YWAM Worcester ABC

Helping others discover freedom from addictions

Addiction is a systemic reality, a global problem that is destroying individuals, families and communities. The Addictive Behaviour Counseling School is designed for those who desire to be God’s vessel of hope to those hopelessly caught in addiction. This school provides an opportunity for students to gain the skills that will enable them to facilitate God’s healing, recovery, growth and transformation to the addicted. In the context of the ABC community, each student participates in a discipleship/restoration process through skills application that leads to personal growth throughout both phases of the school.

This course is NOT a SAQA accredited qualification.

YWAM Worcester ABCS

Lecture Phase

Phase one is a three-month classroom segment which includes a review of and practice of counseling skills. Group and core functions of addiction will be covered. Students will also acquire and assimilate information on addiction and other addictive behavioral patterns, practicing process, support and change group techniques, and learning to teach and conduct seminars.

Field Assignment Phase

This phase gives students practical experience to strengthen what was learned in school as well as sharpen the students’ skills. The emphasis is on educational awareness, counseling individuals and families, facilitating family meetings, leading process and change groups, starting a support group, and teaching communities about addictions.

Expected Topics of the ABC

All topics connect head understanding with heart and action application

✔︎ Family systems
✔︎ Group therapy
✔︎ Sexual addiction
✔︎ Abuse and trauma recovery
✔︎ Overview of addictions
✔︎ Principles of Recovery (including maturity stages and process)
✔︎ Pathobiology of addiction and the Brain
✔︎ Trauma processes using art therapy and inner child work (Murray Trauma Egg & other Models)
✔︎ Recovery Models, including Relapse Prevention (Genesis Process Model) and others

YWAM Worcester ABC

School Dates

September 2021
December 2021
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ABC Fees

Our fees are based on the nationality of the applicant. This fee structure (want to know more about it?) allows students from less privileged backgrounds to join our training. The fees are in South African Rand and they include tuition, food, and housing.

Zone South Africa: R16,720
Zone 1 (African countries): R18,420
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R22,120
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R27,420

Prices might change without prior notice.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill in your Application Form
Step 2: We need 2 Reference forms. One from your Pastor and the other from your last YWAM leader.
Step 3: Registration fee (Payable if accepted into the program)

– Students from South Africa: R300
– Students from abroad: R500

Financial Policy of YWAM Worcester

Our Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be accepted into the ABC?
Applicants must have successfully completed a YWAM-DTS and its Field Assignment and a Foundations for Counseling Ministry (FCM) with its Field Assignment.
How can I pay for my ABC fees?
There are many options to pay for your school fees. You can make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), pay via PayPal, credit or debit cards in our office, as well as cash (less prefered). There are several ATMs spread around town and you can withdraw funds from them as needed.
Do ABC students attend church during the program?
We encourage all our students to commit to a local church during their time with us. You are free to choose which church you attend. Our staff are involved in many different churches in and around Worcester and they will help you know what’s available. Your parents or your home pastor may also have recommendations for you.
Can I receive further training with YWAM after my ABC?
Yes! We encourage students to consider following up their ABC with other second and third-level schools.
Additionally, YWAM’s University of the Nations offers several training programs at campuses around the world. The DTS is a prerequisite for any other UofN training. The goal of these courses is to further equip you to accomplish the mission God has given you; they can also lead to a degree from the UofN. We’ll share more with you about further training opportunities once you’ve arrived for your school, but you are also welcome to ask our registrar about them now.
Do I need any vaccinations?
We do not have any required vaccinations for new students, but it is a good idea to be up-to-date with all of your immunization boosters before you come. You can also consult your health care practitioner for any special recommendation. Worcester is a malaria-free zone.
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