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