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Foundations for Counseling Ministries

Get equipped to bring Biblical counseling to a hurting world

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Looking for a YWAM School about counseling tools and inner healing? The Foundations for Counseling Ministries (FCM) course is a great option. 

What is the FCM? Foundations for Counseling Ministry School (FCM) is a first level counseling course to learn the basic skills of active listening, belief systems, hearing the voice of God. We see the connection of how beliefs impact our behaviors. We look at the roots of rejection and rebellion (Plumbline), family systems, attachment and bonding through developmental stages, trauma, human sexuality, and a variety of other counseling topics. All this is covered in a 12-week lecture phase at YWAM Salem in Oregon. You'll have the option to attend an 8-week outreach following the course led by FCM staff. 

The purpose of the school is to receive foundational counseling training. During this, each student will be able to process their own life journey’s through their assignments, one-on-ones and small groups. 

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FCM aims to train the whole person

Personal Development

You'll grow in grace, relationships, identity and self-awareness. These are keys in your journey to becoming a light to others.

Skill Development

You'll grow in personal interactions, active listening, Biblical belief renewal, prayer for healing, and intercession. These are the basics of a Biblical counseling ministry!

Cognitive Development

You'll work on defining counseling in the light of God’s character, the work of the Cross and the Holy Spirit, the believer’s identity in Christ, repentance and forgiveness, calling and gifts, stages of spiritual development, God’s intention for the personality, authority through intercession, cross-cultural counseling, and the role of the counselor in ministry.


Optional Outreach Phase

One of the course’s main purposes is to challenge students to explore counseling ministry opportunities among specific people groups or nations, particular segments of society (children, youth, families, etc.) or in-need areas such as addictions. Personal development goals for this training program include: living a renewing lifestyle, working in a team, and adapting to living and working in another culture. The field assignment is optional but recommended and is required for further counseling schools. Your staff team will determine the location which you will be informed about soon after you arrive.

Outreach is approximately $2,500 plus airfare.

Program Details


2025: Plan on arriving for lecture phase  in March 2025. 

Outreach dates: TBD


12 week lecture phase with an OPTIONAL 10 week outreach. Your leaders will determine the location when you arrive.


$3495. Includes all lodging, meals, and school materials. The optional outreach is typically $2500 plus airfare. 

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Completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). It helps to have some ministry experience and spiritual/emotional maturity. 

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Payment Plan

$500 *refundable deposit due atleast 1 month before the school start date. Week 5 at least 50% paid off. Week 10 100% of school paid off.

*See Refund Policy below 

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You will be staying in dorm style housing on our lovely rural campus of 35 acres. We’re only 15 minutes from downtown Salem and 1 hour from Portland, the coast, and the Cascade mountain range.

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The FCM is a strategically beautiful approach to becoming a better listener, whether it’s to God, your neighbor or yourself.

FCM Graduate

"FCM was an incredible time of breaking down walls that were keeping me from loving others the way I truly desired. It gave me tools to empathetically get into the pain of others and lead them to freedom in Jesus.
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FCM Graduate

"I like to say that FCM is like DTS part 2...on steroids. It is a course that allows you to dive into your own heart, and shows you how to help others’ do the same. It’s a journey of learning how to identify your own emotions, and how to guide others to uncover their own feelings, needs, and desires.
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Course Elements

What kinds of activities will your week be filled with? Each of these elements work together to enable you to achieve the course objectives. 

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Classroom Learning

Weekday mornings you'll have the opportunity to hear lectures from counseling experts who will guide you through various topics. Lecture topics include: Family Systems, Grief, Addiction, Rebellion & Rejection, and Root Areas of Wounding. 

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Worship & Prayer

YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. You'll participate in worship on Mondays and Intercession on Thursdays with the entire campus. You'll also have a weekly time of worship and intercession as a class.

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Community Living

We believe disciples grow best in a community with other disciples. We’re focused on developing a community where you feel welcome and encouraged to pursue God in this season. You'll get to brush shoulders with other missionaries and students during meal times, study times, and free time!

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One on One Mentorship

Your staff are here to facilitate a safe environment for you to engage with the Word of God and his calling on your life. You'll have a one-on-one each week with a staff member to process all you're learning. 

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Acts of Service

Also known as "Work Duties" on other campuses,  Acts Of Service are intended to give you the opportunity to give back to the campus as well as build a bond of service alongside your fellow students. Since this is a YWAM Secondary school, your work duty hours are minimal (5-6 hours per week). Typical work duty assignments include kitchen, hospitality, student communications, and maintenance/grounds.

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The FCM assignments are designed to help you apply the principles you're learning in Biblical counseling. Throughout the course you will complete reading, individual papers, journals, and various creative assignments. 

How do I sign up for the FCM?

Start your journey towards counseling foundations by applying to the FCM. Here's how.

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Apply Online

You can start at this step any time! We'll collect some personal information from you (i.e. where you're from, your birthday, education/work background, etc.) We'll also ask some get to know you questions and hear more from you about your heart behind applying. It only takes 10-15 minutes to apply!

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Connect with a YWAM Leader

Secondary school applicants must have their most recent YWAM school leader or the YWAM base leader fill out a confidential character reference on their behalf. You will specify the name and email of this person in your application form and we will automatically send them the form through email! Your part in this step is to let this person know what's up!

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Application Reviewed

Once you have have submitted your online application and we have received your character reference, your School Leader will review your application within the week. We’ll connect with you as soon as we know the status of your application. This course fill up fast, so you may be placed on a wait list. 


Prepare to Come

You'll get ready for your YWAM secondary school by following our handy-dandy digital checklist. It will guide you through everything you need for a successful arrival (including fundraising tips!). Check out the page now for a heads up of what's required of you pending acceptance. 

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