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.

The Introduction to Crisis and Trauma Counselling course is designed to provide the caregiver (lay-counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual understanding of crisis and trauma and the practical skills to come alongside those experiencing a crisis and/or trauma.

It will introduce the student to the basic theory and theology of crisis and trauma counselling from a biblically based perspective. Lay caregivers will be equipped with the necessary skills to come alongside people in crisis with compassionate care. Within the boundaries of their training, they will be able to support those in crisis and make appropriate referrals. Attention will be given to all the different crises.

* Please Note: This Introductory Course does not provide training as a Crisis & Trauma Counsellor!


This course is intended for lay counsellors who are interested in exploring a Christian Wellness approach - the interface of Spirituality and current Wellness theory and practices.

Interest in Wellbeing is rapidly growing in our society, as people seek meaning in their lives and a more holistic approach to living, healing, and wellness. Understandably, many lay counsellors do not focus on pathology and therapy for people with moderate to severe mental disorders, but to rather focus on Positive Psychology and Wellness with the goal of moving reasonably well-functioning individuals to optimal functioning. The focus is more on preventing the loss of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, than are care, cure and therapy.  

It must be understood that a wellbeing approach does not offer a treatment modality for people who are mentally disordered and in need of professional therapy. Neither does spiritual directing’ offer miraculous healing for those individuals. Wellness Counselling – personal and spiritual growth – can augment therapy for individuals already suffering from mental illness, but its focus is much more directed towards prevention and coming alongside already healthy individuals and helping them be optimally functioning


The Introduction to Wellness Counselling focuses on a wellness approach to Christian caregiving and counselling for lay counsellors.

The course will explore various aspects of spirituality, as it impacts our health at the level of body, mind, and spirit. An integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual concept of wellbeing is explored.

This course endeavours to equip lay counsellors to come alongside healthy individuals with a prevention and optimally functioning approach - helping individuals grow to peak personal and spiritual wellbeing.

This course will explore the theoretical foundations of Christian counselling. There will be an overview of the major counselling-psychology theories, and the main models of Christian counselling will be reviewed from an integrative theological and psychological perspective. The Paraklesis model is presented as a transtheoretical eclectic and integrative model, that is Christ centered, biblically based, Spirit led, and psychologically sound. This course will build on the foundations laid in the Biblical Basis Introductory course in expanding the basis for an integrative approach to Christian counselling.

This Course will explore the concepts of lay, pastoral, and professional Christian counselling, explain why there is a need for 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, characteristics of Christian counsellors, the integration of theology and psychology, and an introduction to the Paraklesis model. This Course will lay the foundation for an integrative Christian counselling approach that is Christ centered, biblically based, Spirit led, and psychologically sound.

The Relationships, Marriage and Family Counselling Course is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay and professional counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual understanding of singleness, dating and the choosing of a marriage partner, the marital relationships, family relationships, and relationship breakdown.

It will introduce the student to the theory and theology of couples, marriage and family counselling, and provide an understanding of pre-marital, couples, marriage, family, and divorce counselling from a lay and pastoral perspective.

Lay and pastoral care-givers and counsellors will be equipped with the necessary skills to make an assessment of the marital relationship, assist couples with their marital relationship, understand the causes of divorce and remarriage, understand family issues; assist dysfunctional families, and understand sexuality in relationships.

Christian Counsellors will be able to come alongside people with relationship issues with supportive caregiving and will be able to counsel and do therapy within the boundaries of their training.

Practicum-1 Course Description

The Counselling Skills Courses (I & II) are designed to help the Christian 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, lay-counselling, and professional counselling.

In this Course (CCC2129) the practicum will emphasize basic theoretical assumptions and the helping relationship and will equip the beginning-counsellor with the microskills needed to be a Christian counsellor. The relationship between the caregiver (counsellor) and the counsellee is seen as the foundation of therapeutic change. Attention will be given to the basic communication and microskills 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.

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.