Amora Deliverance Theological Institution

Certified Academic Institution of

The National Christian Counselors Association

​Sarasota, Florida

National Christian Counselors Association   (

In 1981, Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno established the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) as a non-profit corporation in order to conduct research and develop a therapeutic procedure based on Scripture. The procedure would accomplish three essential goals:

✝ Enable the candidate to learn the system easily and relatively quickly

✝ Save pastors and Christian counselors precious time in counseling sessions

✝ Produce effective, positive, and more immediate results with those being counseled

Drs. Arno developed the system over seven years through systematic research with over 5,000 individuals. The counselees sought help for depression, inter/intra-personal conflict, marriage and family dysfunctions and anxiety.

The purpose of the research was to: (1) increase the effectiveness of the NCCA’s therapeutic procedure; (2) measure the percentage of success within a controlled environment; and (3) develop an accurate clinical testing procedure for initial identification of the counselee’s temperament (spiritual genetics). In-depth studies were conducted on all current psychological tests and/or behavioral inventories. For many reasons, the NCCA selected the FIRO-B, which was developed by Dr. Will Schutz, as its initial measuring device or questionnaire. The NCCA named its analysis procedure the Temperament Analysis Profile (TAP), which reveals the "hidden problems" that normally take the counselor seven or eight sessions to identify.

In November 2000 the NCCA changed the name from the Temperament Analysis Profile to the Arno Profile System (APS) in honor of its’ developers. Presently, over 4,000 pastors and professional counselors rely on the Arno Profile System to aid them in their counseling efforts. These counselors report an accuracy rate of over ninety percent (90%) in identifying an individual’s correct (in-born, God-given) temperament.

How the NCCA Credentials Help You Personally and Professionally

Potential counselors often ask about the benefits of the training and obtaining certification or license from the NCCA Of course, the main benefit is knowledge. The training you receive provides a deep spiritual insight into understanding human behavior and relating to others. This knowledge is valuable in every area of life, including your ability to help those who are hurting.

Having NCCA credentials ensures that you are recognized within your community as a qualified Christian/Pastoral counselor. The community can be assured that your credentials are authentic and current.

Other benefits available to NCCA members include qualifying for professional liability insurance, networking with other counselors and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits at seminars and conferences. In addition, the NCCA offers assistance to its members with regard to degree transfer work and fulfillment of academic goals.

Advantages of the Arno Profile System

As a licensure candidate, you will learn the Arno Profile System (APS) for counseling. The APS is an easy-to-learn counseling technique used by

thousands of lay counselors, professional counselors and pastors throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

The Christian counselor administers a questionnaire, which takes fewer than ten minutes for the counselee to complete. The questionnaire measures the counselee’s needs, natural traits, strengths, and weaknesses according to temperament. These are identified in the computerized Arno Profile System report, providing the counselor with in-depth information and the best way to counsel the individual. The system enables a qualified counselor to identify the counselee’s temperament problem swiftly and accurately.

Who Can Benefit From NCCA Training?

The training adjusts to meet the needs of Christians with different goals, including:

✝ Christians who want to be better equipped to minister to those who need counsel

✝ Pastors who want to learn how to counsel members of their community who are experiencing problems

✝ Christians who want to be credentialed and enter the field of counseling as a part-time or full-time ministry

✝ Professional counselors who want to become A.P.S. certified and learn a Biblically-based counseling model with proven success

Christian Certification/Licensing

Each individual must decide if he or she wants to be an agent of the state or a servant of the Church (Body of Christ). If you have a Divine call on your life to counsel and minister to the hurting, then a state license may inhibit such ministry.

The National Christian Counselors Association Licensing Program is not a state license and is, in fact, distinctly different. Most states have regulatory laws governing the practice of psychology. Many of them also legislate the practice of general counseling. The laws vary from state to state. For example, some states have a counselor category called "Licensed Professional Counselor." Therefore, the National Christian Counselors Association requires its counselors to clearly identify their license, e.g., "National Christian Counselors Association Licensed Pastoral Counselor" or "National Christian Counselors Association Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor." This ensures that the NCCA counselor is operating within legal and ethical standards, and maintaining the public’s trust and confidence.

State regulatory laws help to protect the public and ensure professionalism within the counseling profession. The NCCA strives to attain a similar goal within the Christian community and, at the same time, operate within compliance with state laws. The state and federal governments also have jurisdictional boundaries. They cannot pass laws that prevent the Church from fulfilling its purpose and ministering to humanity’s needs. The state recognizes that counseling is one of the responsibilities of the Church and its clergy. For this reason, the state does not and must not interfere with the Ministry of Counseling.

The major difference between state-licensed professional counselors and Pastoral or Christian counselors, who are licensed by the NCCA and under the authority of the Church (Body of Christ), is clear and well-defined. Counselors who have been licensed by the state are held to strict ethical standards which mandate an individual’s right to be free from religious influence. The state licensed professional counselor is forbidden to pray, read or refer to the Holy Scriptures, counsel against things such as homosexuality, abortion, etc. Initiating such counsel would be considered unethical by the state. In most states in the U.S., state licensed counselors "must not promote their personal religious beliefs" according to the code of ethics in each respective state. The only time a state licensed counselor can involve religious

(Christian) principles, morals, activities, instruction, etc., is if the counselee initiates or requests counsel in this area. The state-licensed counselor may not have the education, experience and knowledge of Scripture that the NCCA counselor provides.

Opposite from that, Pastoral counselors are required to pray, share their faith, read the Holy Scriptures, etc. The fact that Pastoral and Christian counselors do these things creates a clear distinction. We are two distinct professions and govern ourselves accordingly.

As you can readily see, the state governs secular counselors and the Church is responsible to set standards and govern ministers who have devoted their lives to the ministry and to Pastoral counseling.

None of this is to say that the Christian counselor, minister or priest is not permitted to request fees and receive remuneration for the services they render, as long as they remain adherent to the state laws governing such procedures.

The NCCA requires all who are certified or licensed by its Licensing Board of Examiners to:

1. Be credentialed ministers (ordained, licensed or commissioned) whose goal is to evangelize and ease the emotional pain and suffering of humanity.

2. Provide their service under the authority of a legally organized local church, a national church organization or a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit ministry.

3. Complete specialized training provided by the NCCA

4. Complete the minimum requirements for continuing education and annual license renewal.

5. Uphold NCCA’s Code of Ethical Standards.

NCCA’s published "Code of Ethical Standards" outlines all of the procedures involved in dismissal, revocation, probation and reinstatement of an individual’s membership, certification and/or license and is available for review at


Explanation of Ministerial Credentials and Clergy
Are you "called" by God to counsel and want to be licensed?

Many individuals who inquire about the NCCA’s licensing program are already accountably ordained ministers whom are under the authority of their local church or denomination. These individuals can complete the requirements and be licensed as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor or as a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor. In many states, they can counsel and accept remuneration for this service (in accordance with state and local guidelines) without being affiliated with any state agency or without being state licensed. Some states will require the clergy counselor to carry out their counseling under the sponsorship of a church or denomination to which they remain accountable. This is because the laws governing counseling in most states exempt "Clergy" from submitting to its (the state’s) authority. You will need to make sure that your ministerial credentials and relationship to your church or denomination meet the requirements of licensing exemption in your state.

What about the others – those individuals who are not credentialed ministers or pastors? The call to counsel is just as real for them. They do not want to be state licensed and most certainly do not want to relinquish their right to represent Jesus Christ in their counseling ministry. They just want to answer and fulfill God’s call on their lives.

Indeed, some are called to the high office of the pastorate. These persons should be credentialed (set aside) by a church or a denomination and approved to perform all the duties of the pastorate, including the dispensation of the sacraments (giving Holy Communion and Baptizing).

However, there are many other types of Ministers or Clergy. For example, Ministers of Music, Chaplains, Ministers of Administration, Missionaries, Youth Ministers, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Bishops, etc. All of these offices are understood by the state and federal government to be "Clergy."

The Ministry of Counseling is a valid ministry which is instituted by God. The call into this ministry is an awesome call which cannot be easily ignored.

The "Business of Counseling"

Christian Counseling is distinctly different from secular counseling.  While the objectives may often be similar, the process is performed under a different set of rules.  While this site does not provide you "legal counsel", you should have an understanding how the separation of church and state works in the area of "counseling."

Every state has laws regarding people who practice "counseling."  And every state has provisions to treat those who practice counseling under the auspices of religion differently than those who practice with a license from the state.  The idea is that if you are practicing under a religious covering, it must be apparent to those who seek your help, and you need to have a higher religious authority to be accountable to.

From a practical standpoint, those who practice Christian Counseling set themselves up in one of three ways.

As an ordained, licensed, or certified member of local church.
As the principal or an employee of a non-profit religious corporation.
As a member of a church designed to cover and hold accountable those who are trained and practice counseling.

As you progress through you studies, Pastoral Counseling Center will share  materials, links, and connections that will help you determine just where you fit. Rest assured that there is a right place for you, and we will help you find it.  There are wonderful sources of support for every aspect of operating as a professional Christian Counselor.

Getting Started

Having a tested, proven method of getting started with a client replaces fear with faith.  You will be equipped with a simple tool that provides powerful, deep insights into the mind, will, and emotions of those who will seek your counsel.

Discovering the nature of a person's foundation: their temperament,  provides the counselor an understanding of how that person was designed and created by God.  It is possible for the properly trained Christian Counselor to discern precisely what the Designer had in mind when he created each of us before the world had its way with us.

Understanding Temperament And The APS

The entire purpose of counseling is to improve relationships. Human beings are social beings. The whole meaning of our existence is wrapped up in our relationships to others and to God.  Understanding the nature of the relationship needs of those who seek your counsel is essential to the process of healing. 
Before We Are Born (Jeremiah 1:5) (Psalm 139)
The nature of how we relate to one another is built in by our Creator before we are born. A profile of our relationship needs and desires as defined in the mind, will and emotion is known as our temperament.

The fact that our temperament comes as standard equipment at birth has been verified by countless scientific experiments and confirmed by multitudes of parents.  Humans come pre-designed with needs, wants and desires at a very basic level.  The "blank slate" idea has been thoroughly disproven.  We know from scripture that God himself has knit us together. However, God has also equipped us with a "free will" that gives us the ability to live by our decisions rather than our nature.


Measuring The Temperament
At a fundamental level our relationship needs are quantifiable.  The three areas of relationship needs that have been identified are

Inclusion - Our need to have social relationships: friends and co-workers and our willingness to participate in this type of relationship. The mind.
Control - The need to influence others, and our willingness to have others influence or control us. The will.
Affection - The need to have close personal relationships and our willingness to provide this kind of relationship to others. The emotions.

APS (Formerly Known As Temperament Analysis Profile)
The Arno Profile System (APS) was develop specifically for Christian Counselors. This accurate, simple, yet highly effective tool empowers the counselor to gather specific information about the inborn temperament of the subject they who has sought out their counsel. This tool identifies a person's  relationship needs and to what extent those needs are being met.  Areas where needs are not being met can identified and addressed.  Helping the subject get their needs met produces  satisfying results. The APS enables the counselor to identify areas the subject is experiencing difficulty in and suggest a treatment plan.
You Will Know What Your Subject Needs 
The APS provides the counselor with concrete information provided by their subject that reveals the areas of their relationships with other that are out of balance. The report even produces this information in graphic format as well at in text.

Interpretation - Strengths and Weaknesses
The APS enables you to measure and understand the nature of a persons temperament. Both strengths and weaknesses will be revealed.  Areas of weakness typically provide the best opportunities for healing. Scripture says that out of our weaknesses we are made strong (Hebrews 11:34).  As a counselor, you facilitate these awesome changes.
As a counselor trained to gather information and understand the temperament, you will have accurate, useful insight into the the driving forces behind those you will be helping.  When a new person seeks out your counsel, you will be able to swiftly and correctly assess their temperament.  This vital information will lead to creation  of an effective treatment plan.  Bypassing weeks or months of informal needs assessment, the methods offered by the Pastoral Counseling Center and the NCCA will streamline your practice and empower you to quickly understand and really help those who seek your counsel.


Owners Manual:  When I was first presented with the idea of taking a Temperament Profile, I resisted. However, to keep the peace, I agreed.  As I answered the questions I thought, "This is not going to work..." But was I in for a surprise. Years ago, it took a week to process this analysis. We waited. It was worth the wait.  What I read described me perfectly.  Characteristics that had caused me problems my entire life were revealed and reframed in a way that helped me to accept myself as I am and deal constructively with the nature that was given to me by God. Essentially I was provided with an "owners manual" for my soul. C.R.Young,
Palmetto, FL
I have spent the past 35 years administering all types of psychological tests, personality tests, cognitive tests, etc. (there are not many tools out in the marketplace that I have not used) and I must say I don’t know of another tool that is as revealing and useful as the APS for helping people with problems and challenges..
Henri Benlolo, Ph.D.
Ocala, Florida

How Do I Become Certified to Administer the APS?

Take The Course "Creation Therapy"
This comprehensive course will explain how the theory of the Five Temperaments was developed, how to test an individual to determine the nature of her temperament, and how put this valuable information to work.
Get an FREE APS Report on Yourself
Your first client will be yourself.  Included in the Creation Therapy course is you own personality profile.  The report along with Dr. Young's insightful interpretation is easily worth the price of the entire course. This report costs counseling clients $75 at our clinic, but it is FREE with Creation Therapy.
Administer the APS to Ten Others
Part of the fun is testing others!  Finding others to begin your practice with is not only rewarding but fun. The course requires that you administer the test to 10 others. Your supervisor will help you. Students are advised to charge for this testing at least enough to cover the cost of the test and preferably a little more. Most students charge enough to cover the cost of the course.  Many students start with their friends and families.  This course leads to certification in the administration of the APS.
Pass the Tests
You will be tested to assure that you have adequately integrated the information presented. While not difficult, this course will require your attention and effort. This course is not for the lazy!
Fill out the paperwork
After passing the tests, if you wish to become certified to administer the APS, Dr. Young will help you with the required forms.  If you would like to fill out the application and get the process started now.