Counseling & Discipleship Training (CDT)

 Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC)

Wheelersburg Baptist is an ACBC certified training center.

 Biblical Counseling: Biblical Answers for the Problems of Life

Biblical counseling is targeted discipleship.  It is ministering the Word of God to people challenged with specific life issues. Everyone counsels someone.  Spouses, parents, teachers, pastors, youth workers, church leaders, and health care professionals regularly give advice about a variety of life issues.

The counseling ministry of Wheelersburg Baptist is committed to the absolute sufficiency of the Word of God to address the problems of life.  We believe that the Bible provides real answers for the problems people encounter in life. If a person came to you depressed, heavy with guilt, close to an emotional “breakdown,” anxious, fearful, full of bitterness, with marital problems, or overwhelmed with grief, would you know how to help them using God’s Word? 

The goal of Counseling & Discipleship Training (CDT) is to equip God’s people, to minister God’s Word, to those in need.  If you want your counsel to be Biblical, insightful, practical, and helpful to the people you care about, you should prayerfully consider taking CDT.

Wheelersburg Baptist offers Biblical Answers for the Problems of Life through Counseling and Discipleship Training. We provide this training in several ways, primarily through the Fundamentals Training Course (Track One/Track Two) offered January through March of each year. From time-to-time we also host and provide various other training events, such as on-the-road fundamentals training and week-end trainings at WBC and other venues.

Counseling & Discipleship Fundamentals Training: Track One & Track Two

A twelve-week training course is offered each year at Wheelersburg Baptist Church on Monday nights beginning in January and ending in March.  This twelve-week course is either Track One or Track Two of fundamentals training. For example, if Track One is offered this year, then Track Two will be offered next year.  By completing both tracks, you will fulfill the training requirement for ACBC certification.


Do I have to take Track One before I take Track Two? 


No, because both Track One and Track Two stand alone, so that either one can be a starting point. Track One is not a prerequisite for Track Two, and vice versa.  The tracks are designed to be complimentary.

 Pastor Brad Brandt – Certified member and fellow with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors—formerly known as NANC). Pastor-Teacher and counselor at Wheelersburg Baptist Church since 1987.

David Beam – Certified member of ACBC.  Director of WBC Counseling Discipleship and Training Center, Member, deacon, counselor, and teacher at Wheelersburg Baptist Church.

Barbara Miller – Certified member of ACBC. Member and counselor at Wheelersburg Baptist Church. Licensed nurse practitioner.

Charles Hodges M.D. – Certified member of ACBC; teaches Medical Issues Night.

Andrew Gordon – Certified member of ACBC. Associate Pastor and counselor at Winfield Baptist Church, Winfield, West Virginia.


Cost & Materials: 

 The registration fee of $70 per person covers the administrative costs, pamphlets, binder, notes, and expenses for adjunct instructors. This fee does not cover the additional (3) books required per Track. Each person must either purchase, share, or borrow the books listed on the required book list for each Track.


* If you need further information concerning the training cost and schedule, please call us at 740-574-5116 or email [email protected].


Past Lectures:

Wheelersburg Baptist is glad to provide the following audio lectures for your edification.


Course Content for Track One

Date Lecture Titles    
  The Foundation and Goal of Biblical Counseling Outline LISTEN
  Why Counsel? Biblical Counseling in the Church Outline LISTEN
  Essential Elements of Counseling (Part One) Outline LISTEN
  Essential Elements of Counseling (Part Two) Outline LISTEN
  The Doctrine of Spiritual Growth and Sanctification Outline LISTEN
  Self-Worth or Self-Worship: Re-examining a Popular Myth Outline LISTEN
  A Biblical Evaluation of Prevalent Theories of Counseling Outline LISTEN
  Communication and the Family Conference Table Outline LISTEN
  Hope & Help to Those Struggling to Have Children Outline LISTEN
  Biblical Basics of Marriage Outline LISTEN
  Priorities for Living Outline LISTEN
  The Role of the Husband in the Family Outline LISTEN
  The Role of the Wife in the Family Outline LISTEN
  Parental Attitudes and Goals Outline LISTEN
  Parental Delegation and Responsibilities Outline LISTEN
  Justification Outline LISTEN
  Guilt & Forgiveness Outline LISTEN
  Anger Outline LISTEN
  Fear Outline LISTEN
  Worry Outline LISTEN
  The Context of Godly Wisdom Outline  
  Depression Outline LISTEN
  Medical Issues with Dr. Charles Hodges (* See Archived Lectures below)    
  Life-Dominating Sins and Total Life Restructuring Outline LISTEN
  Overcoming Evil Outline LISTEN


Course Content for Track Two

Date Lecture Titles    
  Why Counsel? Biblical Counseling in the Church Outline LISTEN
  Qualifications of a Biblical Counselor Outline LISTEN
  Role of the Holy Spirit Outline LISTEN
  Recapturing a Forfeited Ministry Outline LISTEN
  Essential Elements of Counseling Outline LISTEN
  Helping Counselees Understand How to Change Outline LISTEN
  Communication Outline LISTEN
  Conflict Resolution Outline LISTEN
  Forgiveness (Part 1) Outline LISTEN
  Forgiveness (Part 2 & 3) Outline LISTEN
  Roles in Marriage Outline LISTEN
  Biblical Principles of Sex Outline LISTEN
  Spouse Abuse Outline LISTEN
  Eating Disorders Outline LISTEN
  Counseling: An Open Door for Evangelism Outline LISTEN
  A Model for Decision Making Outline LISTEN
  Depression Outline LISTEN
  Women Counseling Women Outline LISTEN
  Pure Life: Pure Choice    
  A Biblical View of Grief Outline LISTEN
  Medical Issues with Dr. Charles Hodges (*See Archived Lectures Below)    
  Trusting God in Adversity Outline LISTEN
  Dealing With Addictions Outline LISTEN


Marriage Specialization Advanced Track (Open to all who have completed Tracks One & Two)

Course Content for Marriage Specialization Track

  Pre-marriage Counseling    
  The Nature and Purpose of Marriage    
  Divorce and Remarriage    
  Communication and Conflict Resolution    
  Enjoying Intimacy in Marriage    
  Dealing with Sexual Issues in Marriage (Homosexuality and Same Sex Attraction)    
  Ministry to Blended Families and Interactions with Extended Families    
  Parenting Issues in Marriage    
  Family Finances and Family Worship    
  Dynamics of Marriage Counseling    


Addictions Advanced Track (Open to all who have completed Tracks One & Two)

Course Content for Addictions Advanced Track

January 27, 2020 Biblical Insights into Addiction – Dr Mark Shaw (remote) Outline Listen
January 27, 2020 Family Issues in Addiction – Dr Mark Shaw (remote) Outline Listen
February 10, 2020 Addiction, Identity, and the Gospel – Pastor Keith Palmer Outline Listen
February 10, 2020 Basic Principles, Procedures, and Strategies for Counseling Addictions- Pastor Keith Palmer Outline Listen
February 17, 2020 Crafting Temptation and Repentance Plans to Help Addicts – Pastor Keith Palmer Outline Listen
February 17, 2020 A Battle Plan for Fighting Pornography – Pastor Keith Palmer Outline Listen
February 24, 2020 Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence – Pastor Chris Moles  Outline Listen
February 24, 2020 The Impact of Abuse on Children – Pastor Chris Moles  Outline  
March 17, 2020 Straight Talk About Preventing and Overcoming Sexual Sin READ  


Biblical Encouragement for Parents and Those Who Counsel Them (Pastor Tim Pasma)

Date Lecture Titles Outlines Audio
December 2, 2019 Parenting: Shepherding Hearts (6 minute  blank delay at the start of the recording) Outline LISTEN
December 2, 2019 Music: Enemy or Avenue Outline (Above)


Addiction Issues in Counseling (Dr. Mark Shaw)

Date Lecture Titles Outlines Audio
December 3, 2018 Addiction in Plain Sight Outline LISTEN
December 3, 2018 Biblical Insights into Addiction Outline (Above)


*Medical Issues Night Lectures (Dr. Charles Hodges) 

Date Lecture Titles Outlines  Audio
 March 20, 2006 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Outline Not avail.
 March 20, 2006 Disease or Not Outline Not avail.
 March 19, 2007 Counseling People Labeled Bi-Polar Not avail. LISTEN
 March 19, 2007 Counseling People Taking Medication Outline LISTEN
 March 17, 2008 ADHD: Finding Purpose in a Distracted World Outline LISTEN
 March  17, 2008 Childhood Bipolar Disorder: The Great Debate Outline LISTEN
 March 16, 2009 Rescuing Victims Outline LISTEN
 March 16, 2009 Schizophrenia and Biblical Counseling Outline LISTEN
 March 22, 2010 A Layman’s Guide to Psychotropic Drugs Outline  LISTEN
 March 22, 2010 Counseling Those Who Take Psychological Drugs Outline LISTEN
 March 21, 2011 Counseling People With a Medical Illness Not avail. LISTEN
 March 21, 2011  OCD and Me (Part One) Outline  LISTEN
 March 21, 2011  OCD and Me (Part Two)   LISTEN
 March 12, 2012  PTSD: Conversations with Soldier Outline LISTEN
 March 12, 2012  Helping Those Suffering With Depression Not. Avail. LISTEN
 February 25, 2013

 Good Mood Bad Mood: Look for Answers and Find Hope (Part I)

Outline LISTEN
 February 25, 2013 Good Mood Bad Mood: Look for Answers and Find Hope (Part II)   LISTEN
 February 25, 2013 Good Mood Bad Mood: Bipolar Disorder Outline LISTEN
 March 24, 2014 What is Medical About Mental Illness Outline Not Avail.
 March 24, 2014 Counseling People With a Psychological Diagnosis Outline Not Avail.
 March 2, 2015 End of Life, Finishing Well Outline LISTEN
 March 2, 2015 OCD: When I Just Can’t Stop Thinking About It! Outline LISTEN
 March 21, 2016 Paying Attention to ADHD Outline LISTEN
 March 21, 2016 DSM5: How to Understand It and How to Help Outline LISTEN
 March 6, 2017 Helping Those Suffering With Depression Outline Not Avail.
 March 6, 2017 Sufficiency of Scripture and Medical Integration Outline Not Avail.
 March 26, 2018 Compassionate Care for Addiction/Substance Abuse Outline Video
 March 26, 2018 How the Physiology of Addiction Complicates Biblical Counseling Outline (See Above)
 March 11, 2019 PTSD Outline Not Avail.
 March 11, 2019 Sleep & Biblical Counseling Outline Not Avail.
 March 9, 2020 New Concerns and Thoughts About Schizophrenia Outline  LISTEN
 March 9, 2020 Good Mood Bad Mood: Hope in Depression Outline  (See Above)
 March 15, 2021 What is Medical About Mental Illness Outline Not Avail
 March 15, 2021 Counseling People With a Medical Illness Not Avail. Not Avail (See Above)
March 20, 2022 Thinking Biblically About OCD Outline Listen
March 20, 2022 Of Death and Dying: Let’s Make a Good Ending of It! Outline (See Above)
February 20, 2023 In the Middle of Chaos: Helping Those Who Worry. Outline LISTEN
February 20, 2023 Helping Those With Borderline Personality Disorder Not Avail LISTEN

Cost & Materials :  There is no instructor cost for the training course. The cost involved is for the handbook, supplies, and reading materials for each class. Couples may share the books but will need to purchase their own copies of the training manual (and processing supplies). If you already own some of the books, please reduce the fee accordingly.

*Scholarships may be available if cost prevents  participation in the course.  Call WBC for details.