Spirit, Word and Sacrament
Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling
Becoming a Christian Counselor
About the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA)
In 1981, Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno established the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) as a non-profit corporation in order to conduct research and develop a therapeutic procedure based on Scripture. The procedure would accomplish three essential goals:
✝ Enable the candidate to learn the system easily and relatively quickly
✝ Save pastors and Christian counselors precious time in counseling sessions
✝ Produce effective, positive, and more immediate results with those being counseled
Drs. Arno developed the system over seven years through systematic research with over 5,000 individuals. The counselees sought help for depression, inter/intra-personal conflict, marriage and family dysfunctions and anxiety.
The purpose of the research was to: (1) increase the effectiveness of the NCCA’s therapeutic procedure; (2) measure the percentage of success within a controlled environment; and (3) develop an accurate clinical testing procedure for initial identification of the counselee’s temperament (spiritual genetics). In-depth studies were conducted on all current psychological tests and/or behavioral inventories. For many reasons, the NCCA selected the FIRO-B, which was developed by Dr. Will Schutz, as its initial measuring device or questionnaire. The NCCA named its analysis procedure the Temperament Analysis Profile (TAP), which reveals the "hidden problems" that normally take the counselor seven or eight sessions to identify.
In November 2000 the NCCA changed the name from the Temperament Analysis Profile (TAP) to the Arno Profile System (APS) in honor of its’ developers. Presently, over 4,000 pastors and professional counselors rely on the Arno Profile System to aid them in their counseling efforts. These counselors report an accuracy rate of over ninety percent (90%) in identifying an individual’s correct (in-born, God-given) temperament.
How the NCCA Credentials Help You Personally and Professionally
Potential counselors often ask about the benefits of the training and obtaining certification or authorization from the NCCA. Of course, the primary benefit is knowledge. The training you receive provides a deep spiritual insight into understanding human behavior and relating to others. This knowledge is valuable in every area of life, including your ability to help those who are hurting.
Having NCCA credentials ensures that you are recognized within your community as a qualified Christian/Pastoral counselor. The community can be assured that your credentials are authentic and current.
Other benefits available to NCCA members include qualifying for professional liability insurance, networking with other counselors and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits at seminars and conferences. In addition, the NCCA offers assistance to its members with regard to degree transfer work and fulfillment of academic goals.
Advantages of the Arno Profile System
As a student, you will learn the Arno Profile System (APS) for counseling. The APS is an easy-to-learn counseling technique used by thousands of lay counselors, professional counselors and pastors throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
In practice, the Christian counselor administers a questionnaire, which takes fewer than ten minutes for the counselee to complete. The questionnaire measures the counselee’s needs, natural traits, strengths, and weaknesses according to temperament. These are identified in the computerized Arno Profile System report, providing the counselor with in-depth information and the best way to counsel the individual. The system enables a qualified counselor to identify the counselee’s temperament problem swiftly and accurately.
Who Can Benefit From NCCA Training?
The training adjusts to meet the needs of Christians with different goals, including:
✝ Christians who want to be better equipped to minister to those who need counsel
✝ Pastors who want to learn how to counsel members of their community who are experiencing problems
✝ Christians who want to be credentialed and enter the field of counseling as a part-time or full-time ministry
✝ Professional counselors who want to become APS certified and learn a Biblically based counseling model with proven success
The NCCA courses taught by Emmaus Abbey Centre for Christian Counseling a (Certified Teaching Location) are offered in their specific community and to equip qualified students for the practice of effective Christian ministry. The goal of this Teaching Location is for every graduate:
To be a called disciple and minister of Jesus Christ, serving His Kingdom
To possess a deep and growing love for God and a desire to bring glory to His name
To possess an abiding love for people and the work of Christian ministry in the context of the church
To bear witness to the complete truthfulness of Holy Scripture
To maintain the historic principles of the Christian faith
To be ethically informed and to embody the moral imperatives of the Kingdom of God
To integrate theological understandings with human need in the contemporary world
To demonstrate Christian commitment, maturity, integrity and spirituality
To possess knowledge of the Bible and of historic and contemporary Christian thought and practice
To receive specialized training and skill development in specific areas of ministry