These are the courses for the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling.
Welcome to the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling. This program will not only enrich you as a person, but will contribute to your own personal and spiritual growth as a Christian. It will equip you for the ministry of counselling in the church as a pastoral or lay counsellor. The modules in this higher certificate program will help you discover realities about your own life, about your family of origin, and about your present relationships. It will also give you the tools to have a more Spirit-controlled and committed life, and those involved in ministry and caring will be equipped to serve well and to minister more effectively.
The Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling consists of a Core curriculum of six modules (72 credits) and four Electives (48 credits) chosen from the available modules. Three core modules and some of the electives are second year courses (level 6). Please review the program mission, outcomes, and composition in the program overview document.
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- Lecturer+: Dr Mervin van der Spuy
This module will explore the concepts of lay and pastoral counselling, explain why there is a need for such counselling, and provide a practical introduction to the foundations of a biblical approach. Topics covered will include the concept of Christian counselling, the call to the counselling ministry, an overview of the major counselling theories, implicit and explicit integration, and models of Christian counselling (including the Paraklesis model). This module will lay the basis for an integrative approach to Christian counselling for pastors and lay counsellors.
The Human Development and Christian Counselling Module is designed to help the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) understand the biophysical, intellectual, social, psychological, and spiritual changes that people undergo throughout their life span: from conception until death. It will practically guide the student through all the phases of development and equip lay and pastoral care-givers with the necessary skills to use human-development-theory as an explanatory model in coming alongside people.
- Lecturer+: Dr Mervin van der Spuy
The Counselling Skills Modules (I & II) are designed to help the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) understand the basic therapeutic process and how change occurs. It will practically guide the student through all the phases of care giving and equip them with the necessary counselling micro and therapeutic skills for pastoral and lay-counselling.
In this module (CCC1122) the course will emphasize basic theoretical assumptions and the helping relationship. The relationship between the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) and the counsellee is seen as the foundation of therapeutic change. Attention will be given to the basic communication skills needed in establishing an effective helping relationship that would facilitate the client's personal and spiritual growth and development, change or progress towards wholeness in Christ.
This course is a level-5, twelve-credit course that provides pastoral and lay counsellors with an overview of the addictive process. Theories of addiction counselling and the application of these theories from an integrative psychology/theology perspective will be applied to the work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders as well as co-occurring mental disorders will be addressed. The addiction-treatment industry will be discussed from a socio-cultural, political and phenomenological understanding of addiction. From an integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective, student-counsellors will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the etiology of addiction, assessment strategies, diagnosis and treatment planning, and wellness strategies for facilitating optimal personal growth and development. Attention will be given to co-dependency, especially as it pertains to adult children and spouses of addicts, and to the awareness of preventing caregiver burn-out.
The Psychopathology and Spiritual Conflicts Module is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual understanding of abnormal behaviour.
It will introduce the student to the theory and theology of spiritual conflict and the related concepts, and provide an understanding of the different psychological/mental disorders.
Lay and pastoral care-givers will be equipped with the necessary skills to differentiate, make provisional assessments, and make appropriate referrals. They will be able to come alongside people with mental disorders and/or spiritual conflicts with supportive caregiving, and will be able to counsel within the boundaries of their training.
The Gerontology and Counselling the Terminally ill Module is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative understanding of ageing and older-adulthood development.
Particular emphasis will be given to the theoretical aspects of gerontology from a multi-systems perspective and the implications this has for the counselling and care of the elderly and chronically ill. The course examines the basic dimensions of the theory and practice of the care and counselling of ageing individuals, and the terminally ill. The course also deals with death and dying, grief, and the grieving process. Attention will be given to the ethical considerations in the care of ageing individuals, societal attitudes, ageism, care facilities, and end of life issues.
The course provides pastors and lay counsellors with the theory and tools to care for and provide counselling for seniors in the local church and/or a community.
The Counselling Skills Modules (I & II) are designed to help the
caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) understand the basic therapeutic process and
how change occurs. It will practically
guide the student-counsellor through all the phases of care giving and equip
them with the necessary counselling micro and therapeutic skills for pastoral
In Counselling Skills One (CCC1122) the emphasis was on basic theoretical assumptions, and the helping relationship. The relationship between the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) and the counsellee was seen as the foundation of therapeutic change. Attention was given to the basic communication skills needed in establishing an effective helping relationship that would facilitate the client’s personal and spiritual growth and development, change or progress towards wholeness in Christ.
In this module, Advanced Counselling Skills (CCC2126), the course will emphasize the practical application of the basic theoretical assumptions acquired in the first practicum. Student-counsellors will learn additional advanced counselling skills, but the focus will be on becoming competent practitioners as lay and pastoral counsellors. Interns will do actual counseling/caregiving under supervision, and learn to become proficient in their area of ministry at pastoral and lay counselling levels of competency. This is a semester course.
- Lecturer+: Dr Mervin van der Spuy