Dr. Rickey A. Nation, Ph.D.
and wife, Tammy
Ph.D. Christian Psychology
NCCA, Christian Counselor
NCCA, Pastoral Counselor
NCCA, Temperament Counselor
NCCA, Board Certified Sexual Therapy
Board Certified Clinical Supervisor through the National Board of Christian Clinical Therapists
Dr. Nation has extensive training
through Bethany Divinity College and Seminary in the following:
Biblical Marriage & Family Counseling
Biblical Reality Counseling
Biblical Depression Counseling
Biblical Crisis Counseling
Dr. Nation received training in Biblical Counseling as part of his seminary education and is licensed by the Church
to the Gospel Ministry. He has been counseling families and individuals
Dr. Nation worked in restaurant management, sales and marketing for a total of 7 years. He also began three different youth ministries in several schools. This experience enabled him to begin Abundant Life Christian Counseling Services and write the unique course, How To Begin A Counseling Ministry
and Take It Higher.
ADVISOR FOR COUNSELING DEPT.
Bethany Divinity College and Seminary
Satasota Academy Christian Counseling
National Board of Christian Clinical Therspists (Supervisor)
AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
NCCA, Professional Clinical Member
NCCA, License # NA72655
2011 Temperament Award Recepient
Nominated Outstanding Young American
Nominated Who's Who In Business
Nominated Biltmore's Who's Who 2010
Member, Roane County
Chamber of Commerce since 2006
We extend an invitation to you to become a member of one of the largest educational and training associations of Christian counselors in the world. Our staff is committed to helping you fulfill the call that God has placed on your life. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The Origins of the National Christian Counselors Association:
In 1981, the Arnos established the National Christian Counselors Association (N.C.C.A.) as a non-profit corporation in order to conduct research and develop a treapeutic 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. Richard and Phyllis 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:
- Increase the effectiveness of the N.C.C.A.'s therapeutic procedure
- Measure the percentage of success within a controlled environment
- 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 behavior inventories. For many reasons, the N.C.C.A. selected the FIRO-B, which was developed by Dr. Will Schutz, as its initial measuring device or questionnaire. The N.C.C.A. named the analysis procedure the Temperament Analysis Profile (T.A.P.), which reveals the 'hidden problems' that normally take the counselor seven or eight sessions to identify.
In November 2000, the N.C.C.A. changed the name from Temperament Analysis Profile to the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.) after the 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.
Advantages of the Arno Profile System:
As a licensure candidate, you will learn the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.) for counseling. A.P.S. 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 faster and more accurately.
Who Can Benefit From N.C.C.A. 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
N.C.C.A. Credentials Help You Personally and Professionally
Potential counselors often ask about the benefits of the training and obtaining certification or license from the N.C.C.A. 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.
In addition, the certification or license can open many doors. For example, once you successfully complete the program, you may elect to apply for ministerial credentials through the National Conservative Christian Church and qualify to open your own counseling ministry in your community under the authority of this national church organization.
Having N.C.C.A. 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 to N.C.C.A. members include qualifying for professional liability insurance, networking with other counselors and hte opportunity to earn continuing education credits at seminars and conferences. In addition, the N.C.C.A. offers assistance to its graduates with regard to degree transfer work and fulfillment of academic goals.
During my 30 years of pastoral ministry, prior to entering the N.C.C.A., I struggled to provide effective counseling to the hurting within my care. However, as a result of N.C.C.A.'s training and the use of the Arno Profile System, I have seen many lives transformed. I have been a member since 1993.
- Dr. Donald G. Dannenberg (Fontana, California)