summer counseling institute

Every summer we offer special topic courses that help counseling students and professionals maintain their continuing education requirements. Past course topics have included dealing with abuse in the church, healing trauma in international settings, Christian counseling in the postmodern context, and one session coaching techniques.

NBCC Approved Courses

On February 1, 2013 Biblical Seminary was approved to offer Online Continuing Education by the National Board for Certified Counselors (#4562). This is in addition to our approval to offer live on-site continuing education, which was granted on June 1, 2011.

Click here to view how obtain CE Credits online

Who Should Attend?

Those with counseling and/or healthcare training at the graduate level who are:

  • Christian Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Therapists
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Pastors and Church Leaders
  • Mercy Ministry Providers

Why Choose Biblical Seminary?

We are a nationally accredited evangelical seminary training men and women in our Masters of Arts in Counseling program from a Christian worldview. Graduating students are eligible to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Biblical seeks to train graduates to take their faith and their profession seriously as they serve others in diverse settings.

What Will the Courses Cost?

  • Graduate Credit - One Credit Courses: $480.00 (or current cohort rate)
  •      (Each course includes pre-course and post-course work that
  •      must be completed to earn one credit)
  • Continuing Education - 9 hours NBCC approved CE’s (each course): $90.00 for 9 CE's
  •      (Please check the requirements for your discipline)
  • Audit Rate: $90.00
  • Friday Night Sample: $10 per Friday evening session ONLY

Register for Our Summer Courses:


2015 Summer Counseling Institute courses:


Trauma and the Military

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29, 2015
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Senior Chaplain Colonel Dean Bonura, DMin - The material in the course is the product of years of research and the focus of the instructor’s doctoral dissertation. The Senior Chaplain Colonel Dean Bonura has over 26 years of experience as an Army Chaplain and has also served in combat. He is currently serving as the Senior Chaplain for Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, VA.
Description: Many returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD or exhibit symptoms of post-trauma stress. These veterans are in our churches while many others have become estranged from their churches. Combat-related trauma that may lead to PTSD has visible and less visible symptoms. These symptoms can be likened to an iceberg: symptoms that are visible, such as hyper-alertness, sleeplessness, and anger represent the protruding part and are typically recognized as psychological; but there are also less visible symptoms such as guilt, grief, and loss of meaning that may be described as spiritual symptoms. And these symptoms require spiritual interventions. This course will examine many of these spiritual symptoms and explore the spiritual remedies that address them by using the tenets of Christian spirituality. The course also addresses other trauma experienced in the military such as sexual assault.


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Purchase the Video of the Abuse in the Church Conference

In 2012 we offered a two day conference for the Summer Counseling Institute entitled: Abuse in the Church: Biblical, Legal & Counseling Perspectives with guest speakers Dr. Phil Monroe and Dr. Boz Tchividjian. The goal was to equip you to personally respond to this issue and to help your organizations prepare and implement procedures to both prevent abuse and take appropriate action when the issue presents itself.

Click here to order the video

If you are a mental health practitioner, pastor, lay leader, para-church ministry leader and you are wrestling with these questions in your church, ministry, or place of employment . . . this video series is for you.

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