Biblical Counseling Training Conference Tracks

2022 Preconference

Saturday, February 12 | 8:15 am - 6:00 pm

"Counseling with the Heart of Christ"

The BCTC Preconference is a one-day training event on the Saturday before the BCTC that exists to strengthen biblical counselors in more focused areas of the biblical counseling field.

The 2022 BCTC Preconference, “Counseling with the Heart of Christ” features Dane Ortlund, author of Gentle and Lowly. Pastor Ortlund’s book was named the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors’ 2020 book of the year. Pastor Ortlund will also be joined other Faith Biblical Counseling Center instructors for this one-day training to help counselors minister with the heart of our Savior.


Faith Church East Auditorium [directions]


7:45 - 8:15

Check in and light Refreshments


Introduction and Prayer

Brent Aucoin


The Heart of Christ Part I

Dane Ortlund


The Heart of Christ Part 2

Dane Ortlund



11:00 – 12:00

The Heart of Christ Part 3

Dane Ortlund

12:00 - 1:30



The Heart of Christ in Community - Case Study

Aaron Birk, Dale & Gail McGinty


Stretch Break


Cultivating the Heart of Christ for All Your Counselees - Including Your Children

Brent & Janet Aucoin




Helping your Counselee Adopt the Heart of Christ in Conflict

Jocelyn Wallace



Dr. Baker & counselee


Optional Question and Answer

Brent Aucoin
Johnny Kjaer
Greg Wetterlin

Janet Aucoin

Jocelyn Wallace

Amy Baker

Track 1 - Foundations

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

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.

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

Track 3 - Adding the Structure II

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

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.

Track 5 - ACBC Certification/Exam track

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.

Track 6 - Women's Track

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.