The International School of Christian Counseling
In May, 2016, this program was transferred to another ministry with a similar vision. The information on this website has been left here so that people can access it to see what our program entailed. Much was accomplished, and we are grateful to the Miraflores C&MA church and the complete ministry of S.A.L.T. (Support and Leadership Training). A parallel program with an equal emphasis on Theology as well as Counseling was begun in Temuco, Chile, although that can information can be found through SALT's website www.saltleadership.org.
The non-profit mission organization S.A.L.T. was asked by church leaders at the Miraflores C&MA Church in Lima, Peru to start a program which will offer a Master’s level of education in Christian Counseling. SALT was asked to bring teachers to teach a full range of courses designed to address the practical counseling needs of the people in a manner that does not compromise the Word of God. We were excited about this opportunity to benefit the Body of Christ through training mature Christian leaders who are sensitive to the call of Isaiah 61:1-3, whether they were looking to enhance their pastoral or church ministry, or further develop their professional career in the mental health or educational fields in a manner that integrates a spiritual perspective and approaches the field of psychology from a Biblical worldview. This program was appropriate for pastors and lay church leaders involved in a wide range of ministry with interest in helping others. This was a three and a half year program of study, with week long classes at key points in the year. The classes were taught for three hours every evening from Monday – Friday and five hours on Saturday. Homework and assignments were appropriate to the educational level of the student, as some Bachelors level students will also be admitted.
We were excited about this program as we believe the church is called to reclaim the field of psychology for the church. The Great Commission (Matt.28:18-20) tells us to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe ALL that He has commanded. He taught us to love God and to love one another. Christian counseling, as a discipleship ministry that seeks to apply God's grace and truth to people's individual lives and problems, is a ministry of love. We are simply seeking to become more effective at loving others by bringing good news to the afflicted, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and comforting those who mourn, all through the power of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of God. In this program, we plan to bring an uncompromising Biblical worldview, yet will still examine the best of what the science of psychology has to offer. Our plan was to prepare counselors who can work in either church or secular settings where they can be salt and light to the world. We brought in a wide range of professors who have a wealth of experience and training.
Our first class was Transformational Coping: Treatment Planning, Discipleship Counseling and the Sanctification Process, taught by Dr. Ron Newman in July 2013. This course gave an overall Biblical foundation for treatment planning, building resilience, and stress management, all in the context of a Biblical model of the stress and coping process, which also can be understood as the sanctification process. Through the lens of this model various forms of psychopathology (ex.- depression, anxiety, psychosis, etc.) can be understood and treated, including trauma and its affects. Treatment planning in the counseling process, and dealing with the needs of clients systematically was addressed. This course equipped students to run their own stress management seminars, which benefit their communities as a preventive intervention, and even as an evangelical outreach. It is also a model that can be used to help the counselor or pastor find balance in their own lives and avoid the danger of burnout in their ministry.
Other Classes taught:
In August, Dr. Paul Stevenson (New York) taught a special seminar on Group Counseling and Ministry from August 5-10, 2013.
In September, Debbie MacIntosh (Missionary, Lima, Peru) taught a class on Marriage Counseling and Conflict Resolution from September 16 - 21, 2013.
In November 2013, Dr. Daniel Rota (Argentina) taught on Characteristics of Process in Good Counseling.
In March 2014, Dr. David Hard (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) taught on The Theology of Sin, Suffering, and Salvation.
In May 2014, Dr. Paul Stevenson (New York) taught on Understanding Mental Illness.
In July 2014, Dr. Gabriel Flores Ciani (from Argentina) taught on Family and Gender Violence.
In September 2014, Dr. Ron Newman (New Jersey) taught on Freedom from the Cycle of 5Bondage.
In November 2014, Pastor Chris Gregas (New Jersey) taught on The Identity Driven Life (addressing our Identity in Christ).
In March 2015, Dr. Ron Newman taught on Counseling with the Mind of Christ.
In May 2015, Dr. Paul Stevenson taught on Developmental Psychology and Ministry through the Phases of Life.
In July 2015, Dr. Paul DeSchenes (Tennessee) taught on Effective Spiritual Disciplines and Therapeutic Practice.
In October 2015, Dr. Steve Silverstein (Pennsylvania/New Jersey) taught on Relationship Dynamics and a Theology of Counseling/or How People Change
In November, Dr. Dan Rota taught on Understanding and Counseling the Third Age (Geriatrics and Aging).
Numerous other teachers, both from the USA and South America, will be offering courses for the Temuco program in the future.
The professors for this program were volunteering their time and expertise because they believe in the vision for multiplying disciples who are equipped to minister in their own culture. Funding is needed, however, to help pay for administrative help, qualified teachers assistants to grade the homework, interpreters (when the teacher is not bilingual Spanish), lower the expenses of the books and printed material, and help with a variety of other costs associated with this program. These include Hospitality personnel (transportation, room & board for teachers), etc. Tuition will be charged to students, but we desire to keep the costs as low as possible, which means additional funds are needed. If you know of any individual, church or foundation that is looking for an excellent mission cause to support, please ask them to contact us!!
See www.saltleadership.org for more details on S.A.L.T.
Donations to help with the expenses of this program can be made out to S.A.L.T. (memo: ISCC) and sent to:
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Other contact information, with any questions:
Gabe Agostini, SALT Founder/Director
2050 Westminster Dr.
Wilmington, DE 19810
Ron Newman, Ph.D. (pictured below)
Vineland, NJ 08362
(Latin America contact information will be added at a later date.)