At RPTS, we believe that learning about biblical counseling involves more than just classroom exposure.
Our courses include opportunities to learn, observe, and practice - all with a view of applying Scripture and giving hope.

Watch this video for a student testimonial.

As an ACBC Training Center, the Biblical Counseling Institute can help you to prepare for certification by the
Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

On-Campus Training


Classroom Instruction


Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Fall Quarter
Thursdays (beginning September 08)
1:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Marriage and Family Counseling
Winter Quarter
Tuesdays (beginning November 29)
1:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Advanced Biblical Counseling
Spring Quarter
Tuesdays (beginning March 7)
11:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Counseling Practicums


Counseling Observation
Winter Quarter
Wednesdays (beginning November 30)
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Counseling Role Play
Spring Quarter
Wednesdays (beginning March 8)
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Supervised Counseling
Counsel under Professor Evans' supervision.
Arrangements for this course can be made
for any quarter of the academic year.

The classroom courses are also available via distance learning during the quarters referenced above. For a self-paced course specially packaged for those seeking ACBC certification, please see the online training section below.

For questions about these courses, contact the BCI Office:
[email protected] • 412-731-3000

Online Training


You can fulfill the ACBC requirement for a fundamentals training course with our Fundamentals Training Course in Biblical Counseling, which includes the lectures from our Introduction to Biblical Counseling and our Marriage and Family Counseling courses.

• Admission at RPTS is not required
• Sixty hours of self-paced online lectures
• One-time fee of $250
• Register here

To receive the maximum benefit, we encourage students to complete the course within one year. Also, please note that the Fundamentals Training Course is good for ACBC Certification purposes if you apply for certification with ACBC within 4 years of taking the course. For example, if you finish the Fundamentals Training Course in 2021, you will need to apply for certification by December 31, 2025. (Your application will include the submission of your completed ACBC Theology Exam and ACBC Counseling Exam.)


ACBC certification also requires counseling observation. If you have completed our Fundamentals Training Course and live within driving distance of our campus, you may register for our BC610 Counseling Observation class as an auditor for $99.

If you do not live in the Pittsburgh area, we recommend the observation videos produced through the online resources of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) to fulfill your ACBC observation requirement.

Supervised Counseling

For those pursuing ACBC certification, read more here about your supervised counseling options through the Biblical Counseling Institute.


RPTS also offers an ACBC-approved Marriage Counseling Specialization course for those who have already been certified and who desire to earn the ACBC Marriage Counseling Specialization.

Applied Theology for the Church

Our Applied Theology for the Church program, includes online resources for those who desire to learn more about biblical counseling in their own context, at their own pace, but do not desire ACBC certification.

Online training does not require enrollment as a student at RPTS.

For questions about these online resources, contact the BCI Office:
[email protected] • 412-731-3000


Counseling Services

In addition to providing training in biblical counseling, the BCI serves as a resource for those in the body of Christ in need of experienced counsel to address personal problems.

Professor Keith A. Evans
Professor of Biblical Counseling
Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute

Tori Mann
Biblical Counselor and BCI Office Manager

Monday to Friday
8am to 5pm

For questions about scheduling a counseling appointment, contact the BCI Office:
[email protected] • 412-731-3000