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Biblical Counseling Series

Course Type: Video

Units: Six

Teacher: Dr. Jim Berg, Dean of Students

Description: IBE offers a personal enrichment series of six units taught by Dr. Jim Berg, Dean of Students. These popular units consist of 12 one-hour video lessons and come with a detailed study guide packed with valuable counseling help and tools. Based on the conviction that the Bible is sufficient to meet every need of man, this series provides practical tips for helping people solve their problems God's way. Hundreds of pastors, classroom teachers, counselors, and laymen around the world have taken these units and incorporated what they have learned into their daily lives and ministries. This series may be taken in any order.

Unit One: Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

What is biblical counseling?
Who should counsel?
The counseling process & utilizing homework
How a believer changes & grows
Dealing with issues of fear & anger
What is biblical counseling?

Optional Textbooks:

The Christian Counselor’s Manual by Jay E. Adams. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973, 463 pages.

A Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Vol. 1 by Wayne A. Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1979, 202 pages.

Unit Two: Counseling Issues

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

Anxiety & stress issues Depression issues
Principles of biblical communication
Dealing with sleep disorders
Working with medication and physicians
Video-taped role-play case studies

Optional Textbooks

Blame It on the Brain? by Edward T. Welch. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1998, 204 pages.

A Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Vol. 1 by Wayne A. Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1979, 202 pages.

Unit Three: Crisis Counseling

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

Elements of crisis counseling
Suicide
Childhood sexual abuse
Understanding the nature of abuse
Biblical help for overcoming the effects of abuse

Optional Textbooks

When Child Abuse Comes to Church by Bill Anderson. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1992, 174 pages.

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1988, 215 pages.

A Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Vol. 1 by Wayne A. Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1979, 202 pages.

Unit Four: Crisis Counseling II

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

Addiction & life-dominating sins
Biblical view of sin
Eating disorders, drugs, & alcohol
Immorality
Teaching the biblical view of sex
Help for dealing with pornography, homosexuality, & adultery

Optional Textbooks

The Useful Lie by William L. Playfair, M.D. Wheaton: Crossway, 1991, 182 pages.

The Myth of Safe Sex by John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Chicago: Moody, 1993, 192 pages.

A Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Vol. 1 by Wayne A. Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1979, 202 pages.

Unit Five: Premarital Counseling

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

Overview of the premarital counseling process
God's goals for marriage
Essential habits of Christian character
Biblical roles in marriage
Biblical communication and problem solving
Finances, sex, & in-laws

Optional Textbooks

Three to Get Ready: Premarital Counseling Manual by Howard A. Eyrich. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991, 228 pages.

Christian Living in the Home by Jay E. Adams. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1972, 140 pages.

Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1977, 151 pages.

Unit Six: Family Counseling

Standard CEU: 1.2
ACSI CEU: 2.0

Helping family members come to biblical reconciliation
Unpacking complex problems-getting to the heart of the issues
Crisis issues
Spousal abuse

Optional Textbooks

Solving Marriage Problems by Jay E. Adams. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983, 122 pages.

Withhold Not Correction by Bruce A. Ray. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1978, 140 pages.

Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1977, 151 pages.