Counseling Center

Biblical Answers for Yourself and Others

Cornerstone Biblical Counseling Training Center

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance
and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4
Thank you for your interest in our Biblical Counseling Training Center. We believe that God “…has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3) Our aim is to equip Christians to counsel themselves and others from God’s Word. We are an ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) certified training center.

Whether you are seeking counsel for yourself, or want to be equipped to offer biblical counsel to others, our training will help you. We offer three courses (we do not offer courses online):
(Please see our FAQ below, if you have questions.)


7920 Santa Rosa Road, Atascadero

Counseling Courses

One course is offered each Spring and Fall, restarting the rotation with Level One after a Level Three finishes.
Level One:
Foundations of Biblical Counseling

Topics include the sufficiency of Scripture in counseling, elements of the counseling process, how people change, conflict resolution, anger, fear, worry and depression.
Next Session Begins: January 2022
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
January 24 - April4, 2022

Required Books: 
(Available on Amazon or
  • How to Counsel Biblically by John MacArthur and Wayne Mack
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp

Level Two:
Marriage & Family

How to counsel people concerning God’s design for marriage, communication, physical intimacy, finances, instructing and correcting children, the single parent, divorce and remarriage.
Next Session Scheduled: September 2022
Required Books:
(Available on Amazon or
  • Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne Mack
  • A Theology of Christian Counseling by Jay Adams
Level Three:
Advanced Counseling Training

Prepares you to pursue certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). This class offers assistance with the ACBC test, and a practicum (practice in counseling). You will also be given the opportunity to observe live counseling with one of our three teachers outside of class.
Next Session Begins: September 2021
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
September 13- November 22, 2021

No required books. (You can continue to read books from the ACBC required reading list.)
Reference books are available on site during office hours (M-TH 9am-5pm) to complete exam questions. Check in at the church office. Please note: the office observes all federal holidays.

Courses Cost $150 per person
We offer a $25/person discount to groups of 15 or more.

If you are seeking counsel,
we recommend the following process:


Contact Your Pastor

Pastors are to be shepherds of their people (1 Peter 5:1-4) and will give an account to God for those entrusted to their care (Hebrews 13:17). We believe each local church should be able to help its people through biblical counseling. If your pastor would like assistance in helping you, please ask them to contact us.


Attend the counseling courses

The classes have helped many couselees with answers they need for the struggles they face.


If you still need help, contact our center through the Request for Counsel form.
(Please do not fill this form out for someone else; we will not contact a person who has not personally filled out the form.)

Please also refer to the Consent to Counsel form for various information on our policies, confidentiality, what is expected of the counselee, and other relevant information.

We have observers present at our counseling sessions. Our purpose is to train people to be able to do this in their local churches, and one of the best ways to learn is through observing. These observers have been through counseling training and have signed confidentiality forms in keeping with CBCTC’s overall confidentiality policy.

Counseling at CBCTC is donation based. We find that a monetary investment in the process often helps one take it seriously and work harder at change. An inability to pay will not keep anyone from receiving biblical counseling at CBCTC. If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to Cornerstone Community Church (preferred method), or via the Giving section below.


Fund: Counseling

We do not charge for our counseling. Our resources are available because of the registration fees from our courses and donations received. If you've benefited, or would like to help others benefit from this ministry, your donations are appreciated! Please select "Counseling" in the "Fund" dropdown.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often are these courses offered?

We offer one course per Spring or Fall, cycling through the three levels. The current schedule is listed above under the course information.

Do I need to purchase anything else after I’ve paid my registration?

Level 1 and Level 2 both require 2 books each (listed under the course information), which can be purchased at or  There are no required books for Level 3.

What does it mean to be ACBC Certified?

ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) is a nonprofit organization who gathered to set guidelines – and thus, certification – for biblical counseling. Cornerstone Biblical Counseling Training Center is an ACBC Certified training center. You can see more about ACBC at

If I’m interested in biblical answers, but not in becoming certified, should I still take these classes?

Yes! Both Level 1 and Level 2 have many biblical answers to offer.

What advantages are there to taking courses at Cornerstone Biblical Counseling Training Center?

Classes have live, practical demonstrations of the counseling process. Each class ends with a Q&A time, so you can better benefit from the knowledge of our certified biblical counselors.

Do I receive anything confirming completion of the courses I’ve done?

At the end of each course, we do hand out a “Certificate of Completion” stating that you’ve finished the course. This does not signify certification with ACBC. You will need to complete the rest of their requirements (listed in question 9). Both Level 1 and 2 are required to fulfill their 30 hours of training.

How long will it take to finish the courses?

We offer one course per Spring or Fall, cycling through the three levels. The current schedule is listed above under the course information. Once you begin a course, the class will meet for a total of 10 weeks, often with one or two breaks during that time.

Are all levels required for certification?

No. Only Level 1 & 2 are required. Level 3 is a course we offer to help with completing the test for certification, to provide practice for actual counseling, to cover some more advanced topics.

How do I get ACBC certified?

ACBC has set forth the following requirements for certification:

Phase I:
  • 30 hours biblical counseling training (Cornerstone’s Level 1 & Level 2 courses cover this.)
  • 10 hours observing ACBC certified counseling (Cornerstone can provide this outside of class.)
  • 700 pages counseling reading from ACBC reading list (Level 1 & 2 required books count toward this.)
  • 300 pages theological reading from ACBC reading list (Level 1 & 2 required books count toward this.)

Phase II:
  • ACBC Counseling Exam (Cornerstone’s Level 3 goes through these exam questions)
  • ACBC Theology Exam (Cornerstone’s counselors can help with these questions)
  • ACBC application – fill out and submit their application, along with supporting documentation

Phase III:
  • Complete 50 sessions of one-hour-minimum counseling, observed by a Fellow (Cornerstone currently has a Fellow-in-Training whom you can schedule with.) **Please note, you have 1 year to complete Phase III after submitting your test and application in Phase II.

ACBC’s website goes through this process in depth, if you visit and click on Certification and select each phase from the dropdown. They also provide a tool to track your progress through the certification progress on the dropdown choice called “Pathway Through Certification.”