Christian Counseling Certification

Christian Counseling Certification

Certifying Christians for the Ministry of Counseling

We provide Christian Counseling Certification and training for Christians who desire to enter the ministry and practice of Christian counseling. Most Christians in ministry are already counseling in one form or another. Certification provides a sound foundation in Biblical doctrine and theology necessary to inform, guide, and ground Christian counselors in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Our training will also equip counselors with the knowledge of psychological and counseling theory applicable to various counseling settings and individual, couple, and family needs.

As a certified Christian counselor, you can have a rewarding career and ministry providing counseling services to individuals, families, and couples looking for spiritual solutions. Those who have Christ as their faith or who identify spiritually are looking for spiritually-based professionals. A large number of certified Christian counselors work in private practice as faith-based (Christian) counselors. Many others work with churches and ministries, providing counseling and counseling related-services.

We offer Certification at a suggested Donation of $500.

 

All Donations help to fund the Marriage Wellness Center.

Benefits of Certification

Access to Professional Database

You will have access to hundreds of counseling, psychology, and theology resources and videos. All In One Place! Also, access to support you in counseling ministry.

Affiliation

Affiliation with ALCC gives you recognition, accountability, and communicates to the public that you are part of a larger organization.

Certification grants you recognition and credibility, while also increasing your knowledge and skills.

Training

With certification you will have access to ongoing counseling training both free and low cost.

We schedule ongoing web-based training throughout the year that you will have access to. This allows you to become a better Christian counselor. 

What is certification 

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Certification is a voluntary process that individuals seek to gain credibility and increased knowledge and skills. Most people want to know if they will be accredited, what they will call themselves, and how they can use their certification professionally and elsewhere. 
 

Since Christian counseling is a religious practice, it is an unregulated profession. This means that there is no main governing body that certifies and licenses all Christian counselors. For example, if you want to advertise and work as an electrician, you would need to be licensed as an electrician. This is not the case for Christian counseling. 
 

While the above is true, it is unethical to practice Christian counseling without the proper training and skill. Failure to gain the appropriate skill will result in harm to the client. Obtaining a Christian counseling certification may help you obtain business insurance, prestige, and credibility. 
 

Most states provide an exemption from state licensure if you (1) are a religious/spiritual counselor (2) recognized by an organized entity, and (3) are NOT using or claiming specific titles like “Mental Health Counselor” or “Psychotherapist.”
 

It will be your responsibility to know what the allowed titles for individuals who practice counseling in your state are. Some states have restrictions on the type of titles that can be used by non-state licensed mental health providers. However, most states do allow the use of “Christian,” “Pastoral,” or “Religious” counselors. It is your responsibility to be in compliance with your state’s laws.

 

Course Agenda and Content Areas

Day 1 (Seven Hours)

8 am – 9:45 am

  • Christian Counseling and Psychology

  • Ethics

 

9:45 am – 10:00 am Break

 

10:00 am – 12 pm

  • Counseling Techniques

 

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Break

 

12:15 pm – 2pm

  • Counseling and Counseling Theories

  • Theology and Counseling (Mental Health Tool Kit)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Q&A

End of Day 1

Day 2 (Seven Hours)

 

8 am – 9:45 am

  • Human Development & Experiences

  • Counseling Individuals

9:45 am – 10:00 am Break

10:00 am – 12 pm

  • Counseling Couples

  • Counseling Families

  • Counseling Children

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Break

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Common Mental Health Disorders (Mental Health Tool Kit

  • Wrap-up

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Q&A

End of Day 2

 

Traditional Pathway State Counseling Licensure 

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If you wanted to become a state licensed counselor or therapist, there are specific requirements that you must meet. The entire process would take, on average, a minimum of five years. 


Step one: Complete an advanced degree. A Master’s degree in counseling or a related field.
Step two: Complete an internship. Internships usually require at least 100 hours.
Step three: Complete practicum hours. Practicum usually requires at least 600 hours.
Step four: Complete National Counselor Exam and other relevant exams.
Step five: Complete supervision hours. Supervision usually requires 3000 hours minimum over 3 – 4 years.
Step six: Apply for licensure from your state organizing body.