Who is CCEF?

For the last 50 years, the mission of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) has been to “restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the local church.” They train pastors, counselors and ministry leaders to work skillfully in the biblical care of souls. To this end, CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling (SBC) offers affordable graduate-level distance learning. On-line courses are taught by professors at Westminster Theological Seminary from their Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program, and cohorts of students are guided and graded by trained Recitation Instructors. CCEF courses are internationally renowned, and available to anyone; no application or prior educational degrees are required! Courses may be taken either for credit or audit, and up to five courses may be transferred towards Westminster’s MAC degree.1 The SBC offers two certificate programs: Foundation (2 courses), and Essentials (5 additional courses). Throughout 2022 several advanced courses will be offered from CCEF’s legacy certificate programs.

How it Works

Through the SBC-IBC Partnership, the IBC-Partnership is able to offer CCEF SBC courses at a discounted rate ($525 for a 3 credit course versus $650 through the SBC General Program). Students may audit the courses at half-price. As a requirement of the IBC-Partnership, class cohorts must meet in person (live or Zoom) at least once throughout the 10-week course. Meeting schedule varies by course. Course Recitation Instructors (RI’s) are provided by the IBC-Partnership. While students may take courses through either the SBC General Program or the IBC-Partnership, to obtain the discounted prices students must register under the IBC-Partnership. NOTE that students need not attend Immanuel to take courses through the IBC-Partnership.

Registration Is Open Between 10/15/21 and 12/1/21

Classes fill quickly, so register early! For registration instructions, click here.


Classes begin January 12, 2022

Dynamics of Biblical Change

Taught by Dr. David Powlison
All students must take this prior to other courses
Course Description
IBC-Partnership price: Credit $525; Audit $262.50

Human Personality

Taught by Dr. Edward Welch
Course Description
IBC-Partnership price: Credit $525; Audit $262.50

Counseling & Physiology

Taught by Dr. Michael Emlet
Course Description
IBC-Partnership price: Credit $525; Audit $262.50

Why should you consider this?

Every Christian would benefit from the prerequisite course, The Dynamics of Biblical Change!  It is about sanctification, why change is so hard, and how we experience it through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  From Dr. Powlison’s illustrations of a 9 year old girl’s struggle with what others think about her to a man in a locked psych ward suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. it explains the confidence we have in Jesus Christ.  No matter how deep the problem, grace, hope and change are always possible – and you will know this is true because you personally changed as you worked through the DBC assignment.  After taking The Dynamics of Biblical Change, many students go on to take other CCEF courses to enhance their personal ministry.


Limited scholarships are available to Immanuel ministry leaders and their spouses.  Contact Pastor Bob Hartman at Immanuel Bible Church for more information.

1 - Application to WTS; and other stipulations apply. https://westminstercommunity.force.com/admissionsfaqs/s/article/Can-I-transfer-classes-I-took-through-CCEF

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