The Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling is a conference put on by Victory Baptist Church and Celebration Church, in partnership with Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC). The conference is a lecture-style course taught by certified counseling trainers from Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC). The course offers 30+ hours of instruction over three different weekends. Taking this course will give you an introduction to the fundamental elements of biblical counseling and satisfy the Basic Training Course requirement of the Association of Certification Biblical Counselors (ACBC) certification process. For more information on ACBC certification, please visit the ACBC website at

Dates & Times:

  • Friday, March 1 — 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 2 — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, April 5 — 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 6 — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, April 26 — 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 27 — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and how to lovingly and competently apply its truths to the issues of life.
  • Those who want to pursue one-on-one counseling or discipleship as a ministry.
  • Those who want to sharpen their ministry skills: counselors, teachers, parents, pastors, elders, deacons, small group leaders, youth leaders, or any growing Christian.

Dr. Andrew Rogers

Andrew and his wife, Jenny, live in Anaheim Hills, CA, and have four children. Andrew has been in ministry for over 27 years as a pastor, professor, and missionary. Andrew is a Fellow and Board Member with ACBC. He is a pastor at Kindred Community Church and serves as Executive Director of Overseas Instruction in Counseling, a ministry devoted to training biblical counseling trainers around the world.

Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling Topics:

  • Weekend #1:
    1. The Calling of All Christians
    2. What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical?
    3. How to Grow and Change
    4. Progressive Sanctification
    5. Gather Data, Discern Problems
    6. Build Involvement, Give Hope
    7. Give Instruction, Assign Homework
    8. Counseling Observation (2 sessions)
  • Weekend #2:
    1. Comparison of Counseling Philosophies
    2. Getting to the Heart
    3. Counseling Observation
    4. Guilt and Repentance
    5. Trials and Suffering
    6. Helping Those Struggling with Depression
    7. Forgiveness
    8. Biblical View of Anger
    9. Fear and Worry
  • Weekend #3:
    1. Communication
    2. Purpose of Marriage
    3. Goal of Parenting
    4. Husband’s Role in the Family
    5. Wife’s Role in the Family
    6. Parenting and Instruction
    7. Parenting and Discipline
    8. Biblical View of Sexuality
    9. Case Study

It is expected that students will attend class sessions in their entirety. In the event a conflict prohibits attendance for a scheduled session, then a video of the session will be available online in order to make up the session. If you know ahead of time a session you cannot make, please email Myles Yarnell at to discuss details.


Individual Admission: $80 (Beginning February 1st the ticket price will increase to $100)
Souses Admission: $150 (Beginning February 1st the ticket price will increase to $170).


  • I am not sure I want to formally counsel.  Is there still a benefit to taking the training?
    • Absolutely. The training is truly for counseling and discipleship, and we are all called to be disciple-makers. The training will equip you to disciple your children, children’s class, adult class, small groups, etc. wherever you are and with whomever you have relations with.
  • Besides serving as a counselor, will this training equip me to serve in other functions?
    • YES! There is a need for spiritually mature men and women who are trained to disciple one another, serve as accountability partners for people struggling with life-enslaving sins, minister to the body of Christ, and witness to the lost. In short, since all ministry is disciple-making, this training will be beneficial for any ministry you choose to serve in.
  • I am busy, but I want to take the training. Is there homework?
    • No!  We encourage you to review your completed notes between weekend sessions but there is no assigned homework.
  • What is the training format?
    • The training follows a three-weekend format. One weekend in March 2023 and two weekends in April 2023 (March 1-2; April 5-6; and April 26-27). We will be offering 9 workshops per weekend. Friday night sessions will run from 6 PM to 9 PM and Saturday sessions will run from 8 AM to 5 PM. All workshops will be videotaped and made available to our students for make-up purposes.
  • Will childcare be provided?
    • TBD
  • Will meals be provided on Saturday?
    • Yes, we will have a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Both are included in the price of the course. Additionally, light snacks will be provided at several of the breaks. We are unable to meet special dietary needs so please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
  • Do you offer refunds?
    • Yes, if a situation arises that prevents you from being able to attend, you can request a refund in writing. Please address your request via email to either Myles Yarnell at or Titus Tiplea at The last day to request a refund is February 16, 2024. Any refund requests after that will, unfortunately, not be accepted.