Biblical Counseling Training

We offer an introductory 40-hour training class (Phase 1 – Fundamentals) and 10 hours of counseling observation (Phase 1 – Observation), as well as ACBC specialization training and advanced training opportunities.

The Certification Process

Phase 1 – Fundamentals

I. Orientation to and Dynamics of Biblical Counseling

Part A. 

  1. Basics of Biblical Counseling
  2. The Need for Biblical Counseling
  3. The Definition and Goal of Biblical Counseling
  4. Progressive Sanctification
  5. Process of Biblical Change
  6. Qualifications of a Biblical Counselor
  7. Getting to Heart Issues

Part B. 

  1. Key Elements in Biblical Counseling
  2. Gathering Data
  3. Discerning Problems Biblically
  4. Establishing Involvement with Counselees
  5. Giving Hope
  6. Providing Instruction
  7. Giving Homework
II. Critical Reflection on Various Theories in Counseling
  1. Secular and Integration Theories
  2. What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical?
III. Husband and Wife Relationships
  1. God’s Purpose for Marriage
  2. Roles of the Husband and Wife
  3. Communication
  4. Biblical Sexuality
IV. Parent and Child Relationships
  1. Goal of Parenting
  2. Parental Instruction
  3. Parental Discipline
V. Frequent Issues in Counseling
  1. Guilt and Repentance
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Trials and Suffering
  4. Fear and Worry
  5. Anger
  6. Depression
  7. Sexual Sin
VI. Medical Issues in Counseling
  1. Physical Illness and Biblical Counseling
  2. Psychotropic Drugs and Biblical Counseling

Further Training

Phase 1 - Observation

BCEV offers a video observation class to fulfill the required 10 hours of Biblical Counseling observation.

Exam Prep

BCEV offers a 13-hour class that will help prepare a student for the ACBC Certification Exam.  

Advanced Training

BCEV will offer classes to fulfill the classroom requirements for
ACBC Specialization Training.

Local Conferences

BCEV will host conferences on particular topics of interest to those that are interested in Biblical Counseling.

Recent & Upcoming Events

REGISTRATION IS OPEN – Phase 1 — Fundamentals Training 2024

“Your testimonies also are my delight;  They are my counselors.” — Psalm 119:24 Greetings BCEV Friends!  Registration. Registration is now open for our Phase 1 — Fundamentals training! We are excited to host another introductory course to biblical counseling. Each...

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Phase 1 — Observation Training

“The things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” — Philippians 4:9 ______________________ Paul modeled his discipleship after the Lord Jesus who taught in word as well as in deed....

Fundamentals Class 2023

Have you heard? We are starting our biblical counseling training on March 18th with the Phase 1 — Fundamentals course. We’ve expanded this course and improved our registration process. You can register for the course here and find out more details below. Registration....

Contact Us


Biblical Counseling of the East Valley is a ministry of Grace Bible Church


7440 S Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ 85285




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