Congratulations on completing the Mental Health Coach First Responder Training! You are now eligible to apply for Certification through the International Board of Christian Care – the preferred faith-based credentialing board recognizing mental health leaders around the globe!

WHY GET A BCMHC CREDENTIAL

Your voluntary credential communicates to clients and colleagues alike that you have completed sufficient standards, and a thorough and professional review. It is a public statement that you are qualified to provide ethical and competent Mental Health Coaching services from a Christian perspective. You can refer inquiring clients to review the Mental Health Coach code of ethics, doctrinal standards and credentialing requirements. The strength of credentialing numbers provides greater influence and presence in the national and international community.

BENEFITS of HOLDING a BCMHC CREDENTIAL

  • National Recognition for practice and ministry excellence with ethical integrity.
  • Receive a BCMHC Professional Certificate noting membership affiliation, core BCMHC credential, and any earned specialty designations – suitable for framing and public presentation.
  • Be able to use the BCMHC Credential Designation and Logo publicly on business cards, letterheads, and in all professional communications.
  • Receive Special Discounts on selected regular AACC products, CE programs, training events, and AACC conferences.

WHAT ARE THE BCMHC CREDENTIALS

BOARD CERTIFIED CHRISTIAN MENTAL HEALTH COACH CREDENTIAL (BCMHC)

Basic Requirements:

  • Identify and practice as a Mental Health Coach. This refers to independently practicing mental health coaches who incorporate biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 educational hours/CEs of specialized Mental Health Coach Training from Light University with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice.
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 12 CEs every two years related to the incorporation of biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice.

BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER MENTAL HEALTH COACH CREDENTIAL (BCMMHC)

Basic Requirements:

  • Identify and practice as a Mental Health Coach. This refers to independently practicing mental health coaches who incorporate biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and who are involved in a significant professional practice of Christian Coaching.
  • Completion of a minimum of 64 educational hours/CEs of specialized Mental Health Coach Training from Light University with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice.
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 12 CEs every two years related to the incorporation of biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice.

To apply, simply download your certification application here. To submit your application, place your filled application and certificate of completion (in a sealed envelope) with a check for the amount of $50.00 (application fee) made out to IBCC and address to the following.

IBCC c/o Administrative Coordinator

P.O. Box 739

Forest, Virginia 24551

Remember to make a copy of the Application for your records.

Renewals

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The ongoing mission of the BCMHC is to serve Christian Mental Health Coaches throughout the world in taking positive and tangible steps to further develop the emerging ministry and maintain a viable and comprehensive Christian Care Connect  as a resource for those who are hurting. Under the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC), the BCMHC continues to offer its members and the Christian Mental Health Coach community the following benefits:

1. National Credentials – We deliver a clinically-rigorous, biblically-based, and voluntary national credential in Christian crisis response that utilizes a systematic and thorough evaluation process.

2. Ethics – We continue to advance the AACC Christian Crisis Response Code of Ethics while promoting Christian crisis response in a manner that not only maintains a high ethical standard of care, but also honors the sacred trust that God has given to each of us.

3. Advocacy – We advocate both the profession and ministry of Christian Mental Health Coaching to the Body of Christ and our sister professions at the state and national levels, as well as in the communities where we live and work.

Please review the Renewal Application, Attestation and Agreement carefully, as well as the specific requirements for your particular credential. You may want to make a photocopy of all completed forms to keep for your records. The biennial (two year) renewal fee for all credentials is $149.00Checks should be made payable to IBCC.

On behalf of the entire IBCC team, thank you for being part of the IBCC and may God bless you in all your counseling work and related ministry.

Please send your completed application, renewal fee, and all required supporting documentation to:

BCLC
c/o Administrative Coordinator
P.O. Box 739
Forest, Virginia 24551