Rationale for the Pastoral Care & Christian Counselling Programme
This programme is a timely response to the increasing number of hurting, distressed and depressed people in our churches and beyond, who need to be helped through counselling and pastoral care to spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wholeness. The overarching aim of this programme of study is to equip and empower persons aged 18 years and above who have a passion for pastoral care and feel called to the ministry of offering emotional support and counselling, and in particular, Church leaders who are strategically placed to counsel and give support as an integral part of their ministry.
The programme is founded on the words of Jesus, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” Luke 4 v 19 (NKJV). There is no apology for the programme’s Christian distinctiveness, whilst appropriating and synchronising complimentary contemporary relevant theories as necessary to offer students a balanced training programme. The curriculum is comprehensive and well balanced. Students will find the programme challenging, empowering, educational and fulfilling. Each module is based on sound theological principles and biblical instructions and insights. They are Christ – centred and educationally unique in promoting a sound knowledge and base in Pastoral care and counselling.
The programme is inspirational, interactive, and experiential and provides training in pastoral care and counselling that is academically sound and professionally orientated and delivered. Recognition is being pursued with the Association of Christian Counselling (ACC). Students will develop their counselling skills and techniques through role play, demonstrations, group work and supervised work placement.
The aims of the Programme are:
- provide students with in-depth knowledge of the concepts, theology and theories (clinical and Christian), that undergird Pastoral care and counselling;
- lead to awareness of the legal and professional ethics that govern Pastoral care and counselling;
- provide students with knowledge, skills, and techniques in specific areas of counselling to further enhance their ministry and work;
- facilitate discussions on the debate encircling Pastoral care and counselling in contemporary society, with an emphasis on the relationships between Psychology, Christianity, and Christian Counselling;
- facilitate student’s understanding of the diversities in theories both clinical and biblical, the underlying unity of approaches with an emphasis on the psychodynamic, the person-centred, cognitive and the integrated models;
- provide students with in-depth knowledge of the pastoral care and counselling therapeutic environment. Emphasis will be placed on the environment, the process and structure of counselling, the application of skills and techniques, the building of a therapeutic relationship and maximising this relationship for the benefit of the counselee, termination of this relationship, and working with other professionals. The role of supervision and the need for continuing education and further training will be emphasised;
- work with students in developing their problem solving skills and applying them to common problems encountered in the Pastoral care and counselling practice, through case studies, role plays, demonstrations and supervised work placement;
- provide students with in–depth knowledge of the models of counselling and provide opportunities through discussion and role play to reinforce their knowledge;
- provide students with the opportunity to research and develop further the theories of counselling;
- allow through the diversity of subjects covered the opportunity to further develop the approach best suited to them and to pursue further study in these areas.
The Certificate in Pastoral Care & Counselling is delivered over 2 years on a part time basis and consists of 5 x 20 credit and 2 x10 credit modules.
- The Christian Counselling debate; Introduction to the Core Theoretical Model
- Professional Practice & Skills
- Counselling Models, Secular and Christian
- The Development of Problems
- The Counselling Practice (10 credits)
- Work Placement (10 credits)
- Common Problems and Case studies
The Diploma, which builds on the critical understanding and skills gained at the Certificate Levelis delivered over 2 years and consists of 6×2 credit modules.
- Contemporary Theories & Counselling Issues
- Advanced Counselling Skills
- Models of Counselling
- Specialist Areas of Counselling
- Work Placement
- Additional Areas of Counselling
Teaching, learning, and assessment are intended to facilitate informed discussions among students, critical and self- reflective thinking and effective application of learned knowledge and skills within specific Christian ministries.
Class Times & Venue
Teaching takes place at 28 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, London SW17, the home of ITCC, each Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Students are required to attend at least 80% of lectures, report absences in advance and adhere to the rules and regulations of ITCC.