Diploma in Biblical Counselling

The Diploma in Biblical Counselling equips women and men to undertake non-vocational Christian counselling. Students of this program draw on the teaching and counselling expertise of both the Institute of Biblical Counselling International and Providence Theological Seminary (Otterburne MB, Canada).

Students gain the theoretical foundation and basic skills to promote functional positive everyday living and Christian growth through counselling and spiritual encouragement. Upon completion of the 10 required courses a diploma is conferred by Providence Theological Seminary. This program began in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 1998 and has since been conducted in multiple communities across the Circumpolar North.


This course has helped me personally to identify my wrong responses in my relationships with family and different people. This has allowed me to walk through smaller pains which were preventing me from being an effective listener and counsellor. I thank God for carrying me though all these situations. I realized that if I don’t go through these smaller things, this would be a hindrance in being a good counsellor.

Counselling 1 Theory

A comprehensive study of counselling theory covering: the psychological nature of humankind, how problems develop, introduction of a Biblical counselling model, and appropriate counselling strategies for the Biblical counsellor.

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Counselling 2 Procedures & Practices

Introduces counselling techniques and strategies dealing with the process of change based on the Biblical counselling model presented in Counselling I Theory. Primary emphasis will be given to teaching skills as it relates to conceptualizing problems in living, addressing shame and contempt, and implementing treatment.

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Counselling Practicum 1

Learning and applying the counselling skills and Biblical model taught in Counselling Theory I within a small group setting. The student will be taught to observe group dynamics and individual functioning within the group setting. Includes supervised individual counselling within the group setting and critique of videotaped counselling sessions.

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Counselling Practicum 2

A continuation of Counselling Practicum I and application of counselling theory and the Biblical model within a small group setting. Emphasis will be to teach students to conceptualize the genesis of problems in living according to the Biblical model. Includes individual counselling independent of the group setting and critique of videotaped sessions.

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Psychopathology 1

A study of the common psychological problems faced by people including the etiology (causal background), dynamics, and process of treatment. Special emphasis on eating and sexual disorders.

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Psychopathology 2

A continued study of the common psychological problems faced by people including the etiology (causal background), dynamics, and process of treatment. Special emphasis on depression and anxiety disorders.

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Marriage and Family

A study of God’s design for marriage and family life including major causes and patterns of family breakdown and effective counselling strategies to restore harmony. Marital and parent-child relationships are addressed.

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Counselling the Abused

A study of the various types of abuse, including sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional. Special emphasis is given to counselling issues relevant to adults who were abused as children. The counsellor is taught to identify significant abuse indicators, understand the dynamics of abuse, and understand how to provide a healing ministry.

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Biblical Interpretation

A study that creates understanding of a systematic and personalized method of studying, interpreting, and
applying the Bible, particularly as it relates to the Biblical counselling model.

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Counselling by Encouragement

Encouragement and relationships are important in the counselling process. Learning to use encouragement will improve all interpersonal relationships in the family, church, and community, as well as in counselling.

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