ECC University is the training portion of the Expository Counseling Center. ECC University seeks to provide online and onsite based training for Biblical Counseling. ECC University provides 5 basic biblical counseling training courses that are developed by Dr. Nicolas Ellen. Each track of teaching is 14 weeks in length. There is also outside class reading, Scripture memorization, quizzes, make the connection assignments and case studies . Tuition is $350 per Track. Since we respect and appreciate The National Association of Nouthetic Counseling (also known as NANC) we provide a 6 weeks training track to prepare you to take the NANC exam(which must be passed in order for one to move into NANC certification) and 12 hours of counseling observations (which is also required in order for one to move into NANC certification). Tuition for the NANC Track is $150. (Go to www.nanc.org to find out more about their process for biblical counseling certification). You will be able to purchase most of your course material through the ECC online bookstore.
Track One Theological Building Blocks for Biblical Counseling (14 Weeks) Tuition is $350
In this track students will learn the connection between systematic theology and biblical counselling. Students will evaluate the doctrine of God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, Sanctification, various others doctrines and learn how genuine biblical counselling comes out of these doctrines. Students will also learn the history of the biblical counselling movement in the United States.
Track Two Biblical Framework Basic Training Course(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350
In this track students will learn the basic principles of Biblical Counseling and be able to distinguish it from secular counseling and counseling that integrates psychology and the Bible. Students will learn how the Bible has its’ own framework by which we can use to address any and all non organic problems from the Scripture. This includes those issues that world would describe as psychological or mental disorders. Students will learn how analyze issues from a biblical framework, categorize issues through a biblical framework, and provide biblical solutions through a biblical framework.Track Three Common Issues We Face In Life
(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350
In this track students will explore issues such as the fear of man, idolatrous lust, depression, divorce, separation, abuse, remarriage, death, depression, trials, psychotropic drugs, biblical view of self esteem, dealing with the past and many other issues are dealt with from a biblical perspective.
Track Four Marriage and Family Basic Training Course
(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350
In this track students will learn the foundations for marriage and family as God designed. Students will explore God’s design for marriage as well explore some basic parenting skills.
Track Five The Dynamics of Biblical Counseling
(14 Weeks) Tuition is $350
In this track students will learn the mechanics of biblical counseling. Students will observe 12 hours of biblical counseling as well as do some case studies. Student will learn how to organize and structure a counseling session as well as how to fill out a case report form after a session. Students will do 20 hours of live counseling.
NANC Training for the Exam
(6 Weeks) Tuition is $150
Students will go through each question on the NANC Exam and learn how to answer those questions. Students will learn which resources are available to answer each question. Students will learn how to cite their sources for the answers they find from those sources provided by the training.
Students will spend 2-3 hours in class listening to a lecture and participating in small group interactions pertaining to the course. During this class time students will be able to ask questions and discuss matters pertaining to the course.
Outside Class Reading
The students will be required to read John, Hebrews, Romans, James, 1 John, 1 Peter, Ephesians, Proverbs, 2 Peter, and Galatians. Students will be require to read The Heart of Man and The Mental Disorders, Deceptive diagnosis, Understanding and Developing a Biblical View of Life, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand, So You Want to Get Married (For singles), Happy Even After(for married couples), Shepherding a Child’s Heart or Faithful Parent, With All Your Heart , Coming to Know and Walk with God, How People Change, Pursuing Godliness through the
Disciplines of the Christian Faith, and Every Christian a Counselor.
Scripture Memorization and Quizzes
Students will memorize 16 Scripture verses to enhance their counseling. Students will take a few quizzes to measure how well they are comprehending the material.
Make the Connections and Case Studies
In order to teach students how to analyze problems by the biblical framework and to categorize problems through the biblical framework, students will be given 50 make the connection assignments over the course of study. These assignments will challenge the student’s skill in connecting various characteristics to the biblical framework. Students will be assigned 30 counseling cases over the entire training period to teach them how analyze, categorize and solve problems from a biblical framework perspective.
Most of the curriculum for each track can be purchased online through our bookstore. The syllabus for the course will let you know what books you need for each track and when you need them. (Review the syllabus for more details.)