YWAM Worcester ATCM Counseling

About the ATCM

An intermediate course for those who want to increase their understanding of various models of biblical counseling. It also helps students know how to bring change where specific difficulties block spiritual development. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying inappropriate beliefs and feelings that keep an individual from developing a healthy Christian identity. The programme emphasizes understanding sexual identity issues and dysfunctional lifestyles, with the goal of healing at root levels. In addition, new goals are set in areas of personal development, skill development, and cognitive development, including evaluation and integration of various counseling models.

This course is NOT a SAQA accredited qualification.

YWAM Worcester ATCM Counseling


This intensive course is designed for those who are or plan to be involved in some kind of counseling ministry and have demonstrated a basic ability and understanding in the area of counseling.


To build upon and increase one’s understanding of counseling and its Biblical foundation


To teach and enhance counseling skills


To foster personal development of character qualities necessary for a Christian counselor

The program also includes the following components
– Understanding and applying the work of the Cross and the work of the Holy Spirit in counseling.
– Models for the integration of Biblical truth with psychological truth.
– Diagnosis of barriers to spiritual and emotional growth and maturity, as well as models for ministry into these barriers.
– Developing your own Biblical worldview for counseling.
– The Biblical basis for our sexual identity and ministering to a deficit in this area.
– Qualifications of the Biblical counselor.
– Models of different counseling styles and methods.
– Practice in using and teaching counseling skills.
– Instruction and practice in group skills.

Field Assignment

In this application course, the emphasis is placed on teaching individuals and groups the biblical basis for maturity, and on training others in the use of helping skills. There also may be a focus on counseling in a clinical setting and on developing models for counseling teams whose skills will enable them to be involved among unreached people groups of the world. Target groups for this field assignment include families with relationship breakdowns, people with personal identity issues, victims of sexual brokenness, and people struggling with stress and burnout.

School Dates

April 2023
July 2023
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Our lecture phase 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 include tuition, food, and housing.

Zone South Africa: R18,090
Zone 1 (African countries): R19,890
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R23,890
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R29,690

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

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be accepted into the ATCM?
The ATCM is what we call a ``Third Level School``. In order to be accepted into the ATCM, you must have successfully completed a DTS with its Field Assignment and a Foundations for Counseling Ministry and its Field Assignment.
Does the ATCM provide credit for other Universities?
Accreditation in South Africa

Youth With A Mission in South Africa offers courses and field assignments that are accredited with the University of the Nations international (UofN). The UofN is operating in over 100 nations worldwide and is a degree-granting institution (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s degree) but is NOT CURRENTLY ACCREDITED BY ANY ACCREDITATION AGENCY OR ASSOCIATION RECOGNISED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SAQA).

Various accredited colleges and universities across the world accept UofN transfer students and credits, including some local partners. Please, contact us for more information.

Is this mission only for young people or only focuses on young people?
Youth With A Mission began as an organisation to help young people get involved in the global purposes of God and this will always be a primary focus for YWAM.

However, many people join YWAM as a second career or after retirement. Some of YWAM’s Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) specifically focus on providing mission training for families or older students.

How can I pay for my ATCM 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 ATCM 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 ATCM?
Yes! Here at YWAM Worcester we encourage students to consider following up their ATCM with other second and third-level schools.
Additionally, YWAM’s University of the Nations offers several of training programs at campuses around the world. 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.