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Professor: Dr. Mark Kelderman (USA)
February 15, Monday (18:00-20:00)
February 17, Wednesday (18:00-20:00)
February 19, Friday (18:00-20:00)
February 22, Monday (18:00-20:00)
February 24, Wednesday (18:00-20:00)
February 26, Friday  (18:00-20:00)

Place: Every participant connects to online live lectures (Zoom) from their homes. Registered students will receive the link.
Language: English, with simultaneous translation channel in Latvian


Mark Kelderman is Dean of Students and Spiritual Formation, as well as Instructor in Pastoral Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as a pastor to local PRTS students. He is presently seeking his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, specializing in biblical counseling.
He and his wife Donna have six children.


This course Provides an overview of the counseling process from start to finish, together with a “starter-set” of counseling pre-interview, counseling interview, and counseling homework tools and forms. Uses role-playing and case models to illustrate each stage.


Objectives of this course include the following:
1.    To provide students with an overview of the hands-on process of counseling sessions.
2.    To provide students with a tool and information kit covering all major stages and aspects of counseling.
3.    To provide students with an understanding of how the biblical counseling process flows from scriptural principles and examples.


1.      Required Reading:

  • Section 3 of Jay Adam’s The Christian Counselor’s Manual: Pages 103-343 (240p)
  • John MacArthur: How To Counsel Biblically – Part 3 (102p)
  • Broger’s- Self Confrontation – Lessons 1-8 p. 1-134 (134p).

2.      Precourse reading and self reflection: The readings of Broger will be completed before class in February. Following the daily schedule for the readings and reflections will give you time to complete the readings. Please write a 2 page summary of each weeks refelctions from your reading. Since there are 8 weeks this would be a 16 page summary in total due last day of lectures.

3.      Project: Students will complete the following project: use the information from lectures and reading to conduct a one time “practice” counseling interview. This should include use of the pre-interview questionnaire, interview summary, observations, and conclusions, and post-interview homework. The individual counseled may not be someone in serious need of counsel. Ideally, he or she will be a spouse, friend, church member or classmate who is willing to identify a counseling need in their own lives. A five page summary of what you did, how it went and what you learned.

4.      Final Exam: An exam on the contents of the lectures, counseling tool kit, and required readings to take place within 2 weeks of conclusion of the lectures administered by seminary.


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