Certificate in Christian Counseling (CCC)

If you are looking for graduate level training to equip you with counseling skills, but are not sure you want our full MA in Counseling degree, then this certificate program may be just what you are looking for. Courses within the certificate program will emphasize helping/counseling skills, an understanding of a broad range of human struggles, and how we grow and change.

Who is it for?

The counseling skills and knowledge gained from our certificate program fit with a professional model but are also useful for pastors, church leaders, and lay leaders who want to improve their work within the church. In addition, small group leaders, educators, and pregnancy counseling volunteers have found these courses helpful. Mental health professionals seeking distinctly Christian and faith-based counseling skills may also wish to complete the certificate.

Many certificate holders may wish to consider a future MA in Counseling degree. Our admissions counselors can walk you through the process.

What are the specific requirements?

The certificate program requires a completed undergraduate or equivalent degree, and completion of a degree application. Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to transfer appropriate completed courses into the MA in Counseling (MAC) degree program.

What is Christian Counseling?

Simply put, Christian Counseling is counseling that seeks to impart the love, compassion and wisdom of God to those who are struggling with life's problems. The ultimate goals include symptom relief, skill acquisition, insight, and maturation in the faith.

What is the central focus of BTS's programs in Counseling?

Wise Counsel:

Effective people-helping combines knowledge, skill and the self-awareness needed to practice what the Bible calls wisdom (Proverbs 2:2).

Biblical Anthropology:

Looks to the biblical story to best understand God's design for human life, the impact of the fall on all of creation, and God's redemptive work among his people.

Counseling Skills and Practice:

Students gain Fieldwork experience through 700 supervised hours over two years, including a practicum and a full-year internship.

Cohort Community:

Students remain together and follow a sequenced curriculum in Bible and Theology, Core Counseling, and Advanced Counseling course.

Generalist Program:

Students receive a broad and solid foundation for a wide variety of callings in God's kingdom including, but not limited to, pastoral or professional ministry.

Theology Developed for Counselors:

We successfully combine a thorough understanding of the biblical text and theology, and use it specifically in a counseling context.


Certificate in Christian Counseling Curriculum

Required Courses - 9 Credits

  • Helping Relationships
  • Human Development & Change
  • Psychopathology

Electives - 6 Credits

The remaining six (6) credit hours needed to complete the certificate program may be taken from any courses offered on a variety of counseling subjects including these sample courses:

  • Models of Counseling
  • Counseling and Physiology
  • Summer Advanced Topics

A prerequisite for counseling electives is successful completion of Helping Relationships or Pastoral Counseling including a recommendation from the professor.

Please be aware that these elective courses vary from year to year. Please see our current term schedules for the classes being offered this year.

Total Required Credits - 15

To earn the certificate, students must complete fifteen credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

MAC Course Policy for Non-MAC Students

Students not in the MAC program who wish to complete core counseling classes [note: this does not limit bible and theology counseling courses) are limited to certificate level courses. These courses include:

  • Helping Relationships
  • Human Development
  • Psychopathology
  • Models of Counseling
  • Counseling and Physiology
  • Some summer electives

Students wishing to take advanced counseling classes as part of the certificate (i.e., the elective course) such as Marriage and Family, Child and Adolescent must first successfully complete Helping Relationships (or Pastoral Counseling plus receive the recommendation of that professor).

Students wishing to transfer into the MAC program must first complete Helping Relationships (successful completion of triads, mock counseling and the video assignments). Those students who completed the pastoral counseling course must audit Helping Relationships and successfully complete the active auditor requirements.

Students need to be reviewed before they are permitted to transfer into MAC fully, but can be taking courses on the list above.


Why Choose the BTS Graduate School of Counseling for Training?

BTS has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. In addition to continuing education offerings, BTS provides the following additional options:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) - This 52-hour degree is delivered in a cohort class format that meets one night a week and one Saturday a month for two years. It includes a reduced schedule in the summer (see summer counseling institute) and two fall retreats.
  • Certificate in Christian Counseling (CCC) - An excellent means of developing basic counseling competencies at the graduate level. This certificate benefits pastors, church leaders and many others interested in counseling others from a biblical perspective. Courses taken in the certificate program are eligible to be transferred into the Master of Arts in Counseling degree.
  • Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling (CAPC) - This certificate allows students with a master's degree in counseling to acquire advanced counseling training. Many students who complete the CAPC program will pursue full licensure.
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Concentration (MA,CCC) - This 48-hour degree is delivered in a traditional class format with an emphasis in practical theology and counseling.
  • Master of Divinity degree, Counseling Concentration (MDiv, CC) - The language-based Master of Divinity consists of 90 credits in a convenient format. Due to block scheduling, full-time students are on campus a maximum of only two days per week. Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening so students may work and minister as they complete their degree.
  • Summer Counseling Institute - The institute is open to current students completing their elective credits, alumni, and those desiring additional counseling education and training at the graduate level. Course topics have included anxiety, suffering and disability, depression, grief, victimology, and more. CEU credits are also available, and are provided over a weekend.
  • Global Trauma Recovery Institute - Dr. Diane Langberg & Dr. Philip Monroe provide high quality continuing education for those interested in addressing the needs of psychosocial trauma victims in the United States & around the world.
BTS Graduate School of Counseling's Program Goals
  • Live grace-based lives increasingly characterized by wisdom, the fruit of the Spirit, and love for God and community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to humble, learner-oriented ministry in a world marked by cultural, theological, and philosophical diversity.
  • Grow in knowledge of the Bible and ability to humbly interpret & apply it in light of history, culture, and genre.
  • Demonstrate effective counseling skills in light of student's gifting, call, and context.

Important Dates:

  • Open Now:
  • Registration for fall 2014 Classes

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