In an effort to help hurting people, it is our goal to equip others with effective counseling skills. One way we seek to equip others is through our Internship Program. The internship is an one-year commitment. To begin the process schedule a call with the Director to see if there is an opening in the program.
3 Levels of the IBCC Internship Program:
1. Learner Level
At this level, the intern sits under an IBCC counselor usually as a prayer partner in the counseling sessions. This gives the intern some exposure to a wide variety of cases and how to resolve the issues addressed. Following the sessions, the intern is able to debrief with the counselor, reviewing the case and the solution given, and asking any questions he/she may have.
At this level, the intern will also be required to read suggested resources that give a foundational understanding to spiritual warfare counseling. Additional resources related to the intern’s specific interest (i.e. DID/Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Marriage Conflict) may also be recommended for study.
2. Encourager Level
At this level, the intern expands his/her experience to encouraging clients and prospective counselees. This would usually take the form of answering new intake calls, understanding what their needs are, and scheduling their appointments with an IBCC counselor. It would also involve handling crisis calls and praying with individuals over the phone.
3. Discipler Level
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives the Great Commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Jesus calls every believer to be a disciple-maker.
The goal of this final level of the internship is to help the intern become a disciple-maker in the environment of the counseling center, with the focus of them taking their skills into the scope of their own local church. Our desire is to train our interns to point people to a meaningful and vibrant relationship with the Savior, the Wonderful Counselor. At this point in the internship, beginner level counseling cases will be assigned to the intern so that he/she can gain practical experience in counseling. These opportunities will be under the direction and supervision of the IBCC Director. Often, an intern’s first assignment at this level is taking a counselee through The Steps to Freedom by Dr. Neil Anderson. This practical, user-friendly resource is a great foundational tool for the intern to gain experience using. Furthermore, it is a great resource for counselees looking for freedom from bondage.