Type of training:
  • Online lectures and discussion groups
  • Video lectures
  • Presentations
  • Handouts
Program is suitable for:

This introductory program is designed for anyone in the church who wants to help others in the field of counseling. It is not a professional counseling course, but rather focuses on equipping participants with the skills and knowledge needed to serve others in the church and beyond.

Study mode:
  • Lectures online
  • Individual studies
  • Small groups
Study length:
  • 1 year
  • 64 academic hours
  • Latvian
  • Russian
Distance learning:
  • Students participate online, however, they have to be present for the sessions as the training is also done through discussion groups during the live classes.

Aim of the Program

The aim of the program is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge, using biblical principles and best practices in counseling.


The Latvian Bible Centre offers a programme – “Introduction to Church Counselling” in cooperation with the Peace and Reconciliation Network.

Study Process

The academic schedule is structured to be manageable and inclusive for all students – single, married, with children, working, attending other schools or educational institutions, and those participating in church ministry. The program is delivered by various professional counselors.


According to the study schedule lectures happen online every second Saturday in the morning hours. You can view the academic schedule here.


Depending on the speaker, there could be some homework to enhance the teaching covered in class as well as sharpen their communication skills.


There are two tests, mid-term and final, to evaluate students’ progress.


All courses are recorded so that those who cannot join the course online can watch it later, and it’s a great option for watching the course again.


The program consists of 16 courses.

Course Duration of the course Detailed information
Overview of Counseling Topics and Settings 4 academic hours Read more
The Key people in Counseling 30 academic hours Read more
Culture, family and singleness aspects 22 academic hours Read more
Spiritual Encounters and Prayer 8 academic hours Read more
Healing through prayer. Active listening. 8 academic hours Read more

Cost of Education

On-site Students Listeners
Registration Fee € 15.00 Free
Cost per meeting € 12.00 € 10.00
Program Handbooks Free -

*Amounts shown are subject to change.

Completion of the Studies

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in “Introduction to Church Counseling” at a special graduation ceremony.


The Latvian Biblical Centre is an adult informal further-educational institution registered at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia. The program is recognized by the largest Christian denominations in Latvia but is not yet accredited by the State.

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone who wants to learn more about God’s Word and His World and how to help others. Anyone can attend but the level of instruction and class assignments will be more appropriate for those who have completed secondary education (general education experience).


If you would like to attend a particular course without taking the whole study program, please fill out this form or write us an email. To ensure that you receive all the necessary information for the course in good time, please email us at least 3-4 working days before the start of the course. You can check the Academic Timetable here.



Application process

Applications are open by August 31st of every year.


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