FAQ

How do I start?

The best way to start training is through an Individual Subscription ($55/year). This subscription grants you access to you stream our video content at the lowest cost. If you prefer physical DVD sets and handbooks, you can purchase those individually. Each these options is available in our online store.

Can I use your materials for ACBC Certification?

Yes! IBCD is an ACBC Certified Training Center. You can use our Care & Discipleship Levels 1 and 2 audios to satisfy the 30 hours of required training. You can use our observation videos to satisfy the 10 hours of required observation. You can access the observation videos either through an Individual Subscription or through physical DVDs found in our online store. To understand more about how our materials fulfill some of the requirements for ACBC, please visit our ACBC page. Be sure to fill out the following form if you plan to use our materials to pursue ACBC Certification:


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What is the difference between ACBC and IBCD?

ACBC is the biblical counseling certifying agency. IBCD is an ACBC Certified Training Center. ACBC has approved our material for training purposes. We offer a certificate of completion program that may help prepare you for ACBC Certification, but we do not offer a full certification. In addition to training for ACBC, IBCD seeks to bring one-another care to the local church through excellent, easily accessible resources.

How long does it take to go through your training?

Our Care & Discipleship Course is designed to be flexible. If you are using the material as a way to pursue ACBC Certification, the requirements include approximately 40 hours of content (30 hours of basic training and 10 hours of observation). Depending on a participants availability, it’s possible to complete these requirements in about a month and a half. If you choose to pursue a certificate of completion through our CDC course, you will have additional time commitments and assignments. Depending on availability, students can finish these requirements in 3-6 months. Some churches go through the material as a group. We estimate that usually requires 64 classes. Depending on your meeting schedule, this may take 1-1.5 years. The following is a list of what is considered the minimum time required to complete the CDC 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” Counseling Duration Video Total
Jim Newheiser – Jesse 63 min 70 min
Jim Newheiser – Jesse 52 min 57 min
Jim Newheiser – Jesse & Sarah 51 min 56 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle 40 min 46 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle 44 min 48 min
Caroline Newheiser – Danielle 38 min 40 min
Tom Maxham – Richard 53 min 58 min
Tom Maxham – Richard 54 min 60 min
Tom Maxham – Richard 50 min 54 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie 54 min 60 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie 55 min 61 min
Jim & Caroline Newheiser – Dan & Debbie 54 min 62 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal 53 min 57 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal 49 min 52 min
Heath Lambert – Jeremy & Crystal 39 min 41 min
Dr. Charles Hodges – Aaron & Ellie 52 min 55 min
Dr. Charles Hodges – Aaron & Ellie 52 min 55 min
Dr. Charles Hodges – Aaron & Ellie 13 min 15 min
Dr. Charles Hodges – Aaron & Ellie 48 min 51 min
Dr. Charles Hodges – Aaron & Ellie 50 min 55 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 0 min 19 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 43 min 48 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 0 min 44 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 0 min 20 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 60 min 66 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 0 min 19 min
Chris Moles – Domestic Abuse 47 min 48 min
Total 1,005 min  1,317 min

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 when you are signed in.  Additionally, your purchase will prompt 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 Legacy CDC resources?

In June of 2018, several lectures were updated and modernized in Level 2.  If you own a handbook from before June 2018 the corresponding lectures can be found in the Legacy section of this course. If your handbook is labeled “2.5”, your lectures will correspond with the audios found in the Level 2 section. These legacy sessions are not required for the CDC exam. These legacy session do still fulfill the training requirements for ACBC Certification. You can review the changes below:

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.