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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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.

Module Description

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.


The Wellness Counselling -Personal and Spiritual Growth – course, focusses on a Wellness approach to caregiving and counselling.

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 pastors and lay counsellors to come alongside healthy individuals with a prevention and optimally functioning approach -

helping individuals grow to peak personal and spiritual wellbeing.

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 direction 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 already healthy individuals and helping them be optimally functioning.

This course is intended for pastoral and lay counsellors who are interested in exploring the interface of Spirituality and the Wellness approach to caregiving.

Interest in Health & Wellbeing, and the intersection with spirituality (spiritual direction) is rapidly growing in our society, as people seek deeper meaning in their lives and a more holistic approach to health challenges and wellness.

Some Pastoral and lay counsellors prefer not to focus on pathology and caring for people with moderate to severe mental disorders, but to rather focus on Positive Psychology and Spirituality with the goal of moving reasonably well-functioning individuals to optimal functioning and to prevent the loss of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

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 Congregational Care and Community Counselling Module is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative understanding of community care and counselling within the context of the church.  

The course examines the basic dimensions of the theory and practice of congregational care and community counselling.  Exploring what it is that makes a congregation a community where healing can take place and identifying the responsibility of the congregation within the local community.

The course also deals with the group dynamics, ethical considerations, and the use of care-groups in church, para-church, and community settings - explore how care-groups can foster psycho-social-spiritual nurturing of community members.

The course provides pastors and lay counsellors with the theory and tools to plan and develop a lay-counselling-ministry in the local church, and/or a community care/counselling program.  The goal is to equip/train Christian lay caregivers for a helping ministry in their local community.