Competent to Counsel International is an international biblical counseling training and resource organization utilizing historic biblical counseling methodologies.
Working from conviction that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are sufficient to help man address all of life’s working (non-organic) problems, CCI offers biblical counseling on a limited basis (eight to ten slots per week are typically available). Because we are a training center, there will usually be a trainee sitting in to observe each session. CCI founder/president Lou Priolo counsels in Montgomery, Alabama, at Grace at Bell Road Presbyterian Church and at Valleydale Church in Birmingham. He also provides counseling throughout the United States and internationally through live internet media (SKYPE and Oovoo). For information on the counseling ministry or to make an appointment with Lou, please contact CCI administrative associate David Covalli at (334) 324-6191 or email him at email@example.com.
Competent to Counsel International is a certified training center for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Four CCI courses are required to complete the educational requirements for certification with ACBC. They include Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Methodologies of Biblical Counseling, How to Use the Scriptures in Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling. The classes are taught by Lou Priolo in Birmingham.
Initially, international training will be conducted in those countries where historic biblical counseling resources have already been translated into the local language and are already being used to strengthen church leaders and believers. Then, as the Lord blesses, CCI will expand beyond the countries which already utilize these materials.
CCI will continue to counsel, consult and train missionaries (and national church leaders) who are stateside as well as those requested by mission organizations. The training and materials will also be supplemented via internet technologies which provide for live Q & A and problem-solving regardless of CCI’s staff location.
Competent to Counsel International intends to produce high quality video materials (training courses and teaching materials for use with counselees), making them available for free distribution and voice over dubbing into local languages, thereby enabling both effective and proven training anywhere in the world.
This training will be supplemented by the continued expansion of counseling material such as: articles, audio recordings, blogs, homework assignments and Bible studies for specific “problem areas”—ensuring that church leaders can freely utilize or translate such tools — to enable their counseling to be more effective and their counselees more Christ-like.