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      Students who successfully complete the Advanced Track may submit their courses to Master’s International School of Divinity for consideration towards fulfilling requirements for a degree in Biblical Counseling. Students work closely with Gateway staff and Master’s International School of Divinity's Admissions department to determine the appropriate level. This track also prepares the student for certification with the American Academy of Biblical Counselors.

      The courses are divided into two modules. Each module is 14 weeks long. The courses combine live classroom interaction (lectures, discussions, role play) with distance learning concepts such as recorded lectures and writing assignments. The classes meet one day a week for two hours.


Students must complete a core curriculum and a practicum. The required courses are:

Introduction to Counseling Theology
The Biblical Foundation for Self-Awareness
Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling
A Comparative Analysis of Biblical Theology and Humanistic Psychology
Topics in Biblical Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
The Biblical Basis For Counseling
Biblical Counseling Practicum


Module 1 (ATM-1)


Introduction to Counseling Theology
   - Required listening: Counseling from James (Associates Level Only)
   - Required reading:
- A Theology of Christian Counseling - Adams (A,B,M,D)
- God's Funeral - Tyler (A,B,M,D)
- Counsel One Another - Tautges (M)
- Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically - MacArthur (D)

The Biblical Foundation for Self-Awareness
   - Required reading:
- Jesus Christ Self-Denial Or Self-Esteem - Tyler
- The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, Self-Image - Adams
- Psychology As Religion The Cult of Self-Worship - Vitz
- Self-Esteem: Are We Really Better Than We Think? - Tyler
Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling
   - Required reading:
- Competent to Counsel - Adams
- The Christian Counselor's Manual - Adams
- Deceptive Diagnosis When Sin Is Called Sickness - Tyler/Grady

A Comparative Analysis of Biblical Theology and Humanistic Psychology
   - Required reading:
- Why Christians Can't Trust Psychology - Bulkley
- Biblical Directionism - Frey



Module 2 (ATM-2)


Topics in Biblical Counseling
   - Required listening: 12 MISD Lectures
   - Required reading:
- Self Confrontation - Broger

Marriage and Family Counseling
   - Required listening: 3 MISD Lectures
   - Required reading:
- Marriage and Family Counseling Work Book
- Marriage and Family Counseling Compact Disk
- Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training - Priolo
- The Excellent Wife - Peace
- The Complete Husband - Priolo

Counseling and the Finished Work of Christ (Level A Only)
   - Required listening: 5 MISD Lectures
   - Required reading:
- The Finished Work of Christ - Schaeffer


The Biblical Basis For Counseling
   - Required reading:
- Biblical Directionism - Frey

Biblical Counseling Practicum
   - Required listening: 3 MISD Lectures
   - Required reading:
- Curing the Heart: A Model for Biblical Counseling - Eyrich/Hines
- Homework CD for Biblical Counseling - Eyrich/Hines

   - 50 hours of supervised counseling



Professional Information: The core counseling curriculum at Gateway may satisfy Master’s International School of Divinity's requirements for a degree. In some cases, additional courses may be necessary. Graduation and other administrative fees will apply. Gateway does not prepare people for state or national qualifications or licensure, as our belief is that Biblical counseling is a ministry of the church, rather than a professional license by the state.


Note: All required reading books may be purchased from the
Gateway Biblical Counseling And Training Center Bookstore.