Biblical Counseling Training Conference Tracks

Preconference: Bible Study for Counselors


We believe in the authority of the Scripture. We believe that good biblical counseling will require a thoughtful understanding of Scripture. But more than that, it requires the counselor be a good student of their Bible. We want to minister the Scripture to the daily needs of those hurting around us. However, we do not want to import our own ideas onto the Bible. We want to be an approved workman (2 Tim 2:15), not one who misuses God’s Word. This preconference will help you learn what it means to be a good interpreter of the Bible. We will discuss what it means to be a careful observer of the text. We will discuss the story line of the Bible. We will even spend a few sessions thinking about how the Bible uses itself – The Bible, after all, is a very reliable interpreter of itself! We hope you will join us for some dedicated time to think through how to grow in our skills in being a good student of God’s word.

Dates & Times

Friday-Saturday, February 7-8, 2020

  • 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)

Northend Campus (2000 Elmwood Ave, Lafayette, IN 47904)


Friday, February 7, 2020

4:45 pm to 5:25 pm

Registration Sign In

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Welcome & Worship


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Introduction to Interpretation


7:00 pm to 7:30 pm


7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Text: General to Specific and Specific to General


Saturday, February 8, 2020

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Story Line of Scripture: Part 1


9:30 am to 10:30 am

Story Line of Scripture: Part 2


10:30 am to 11:00 am


11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Use of Antecedent Theology: Part 1


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch - provided on site

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Use of Antecedent Theology: Part 2


2:00 pm to 2:30 pm


2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Interpretation Lab: 1 Corinthians 1-4


3:30 pm to 4:00 pm


4:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Suggestions for the Future


Preconference Schedule

Track 1 - Foundations

2020 Track 1 Schedule
Location: Faith East Campus

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

2020 Track 2 Schedule
Location: Faith East Campus

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

2020 Track 3 Schedule
Location: Faith East Campus

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

2020 Track 4 Schedule
Location: Faith West Campus

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

2020 Track 5 Schedule
Location: Faith East Campus

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

2020 Track 6 Schedule
Location: Faith East Campus

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.