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About this course

This course addresses the basics and important elements of Christian Counseling. It focuses on the application of concepts from a biblical and a clinical view of counseling. It also emphasises the practical knowledge, techniques, and skills of counselling. Special attention is drawn to the challenges of everyday living and builds a biblical base for a counselling ministry.

The Bible supports the importance of seeking counsel in times of need. The trials and tests people go through are many which often result in mental, emotional, and relational problems. The focus of Christian Counseling is to use the Word of God, faith-based principles, and psychological instruction to aid people in better managing and resolving their issues. The course gives an overview of Christian Counseling and involves the core elements and basic principles of an effective helping ministry. Good relationship skills and techniques are important tools that are essential when dealing with people and their conflicts. A functional model of counseling also helps the learner to see how an individual’s thoughts, emotions and behavior interact with one another. A systematic process in counseling also helps to build structure and organisation as one progresses through this intentional helping relationship.

Apart from principles, skills and techniques, the course also provides counseling in special situations of mental health challenges, grief, suicide, abuse, and relational struggles. Ethical considerations that a counselor needs to keep in mind are also studied.

This is an instructor-led course. Recordings of classroom lectures will be released weekly. Complete the objective type questions, quizzes and other assignments that are given as you progress through the course. It is recommended that you keep up with the lectures and assignment on a weekly basis. This course starts the week of Monday January 08, 2024 and will complete on or before Friday April 26, 2024 (23:59 UTC).


No prerequisites for this course.

What you will learn

Some of the main themes we cover in this course include:

  • Introduction to Christian Counseling
  • A biblical perspective of human needs and personality
  • The counseling relationship and process
  • Stages in the counseling process
  • Skills used in counseling
  • Counseling the abused
  • Suicide
  • Mental health and counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Ethics and boundaries in counselling

Get your certificate

This course is part of the second year Bible College curriculum. Completing this course is a requirement to work towards your two-year or three-year degree. Once you complete this course successfully you will immediately receive a digital copy of a Certificate of Completion. Churches and Christian Ministries may use this Certificate of Completion to ensure that their staff and volunteers have the required training for specific roles in ministry.

Meet your instructor

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Jean George

Teaching & Counseling, APCWO, Bangalore

Jean George has a Master of Philosophy degree in Psychiatric social work from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore. She has experience in individual, marital and family counseling as well as conducting workshops on various life challenges. She has worked at a private hospital, several NGO’s and corporates providing counseling, teaching and training workshops. Jean has been part of APC since 2005 and been a staff at Chrysalis Counseling since its inception.

With an educational background in mental health care and counselling, Jean has been actively ministering to individuals, couples and families from various backgrounds who have relational and emotional challenges. Additionally, she is also fervent about training people to equip them on important life skills, marriage, parenting and godly sexuality. With her hands-on experience in counselling people in distress coupled with her conviction of the Word of God being the only panacea for all of life’s challenges, Jean brings an in-depth knowledge and understanding into her instruction and teaching of courses like Christian Counselling and Marriage & Family.


  • August 2000 Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Autonomous University), Bangalore.
  • April 1998 Master of Social Work in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work
  • Roshni Nilaya- School of Social Work, Mangalore University
  • April 1995 Bachelor of Science
  • St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore University

Course evaluation

This is an instructor-led course. Course lecture videos will be released on Thursday, each week.

Students will be given two graded assessments during the course of the Semester. Each of these assessments will be in reference to all content covered till that point in the course. These will contribute towards the final grade as shown below:
Mid February   50%
End April          50%

Course will be graded as follows:
91% - 100%   Grade A+
76% - 90%     Grade A
51% - 75%     Grade B
35% - 50%     Grade C
Below 35%    Grade F (Fail)

Course cost/tuition waiver

All Bible Courses are being offered FREE during Spring semester. The regular cost per course is Indian Rupees 500. Tuition waiver will be available for all students in financial need for all upcoming semesters.

Free learning resources

In addition to course materials provided by instructors, students are encouraged to make use of APC’s free learning resources: free APC books, free teaching sermons series, and other material available in the Resources section of our church website. Video recordings of course lectures are also available at APC Bible College YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Can I view the course offline?

No. To view the course content, you need an active internet connection.

Can I pause in between a lesson, log out, and continue at a later time?

Yes. You can pause in between a lesson and log out. When you log back in the next time Open edX will take you right back to where you left and you can continue your lesson.

What is the difference between "Self-paced" and "Instructor-led" courses?

In self-paced courses, all the course content is available as soon as a course is released. They do not have a fixed schedule for assignments, so you can complete the course at your own pace. In instructor-led courses, the course content is released at specific intervals as the course progresses. They have a fixed schedule. The course team sets specific due dates for assignments and exams, and you complete the course within a defined time frame.

Will I be able to ask my questions and clear any doubts I have, while doing this course?

Yes. There is a discussion board where you can post questions. You can also view questions asked by other students and engage in discussions. APC Staff will respond to your questions.

Can I do some courses ON-CAMPUS, some ONLINE and some via E-LEARNING?

Regardless of the learning option you choose (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING) once you enroll, you are considered a student at APC Bible College and receive the same certificate/degree on completion of the program requirements. We also offer you the flexibility of completing some courses ON-CAMPUS, some courses ONLINE and others via the E-LEARNING platform. Your student Id remains the same. Please enroll in a course only in one learning option at a time (Example: Please do BC-101 either in Online classes or in E-learning during a particular semester. If you fail to complete BC-101 while doing it in Online Classes, in a future semester you can repeat BC-101 in E-learning).

Can I take courses in any order or should I follow the order specified by the college?

We strongly recommend that you follow the sequence of courses outlined by the college, semester by semester, year by year. However, at your discretion you are welcome to take courses in any order and sequence. Kindly ensure you successfully complete all courses required for a particular program (C.Th., Dip.Th., or B.Th.) in order to receive that certificate.

Are the requirements to pass a course exactly the same in all three learning options?

Not exactly. The course content remains the same in all three learning options (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING). To successfully complete a course for ON-CAMPUS and ONLINE classes you must have both (A)minimum 85% attendance and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). For the E-LEARNING option, you must (A)watch all the lecture videos and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). The course assignments for ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE and E-LEARNING students may differ, and is left to the discretion of the Course Instructor.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

We offer a certificate, diploma or bachelors degree from APC Bible College. We do not offer transfer credit for completing a course(s) or certificate program. Recognition of APC Bible College can vary based on the church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency that is reviewing your credentials and the country/region of their location and is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Governmental agencies can also vary in their recognition of APC Bible College. At their discretion, the receiving organization may choose to give you transfer credit for the course(s) and certificate you have received from APC Bible College.

Will Christian organizations offer employment based on course(s) or certificate programs from APC Bible College?

This is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Many APC Bible College graduates are successfully and fruitfully engaged in Christian ministry, some working independently and some working with Christian and other organizations.

Which version of the Bible should I use?

While you are welcome to use the version you are most comfortable reading, we recommend using the New King James Version of the Bible.

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