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Spiritual Christian Counseling FAQs


christian counseling coursesWelcome to the FAQs section for the Spiritual Christian Counseling Certification. This area is provided to you as a source of information that may be more clarified, related to questions you may have in regards to our certification program. Information regarding recertification, as well as information about our online continuing education courses, is also provided. We highly recommend that you first thoroughly review all of the information on our website, under the main page for Spiritual Christian Counseling Certification. Access main page. If after reviewing all of the provided information and this FAQs section, any other questions may be addressed by completing our request for information form online here. Thank you for your interest in our Spiritual Christian Counseling Certification Program.

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What is Certification?

Answer: Certification is a voluntary process  provided by via an organization that through its qualified advisory boards develops comprehensive and quality standards for the practice of a type of specialty. The developed standards address high quality requirements for the practice of a certain specialty. The defined standards outline educational and/or practice requirements, any required prerequisites, and the need to adhere to a defined code of ethics for the practice specialty. Certification is different than any type of licensing. Certification is one means by which professionals may be publicly recognized as achieving a high level of education, knowledge base and practice skills for a certain healthcare related specialty. Certification also assists employer organizations and clients in their assessment of appropriate qualifications for candidates seeking positions in organizations and/or involved in private practices. It is commonly held that certification through an organization is fast becoming a “gold standard” for specialty practices. Certification testifies and provides a verification of defined educational requirements, adherence to a solid code of ethics, and in many instances prerequisites of practice experience for the practice in a variety of fields.


What Are the Criteria/standards I Will Need to Meet to Achieve Certification?

Answer: The educational criteria and standards are well and clearly defined within our website. Please access our main page to preview these requirements. Access here.


May I Apply for and Be Conferred Certification if I Have Been Practicing as a Spiritual Christian Counselor With Out the Need to Meet the Educational Requirements?

Answer: No. The Board that oversees the development and approval of defined criteria and standards for certification will not consider only practice experience as meeting requirements in full. This decision was made as those who are already in consulting practices have varied and different experiences related to Spiritual Christian Counseling and instruction and there is no insured uniformity that all who have practiced as a spiritual christian counselor have the same knowledge base and skills attainment. The evaluation of one’s past practice experience as a spiritual christian counselor is highly variable and subjective. As such, the Board has developed objective criteria/standards for the conferral of certification. For these reasons, practice experience without the attainment of education will not be considered as fulfilling criteria and standards for our certification.


Over the Years, I Have Completed Many Seminars and Continuing Education Courses Related to Spiritual Christian Counseling, Theory, practice and Interventions. Will These Apply Toward the Education Requirements for Certification?

Answer: Please send in any transcript for review to determine if they can be utilized and an AIHCP course waived. You can contact us here.


What is the Major Practice Focus of a Spiritual Christian Counselor?

Answer: A Spiritual Christian Counselor approaches counseling from a Christ centered reality.  Christ is the center of all healing, guidance and mental and spiritual growth.   Within this paradigm, the teachings of Christ are applied to all situations in one’s life.  In doing, so the spiritual child becomes a disciple of Christ at home and in the market place, learning to deal and cope with all issues from a Christian perspective.

The Christian perspective is not of this world.  It is at odd with the world and views how one deals with the world quite differently than other philosophies.  It is then the duty of the Christian Counselor to teach Christian principles for whatever problem is occurring.   Whether loss of loved one, divorce, moral dilemmas, or spiritual battles, the Christian Counselor in man ways is a spiritual mentor helping form a Christian World View in his or her client or spiritual child.

The Christian model is quite different.  It looks to turn the cheek instead of seeking revenge.  It looks to view suffering as a way to atonement when united with Christ.  It sees death as only temporary.  It embraces an objective code of rules that bind everyone.  It rejects excesses and teaches moderation.   It teaches obedience and humility over power and pride.  It is the anthesis to the material world view.

In applying these principles to life struggles, the Christian Counselor invites his or her spiritual child to put on Christ in all things and to accept Christ as one’s savior in facing the world.  Through Christ, the troubles of the world can become lighter and the cross one carries can become lighter.

While these mandates of a Christian life are difficult and a high standard, Christian Counselors through Christ, give individuals the tools and access to the Holy Spirit to receive the grace needed to carry on one’s spiritual vocation and journey on earth, until his or her time is called for one’s heavenly reward.

Christian Counselors hence, like a spiritual advisor or spiritual mentor, help those who come to them face the world but with Christ.


Where Do Spiritual Christian Counselors Practice?

Answer: Spiritual Christian Counselors offer a variety of pastoral services to the community and church. They can serve on parish boards offering a variety of counseling services as well as offer independent services to clients. Ministers, priests, and counselors can all utilize this certification in their service to others. Bear in mind though, this is a certification, and if one is not a licensed professional counselor, one cannot advertise themselves as a licensed counselor. In this respect. Spiritual Christian Counselors offer spiritual advice for everyday problems and life issues but do not treat mental pathologies. Spiritual Christian Counselors help others through life and resolve problems from a Christian spiritual perspective


What is the Process for Achieving This Certification?

Answer: There is a two-phase process. In order to provide clear and sufficient information on the process we have developed a separate page that defines the process. You may access this information on the certification process at this link: click here.


How Can I Submit an Application?

Answer: Making application is easy. We provide an online application form and a printable application form as well. Those wishing to make application can find these forms at this link. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications that are submitted must include all required documents and verification as specified for review and consideration of certification conferral. Before making any application, you must meet the defined pre-requisites for a given program and have successfully completed the full continuing education curriculum, or a curriculum from a program that AIHCP, Inc. has officially approved.


After Certification is There a Recertification Process?

Answer: Yes. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals provides a full program for recertification. Detailed information on the criteria to be recertified, after the four-year initial certification period, is provided on our website. Access here.


I Am Currently Certified by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. I Know I Am Required to Achieve Additional Education in Order to Qualify for Recertification in the Future. Do You Offer Any Continuing Education Courses That I May Take to Meet My Recertification Requirements?

Answer: Yes, we offer recertification CE courses. You can view them all by category at the following link.  Access here.


Do You Have Any Testimonials From Professionals Who Have Become Certified Through Your Programs?

Answer: Yes. We have a testimonials page on our website that you may view at the following link. Access Here.