An Overview of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

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The world, today, has a fascination with mental illnesses. These illnesses range from clinical depression to schizophrenia to bipolar disorder. Diagnoses of these illnesses are rising rapidly, and the world finds little help from the standard treatment: psychotropic medication and/or counseling therapy. Of relevant concern to the Christian today is the topic of mental illness and the treatment thereof. This paper will explore the difference between secular treatment of mental illnesses and biblical treatment, focusing especially on the history and ministry of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Definitions: Secular Counseling Psychology Counseling psychology as defined by the American Psychological Association
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But the biblical sufficiency counselor sets his foundation in the Scripture, the words of God. He knows that by God’s grace and with His help, he will be able to point his patient towards scriptural truths that can set him free from the bondage of his sins, and renew him to fellowship with God.

Definitions: Integrational Counseling Another type of counselor (one who, because he does not believe the Bible to be sufficient for all things) integrates secular theories and practices into his counseling. The main difference between this integrationist counselor and a biblical sufficiency counselor lies in their view of the sufficiency of Scripture. A biblical sufficiency counselor believes the Bible holds all the answers and gives all the direction his patient needs. The integrationist counselor does not see the Bible as the ultimate, final authority in all things. He then feels the need to integrate secular techniques in his counseling to make up for this lack. There are many fine ministries which hold to the sufficiency of scripture, and counsel from a biblical viewpoint. A Christian seeking help from a godly viewpoint may be encouraged to visit any one of these. The purpose of this paper is to familiarize the reader with the ministry of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and to clearly demonstrate that ACBC takes a sufficiency approach to counseling.

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