Who is This Course For?
Who is This Course For?
This course is aimed at those involved in helping roles (pastors, pastoral care workers, social workers, chaplains, etc) who want to increase their pastoral counselling ability. This course will give key skills for you to work more effectively with people who want to change. You will learn how to help people process life experiences in a way that grows wellbeing.
Please note, this course is designed to provide counselling skills, not train people as professional counsellors.
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
Approximately 3 hours work per week will be required after each block course, involving reading, reflection and pastoral counselling practice. You will be required to find a counsellor and supervisor, and have a session with each after each block course.
Personal development of the pastoral counsellor
Pastoral counselling skills tool bag
Understanding and using different pastoral counselling approaches
Common presenting issues and the core drivers behind each
Scripture, the Spirit, change and healing
The brain, the mind, the soul and the spirit. Working at different levels
Understanding the change dynamic
Self care, safety and ethical standards
By the end of this course, a student will be able to:
Build a therapeutic relationship where the person feels heard and empowered
Integrate Christian faith and the power of the Spirit in pastoral counselling
Understand and be able to use at least three different approaches
Understand the core drivers behind a range of common issues
Identify one’s own issues and triggers that may influence pastoral counselling and be able to remedy this
Maintain healthy boundaries and self care
$1,500 + GST ($1,725 incl GST)
Mind Health Carer
This course can also be taken to become trained as a Mind Health Carer. 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).