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Online CCEF Courses

We are launching a new course, Everyday Problems in Counselling, in January. Watch for more details to come

Christian Counseling Educational Foundation, or CCEF, has provided excellent and reliable training for those in vocational and lay ministry, as well as Christian mental health and social work professionals, for over 50 years. A detailed description of the CCEF philosophy of counseling can be found here. (link to www.ccef.org)

BCA has entered a partnership with the CCEF School of Biblical Counseling (SBC) to offer their courses in Africa at a greatly reduced cost. We currently offer five CCEF online courses across 4 ten-week terms per year, at a cost of R2700 ZAR per term. Courses require a fast, reliable internet connection but most week’s assignments can be completed when most convenient for you. The courses are all lectured by renown CCEF authors and counsellors, and led by African Online Instructors.

Our CCEF training is taught at a Masters academic level and requires proficiency in English reading comprehension and essay writing. Applicants must have completed at least a Matric, A-levels or high school diploma and have 8-12 hours per week available for studies. All applicants must be approved to study with CCEF by submitting an application form, short essay and ministry referral.

BCA CCEF courses are not accredited by any educational institution, but BCA certificates of completion may be issued upon request.

Who is online BCA CCEF biblical counseling training designed for?

  • Christians seeking to know Christ better and help care more wisely for others. Our first two CCEF courses provide a thorough foundation to understand heart transformation and biblical counselling.
  • Pastors, disciplers and ministry leaders wishing to offer deeper, more impactful care and wisdom. Our subsequent courses teach both theory and practice to equip those in ministry.
  • Christian professional counsellors, health providers and social workers seeking to understand a biblical counselling model and honour God’s truth and Word in their work.

Does CCEF online training sound right for you? APPLY HERE for Dynamics of Biblical Change

Once you have received your Student ID number and are fully registered MAKE PAYMENT HERE.

Biblical Counseling Africa Banking Details

Account Type: CURRENT
Account number: 10 16 363 937 8
Branch code: 051001

BENEFICIARY REFERENCE IS VITAL please use the following guide:

CCEF ONLINE COURSES:  Do not make payment without a student number. These courses require prior approval and a unique student number. Those making payment without a student number may surrender their right to a refund of fees. If not yet approved, please apply HERE

Once fully approved and registered, make payment with reference: Your Full Name + 3-digit course code. (eg: JOHNDOE-DBC)

LOCAL EVENTS / COURSES: Reference Code (found on event or course notice) + Your Full Name (eg: E2L-JOHNDOE

IF OTHER: (Book Code, Consult Code or Resource Code provided, DONATION, etc.) + Your Name (eg: DONATION-JOHNDOE)

CCEF Course Information

  • Courses are offered in four 10-week terms, beginning in January, April, July, and October
  • Courses 1 and 2 must be completed in that order, courses 3-5 may be taken in any order.
  • Two new courses may be added in 2024, Everyday Problems in Counselling and Summative Project – a practical application of all you’ve learned. Additional courses will be added as available.
Dynamics of Biblical Change

Dynamics of Biblical Change is the foundation course for Level 3, and one of two prerequisites for other courses. It is 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counselling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.

Helping Relationships

Let’s say you have a basic and growing understanding of biblical counselling. You know the key ideas and have been able to apply them to yourself. Now comes the hard part: How do you apply this understanding in your everyday relationships? This course is the second prerequisite, but may be taken in the same term as a third course. In this course, you will take the content you learned in Dynamics of Biblical Change and get specific about how you can use the content to help others.

**Note: This course has two unique requirements. First, you will be grouped with 3-4 other students for a bi-weekly community group. This group will decide when they want to meet, and what format works best (WhatsApp video or audio, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.)

Helping Relationships is a 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

Counselling in the Local Church

Biblical counselling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counselling to the local church? The purpose of this course is to:

– to broaden students’ understanding of counselling to include all relationships
– to build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part to help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same to see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate to examine present ministry opportunities.

Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye for ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.

Counselling in the Local Church is a 10 week online course. Coursework includes weekly lectures, critical reading, projects, and live interaction online.

Scripture for Life and Ministry

Scripture is authoritative and sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s Word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you frequently turn to the same familiar passages, but are less confident in using other biblical passages to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord?

This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives.

Applied Theology of the Person

Applied Theology of the Person Who am I? Who are we? This is a practical theology course examining Scripture’s unfolding answer to personal identity and corporate humanity.

This course will give you a theological framework for understanding yourself and those around you so that you may know people better and help more effectively.

Upcoming Courses and Events


Called to Counsel: Counselling from the Proverbs

19th October 2023

Christ Church Midrand

28th October 2023

Cape Town,
Holy Trinity Gardens

30th October 2023

Christ Church Umhlanga


Comfort of God in Grief: Grief CARE Course

Starting 17th October for 9 weeks

Please note that this is an IN PERSON course, to be held by Biblical Counselling Africa at:

Gracefields Church,
Fish Hoek.

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The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.

– Psalm 19: 7-9

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

– Romans 8:1

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

– Colossians 2:6-7

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:14

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

– Proverbs 20:5