These are the courses for the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling.

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.

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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An introduction to Christian Ethics with special application for the Christian Counselling student. Although directed at lay and pastoral counsellors, the course includes an introductory analysis of professional ethics, training and practice standards, educational requirements, and mental health law. Attention will be given to contemporary professional and psycho-social issues that effect the training and practice of Christian counsellors. The ethical/legal status and practice of the Christian counsellor will be explored and analytically appraised from an integrated Theology-Psychology perspective.

Relationships - Marriage and Family Counselling Module is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay-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 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. Although not trained as M & F Therapists, Lay and Pastoral Counsellors will be able to come alongside people with relationship issues 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 and lay-counselling.

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.

This Higher Certificate Course in Christian Counselling, “Medicine, Health and Healing,” explores, from an integrated theology and psychology perspective, the history of healing in the church, and the development of modern psycho-pharmaceuticals.

It introduces the pastor and lay counsellor to the principles of action and categorical analysis of psychoactive-drugs; their physiological, psychological, and societal effects. The theological and psycho-spiritual implication of the use of psychotropic medications are explored.

The course will equip lay-caregivers with sufficient knowledge in the application and limitation of psycho-pharmaceutical interventions – enabling them to provide compassionate supportive care to those who are receiving mental health care from professionals.

Why is this course included in the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling?
Counselling (Care and Cure) and Therapy (healing) are important concepts in Christian counselling. The historical understanding of these concepts in the church have been challenged by the phenomenal advances made in medical science and the treatment of physical and mental illnesses. It is important that pastoral and lay counsellors (you the student-counsellor in this program) have a basic understanding of the issues concerning health and healing, and the use of medication - especially the psychotropic medications used to treat mental illnesses ...
.... read more about the course rationale in the Module Introduction and overview