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, 2022

Class begins September 29, 2022

Meeting dates:  9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 5/4, 5/18   (On weeks we do not meet, there is reading to do on your own.)

Certification Options & Cost

Option One: Certificate of Completion from Salem Heights 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 (plus $25 paid directly to ABC upon submission of application)

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

Other Classes Offered Periodically:

  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Clinically Informed Biblical Counseling

Both classes are six weeks in length.

More information to come!

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.