Who is This Course For?
Who is This Course For?
This course is aimed at those working in pastoral care who want to gain greater confidence and additional skills to better care for those suffering from mental illness. This course will up-skill you with what to do when a person presents with symptoms such as: suicidal thoughts, self-harm, eating disorders and addictions.
How Does It Work?
The course is broken into three, one week blocks, across the year.
The block course will be run Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm.
Auckland Block Courses
Block 1: May 11 - 15
Block 2: August 3 - 7
Block 3: October 19 - 23
Venue: Church Unlimited
Christchurch Block Courses
Block 1: April 20 - 24
Block 2: July 13 - 17
Block 3: October 5 - 9
Venue: South City C3, 510 Colombo St
Invercargill Block Courses
Block 1: March 30 - April 3
Block 2: June 29 - July 3
Block 3: September 21- 25
Venue: C3 Invercargill
Approximately 2 hours work per week will be required after each block course, involving reading, reflection, and resource creating. You will be required to find a supervisor and have a session with them after each block course.
Personal development of the pastoral worker
Pastoral counselling skills tool bag
Common presenting issues and the core drivers behind each
Common, complex mental health issues
Understand key components that are the building blocks of wellbeing and resilience
The role of the church in caring for those with complex issues
Understanding the change dynamic
Self care, safety, and ethical standards
By the end of this course, a student will be able to:
Build a pastoral relationship where the person feels heard and empowered
Recognise what good mental-emotional health looks like
“Triage” a person and their pastoral needs
Understand the core drivers behind a range of pastoral and mental health issues
Integrate Christian faith and theology with mental health
Identify one’s own triggers that may influence their pastoral work
Maintain healthy boundaries and self care
$1,500 + GST ($1,725 incl GST)
Pastoral Counselling Course
This course can also be taken to become trained in pastoral counselling. You will complete the same block courses but have different practical work requirements.
“This course is a shortcut to advanced skills and wisdom that works.”
“Well worth it if you want to take that next step to doing more with people to help them.”
“A deeply rich and rewarding experience.”
“It felt like it had been perfectly designed for me."
"It's amazing! You're not going to come out the same way you went in."
BA. BD. M.Couns. MNZAC
Richard is the founder and Managing Director of Strength to Strength, a counselling and training organisation. He is an ordained minister and a trained counsellor, working alongside churches to provide specialised support for their pastoral care. Through his counselling, training, and public speaking he helps people strengthen their thinking, be proactive in relationships, and succeed with life.
Having been involved in pastoral ministry for many years, Richard understands the everyday struggles that people face and the demands on church leaders. Richard’s ‘Just a thought’ segment is broadcast each week on Radio Rhema (NZ’s national Christian radio station).