Who is the course for?
The level 2 introductory course will help those who are involved in various aspects of church life to increase their understanding of how people function and improve their interpersonal skills. It is accredited by the OCN and Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC). It will be helpful for those who wish to explore the whole area of counselling, particularly from a Christian worldview model based on the work of Larry Crabb and Selwyn Hughes.

What will be covered?
Within the course there is a balance of theory and skills which should give people sufficient grounding to start out in pastoral or counselling ministry or as preparation to progress to the Certificate in Counselling (OCN Level 3) and ACC registration.
There is also a number of reading and written assignments that will require at least 25 additional hours. Some of these assignments will not need to be submitted until after the end of the course.

By the end of the course, we hope that participants will be able to:

  1. Define a Christian model of counselling.
  2. Use the skills of active listening, empathy, questioning and summary.
  3. Discuss the importance of both confidentiality and the particular qualities of an effective counsellor
  4. Outline the major counselling theories
  5. Explore their own reactions to the course material and develop general self-awareness.

When is the course running?
The course runs on a Friday evening and all day Saturday over four months. The dates for the Autumn 2019 course are as follows:

Weekend 1
Friday 18th October – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
Saturday 19th October – 9am to 6pm

Weekend 2
Friday 8th November – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
Saturday 9th November – 9am to 6pm

Weekend 3
Friday 6th December – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
Saturday 7th December – 9:30am to 4:30pm

Weekend 4
Friday 17th January – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
Saturday 18th January 9:30am to 4:30pm

The course trainers are Roy Whyte, Norma Parrack and Pete White.

Roy is a registered and accredited member of the BACP and holds a BA(Hons), PGCE, Diploma in Counselling and Diploma in Supervision. Roy works as an administrator, counsellor, supervisor and trainer at CCTS.

Norma is a registered Psychotherapist (BABCP) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology. Norma was the founder of CCTS and was widely involved with the designing of courses and the development of other counselling services.

Pete is the Course Director and Service Manager at CCTS. Pete is a member of the ACC and has recently completed his Level 3 Christian Counselling Model & Practice. His background is in Engineering, Charity Management and Church Leadership.