Biblical Counseling Training Conference Tracks
Preconference: Marriage Specialization

2019 Preconference Schedule

This year we are offering the training requirements associated with the Marriage Specialization through ACBC. You do not have to be certified to come to the preconference. However, you must be certified in order to receive the Specialization through ACBC. We will explain the steps to obtaining the Specialization during our opening session of the preconference. We strongly encourage you to be there for that session.

For those who have no interest in the Specialization, this preconference will be two full days of marriage counseling training. It is ideal for those just learning to counsel as well as for the seasoned veteran looking to sharpen their skills.

In addition, we will host the preconference in the new Northend Community Center. It is going to be a very special time together. We hope you will add a couple of days to your planning this year for the conference.

Dates: Friday-Saturday, February 8-9, 2019

Location: Northend Community Center Gym (2000 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette, IN)


  • Friday sign-in at 4:00 p.m.; sessions from 5:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Live Streamed Sessions

Each year we live stream the evening sessions from Track 1 and the Friday morning Closing Plenary on our Faith Live! channel. Afterwards, you'll be able to view it on demand from our BCTC Video page.

Track 1 - Foundations

2019 Track 1 Schedule

Track 1 lays the foundation of biblical counseling principles and practices. Because its focus is on the definition of biblical counseling, how to do biblical counseling, and the most common counseling subjects, such as marriage and family matters, we ask that this track be taken first. This track is required for ACBC certification.

Ahora En Español! Track S1 - Los Fundamentos

Topics include:

  • Key elements of biblical counseling
  • What makes biblical counseling biblical
  • Comparison of counseling philosophies
  • Doctrine of spiritual growth
  • Marriage roles and parenting
  • Rules of communication
  • Depression
  • Forgiveness
  • Anger, fear, and worry
  • Video case observation

Track 2 - Adding the Structure I

2019 Track 2 Schedule

Tracks 2 and 3 add the structure to the foundation built in Track 1. Both tracks cover a wide range of subjects and concerns. Tracks 2 and 3 build on Track 1 to further develop the all-important counseling framework. 

Ahora En Español! Track S2 - Construyendo sobre el Fundamento I

Topics include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Chemical imbalances, genetics, and hormones
  • Freedom from life-dominating sin
  • Pornography
  • Handling problem people within the church
  • Superiority of Bible answers
  • Building spiritual maturity in others
  • Biblical priorities
  • Video case observation

Track 3 - Adding the Structure II

2019 Track 3 Schedule

Track 3 continues to bring in additional training and topics relevant to the practicing biblical counselor, including the use of case studies.

Topics include:

  • Idols of the heart
  • Working with a physician
  • Handling the past biblically
  • ADHD
  • Hermeneutics
  • Finances
  • Counseling teens
  • How to live with a bitter person
  • Video case observation

Track 4 - Advanced Track

2019 Track 4 Schedule

This advanced track is designed for those who have taken Tracks 1-3. The array of session topics will vary from year to year according to the relevant counseling issues of the day and the specialties of the instructors.

Ahora En Español! Track S4 - Módulo Avanzado

Track 5 - ACBC Certification/Exam track

2019 Track 5 Schedule

This track helps attendees work toward completion of the certification exams. We ask that all guests in this track complete Track 1 from us or from another ACBC-approved center. This week will be devoted to understanding the questions and to actually writing answers to exam questions. If you have a laptop, you are encouraged to bring it; however, those who would prefer to hand-write their test answers are welcome to do so. This track fills quickly; register early!

Track 6 - Women's Track

2019 Track 6 Schedule

Our desire is to see more women deployed in counseling ministries worldwide. Therefore, this track builds on the foundation of Track 1 helping women be equipped to help other women. This track could be renamed the “Titus 2 Track” and will focus on some of the common struggles that women face, including dealing with childhood abuse, challenges with their identity, eating disorders, marital struggles, parenting difficulties, and spiritual growth. Our week together will help you apply Titus 2 through equipping in Christ-centered biblical counseling.