COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE RATIONALE
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.