SMTI’s Online Classes cover 9 compulsory modules over the duration of two years. Biblical counselling is relational and interactive in nature, therefore, the first 5 modules are designed to be completed online in the first year of the course, while the last 4 are designed to be completed in contact sessions at specified locations within South Africa. Each of these latter 4 modules will require one full week of classes, for a total of 4 contact sessions. These 4 modules will be spread out over the second year of the course, while their respective assignments may be completed between modules, according to the assignment schedule.
SMTI provides an auditing track and an accredited track:
- Auditing Track: the auditing track allows students to enroll and complete the online course, without having to complete required assignments and exams.
- Accredited Track: the accredited track requires students to complete all modules through online and on-site classes in addition to completing required assignments and exams. Preference is given to applicants for the accredited track.
There are two benefits in completing the accredited track of the SMTI Biblical Counselling Programme. For the second benefit to be obtained, students will need an Honours degree.
- SMTI is the only Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors (ACBC) registered counselling training centre outside of the USA. This provides the opportunity for those who complete the accredited track to pursue certification as an ACBC Biblical Counsellor. This certification process requires three phases; 1) Training (through the SMTI accredited track); 2) Completion of ACBC Theological Exam, Counselling Exam and application form; 3) Supervised counselling hours with a certified ACBC counsellor (visit acbcafrica.co.za for more information).
- The Biblical Counselling Programme is in the process of being accredited as a Master’s degree in Biblical Counselling (MABC). Therefore, those who enroll and complete the accredited track of the Biblical Counselling Programme successfully may have the opportunity to receive a MABC; having and Honours degree is a prerequisite for the accredited track. Please note that we cannot guarantee that SMTI will be accredited as a Master’s in Biblical Counselling as it is still in process through the necessary accreditation and registration boards. However, the programme presented at SMTI is recognised by various universities in the United States. Credits obtained through the programme can be transferred to the following universities for completing a Master’s degree in Biblical Counselling:
- The Masters University
- Faith Bible Seminary of Lafayette
- The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Crossroads Bible College
- Introduction to Research and Writing– Online
This module needs to be completed prior to the Foundations of Biblical Counselling module beginning in January 2021. This module is the shortest of the 9 modules, yet it covers essential information designed to introduce students to the SMTI standards of research and writing. Particular emphasis is placed on the style expectations of book reviews, module papers and projects. Furthermore, it will assist in developing effective habits of research and the necessary skills for completing the Master’s degree thesis.
- Foundations of Biblical Counselling– Online
This module is meant to be a general introduction to, and first step in, studying Biblical Counselling. Throughout this module, students will be confronted with at least 15 foundational statements regarding Biblical Counselling. Each statement could be likened to a pillar that supports the structure and framework of counselling. These foundational principles form the basis of the methodology for biblical counselling. Without a biblical understanding of the nature of counselling, the counsellor will be apt to substitute the teachings of the Bible for worldly philosophies of psychology. These 15 foundational statements will serve as driving motivations for the biblical counsellor who wishes to base his ministry on the sufficiency of Scripture.
- Paradigms for Biblical Change– Online
The counselling process is not to be viewed as a “hit or miss” encounter with a counsellee; neither is it to be so highly structured that the counsellor has no freedom to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s divine guidance. This module seeks to outline the following 8 basic components of the nouthetic counselling process so that the counsellor will know the foundational framework for biblical confrontation:
- Theology of Biblical Counselling– Online
This module challenges students to consider the theological realities that form the basis of a proper approach to Biblical Counselling. Specifically, this module attempts to develop a biblical understanding of the nature of God and man. Special emphasis is given to understanding the nature of sin, the meaning and role of forgiveness, the realities of regeneration and progressive sanctification and the place of the local church in counselling.
- Christian Life Issues– Online
This is a theology module designed as an exposition and practical application of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Though the book was written more than three hundred years ago, John Bunyan describes the experiences, problems and difficulties that we are constantly being confronted with today. Throughout the module students will find explanations of why they have these problems and what should be done about them.
- Marriage and Family Counselling– Contact Session
This module is designed to give students a synopsis of biblical marriage and family counselling. Thus, a thorough overview of the biblical principles surrounding these issues is the primary focus of this module. Careful attention is paid to the specific application of these principles to real life issues. The purpose is to teach students how to accurately and appropriately instruct people in these truths, as well as, inspire them to implement these truths in their own lives and relationships.
- Marriage and Family Topics– Contact Session
This module will seek to present a biblical perspective on such issues as conflict prevention and resolution, premarital counselling, sex as God intended, rebuilding a marriage after immorality, divorce counselling, financial counselling, unequal yoke counselling and various parent/child counselling issues. To implement the content of this module into the student’s life and also for the student to receive credit for the module, the design and facilitation of a marriage or family improvement project will be required.
- Counselling Issues and Procedures– Contact Session
This module is designed to apply the biblical principles taught in the Paradigms for Biblical Change module to a range of specific counselling problems. Topics discussed may include depression, anxiety, anger, fear, stress, decision-making, life-dominating sins (such as homosexuality, drug abuse, eating disorders), etc. Students will be trained in how to study the Scriptures to find the procedures and solutions to follow in counselling each of the problems presented through the module.
- Observation and Practicum– Contact Session
This module is designed to help students learn practical skills in counselling by observation, evaluation, critique and discussion with the purpose of helping build a practical and effective counselling model. In this module, students are involved in observing different counselling techniques from recorded counselling sessions
- ACBC Certification Workshop–Contact Session (Non-Compulsory)
This module seeks to utilise the content learned through the 9 modules of SMTI to help prepare students to write their ACBC Theology and Counselling Certification Exams as well as the required 50 hours of supervised counselling.
The cost for the Online Classes are R1,000.00 per online module, while contact session classes are R1,300.00. These classes are designed to present you with an excellent standard of teaching in Biblical Counselling.
If you are interested in applying for the 2021 Online Classes, please complete an application form by following the tab below and we will be in touch with you.