February 17-18, March 24-25
Semester 2: January 27-28, February 17-18, March 24-25
Semester 3: January 13-14
Advanced Training: January 13-14

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Membership Benefits:
  • SWBTS Network of Biblical Counselors.  Active members will be included in an on-line counselor database in order to build a network of Biblical Counselors for Southern Baptist and other churches.
  • Counseling Support. Access to faculty and doctoral students for assistance with difficult counseling cases.
  • Resources. Access to the growing collection of Biblical Counseling materials and resources located at the Walsh Counseling Center.
  • Training. Ongoing training through regular email newsletters, counseling news and issues updates, counseling helps, as well as a variety of advanced seminars and workshops.
Advanced Training Opportunities:

After achieving our Certification in Biblical Counseling, opportunities for advanced training and certification are provided. For more information click here.


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Dr. John Babler

Dr. Babler graduated with his Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. He currently holds the Warren C. Hultgren Chair of Ministerial Counseling and teaches at Southwestern as a Professor of Counseling. He is the co-author of Counseling by the Book: Revised and Expanded Edition and Biblical Crisis Counseling: Not If, But When.

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Dr. Frank Catanzaro

Dr. Catanzaro graduated with his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994. He currently teaches at Southwestern as a Professor of Counseling and Adult Education as well as the Associate Dean of the Doctor of Educational Ministry Degree Program. 

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Dr. Dale Johnson

Dr. Johnson graduated with his Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. He has been a part of the Biblical Counseling department in the Terry School of Church and Family Ministries full-time at Southwestern since the fall semester of 2014. He recently presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society entitled “Hubmaier and Conversion Therapy: A Case for Religious Liberty in Counseling.”

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For more information, contact the Walsh Counseling Center at 817.923.1921 x3570 or e-mail Dr. John Babler at