The Couple and Family Counseling Course is designed with a biblical perspective to help train and equip students in systemic theory and practice for healthy lifestyle changes. The course gives a historical development of systemic family therapy to better equip students in the use of various therapeutic tools for effective ministry. Systemic approaches to counseling combined with sensitivity to the Holy Spirit provide a powerful tool to disciple individuals, couples, and families. Building healthy families help to build healthy societies.

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September – December, 2020


$4,395 (US) for tuition, food & housing. Some developing nationalities can apply for partial scholarships (check here).




Completion of DTS and outreach.


Foundations for Counseling Ministry school (FCM), or a Family Ministry school (FMS), a Family Studies school (FFS), or other approved counseling school.

In accordance with State Law, all students and student children must present proof of age appropriate vaccinations in order to attend any program at the University of the Nations—YWAM Kona. Please click here for the vaccination requirements.


Systems theory and practice
Structural Family Therapy
Strategic Family Therapy
Coaching Model Seminar
Post Modern Family Therapy


The outreach practicum is a 10 to 12 week supervised internship in Indianapolis, Indiana with Open Hand Ministry. Students would have opportunity to observe sessions with a licensed family therapist, and have opportunity to do counseling when appropriate with supervision.

Students would also participate in recovery groups such as AA and other training opportunities.

George & Shellie Counts

George & Shellie are from Georgia, USA. They’ve been married for 47 years and have two adult children, who are happily married and have given us to beautiful grandchildren. Before YWAM, George spent 23 years managing a family owned automotive service facility. Shellie owned and managed three restaurants and businesses.

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