Diploma in Counselling


Program Summary

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The Seminary Counselling Department partners with the Institute of Biblical Counselling in presenting a ten-course Diploma in Biblical Counselling, of which currently has more than 250 graduates. The focus of this program is to train men and women in northern nations and communities, often in Inuit and First Nations settings, as (non-vocational) counsellors for ministry. This program gives the theoretical foundation and the basic skills to promote Christian growth through counselling and spiritual encouragement. Providence Theological Seminary confers the diploma.

The program began in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 1998 and has been conducted over 25 times in more than 10 Canadian communities and 2 communities in Greenland. It is currently in progress in Dryden (Ontario), Smithers (British Columbia), and the Helsinki region of Finland.


Module Courses

Eight courses are offered in 3-week modules over a two-year period. Two courses are offered by video which students finish on their own schedule.

  • Module 1: Counselling 1 & Practicum 1
  • Module 2: Counselling 2 & Practicum 2
  • Module 3: Psychopathology 1, Psychopathology 2, Counselling the Sexually Abused, Marriage and Family
  • Video Courses: Biblical Interpretation and Counselling by Encouragement


Future programs being planned include:

Whitehorse, Yukon - starting June, 2016
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories - starting October, 2016
Dryden, Ontario - starting January, 2018


Healing the Pain of the Heart Workshop

In addition to the Diploma Program, IBC instructors also offer an introductory one-week (15 or 30-hour) basic counselling skills workshop called Healing the Pain of the Heart.


For more information on either the Diploma Program or the Healing the Pain of the Heart Workshop, please contact:

The Institute of Biblical Counselling
Site 306 Box 1 RR3
Dryden, Ontario
P8N 3G2
Phone: 1-807-937-5188

Note: None of the courses for this program are transferable into any other program at Providence Theological Seminary.






















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