Training in Biblical Counselling

Note: Each level consists of short courses, combined to form learning programmes.

Courses can also be taken individually.



  • False self
  • True self
  • Biblical counselling
  • The task of edifying.
  • The task of evangelising.
  • Theology and counselling.
  • What is counselling?
  • Communication
  • Verbal communication.
  • Listening skills.
  • Factors which may hinder effective listening.
  • Helpful guidelines to improve communication.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Characteristics of a successful counsellor.
  • A few practical hints.
  • The importance of empathic relationships.
  • Listening to and understanding verbal messages.
  • Listening to and understanding clients in context.
  • The three dimensions of responding skills.
  • Basic empathy: communication understanding to clients.
  • Recover from inaccurate understanding.
  • Poor substitutes for empathy.
  • Tactics for communicating empathy.
  • Suggestion for the use of empathy.
  • How to slay a monster.
  • Forgiveness is a process.
  • Forgiveness is a decision of our will – a choice.
  • How to forgive.
  • The full meaning of forgiveness.
  • Sermon on forgivness.
  • The encounter stage.
  • The engagement stage.
  • The disengagement stage.
  • The Cycle of Emotions.
  • Negative Emotions.
  • Loss of Relationship with God Since the Fall.
  • Defining the Experience of the Relationship.
  • Prayer towards Inner Healing.
  • Victory Over Damaged Emotions.
  • Handling Emotional Pain.
  • The Genogram.
  • The Family of Origin.
  • The Lifeline.
  • Gestalt Therapy.
  • The Eco Chart.


  • How to study the bible.
  • One book, one history, one story.
  • Bible books.
  • Alphabetically.
  • Authors, categories and synopsis.
  • Apocrypha.
    • B.C.
    • a.d.
    • Interesting Bible statistics.
    • Timeline of important Biblical events.
  • His early life.
  • The first year of ministry.
  • The second year of ministry.
  • The third year of ministry.
  • The final months.
  • The final week.
  • His death and resurrection.
  • Belief in Jesus.


Trichotomism is the belief that man consist of a body (physical part), a soul (intellect, emotions, will) and a spirit (the part that comes alive when a person becomes a Christian).[1]  “The word ‘trichotomy’ is derived from two Greek words, tricha, meaning ‘three parts’, and temnein, meaning ‘to cut’.”[2]  The physical body of man is in common with animals and plant although more complex in structure and both animals and man have a soul that distinguishes them from plants although animals only have a rudimentary soul.[3]  It is therefore the spirit that distinguishes man from animals and it is the spirit that perceives spiritual matters and responds to spiritual stimuli.[4]

[1] Grudem, W.A. Systematic Theology. 1994, p472. Print.

[2] Gerrith, J.L. Systematic theology. 1990, p446. Print.

[3] Erickson, M.J. Introducing Christian doctrine. 1990, p180. Print.

[4] Ibid., p180.

  • Theories of human behaviour.
  • The primary needs of a child.
  • Responsible choice and decision making.
  • Understanding irrational thinking.
  • The three levels of thinking.
  • Cognitive therapy is useful in changing unrealistic and/or negative thought patterns.
  • The active involvement of the Christian counsellor.
  • The influence of depression on the thoughts and the spiritual experience of the believer.
  • What are the emotions?
  • The birth pains of emotions.
  • Scripture and emotion.
  • The process and route of emotion.
  • Primary and secondary emotional responses.
  • Reactions to emotions.
  • The suppression of emotions.
  • What is emotional acceptance?
  • The seven stages of unprocessed emotional pain.
  • Emotional pain
  • Keys to inner healing
  • Grow in Self-Knowledge.
  • Grow towards Self-Forgiveness.
  • Grow towards Self-Acceptance.
  • Learn to Appreciate Yourself.
  • Developing Self-Confidence.
  • Increase in Self-Control / Self-Discipline.
  • The Self (Inner Person).



  • Definitions
  • What are the consequences of depression?
  • The bible and depression.
  • Depression can present itself on three different levels or intensities.
  • Types of depression.
  • Causes of depression.
  • Depression affects the total person.
  • Treatment of depression.
  • An overview of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
  • Directives for the counsellor to follow.
  • Homework for depression.
  • Depression in children and young people.
  • The influence of depression on marriage.
  • What is depression?
  • Understanding depression.
  • Depression and the family.
  • Understanding and treatment.
  • Depression in women.
  • Questions and answers about depression.
  • Men and depression.
  • Summary: Depression affects the whole person.
  • Summary: Tips for recovery.
  • Teen suicide warning signs.
  • Teen suicide prevention.
  • Risk factors for attempted suicide.
  • What to do when a teenager attempts suicide.
  • Factors that are taken into account when developing treatments for suicidal teens.
  • Prevention
  • Common misconceptions about suicide.

Please reach out to someone if you have thoughts or feelings of taking your own life. 

Organisations like SADAG are there to listen.

  • General definition.
  • The victim (child).
  • The family.
  • The offender.
  • Impact on the adult survivor.
  • Progression of abuse.
  • Dynamics of incestuous families.
  • Two general patterns of sexual abuse-prone families.
  • Signs of child sexual abuse.
  • How you can help a child.
  • For parents of a sexually assaulted child.
  • Why kids don’t tell.
  • Reasons why children remain silent.

Please note: If you suspect any abuse to a child what so ever alert the SAPS immediately. 

  • What are Eating Disorders?
  • Eating Disorders Affect Both Men and Women.
  • A Clinical Definition of an Eating Disorder.
  • The Main Types of Eating Disorders.
  • Eating Disorder Thoughts.
  • Eating Disorder Behaviours.
  • Eating Disorder Treatments.
  • Causes
  • Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Binge-Eating Disorder.
  • Treating Eating Disorders.
  • Biblical View of the Body – An Adapted Sermon.
  • Definition
  • The Results of Bitterness.
  • Reasons People May Become Bitter.
  • Recovery from Bitterness.
  • How to Prevent Bitterness.
  • How to Get Rid of Bitterness.
  • Bitterness is a Root.
  • The reality of the problem.
  • The danger of impure thoughts.
  • Ten steps to conquer impure thoughts.
  • Personal bible study.
  • Understand the enemy.
  • Stress tolerance.
  • How and why stress affects all of me.
  • Measurements
  • The road to victory.
  • Practical stress management tips.
  • Easy effective stress control measures.
  • Stressful pitfalls to avoid.
  • Notes on the apostle Peter.
  • Examples of False or Sinful Convictions.
  • The Renewing of Our Mind.
  • Why does the Mind Need to be Renewed?
  • Prescribed book: COLLINS, G.R. – Christian counselling: A comprehensive guide.
  • Prescribed book: YANCEY, P. – Where is God when it hurts?
  • Prescribed book: STOOP, D. – Forgiving our parents, forgiving ourselves.
  • Rational emotive therapy.
  • Models of Biblical counselling.
  • Practical: Listening skills and application.
  • Attendance compulsory.
  • The trauma of unhealthy relationships.
  • Family patterns.
  • Acquired dysfunctional behaviour.
  • Attachment styles.


R1000 at Registration of Level.

+    R800 p.m. x 12 Months. 

+    R1650 x 2 Contact sessions.

(payable before each contact session)

=    R13900 per Level.

Payable in advance for the year = R13900


R2500 each, payable at registration of Short course.

“Filadelfia Christelike Berading Kaapprovinsie” CC t/a MyFiladelfia Training Institute


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  • Please consider using the debit-order scheme.
  • All study fees paid at any time to MyFiladelfia are not refundable.
  • All the MyFiladelfia courses can be taken individually.

Registration for the January/February intake closes 28 February.

Registration for the June/July intake closes 31 July.

Registration for an individual course can be done at any time.

Disclaimer statement

MyFiladelfia is not a private higher education institution and does not confer national qualifications. MINTS International Seminary (www.mints.edu) – a Florida Department of Education (www.fldoe.org/cie) registered seminary confers qualifications. Above mentioned courses meet the requirements established by many private, independent, and professional associations. Various regionally or nationally accredited Christian Universities, colleges and seminaries and accept transfer students from our institution. Transferability of credits earned at MyFiladelfia Institute via MINTS.edu and transferred to another school is at the discretion of the receiving institution’s RPL policy. MyFiladelfia Institute (and MINTS.edu) does not promise or find employment.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the ministry/institution they are applying at recognises the training.

We seek to provide a sound Scriptural standing from which our students may fulfil their divine purpose and call. MyFiladelfia does not prepare students for a future in Psychological counselling. Please contact the HPCSA in this regard. MyFiladelfia prepares persons for ministry possibilities. Although courses meet the requirements established by many private, independent, and professional associations, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the ministry/institution where they are applying at recognises matters of accreditation and registration. MyFiladelfia has an articulation agreement in place with a South African DHET registered seminary. Please contact us for more details. The level 3B program presently leads to a MINTS BATS. MyFiladelfia does have provisional accreditation with Services SETA as a provider; accreditation number: 12667.

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