Biblical Counselor Training

Biblical counselor training is for those who desire to develop an understanding and application of biblical counseling and the impact it has on the community of believers.


Equipped to Counsel

Introduction to biblical counseling and counseling issues

Course Description: This 8-month class is designed to equip followers of Christ with the ability to apply the gospel in personal and specific ways to the heart and struggles of others. We will address both the theology and practice of gospel-centered counseling. Participants will be prepared to minister effectively to individuals, couples and families with a biblical perspective on change in the context of community. Issues such as addictions, anxiety, anger and depression will be covered. Space is limited.

Classes offered both morning and evenings. 

Thursdays 9:30am – 11:30am and 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Registration begins August 1, 2021

Class begins October 7, 2021

Meeting Dates: 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19

Certification Options & Cost

Option One: Certificate of Completion from Salem Height Church Biblical Counseling Ministries 

  • Class, materials, proctoring of assignments, observation
  • Cost: $199

Option Two: National Certification and Membership through The Association of Biblical Counselors

  • Class, materials, proctoring of assignments, observation, practicum and certification through the Association of Biblical Counselors
  • Cost: $649

 A non-refundable $99 deposit is required to hold your spot in the class.  Balance due Nov. 1.

Marriage & Family Counseling Class

Introduction to biblical counseling for marriages and families

Course Description: This 6-session class is designed to help students apply theology specifically to marriages and families, enhance their skills in counseling and one-another care, develop more experience by discussing a broad range of counseling case studies, and receive supervision on counseling case studies.  For students who hold ABC Certification, this class will cover CEUs for the year.  Space is limited.

Classes offered only during the evening session this Fall. 

Thursdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Registration begins August 1, 2021

Class begins October 7, 2021

Meeting Dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2

Prerequisites & Cost

  • Prerequisite: either completion of Equipped to Counsel or pastor permission is required
  • Cost: $49

If you would like more information, please contact the church office at 503-588-0403 (ext 1) or email

Association of biblical counselors Regional Training Center

Salem Heights Church has been certified with the Association of Biblical Counselors as a regional training center. Emily Dempster is a certified training leader and provides the grading and proctoring of students for certification both National and for a SHC Certificate of Completion. Salem Heights Church Biblical Counseling Ministry can provide ETC training and certification for the ABC as well as continuing education for already certified counselors.