Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) will be launching a new certificate programme for students that will replace their existing certificate options. The transition to this new structure will begin in January of 2022.
If you are a returning student, you will be able to work toward existing certificates through the end of 2023. Alternatively, you can opt to transition into the new curriculum to be awarded with CCEF Formation or Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate.
If you are a new student, you will be required to follow CCEF new curriculum requirements as of 2022.
CCEF New Certificate Course (starts Jan 2022)
Dynamics of Biblical Change
|Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate|
Counseling in the Local Church
Scripture for Life & Ministry
CCEF Returning Student Course (will be offered until the end of 2023)
|Foundations of Biblical Counseling Certificate|
Dynamics of Biblical Change
Counseling in the Local Church
Scripture for Life & Ministry
|Topics in Biblical Counseling Certificate|
Counseling Problems & Procedures
Counseling & Physiology
Theology & Secular Psychology
|Counseling Skills & Practice Certificate|
Counseling Children & Adolescents
Counseling Abusive Marriages
Case Study Seminar
For Equip-CCEF Online Course Registration, students are required to do the following:
Step 1: Sign up for Equip-CCEF courses at discounted price
In order to get Equip-CCEF courses at discounted price, students must sign up first with Equip.
Step 2: Complete payment to Equip
Please make payment to Equip and notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so that you can get a discount code. You will need to have this discount code in order to complete step 3 below.
(Payment info: https://new.equip.org.my/payment-details/)
Equip will send a discount code to students who have completed step 1 and 2 within 1-2 days.
You will only be able to proceed with Step 3 after you have completed step 1 and 2.
Step 3: Register for courses with CCEF
With the given discount code, proceed to CCEF Genius portal to complete your course registrations. Be sure to register the course correctly before 15 February 2022.
For Returning Students: Please log in to your Genius account and register for the courses on the Genius dashboard. (click here to see how to register on Genius for returning students)
For New Students: If this is your first time, you will need to create your Genius account with CCEF first. Once an account is created, you may then log in to register for the courses on the Genius dashboard. (click here to see how to register on Genius as a new student)
CCEF - Dynamics of Biblical Change (Pre-requisite)
The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counseling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.
CCEF - Helping Relationships
Let’s say you have a basic and growing understanding of biblical counseling. You know the key ideas and have been able to apply them to yourself. Now comes the hard part: How do you apply this understanding in your everyday relationships? This course will take the content you already know and get specific about how you can actually deliver the content. Case studies, lectures, and group discussions will help you grow in your ability to listen well, know people, interpret another person’s story from a biblical perspective, and offer biblically-based truth that will motivate others in their growth in Christ.
Note: This course has two unique requirements. First, you will be grouped with 3-4 other students for a bi-weekly community group. This group will decide when they want to meet, and what format works best (Skype, Google Hangout, Phone Call, etc.)
You will also meet weekly for an hour with someone (a friend, fellow church member, neighbor, etc.) to put into practice what you are learning in Helping Relationships. You will receive more information about these activities in your course syllabus and in the opening lecture.
CCEF - Counseling in the Local Church
Biblical counseling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counseling to the local church? The purpose of this course is to:
- to broaden students’ understanding of counseling to include all relationships
- to build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part
- to help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same
- to see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate
- to examine present ministry opportunities
Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye for ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.
Scripture for Life and Ministry
Scripture for Life & Ministry (SLM) is offered in place of Biblical Interpretation (BIN). If you have completed BIN previously, you may use either BIN or SLM toward the completion of the CCEF Foundations of Biblical Counseling Certificate.
SLM seeks to preserve the best elements of BIN (hands-on interpretation of Scripture applied to life) but makes that process even more explicit and practical for students in their contexts of ministry. SLM is a substantially different course (perhaps 70% or more new lecture material) although there is some overlap in the assignments with BIN (e.g. Acts 8 passage work, Psalm 77 final paper). There are several new assignments with SLM as well. Students who have taken BIN would still benefit from taking SLM as an elective.
Scripture is authoritative and sufficient for counseling (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4), but how do you connect God’s Word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you frequently turn to the same familiar passages, but are less confident in using other biblical passages to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord? This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives
In this course, you will:
- Grow in excitement and passion for the personal application of God’s Word in your own life and in the lives of others.
- Learn and practice a method of biblical interpretation that makes connections between the details of particular passages and the wider story of Scripture that centers on Jesus Christ.
- Practice moving from Scripture to life by making gospel-centered connections between specific passages and the particulars of a person’s life.
- Practice moving from life to Scripture by learning to frame people’s struggles in ways that naturally connect with particular biblical themes and passages.
CCEF - Human Personality
Who is God? Who are we? Most everything we do comes from our answers to these questions, so we want to get the answers right. This course will focus especially on the questions Who am I? and Who are we? Since we are made in the image of God, we will also have the pleasure of asking Who is God? The goal is practical theology. We want answers that will inspire, instruct, guide and provide direction for our face-to-face ministry.
CCEF - Counselling Problems & Procedures
This course aims to go deep with the everyday and universal problems of life, such as guilt, shame, fear, anger and suffering. The course content also goes broad by considering problems that are not found in a concordance, such as bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, anorexia and bulimia, and addictions. Through case studies, lectures, and outside readings, you’ll learn to move toward people with any type of struggle in a way that is engaging, helpful, and Christ-centered.
CCEF - Marriage Counseling
Marriage problems can seem especially complicated and disheartening, not only for the couples struggling with them but also for those trying to help. Talking about them with a helper can be difficult, even explosive. In this introductory course on marriage counseling, you will walk away with a working model for how to make sense of marriage problems. You’ll understand simple, basic, and Biblical categories that can handle all of the mess and hardship that marriage counseling and marriage problems will throw at you. You’ll also learn methods that help you to manage and constructively direct the conflict and volatility that are often part of the process. But most importantly, you’ll have a model that in every way connects the truth of the Gospel to everything that you are going to see in marriage problems.
CCEF - Counseling and Physiology
A biblical view of human beings begins with an understanding that we are both body AND spirit. From this reality flows a nuanced pastoral approach to suffering and sin in a person’s life that takes seriously both the physical and spiritual aspects of the struggle at hand. In this class you will look at issues such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other problems that require discernment of physical and spiritual components of the struggle. You will also gain an understanding of the role of psychoactive medications and psychiatry in caring for others. Through lectures, group discussion, and case studies you’ll learn how to wisely help those who struggle with problems in which both attention to physical and spiritual aspects are paramount.
CCEF - Theology & Secular Psychology
The modern psychologies provide the lenses through which most people view life’s problems. They shape how people interpret troubling behaviors, emotions, and relationships—so that sin is never part of what goes wrong with us. They shape the solutions offered—so that Christ plays no necessary part in addressing what is going on. Through practical assignments, group discussion, lectures and assigned readings, you’ll develop skills to lovingly and wisely engage the ways others seek to understand and solve personal problems. You’ll develop your ability to reinterpret what they see most clearly and care about most deeply. This class will help you to understand where biblical counseling fits both within the church and in relation to the surrounding mental health system.
CCEF - Counselling Children & Adolescents
Today’s children and teens struggle with many common counseling issues, such as depression, eating disorders, broken relationships, suicide, and peer pressure, to name a few. At the root of these problems is a heart struggle that the Lord wants to redeem and transform through the application of Gospel truths. Through practical, hands on project assignments and creative class exercises, you’ll learn how to build a relationship with a child or teen and apply Scripture in a way that gives life. You will apply the counseling strategies and methodology taught in class, with a child or adolescent of your choosing, with whom you will commit to meet weekly throughout the duration of the course. You’ll also have lectures and assigned readings that help you understand a biblical method of family counseling; issues of learning and development; and develop an understanding of common counseling problems with children and teens. While this course focuses on applying counseling skills to children and teens, the skills you’ll build are applicable to counseling adults as well, learning to draw them out and feel comfortable discussing their problems, and applying Scripture.
CCEF - Counseling Observation
What does actual counseling look like? It’s one thing to learn about biblical counseling through reading books and listening to a lecture, but it’s quite another to learn by actually seeing it done. You’ll have the opportunity to observe various CCEF counselors and faculty members as they counsel actual cases, either live or on video. You’ll experience the unscripted, unpredictable, and often messy aspects of face-to-face personal ministry, and be introduced to the artfulness, skill, and utter dependency on the Spirit that is needed to counsel wisely. Class discussion will focus on topics that arise out of each counseling session, and you’ll learn how to make effective progress notes to document your own counseling sessions.
Taught by Ed Welch or Mike Emlet (alternates each term)
*Please note: Dynamics of Biblical Change and Helping Relationships are prerequisites for this course.
CCEF - Protecting the Vulnerable
This course is for all who are interested in better understanding and addressing the need for protecting the vulnerable in church and ministry contexts. Misunderstanding the nature of abuse and those who are abused often leads to a multitude of mistakes: confusion, fear, minimization, misuse of biblical principles, and harm to the individuals involved as well as the church community. We will work to wisely identify the issues of abuse as well as a theological approach to loving and protecting the vulnerable populations in our midst. This course focuses primarily on the group most often seen as vulnerable: children. However, other groups that are increasingly targeted will be addressed such as the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged.
This is a 10-week course, and there will be several live meetings throughout the semester. Students are expected to attend and participate in each of the live meetings. This is 10% of a student’s grade. If a student needs to miss for extenuating circumstances, students will be required to watch the recording of the meeting.
For the April, 2022 term, live meetings will occur Monday at 10:00 am (ET) on the following dates:
- April 11
- April 18
- May 9
- May 23
- June 6
*Enrollment in this course requires additional approval from SBC Administration. Students who enroll will receive a follow-up email with additional steps and instructions for enrollment within 5 days of registering. Course enrollments will be held as “pending” until the enrollment is approved.