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Since 1968

School of Biblical Counseling

Equipping God's People for Life & Ministry

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Biblical counseling training for God's people

Anxiety, depression, grief, conflict—the troubles of life can feel overwhelming. Yet we believe that through Scripture, God speaks into every suffering and sin that people face. How do we wisely connect the dots between someone's troubles and the treasures of Christ in Scripture?

Our courses are designed to help you grow in confidence to offer Christlike counsel to those in need. Through CCEF's biblical counseling training, you will grow in your understanding of people's problems, how God changes us, and how we model the care of Christ to saints, sufferers, and sinners.

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"CCEF has taught me excellent biblical exegesis and has shown me how to deal wisely with secular theories. They have taught me how to draw out and honor a person’s story before incrementally working to reframe it. CCEF has molded me into the person and counselor I am today."

SBC Student

Formation Certificate

2 Courses

You can start by taking Dynamics of Biblical Change or Helping Relationships. Our Formation Certificate is comprised of these two courses and is designed for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how God changes us and how we help others. These courses are offered in alternating terms, and you can take them in either order.

Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate

4 Courses

Once you've completed both courses in the Formation Certificate, you may take any of the following four courses in the Essentials of Biblical Counseling Certificate. This certificate is for helpers, pastors, ministry or Bible study leaders, and those who simply want to grow in loving others well. It is designed to equip you to walk alongside others with Christlike love and wisdom for a variety of issues. You may complete these four courses in any order.

The Basics

term length

10 weeks

time commitment per week

1 course: 6–9 hours

course terms

Every January, March, June, and September

cost per course

$750 ($50 early registration discount during the first month of registration)


All students must start with Dynamics of Biblical Change and Helping Relationships (in either order)

registration open

July 1–August 5

Term Dates

September 16–November 23


$700 through July 22

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Already a student? Find all relevant resources at the link below. You can also see important dates for upcoming terms and a schedule of course term offerings.

Westminster Theological Seminary's

Master of Arts in Counseling

Are you hoping to pursue vocational-level training beyond what CCEF has to offer? We recommend the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) offered by Westminster Theological Seminary in collaboration with CCEF. This program will build your biblical and theological foundation alongside your counseling philosophy and skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

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