Care & Discipleship Training

 

Learn About the Process

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3 (Observation)

Level 1

Level 1 teaches people how the sufficiency of Scripture shapes the way we view all of life’s struggles. It begins by laying the foundation of general principles involved in biblical counseling and then applies these principles to situations involving anger, conflict, depression, fear, worry, temptation and trial.

These materials will help believers learn to handle common issues of sin and sanctification in a biblical way

Level 1 of the Care & Discipleship Course entails the following 5 steps:

1. Instruction

The training consists of 15 hours of instruction from the Care & Discipleship Course. This instruction can be watched by purchasing a simple annual subscription ($55/yr) to stream the videos or buying a physical DVD. Please visit our online store for more information about our training products.

If you’re studying as a group –– the best choice may be to purchase a Supporting Church group subscription.

2. Exam

Once you have taken the 15 hours of instruction you can take the Level 1 Exam. It consists of 10 questions and is open notes, open Bible.

Download Exam PDF | Download Exam Doc

3. Electives

The general material in the Care & Discipleship Course is supplemented by the opportunity to listen to 3 electives from IBCD’s messages on specific counseling issues. Any message on the website (other than those in the Care & Discipleship Course) count as electives. Hearing messages live at a Spring Seminar or Summer Institute counts as well. Indicate these three message titles on the Level 1 Application.

View IBCD Messages

4. Interview

Part of the goal of the Care & Discipleship training is that church leaders are aware of people who have a desire to be involved in intentional, one-another care. In order to receive a certificate of completion one must have an interview with a church leader who deals with pastoral care. The interview is simply discussing the provided questions. Nothing needs to be written down, but the church leader must sign and date the CDC Interview form indicating that this interview has taken place.

Download CDC Interview Form

5. Application

Once all of the requirements have been fulfilled, the application form can be completed and sent to the IBCD Office. We prefer for these to be sent to us electronically via email. If that is not convenient, you may mail it to us at IBCD, 655 W 11th Ave, Escondido, CA 92025.

Download Application

Level 2

Level 2 continues with a wealth of practical wisdom for helping people seek true gospel change in the areas of marriage and family, parenting and biblical decision-making. It also explores the interplay of body and soul in relation to medicine and mental disorders.

Anyone with a heart for discipleship or leadership will find these materials a valuable tool.

Level 2 of the Care & Discipleship Course entails the following 5 steps:

1. Instruction

The training consists of 15 hours of instruction from the Care & Discipleship Course. This instruction can be watched by purchasing a simple annual subscription ($55/yr) to stream the videos or buying a physical DVD. Please visit our online store for more information about our training products.

If you’re studying as a group –– the best choice may be to purchase a Supporting Church group subscription.

2. Exam

Once you have taken the 15 hours of instruction you can take the Level 2 Exam. It consists of 10 questions and is open notes, open Bible.

Download Exam PDF | Download Exam Doc

3. Electives

The general material in the Care & Discipleship Course is supplemented by the opportunity to listen to 3 electives from IBCD’s messages on specific counseling issues. Any message on the website other than those in the Basics course count as electives. Hearing messages live at a Spring Seminar or Summer Institute counts as well. Indicate these three message titles on the Level 2 Application.

View IBCD Messages

4. Interview

Part of the goal of CDC is that church leaders are aware of people who have a desire to be involved in intentional, one-another care. In order to receive a certificate of completion one must have an interview with a church leader who deals with pastoral care. The interview is simply discussing the provided questions. Nothing needs to be written down, but the church leader must sign and date the CDC Interview form indicating that this interview has taken place.

Download CDC Interview Form

5. Application

Once all of the requirements have been fulfilled, the application form can be completed and sent to the IBCD Office. We prefer for these to be sent to us electronically via email. If that is not convenient, you may mail it to us at IBCD, 655 W 11th Ave, Escondido, CA 92025.

Download Application

Level 3

This final level of the course is aimed at the integration and development of all that has been covered in Levels 1 & 2. Applicants are required to observe 10 hours of counseling with an ACBC Certified biblical counselor. While we believe that live observation is best, we also understand that this can be difficult for many people to complete. That’s why we’ve created IBCD Observation Videos to satisfy this requirement. Some required reading of essential counseling texts are the final part of this training process.

Level 3 of the Care & Discipleship Certification process entails the following 4 steps:

1. Required Reading and Response Papers

Level 3 requires interacting with biblical counseling texts which will be helpful in the care and discipleship of people within the local church. The applicant is required to read the following two books and submit a response paper for each one.

Ken Sande, The Peacemaker.

Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.

Download Reading Response Form

Looking for more Biblical Counseling Books?
Please visit our friends at BiblicalCounselingBooks.com.

2. Counseling Observation and Reflection Paper

Level 3 requires at least 10 hours of observing an ACBC certified biblical counselor to see biblical counseling principles in practice. There are 3 ways that the 10-hour requirement can be accomplished. One may choose do any of the following or a combination thereof.

  1. Participate in IBCD counseling observation at our office in Southern California.
  2. Find an ACBC certified counselor in your area by searching the ACBC website and arrange to observe their counseling sessions.
  3. If neither of these options works for your situation, you may meet this requirement by watching the IBCD Observation Videos via a subscription or DVD.
    1. To meet the 10 hour requirement please plan on watching 4 different cases.
    2. Please visit our online store to review options for watching IBCD Observation Videos

Once you have completed the 10 hours of counseling observation, write a 2½ – 3 page response which includes the following subjects:

  1. What was your overall impression of the biblical counseling process?
  2. Was there anything about the counseling that was surprising to you?
  3. What did you observe that you think will really benefit you in your counseling interactions with others?
  4. When you think about helping others in your church, in what areas do you feel you still need to be better equipped?

Download Observation Form (for Observation Videos)

Download Observation Form (for Live Observation)

3. Interview

Part of the goal of CDC is that church leaders are aware of people who have a desire to be involved in intentional, one-another care. In order to be certified one must have an interview with a church leader who deals with pastoral care. The interview is simply discussing the provided questions. Nothing needs to be written down, but the church leader must sign and date the CDC Interview form indicating that this interview has taken place.

Download CDC Interview Form

4. Application

Once all of the requirements have been fulfilled, the application form can be completed and sent to the IBCD Office. We prefer for these to be sent to us electronically via email. If that is not convenient, you may mail it to us at IBCD, 655 W 11th Ave, Escondido, CA 92025.

Download Application

More Questions? Browse our FAQ:

How do I start?

The best way is to get instant access to the training through an annual subscription ($55/year). This will let you stream all of our video content at the lowest cost. If you prefer physical DVD sets and handbooks, you can purchase those individually. All of these options are available at our online store.

How long does it take to go through your training?

Our Care & Discipleship Course is intentionally designed to be flexible. The entire course includes approximately 40 hours of content. If one wishes to complete all of the assignments to receive certificates for each level, this takes additional time. We have put together a Teaching Guide which breaks the instruction down into 4, 16-week interactive classes (these 64 classes systematically work through all of the instruction for Levels 1 & 2 and interweave the 10 hours of Observation Videos throughout). The following is a list of what is considered the minimum time required to complete the course and assignments:

  • Level 1
    • Level 1 instruction – 15 hours
    • Level 1 electives – 3 hours
    • Level 1 leader interview 1 hour
    • Level 1 exam – 7 hours
    • Level 1 total: 28 hours
  • Level 2
    • Level 2 instruction – 15 hours
    • Level 2 electives – 3 hours
    • Level 2 leader interview 1 hour
    • Level 2 exam – 7 hours
    • Level 2 total: 28 hours
  • Level 3
    • Reading, The Peacemaker – approx 5 hours (1 page/min)
    • Reading, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – approx 6 hours (1 page/min)
    • Watching Observation Videos – 10 hours
    • Writing Peacemaker response paper – 1 hour
    • Writing Instruments response paper – 1 hour
    • Writing Observation reflection paper – 1 hour
    • Level 3 leader interview – 1 hour
    • Level 3 Total: 25 hours
  • Care & Discipleship Course & Assignment Total: 81 hours

How long are the Observation Videos?

The lengths of the Observation Videos are as follows:

ACBC Certified Counselor & Counselee “Name”length of counselingvideo total
Jim Newheiser – Jesse63 min70 min
Jim Newheiser – Jesse52 min57 min
Jim Newheiser – Jesse & Sarah51 min56 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle40 min46 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle44 min48 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle38 min40 min
Tom Maxham – Richard53 min58 min
Tom Maxham – Richard54 min60 min
Tom Maxham – Richard50 min54 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie54 min60 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie55 min61 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie54 min62 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal53 min57 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal49 min52 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal39 min41 min
   
Total749 min822 min

Are there volume discounts on Student Handbooks?

Yes! The regular Student Handbook price is $18. The following volume discounts are automatically calculated in online orders.

  • 10 or more Student Handbooks = $17 each
  • 25 or more Student Handbooks = $15 each
  • 50 or more Student Handbooks = $12 each

The discount will automatically be applied in your cart once you adjust your quantity and click update cart

How do I access a digital download that I purchased?

When you make a purchase on our website an account is created for you. Your digital downloads will instantly be accessible on your account page.  Additionally, your purchase will cause our system to automatically send you an email with the download link attached. The link in the email is uniquely keyed to your account. Upon clicking you may be asked to log in.

What are the differences between the new Care & Discipleship DVDs and the older (2011) Basics DVDs?

Besides the restructuring of the overall order to match the CDC Course, bug fixes, and revised graphics, the overall DVD course has changed in the following ways:

Revised sessions

  • What is Biblical Counseling? 1
  • What is Biblical Counseling? 2
  • What is Biblical Counseling? 3
  • Anger/Abuse
  • Depression

New sessions

  • Grace When Things Are Hard
  • Understanding Nature and Nurture in Biblical Counseling
  • From Idol to Blessing 1
  • From Idol to Blessing 2
  • Counseling in Situations of Separation, Divorce & Remarriage

Sessions Not Included

  • Solving Marriage Problems: When Husbands Won’t Lead
  • Solving Marriage Problems: Sex

Each DVD has been “tracked” with chapter breaks to correspond with the discussion sections in the Leader Handbook in order to be able to quickly resume where you left off for discussion.

What are the differences between the new Care & Discipleship Handbooks and the older (2011) Basics of Biblical Counseling Syllabus?

The Care & Discipleship Handbooks have undergone major changes from the previous Basics of Biblical Counseling Syllabus.

  • The Care & Discipleship Handbooks have all of the same content changes as the CDC DVDs (listed above).
  • All of the outlines have been placed in the proper CDC order and the content has been updated to exactly match the DVDs and audios.
  • The outlines have been reformatted for taking notes.
  • The Supplemental Resources sections have all been updated to more accurately match what is mentioned in the course, and they correspond with the supplemental resources found on each session page
  • The Leader Handbook also has discussion sections throughout each lesson, which are convenient places for pausing the DVD and having group interaction.  The DVDs are “tracked” to correspond with these discussion sections in order to be able to quickly resume where you left off.
  • The Basics Syllabus contained the outlines for most of the content of Levels 1 and 2.  The Handbooks have now been split – one for each Level.

Are the older (2011) Basics of Biblical Counseling materials still a viable option for ACBC Certification?

Yes, The Basics of Biblical Counseling DVDs (and audios) are still an ACBC Certified Basic Training Course which meets the Phase 1.1 requirement for ACBC Certification.

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