For Christian Counselors


Welcome!  Below is a list of trainings, certifications, books, + resources for Christian counselors from a Christian worldview.  Take a look, and If you have a resource you'd like to see on the list, let me know.  To download the list as a pdf, click here:



Post-Graduate Training + Certifications

American Association of Christian Counselors:  Membership;  a ton of resources, trainings, certifications, and a World Conference I always attend!

Cloud-Townsend Resources:  Intensives, Training, + Workshops 

Council for Relationships:  Mental health, sex therapy, and clergy tracks

Institute for Sexual Wholeness:  Christian sex therapy certification

Safe Haven Relationship Center:  Training on Christian model of Emotionally-Focused Therapy

Professional Christian Coaching Institute:  Christian coaching certification

The John C. Maxwell Certification Program:  Leadership, personal, + business development

National Marriage Seminars:  Offers training + seminars by the world's leading couples therapists and researchers, including John & Julie Gottman, and Sue Johnson

Prepare/Enrich:  Certifications and trainer designation for pre-marital and marital assessments

Peacemakers:  Training for facilitation conflict resolution in church settings 

Books on Christian Counseling, Leadership, Coaching, + Consulting

Arterburn, S., & Felton, J. (2001).  Toxic faith:  Experiencing healing from painful spiritual abuse.  Colorado Springs, CO:  WaterBrook Press.

Arterburn, S. (2013).  The 7-minute marriage solution.  Brentwood, TN:  Worthy Publishing.

Cloud, H. (2006).  Integrity:  The courage to meet the demands of reality.  New York, NY:  HarperCollins.

Cloud, H.  (2013).  Boundaries for leaders:  Results, relationships, and being ridiculously in charge.  New York, NY:  HarperCollins.

Cloud, H., & Townsend, J. (2001).  How people grow:  What the Bible reveals about personal growth.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan.

Cloud, H., & Townsend, J. (2003).  Making small groups work:  What every small group leader needs to know..  Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan.

Collins, G. R. (2007).  Christian counseling:  A contemporary guide (3rd ed.).  Hampton, VA:  Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Collins, G. R. (2007).  Christian counseling case book.  Hampton, VA:  Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Cook, R., & Alexander, I. (2008).  Interweavings:  Conversations between Narrative therapy and Christian faith.  North Charleston, SC:  CreateSpace Books.

Friedman, E. H. (1985).  Generation to generation:  Family process in church and synagogue.  New York, NY:  Guilford Press.

Galvin, R. (n.d.).  Narrative practice and pastoral ministry.  Retrieved from

Hamilton, E. M. (2009).  Church on the couch:  Does the church need therapy?  Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan.

Hargrave, T. D. (1994).  Families and forgiveness:  Healing wounds in the intergenerational family.  New York, NY:  Routledge

Hargrave, T. D., & Pfitzer, F. (2003).  The new contextual therapy:  Guiding the power of give and take.  New York, NY:  Brunner-Routledge.

Hargrave, T. D., & Pfitzer, F. (2011).  Restoration therapy:  Understanding and guiding healing in marriage and family therapy.  New York, NY:  Routledge.

Jacobsen, W., & Coleman, D. (2006).  So you don’t want to go to church anymore. Newbury Park, CA:  Windblown Media.

Langberg, D. M. (2003).  Counseling survivors of sexual abuse.  Maitland, FL:  Xulon Press.

Richardson, R. W. (1996).  Creating a Healthier Church: Family systems theory, leadership, and congregational life.  Minneapolis, MN:  Fortress Press.

Ripley, J. S., & Worthington, E. L. (2014).  Couple therapy:  A new hope-focused approach.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.

Steinke, P. L. (2006).  How your church family works:  Understanding congregations as emotional systems.  Herndon, VA:  The Alban institute.

Townsend, J. (2011).  Leadership beyond reason:  How great leaders succeed by harnessing the power of their values, feelings, and intuition.  Nashville, TN:  Thomas Nelson.

Worthington, E. L. (2005).  Hope-focused marriage counseling:  A guide to brief therapy.  Downers Grove, IL:  IVP Academic.

Worthington, E. L., Johnson, E. L, Hook, J. N., & Aten, J. D. (Eds.). (2013).  Evidence-based practices for Christian counseling and psychotherapy.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.

Yarhouse, M. A., Sells, J. N. (2008).   Families and therapy:  A comprehensive christian appraisal.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.