Counseling by the Book
Whether you know it or not, you are a counselor. You counsel people hundreds of times a year. In coffee shops, near water coolers, in the grocery store, at church, or over a meal. The question is not, “Will I counsel” because you most certainly will. A better question is, “What will you counsel with?”
Many people use their experience, something they heard or read, or something they were taught as a way to give good advice and counsel. Counseling by the Book is a new self-directed biblical counseling training program developed by Dr. John Babler, Dean of Biblical Counseling at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, to help you learn how to use Scripture to counsel those who ask you for help.
If you want to give people advice that is true, will stand the test of time, and draw people to God (which is ultimately what we need), Scripture is the way to go, and Counseling by the Book will help you get there. We provide a certificate upon completion of this self-directed program.
If you’re ready to start the program, go to our Counseling by the Book registration page.
Counseling by the book gets great reviews
This training is a “must” for all believers regardless of their role in the church. We should all learn to apply Scripture to every issue. This is the only training that I find able to do such a thorough job of equipping the saints for such a task.
I learned how important it is to listen for unbiblical truths and confront that with the truth of Scripture. Through the training, God gave me a love and passion for biblical counseling- something I knew very little about before the training.
In reviewing the growth of modern psychology, it became apparent that they are not addressing the cause for many emotional and mental issues and thus never attaining healing. This course will better equip you in your ministry
Everyone who is a Christian and has a desire to deeply and practically disciple someone, while learning doctrine and how to correctly exegete the Bible, should take this course!
Frequently Asked Questions
Biblical Counseling is based upon the belief that the Bible is sufficient to help people deal with the challenges of life. At Mid-America, we believe and teach that the Bible is sufficient for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness and is able to equip believers for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We train students to view the Bible as providing both the mandate and method to counsel others. We focus on helping students know how to minister the Bible as the sole source of their counseling.
All Christians should be able to counsel biblically (Col. 3:16), but not all Christians are called to be biblical counselors. God’s Spirit is the only one who can definitively tell you if you are called to biblical counseling as a vocation or avocation. However, below are five signs that you have an aptitude for it. Make a mental note for each one that fits you.
- You enjoy teaching, instructing, or explaining God’s Word.
- You are motivated by seeing people grow, develop, or change for the better.
- You believe in the sufficiency of Scripture.
- You often find yourself in situations where you are giving advice to others.
- God has shown you the need for biblical counseling in the Body of Christ.
If there are two or more that fit you then Counseling by the Book is a good place to start.
Here’s the beauty of it. You get 33 complete sessions of Dr. Babler’s best teaching and you can do it anytime, anyplace, and on any device. Below is a list of each session.
Session 1: Welcome, Introduction, and Case Study
Session 2: Avoid the World’s Wisdom, Turn to God’s Truth Part 1
Session 3: Avoid the World’s Wisdom, Turn to God’s Truth Part 2
Session 4: Scripture and Counseling, Part 1
Session 5: Scripture and Counseling, Part 2
Session 6: Doctrine of God
Session 7: Doctrine of Man
Session 8: Doctrine of Church
Session 9: Heart of the Problem
Session 10: Process of Biblical Change
Session 11: Instilling Hope
Session 12: Counselor/Counselee Relationship
Session 13: Foundational Biblical Counseling
Session 14: Counsel Ephesians
Session 15: Biblical Confrontation and Discipleship
Session 16: Unbiblical Thinking
Session 17: Medication and DSM-5
Session 18: Life-Dominating Sins
Session 19: Data Gathering and Asking Questions
Session 20: Legal and Ethical Issues
Session 21: Homework
Session 22: Marriage Counseling
Session 23: Grief and Crisis Counseling
Session 24: Anxiety
Session 25: Forgiveness
Session 26: Evangelism
Session 27: Dealing with anger and depression
Session 28: Counseling Children and Adolescents
Session 29: Counseling Issues in Blended Families
Session 30: Counseling Those with ADHD
Session 31: Case Studies
Session 32: Suggested Resources
Session 33: Capstone – Psalm 119
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a joint certificate of completion from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and Counseling by the Book. We use the honor-code system and trust that each person who signifies they’ve completed the coursework has done so.
Your cost for Counseling by the Book: $399
Currently, all Counseling by the Book coursework is eligible towards additional certificates offered through the Counseling by the Book program. Counseling by the Book coursework is ineligible for credit towards a degree at Mid-America.