Counseling

I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you can be healed.”

From the very beginning God has instructed us in the power of sharing our hurts, habits, and hang-ups with a Godly counselor so that we might find healing and hope.  Christian counseling is meeting an individual right where they are, without judgment or condemnation, and helping them find the path beyond that place to wholeness and peace.  At NLU we see ourselves as ministers, called by God to listen, to care, and to gently instruct.

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

Pastoral Counseling Non-degree Program

This is a 10-course program that is completed in two phases.  Upon successful completion, the student will receive Certification in Temperament Counseling as well as Professional Clinical membership in the NCCA.  The student will also qualify to become a nationally credentialed pastoral counselor. 

Year I

Each student must complete the following 5 courses:

  • Creation Therapy: Fall Q
  • Christian Counseling: Integrating Temp and Psychology: Winter Q
  • Counseling the Codependent: Spring Q
  • Basic Christian Counseling: Summer Q
  • Temperament Case Studies: Directed Study

Additional Requirements

Each student must:

  • Administer the A.P.S. to 10 individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Plus 3 hours of supervision.
  • Upon completion of Creation Therapy, submit $75 for SACC membership.
  • After completing Basic Christian Counseling, Creation Therapy and Christian Counseling: Integrating Temperament and Psychology, submit the following to complete NCCA Phase I:
    • Written responses to 50 ethical questions posed by NCCA National Licensing Board of Examiners
    • $50 payment for NCCA membership dues
    • A signed application for Certification/Membership form and a signed copy of NCCA’s Code of Ethical Standards.

After successfully completing NCCA Phase I, the student will qualify to become a Certified Temperament Counselor

Year II

Each student must complete the following 5 courses:

  • Mastering Pastoral Counseling: Fall Q
  • Theology of Pastoral Counseling*: Winter Q
  • Counseling Practicum: Spring Q
  • Suicide Intervention: Summer Q
  • Quality, Ethics, and Legal Issues: Directed Study

Additional Requirements

Each student must:

  • Complete an experience requirement of administering the A.P.S. to 15 additional individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Plus 3 more hours of supervision
  • After completing Mastering Pastoral Counseling, you can submit the following to complete NCCA Phase II:
  • A signed application for NCCA license
  • Ministerial credentials  
  • The Notification and Release Form for Personal National Screening.  This form authorizes a national background check to verify each student’s history.
  • A licensing fee of $100.

After successfully completing all of the above requirements, you will (assuming everything is in order) become a nationally credentialed pastoral counselor with the NCCA. 

* Students who are already ordained, licensed or commissioned as a minister of the gospel are automatically exempt from this course.   


Pastoral Counseling Degree Program

This program is completed in three phases.  Students pursuing a Bachelors must take a total of 12 courses.  Students pursuing a Masters must take a total of 10 courses.  Students pursuing a Doctorate must take a total of 14 courses.  Students need to meet with an NLU advisor to establish the exact course requirements at the time of enrollment. It is also advised that students meet annually with your advisor to review progress toward the degree and monitor requirements.

Year I

Each student must complete the following 5 courses:

  • Creation Therapy: Fall Q
  • Christian Counseling: Integrating Temp and Psychology: Winter Q
  • Counseling the Codependent: Spring Q
  • Basic Christian Counseling: Summer Q
  • Temperament Case Studies: Directed Study

Additional Requirements

Each student must:

  • Administer the A.P.S. to 10 individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Plus 3 hours of supervision.
  • Upon completion of Creation Therapy, submit $75 for SACC membership.
  • After completing Basic Christian Counseling, Creation Therapy and Christian Counseling: Integrating Temperament and Psychology, submit the following to complete NCCA Phase I:
    • Written responses to 50 ethical questions posed by NCCA National Licensing Board of Examiners
    • $50 payment for NCCA membership dues
    • A signed application for Certification/Membership form and a signed copy of NCCA’s Code of Ethical Standards.

After successfully completing NCCA Phase I, the student will qualify to become a Certified Temperament Counselor

Year II

Each student must complete the following 5 courses:

  • Mastering Pastoral Counseling: Fall Q
  • Theology of Pastoral Counseling*: Winter Q
  • Counseling Practicum: Spring Q
  • Suicide Intervention: Summer Q
  • Quality, Ethics, and Legal Issues: Directed Study

Additional Requirements

Each student must:

  • Complete an experience requirement of administering the A.P.S. to 15 additional individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Plus 3 more hours of supervision
  • After completing Mastering Pastoral Counseling, you can submit the following to complete NCCA Phase II:
  • A signed application for NCCA license
  • Ministerial credentials  
  • The Notification and Release Form for Personal National Screening.  This form authorizes a national background check to verify each student’s history.
  • A licensing fee of $100.

After successfully completing all of the above requirements, you will (assuming everything is in order) become a nationally credentialed pastoral counselor with the NCCA. 

*Ministry requirements are still applicable.

Bachelors

If you hold a HS diploma or an Associate’s degree prior to enrolling in NLU, you must complete all of the course and administrative requirements of the two-year plan and successfully complete the following two courses:

  • Cognitive Therapy Techniques
  • another NCCA advanced course (consult NLU advisor)

Each student must also submit the following for degree conferral:

  1. An open-book Bible exam (500 questions)
  2. A letter authorizing the NCCA to transfer the academic records to Colorado Theological Seminary
  3. $1500 for matriculation, administration and transfer fees 
  4. An updated resume and current photograph
  5. $50 and a statement requesting to upgrade license 

Masters

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in NLU, you must complete three NCCA phases of training.  Upon completion of all course and administrative requirements of the two-year plan, each student must also submit the following for degree conferral:

  1. One copy of a written thesis.  This normally consists of 25 reports (case studies) developed from the student’s work with 25 individuals using the A.P.S. reports.  A format is provided in the course titled Temperament Case Studies.
  2. A letter authorizing the NCCA to transfer the academic records to the approved school
  3. $1500 for matriculation, administration and transfer fees 
  4. An updated resume and current photograph
  5. $50 and a statement requesting to upgrade license

Doctorate

If you hold a Master’s degree prior to enrolling in NLU, you must complete three NCCA phases of training.  You will complete all of the course and administrative requirements of the two-year plan and successfully complete the following four courses:

  • Cognitive Therapy Techniques
  • 3 NCCA advanced courses (consult NLU advisor)

Each student must also submit the following for degree conferral:

  1. One copy of a written dissertation.  This normally consists of 35 reports (case studies) developed from the student’s work with 35 individuals using the A.P.S. reports.  A format is provided in the course titled Temperament Case Studies.
  2. A letter authorizing the NCCA to transfer the academic records to the approved school
  3. $1500 for matriculation, administration and transfer fees 
  4. An updated resume and current photograph
  5. $50 and a statement requesting to upgrade license 

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