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Course: Competent Christian Counseling: Introduction & Foundations
Dr. Timothy Clinton and Dr. George Ohlschlager

CE Credit Hours: 5
Fee: $40

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Competent Christian Counseling. Edited by Dr. Timothy Clinton and Dr. George Ohlschlager: Introduction, Spiritual, Biological and Psychosocial Foundations of Christian Counseling

SECTION ONE: Includes Parts I & II, (Chapters 1-7). We have chosen to present Competent Christian Counseling in three separate sections to help manage the course content and sharpen the focus as you review the text. This section covers the Introduction, Spiritual, Biological and Psychosocial Foundations of Christian Counseling.

Competent Christian Counseling, edited by Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager, offers the writings of some of the most respected theorists and practitioners in the field of Christian Counseling. Under the guidance of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), more than 40 leading Christian professionals have come together to provide this comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date reference guide for professional and lay counselors, pastors, and church leaders. The course provides the clinician with the theological, relational, and applied foundations for Christian Counseling. The overview is a practical, how to approach that covers thirteen modalities of care, including biological and medication perspectives. The latest research, theory, and successful practice methodology in Christian counseling are offered within the text.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Identify the primary classifications in the development of Christian counseling
  • Identify the various thematic definitions of Christian Counseling models
  • Identify the three objectives for the church to be a healing community
  • Identify the resources for discipline in Spiritual Formation
  • Identify the function and major divisions of the limbic system, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes
  • Identify the key factors that account for psychotherapeutic change

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Visit The American Association of Christian Counselor’s Web site
  • Soul Care
    Dr Larry Crabb, Integrity Publishers. 2003
  • Integrating Spirituality into Treatment
    Dr. William R. Miller. American Psychological Assocation,1999

  • Spiritual Assessment Handbook for Helping Professionals
    Dr. David R. Hodge, North American Association of Christian Social Workers, 2003

  • Visit the North American Association of Christian Social Worker’s Web site:

Bio: Timothy Clinton PhD and George Ohlschlager, MSW, J.D.

Dr. Timothy Clinton
Timothy Clinton earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees in pastoral ministries from Liberty University and Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees in counselor education from the College of William and Mary. He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). He maintains a part-time counseling practice with in Lynchburg, Virginia and serves as Pastor of Caring Ministries at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of Before a Bad Goodbye and The Marriage You Always Wanted and executive editor of The Soul Care Bible.

Dr. George Ohlschlager
George Ohlschlager earned his M.A. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his M.S.W. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He is the executive director of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)/ He teaches part time in pastoral counseling at Western Seminary and has a private coaching and consulting practice. He is the co-author of Law for the Christian Counselor and Sexual Misconduct in Counseling and Ministry and he is also the consulting editor for the Soul Care Bible.