Bring Biblical Counseling to your Church

Originally founded in 1982 as CCEF West, IBCD exists to strengthen churches in one-another care through training resources and events.

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The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship

We exist to strengthen churches and individuals in one-another care, by offering training, counseling resources, events, and free materials that help them better help others.

Learn with Others

Subscription plans to suit your unique needs

On a Group or Supporting Church Plan, you can invite friends to take any IBCD course with you. Set a schedule for completion, track member progress, lead discussions, & more. Our Individual Subscription is also available for learners desiring to go at their own pace.

Observe Counseling

See how to integrate what you’ve learned into actual counseling

Our unique IBCD Observation videos feature leading biblical counselors who illustrate a variety of issues like marriage conflict, pornography, and bipolar disorder. Watch these scenarios come to life and learn how to naviage each situation biblically.

Get Training

Learn at your own pace

We have designed our flexible video curriculum to be studied individually or with a group of any size. Learn the general principles involved in biblical counseling and how they interact with complex topics such as addiction, domestic abuse, and more. Our training features Dr. Jim Newheiser along with other top counselors.

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Get complete access to every training resource in our growing library.

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2024

Care & Discipleship Training

Cornerstone West LA

What do you do when someone in your church is struggling with pain or grief?  What do you say when hidden sin is exposed or relationships get broken? How do you navigate people’s struggles with depression, anxiety, bitterness, or addictions?

The Care & Discipleship Training Series is an entry-level biblical counseling course designed to equip Christians to address the various problems in living those in their local church face.  Participants can expect to learn the basic methodology and fundamentals of biblical counseling, as well as biblical strategies for dealing with common personal and relational struggles.

April 11-12, 2025


Southeast Regional Biblical Counseling Conference

Expanding on our first Southeast Regional Biblical Counseling Conference, the 2025 conference will dive even deeper into the sufficiency of God’s Word for counseling.

We will seek to answer the question: Is it wise to rely solely upon Scripture when dealing with a “mental health crisis?”

“Mental Health Crisis” has a dual meaning here. The first describes a person who is significantly distressed and unable to function in day-to-day life. They may be dealing with a traumatic circumstance, or having trouble maintaining a grip on reality.

But our culture is also facing a “mental health crisis.” At a time when more mental healthcare services are available than ever before and trigger warnings are everywhere, our nation’s self-reported mental health is declining. Also, our suicide and overdose rates are higher than ever before. How should we as believers respond to THIS crisis?


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In this episode, host Christine Chappell interviews Mark Vroegop about his new book, Waiting Isn’t a Waste: The Surprising Comfort of Trusting God in the Uncertainties of Life.



In this episode, host Christine Chappell interviews Scott Mehl about his book, Redeeming Sex in Marriage: How the Gospel Rescues Sex, Transforms Marriage, and Reveals the Glory of God

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