Our Certificate Program

Becoming a LifeChange Certified Biblical Counselor


As Dr. Skinner traveled and led conferences for many years, individuals asked him where to receive training and certification for the message that he was sharing. At the time he knew no place to send them.

Many believers from members of a church to trained pastors and counselors seek a way to counsel using the Scripture without the state limiting what they can share in the consulting room. In most states, a licensure limits one to the regulatory laws that govern counseling with the practice of psychology.

Think LifeChange Institute does not provide a state license or training that leads one toward state licensure. Though laws vary from state to state, most states have a distinction between general counseling (psychology based) and pastoral counseling. Think LifeChange Institute provides the training which the local church recognize by commissioning the counselor into what we call the pastoral counseling category or a ministry career as a LifeChange Certified Biblical Counselor.

A commissioning service by a church is simply the presenting of a Commissioning Certificate (which your church can provide) that is signed by the pastor recognizing someone as a person who has completed the Think LifeChange Institute training and presenting that person to the church as a Certified Biblical Counselor.

Your certification through the Think LifeChange Institute would be identified as LifeChange Certified Biblical Counselor.

The Think LifeChange Institute certification program is not to be identified as or confused with state licensing in any way. It is intended for a person who wants to practice biblical counseling in and through a local church body, guided by pastoral counseling guidelines, not state guided psychological based counseling.

introduction to biblical counseling


  1. Complete Application. The fee for entire training program is $4000 (50% due before residency, 50% due at the beginning of the practicum).
    • What is included in the pricing?
      • 1 week residency training
      • 6 textbooks
      • 6 online training courses
      • 10 Heart of the Problem workbooks for use in the practicum
  2. Attend a one week residency with Dr. Skinner to begin the program.
  3. Complete the 6 online training courses.
  4. Complete the 10 person practicum training.

Process to Certified Biblical Counselor

Complete Application

Complete Application and pay a 50% deposit to secure your spot.

Apply Online

Fill out the online application to reserve your spot for the next intake of students.

Residency Training

Attend a one-week residency training to begin the program.

Residency Training

Join Dr. Skinner in the Atlanta area for in-depth training.

Online Training

Complete the six online training courses.

Read and Take Quizzes

Each course is based on a book (inlcuded). Learn at your own pace.

10 Person Practicum

Complete practicum training with 10 people.

Guided Practicum

Ten Heart of the Problem Books are included to guide you through your practicum.

Want to find out more?

Contact us to find out when our next intake begins.