Counseling Training Certification

We appreciate your interest in our online ACBC Fundamentals training. We are not accepting new trainees from January 1 through March 31. During this time, we will be updating our online training videos and notebook. Please check back with us after March 31 for updated details on our training. Thank you!

Training Resources

Certification Dashboard

The Certification Dashboard is a required online program to walk you through the ACBC Certification process! You can think of it as an interactive checklist. It does not provide all the materials necessary for certification, but it will be a helpful tool to guide you along the way. To enroll in this program, click here and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen. Remember, this is a required step for pursuing ACBC certification.

Phase 1 Training Videos

View 30+ hours of counseling training videos with Dr. Ernie Baker, our Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship. We have included the Biblical Care and Discipleship Class notebook here.

Important Notice: If you are viewing these videos to fulfill the Fundamentals training for ACBC certification, we need to enroll you! Please contact The Grace Center at 904-366-1237 or by email (counselingministry@fbcjax.com) to enroll in the training process.

Dr. Keith Palmer’s ACBC Theology and Counseling Exam Questions/Outlines

DOWNLOAD ACBC Theology Exam Study Guide

DOWNLOAD ACBC Counseling Exam Study Guide

Dr. Ernie Baker’s Theology and Counseling Exam Questions/Outlines

DOWNLOAD ACBC Theology Exam Study Guide

DOWNLOAD ACBC Counseling Exam Study Guide

SEPTEMBER

ACBC Theology Exams 1-4
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ACBC Theology Exams 4-8
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ACBC Counseling Exam 1
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ACBC Counseling Exams 2-5
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ACBC Counseling Exam 6-7
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OCTOBERACBC Theology Exams 9-10
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ACBC Theology Exams 11-16
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ACBC Counseling Exams 8-9
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ACBC Counseling Exams 10-13
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ACBC Counseling Exams 14-15
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NOVEMBERTheology exam questions 17 – 20
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Theology exam questions 21 – 23
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Theology exam question 24
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Counseling exam questions 16 -18
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Counseling exam questions 19 -20
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Dr. Ernie Baker’s Theology Q&A Audio Sessions

Week 1 • ACBC Wednesday Class (January 8, 2020)


Week 2 • ACBC Wednesday Class (January 15, 2020)


Week 3 • ACBC Wednesday Class (January 29, 2020)


Week 4 • ACBC Wednesday Class (February 12, 2020)


Week 5 • ACBC Wednesday Class (February 19, 2020)


Week 6 • ACBC Wednesday Class (February 26, 2020)


Week 7 • ACBC Wednesday Class (March 4, 2020)

 

ACBC Approved Reading List

The following books will be helpful to you as you complete your ACBC exams. Individuals pursuing ACBC Certification are required to read 1,000 pages or more from the following resources, 300 pages of which must be from the Biblical Counseling & Theology text category.

Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Blame It on the Brain? by Ed Welch
Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams
Counseling One Another: A Theology of Inter-personal Discipleship by Paul Tautges
Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur
Counseling the Hard Cases edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert
How to Help People Change by Jay Adams
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
Ready to Restore by Jay Adams
Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison
Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison
The Christian Counselor’s Manual by Jay Adams
Changed into His Image by Jim Berg
Our Sufficiency in Christ by John MacArthur

Biblical Counseling & Theology
A Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert
A Theology of Christian Counseling by Jay Adams
Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue
Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
Christian Theology by Millard Erickson
Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns
Systematic Theology by John Frame
Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. Warfield
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

Counseling & Anger
Anger & Stress Management by Wayne Mack
The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo
Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones

Counseling & Anxiety
Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur
Courage: Fighting Fear with Faith by Wayne Mack
Triumphing Over Sinful Fear by John Flavel
When People Are Big and God Is Small by Ed Welch

Counseling & Avoidance
Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert
Godliness through Discipline by Jay Adams
Passions of the Heart by John Street
The Heart of Addictions by Mark Shaw

Counseling & Conflict
Pursuing Peace by Robert D. Jones
Putting Your Past in Its Place by Steve Viars
The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns

Counseling & Family
God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Köstenberger
Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
Strengthening Your Marriage God’s Way by Wayne Mack
The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
The Faithful Parent by Stuart Scott and Martha Peace
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage by Jay Adams

Counseling & Suffering
God’s Mercy in Our Suffering: Lamentations for Pastors and Counselors by Eric Kress and Paul Tautges
In the Aftermath: Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Pamela Gannon and Beverly Moore
Out of the Blues by Wayne Mack
God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison

Personal Growth Project

Access video files here.

ACBC Reading Log

Please record the books you have read from the ACBC Approved Reading List, along with the author and exact number of pages from each book. 1,000 or more pages must be read, with at least 300 pages from the Biblical Counseling & Theology texts. Please submit this form with your ACBC Application.

Access files here.

ACBC Observation Log

You are required to observe an ACBC counselor for a minimum of 10 hours. Be sure to provide the information requested below, even if you have watched DVD’s

Access files here.

Additional Resources

Recommended Websites

The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship

for further counseling training

IBCD.ORG



Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

for certification and training and certified biblical counselors

VISIT WEBSITE

 

Biblical Counseling Coalition

for resources, recommended counseling centers, articles

VISIT WEBSITE

 

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

for training resources

CCEF.ORG
Worldview, Theology, Science and Physical Problems
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Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling

by James Macdonald & Bob Kelleman, Harvest House Publishers

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A Theology of Christian Counseling

by Jay E. Adams, Zondervan

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A Theology of Biblical Counseling

by Heath Lambert, Zondervan

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General Introduction and Methodology
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Counseling How to Counsel Biblically

by John MacArthur & Biblical Counseling Faculty, Thomas Nelson

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Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

by Paul David Tripp, P & R Publishing

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History of Biblical Counseling
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The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams

by Heath Lambert, Crossway

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The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context

by David Powlison, New Growth Press

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Men’s Issues

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Men Counseling Men: A Biblical Guide to the Major Issues

by John D. Street, Dr. Somerville, Dr. Baker, Dr. Ham, Joshua Clutterham, etc, Harvest House Publishers

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Women’s Issues
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Women Counseling Women: Biblical Answers to Life’s Difficult Problems

by Elyse Fitzpatrick and contributing authors: Mary Somerville, Janie Street, Martha Peace, Karrie Hahn, Harvest House Publishers

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The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women

by John and Janie Street, Harvest House

AVAILABLE IN BOOKS & MEDIA

Effective Biblical Counseling and Journals
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Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture

by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert, B & H Academic

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The Journal of Biblical Counseling

CCEF

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