Christian Counseling: Integrating Temperament and Psychology

Authors: Henry R. Mohn, Ph.D.
This course is approximately 145 pages in length. In this study the candidate will be introduced to the definition, theory and practice of biblically based Christian Psychology and counseling and how this relates to N.C.C.A.’s counseling model, Temperament Therapy.

Course Requirements:

  1. Approximately 35 clock hours
  2. Suggested time limit fifteen weeks
  3. Pass one proctored exam

Temperament Therapy – Advanced

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Temperament Case Studies

Compiled by Phyllis J. Arno, Ph.D.

This course is approximately 154 pages in length. The candidate will learn first hand the counseling model with which the NCCA members and graduates counsel. These case studies utilize the counseling model taught by the N.C.C.A. and they also incorporate other testing instruments with this model.

This course consists of one textbook, requires students to submit one case study following the prescribed format. There is a maximum time limit of twelve weeks. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Life’s Answers Through Counseling With God

Conrad Mershon, Ph.D.

The student will learn first hand a Christian approach to counseling his or her clients in a Bible based, methodical professional manner utilizing a counseling method taught by the N.C.C.A.

This course consists of a textbook of approximately 150 pages in length and requires one closed book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Living In The Spirit

Michael A. Coleman, D. Min.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a better understanding of human behavior from a biblical perspective. This course also addresses one’s responsibility for their actions and one’s accountability to God.

This course consists of a textbook of approximately 110 pages in length and requires one closed book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Counseling The Codependent: A Christian Perspective Utilizing Temperament

Jean M. LaCour, Ph.D.

This course is approximately 160 pages in length. The candidate will be provided with specialized training regarding codependency which incorporates the counseling taught by the N.C.C.A.

This course consists of a textbook, a workbook, and requires one closed book (proctored) exam. There is a maximum time limit of twelve weeks. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Therapy

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction

Stephen VanCleve, M.D.
Walter Byrd, M.D.
Kathy Revell, R.N.

The authors will provide answers to important questions about drugs and why people use them. Drug abuse is a complex problem and no one can claim to have all the answers. However, there are fundamental principles presented within this course which will aid the student in his/her preparation to counsel those who suffer addiction.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling Adult Children of Alcoholics

Sandra D. Wilson, Ph.D.

ACOA is a relatively new term but an age-old problem. This course provides information about the family background, personal characteristics and common problems which face the adult children of alcoholics.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Problems of Self-Control

Richard P. Walters, Ph.D.

The most important goal of this course is to show how the counselor can help people identify and resolve the root problems which are causing one’s inability to exercise self-control.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling Those With Eating Disorders

Raymond E. Vath, M.D.

The student will discover that there are complicated interplay dynamics found in eating disorders. Some issues contain other issues which overlap and recur again. Some of the areas addressed in this course are Anorexia, Nervosa and Bulimia.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Sexual Therapy

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Counseling for Sexual Disorders

Joyce J. Penner, R.N., M.N.
Clifford L. Penner, Ph.D.

Sexual therapy goals discussed in this course are to distract from anxiety, remove demands and eliminate negative or failure experiences and feelings. Forms are provided to assist in sexual therapy counseling: physical history, background history, sexual evaluation, sexual assessment feed- back, sexual therapy plan and assignments.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling and Homosexuality

Earl. D. Wilson, Ph.D.

The author writes this course from a heart of compassion, love and a true Christian view point and includes numerous stories of his clients. The student will learn that change IS possible and that lives are transformed by miracles and by hard work. The challenge is to help the counselee keep an open mind while he/she gains in self-understanding and moves forward in new patterns of behavior.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Problems of Self-Control

Richard P. Walters, Ph.D.

The most important goal of this course is to show how the counselor can help people identify and resolve the root problems which are causing one’s inability to exercise self-control.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Unplanned Pregnancy and Infertility

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.

This course is divided into three sections: 1) it explains how to conceptualize the problem and ways to help the family; 2) how to deal with pregnancies that are too early, i.e., teenage pregnancies, pregnancies before marriage and pregnancies too soon after another birth; 3) births that are too late or that never occur.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Marriage and Family Counseling An Integrated Approach

Dr. J. Terry Twerell

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of Marriage and Family counseling with specific emphasis on system and Structural therapy techniques. A specific study of the use of genograms and family of origin work is emphasized. The course integrates Temperament and System/Structure in family counseling.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Integrated Temperament Couple Therapy

Dr. J. Terry Twerell

This course is designed for pastoral counseling of couples. The emphasis is on understanding the stress factors in a dyad relationship and the proper  evaluation and therapy for the presented problems of the couple. The student will review the case and provide a final evaluation of the case in written form as part of the study.

This course consists of a textbook and workbook. It requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam and case study for final grade. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Pre-Marriage Counseling With Temperament

Dr. J. Terry Twerell

This course is a specific reference for the Christian pastoral counselor and develops a pre-marriage technique using the tools of modern System Family counseling and Temperament Therapy. This course consists of Four units. This course develops a specific six (6) week plan for pre-marriage counseling using the tools provided in the course.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


The Father-Daughter Connection

Mari Louise Rust, M.A.

Once a student understands the unique relationship between a father and daughter, it helps him/her to understand all unique relationships. The content of this course provides insight into the father-daughter relationship that is being revealed for the first time with regards to each individual’s temperament.

This course consists of a textbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Group Therapy

Applicant must hold a Master’s degree or higher, be licensed by the N.C.C.A. and be Advanced Certified in Integrated Marriage & Family Therapy in order to qualify for this specialty area of Advanced Certification. Then, the candidate must complete the following group therapy course:

Group Therapy

John R. Thompson, Ph.D.

The purpose of this course is to teach the student how to provide proper counsel in a group setting. This course provides a method of relating the understanding of modern psychology to that of religious faith as expressed in the Christian Bible.

This course consists of a textbook of approximately 94 pages in length and requires one closed book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Family Systems

This certification consists of one paperback book, also available online, and three macro video lectures. Upon completion of this course the candidate must complete a reflections paper that will serve as the final exam.

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

The Fine Art of Mentoring


Life Coaching-Temperament


Life Coaching-Family Systems


Life Coaching-Seeking Effectiveness


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Domestic Violence and Intervention Therapy

Applicant must hold a Master’s degree or higher, be licensed by the N.C.C.A. and be Advanced Certified in Crisis and Abuse Therapy as well as completing the following five courses:

Temperament Case Studies

Compiled by Phyllis J. Arno, Ph.D.

This course is approximately 154 pages in length. The candidate will learn first hand the counseling model with which the NCCA members and graduates counsel. These case studies utilize the counseling model taught by the N.C.C.A. and they also incorporate other testing instruments with this model.

This course consists of one textbook, requires students to submit one case study following the prescribed format. There is a maximum time limit of twelve weeks. Approximate study time is 35 hours.


Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction

Stephen VanCleve, M.D.
Walter Byrd, M.D.
Kathy Revell, R.N.

The authors will provide answers to important questions about drugs and why people use them. Drug abuse is a complex problem and no one can claim to have all the answers. However, there are fundamental principles presented within this course which will aid the student in his/her preparation to counsel those who suffer addiction.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Problems of Self-Control

Richard P. Walters, Ph.D.

The most important goal of this course is to show how the counselor can help people identify and resolve the root problems which are causing one’s inability to exercise self-control.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling Families

George A. Rekers, Ph.D.

Numerous case studies are provided to aid in the study of this course. Each case study is a real situation from the author’s repertoire. He furnishes the student with numerous charts and lists to aid in practical applications of more effective family counseling.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling and Self-Esteem

David E. Carlson

This course contains three goals: 1) to provide the pastor and counselor (lay people can also use this counseling approach to build their own self-esteem) with an understanding of self-esteem as a fundamental ingredient to one’s spiritual, emotional and social health; 2) to teach accurate biblical views of self-esteem and 3) to teach counseling strategies that can be used for building self-esteem.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Death and Grief Therapy

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Counseling the Sick and Terminally Ill

Gregg R. Alders, M.D.

The author of this course writes from the perspective of a physician, a Christian and a counselor. This course is illustrated by frequent case histories and relevant biblical references. It builds on a creative counseling model and is written in a language that is understandable. It will prepare the student with the skills needed to minister to the sick and terminally ill.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Anger

Mark P. Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Proper methods of addressing the problem of anger are provided in this course. The student will also be provided with help in understanding the factors of anger, the basis for counseling anger, and learn how to control and express anger.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Joy In The Midst of Mourning

Dorothy M. Dye, Ph.D.

This course is provided in a workbook format and is approximately 70 pages in length. The candidate will be provided with general information on how a Christian handles loss and how they can focus their grief upward.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. There is a maximum time-limit of 6 weeks. Approximate study time is 30 hours.


Counseling Families of Children with Disabilities

Rosemarie S. Cook, Ph.D.

In this course the student will discover that it is difficult to define disability. Also, he/she will learn that it is hard to determine at what point a disability becomes a handicap. The focus is on families whose children developed problems before birth, during birth, as young children or as teenagers.

This course consists of a textbook and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.

Crisis and Abuse Therapy

This Advanced Certification Course consists of the following sub-courses:

Counseling for Family Violence and Abuse

Grant L. Martin, Ph.D.

The student will learn the basic components of family violence. Also, the definition and history for each type of abuse is provided along with instructions for giving help to both victim and abuser. The course is divided into three sections: Spousal abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook, and requires 1 closed-book (proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling in Times of Crisis

Judson J. Swihart, Ph.D.
Gerald C. Richardson, D. Min.

The dynamics and Scriptural view of crisis is presented by the authors–one a pastor, the other a professional counselor. The student will learn how to better understand the issues in a crisis situation as well as the principles that can help one face a crisis.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook, and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling for Anger

Mark P. Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Proper methods of addressing the problem of anger are provided in this course. The student will also be provided with help in understanding the factors of anger, the basis for counseling anger, and learn how to control and express anger.

This course consists of a textbook, workbook, and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Counseling the Depressed

Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D.

Therapeutic principles and a clear understanding of depression are well defined in this course. The student will receive the training needed to address the problems associated with depression.

This course consists of a textbook and requires 1 open-book (non-proctored) exam. Approximate study time is 45 hours.


Degree Transfer Program:

Please note that students completing advanced courses must receive a grade of 80% or better for course credit to be applied toward an academic degree.  Any grade transferred for an advanced course receiving a grade of less than 80% will not qualify to be applied to the NCCA degree transfer program.