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Discipleship and Counseling Basics Series

These seven courses provide the basic training a believer needs to be able to handle the common problems of life in a victorious and God-honoring manner. It will disciple beginners as well as seasoned saints, and will also equip the average believer with competence and skills to help others when needed.Based solely upon God’s Word, these courses teach the student how to understand and use the Bible practically to solve problems, instead of trusting in secular thinking. Those interested in becoming certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) or the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC) will find these courses to be all you need to meet the minimum requirements toward certification.**Course Four “practicing your counsel” is not needed for those taking training by correspondence.

course 1: renewing your mind: getting God’s perspective of life’s problem
Course One includes the following topics:
What is Counseling? ~ How to Counsel Unbelievers ~ How to Counsel Believers ~ Why Do People Do What They Do? ~ Understanding Problems Biblically ~ Getting to the Heart Issues ~ Gathering Needed Information ~ Giving Hope ~ Understanding Change ~ Helping People Commit to Change ~ Giving Homework


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course 2: conquering common problems: defeating strongholds
Prerequisites: Course One
Course Two includes the following topics:
Counseling Anger ~ Basics of Marriage Counseling ~ Confession and Forgiveness ~
Life-Dominating Problems ~ Counseling Worry ~ Counseling Fear ~ Counseling Depression ~ Counseling Anxiety ~ Counseling Panic Attacks ~ Understanding Addictions


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course 3: learning to discern: identifying worldly counsel
Prerequisites: Course One and Course TwoCourse Three covers the following topics:
Counseling Methodologies ~ Critique of Secular Approaches ~ Critique of Integrationist Models ~ Inner Healing and the Bible ~ Deliverance Ministries ~ Counseling Sexual Problems ~ Counseling Abusers and the Abused ~ Charts Comparing Counseling Systems


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course 5: getting marriage right: enjoying the gift of intimacy

Course Five covers the following topics:
God’s View of Marriage ~ How Two Become One ~ Divine Order (Husband and Wife Roles) ~ General Principles of Sex


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course 6: parenting put simply: biblical instruction for raising kids

Course Six covers the following topics:
5 Things to Know About Kids ~ 6 Things to Know About Parenting ~ Why and How to Discipline ~ 25 Common Mistakes Parents Make That Provoke Anger


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course 7: making peace seminar: the art of forgiveness

Course Seven covers the following topics:
Importance of Reconciliation ~ Foundation of Reconciliation ~ Seeking Forgiveness ~ Granting Forgiveness ~ Handling Gossip


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grieving with hope

This is an elective course
Recorded live with a small group of currently grieving souls, BCI’s director, Joe Propri, gently encourages and teaches sound doctrine, giving practical help for processing through grief. Related passages of scripture are clearly explained, and examples of those in scripture who suffered the loss of a loved one are evaluated that we might learn from their example. Ignoring secular thinking on this delicate subject, Joe Propri presents a solidly biblical approach to understanding and persevering through the sorrow of loss, that we might not only be comforted by Jesus and His Word, but that we’d also glorify God in our suffering.


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biblical counseling training for jail & prison workers
This is an elective course
This course covers the following topics:
Basis for Counseling ~ Counseling Unsaved Inmates ~ Counseling Believers
~ Dynamics of Crisis Counseling ~ Some Basic Counseling Tips ~ How to Handle Imprisonment ~ Long Term Change (a New You!) ~ Handling Wrongful Imprisonment ~ Relating to Authority ~ Understanding Your Limitations ~ Working the “System” ~ Ministering to Others


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