Postgraduate course in Christian Counselling & Psychology (hereafter PGCP)

This course is meant for Christian mental health professionals and counsellors (psychologists, psychometrists, psychological counsellors, psychiatrists, pastors, ministers, nurses, teachers and social workers) interested in the integration of biblical faith and one’s profession (psychology, education, nursing, social work). With the completion of this course students will understand the rationale for integration and the integration models. Students will be able to provide, as Christian mental health professionals and counsellors, mental health services and counselling from a Christian based systemic (Biopsycho-social-spiritual) perspective. This perspective includes the intra-psychic functioning, interpersonal functioning and spiritual functioning of people.

Subjects can be completed individually or as the PGCP course. A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion.

COURSE TITLE DATE FEE
Christian Psychology 1C (CPS1C)
Worldview as a psychological construct is discussed The role of a Christian worldview in counselling and psychotherapy is explored pastoral counselling investigated.
5 Feb – 15 April
9 July – 16 Sept
R 1900
Christian Psychology 2C (CPS2C)
Personality theories are explored from a Christian worldview perspective.
5 Feb – 15 April
9 July – 16 Sept
R 1900
Theology & Ethics 1A (BIB1A)
Exegesis and hermeneutics is explored and different Bible study methods discussed. The impact of the practical application of Biblical truths is examined.
5 Feb – 15 April
9 July – 16 Sept
R 1900
Traumatology 2D (CPS2D)
We all suffer loss sometime. In this course the impact of trauma and loss on daily functioning is discussed. Practical approaches to help giving methods are investigated and the Christian worldview as interpretative framework explored.
23 April – 30 June
25 Sept – 30 Nov
R 1900
Christian Psychology 3B (CPS3B)
The importance of understanding worldview in a postmodern era with regards to a Christian approach to counselling and psychotherapy is outlined and explored.
23 April – 30 June
25 Sept – 30 Nov
R 1900
Counselling Techniques 3D (PSY3D)
A problem-solving management approach to counselling is discussed with practical application.
23 April – 30 June
25 Sept – 30 Nov
R 1900
Theology & Ethics 1B (BIB1B)
The work and life of Jesus Christ is explored with reference to how it impact our daily lives.
23 April – 30 June
25 Sept – 30 Nov
R 1900
METHOD OF TUITION:

Open-distance (E-Learning)

  • Study letters
  • Study manuals
  • Prescribed reading
  • Video Material
  • Tutorials
  • Forums
  • Blogs

ASSESSMENT:

Formal

  • Bi-weekly Quiz
Continuous
  • Online work
Work-integrated learning
  • Practical work

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

If you meet any one of the following requirements you are eligible to apply for the PGCP enrolment:

  • A Bachelor Degree with Psychology 1, 2 and 3 from any accredited tertiary institution in South Africa completed no more than 10 years ago.
  • An Honours Degree in Psychology from any accredited tertiary institution in South Africa.
  • A Masters or PhD from any accredited tertiary institution in South Africa.

International applicants: International student admission entails a separate process. Please contact Ms A van Staden, The Registrar, for more information – antoinette@icp.org.za


SUBJECTS AND SYLLABI

CPS1C – Introduction to Christian Psychology Semester 1 +-120 hours
  1. Introduction to Pastoral Psychology
    1. Introduction to Psychology and Theology
    2. Christian Belief System: Dimensions and Implications
    3. The Role of the Church and the Psychologist in the Community

CPS2C – Christian Psychology 2C Semester 1 +- 150 hours
  1. Christian Appraisal of Personality Theories
    1. Personality Psychology
    2. A Biblically based Evaluation of the Personality Theories and Therapies
    3. Christian Anthropology
  2. A Christian Theory of Personality
Prerequisites: Christian Psychology 1

CPS2D – Traumatology Semester 2 +- 120 hours
  1. Traumatology
    1. Definition and Descriptions
    2. The Effects of Trauma
    3. Types of Trauma
    4. Post-Traumatic Responses
  2. Assessment, Treatment and Interventions
    1. Assessment
    2. Treatment
    3. A Biblically Based Approach to Counselling/Therapy
    4. Crisis Intervention
Prerequisites: Christian Psychology 1 & 2

CPS3B – Integration Theories / Calling and Gifts Semester 2 +- 150 hours
  1. Integration of Psychology and the Christian Faith
    1. Definition of Integration
    2. History of the Integration Movement
  2. Integration Models
  3. Pastoral Psychology as a Godly Calling
Prerequisites: Christian Psychology 1 & 2

PSY3D – Counselling Techniques Semester 2 +- 150 hours
  1. Counselling Techniques
    1. Introduction to helping
    2. Values and the Helping Professions
    3. The helping model (Egan’s problem-management and opportunity-development model)
    4. Active listening
    5. Basic and advanced empathy
    6. Various issues in helping such as Reluctance, Resistance, Immediacy and Self-disclosure
    7. Goal setting, action planning and implementing change
Prerequisites: Christian Psychology 1 & 2

BIB1A – Theology and Ethics 1A Semester 1 +- 120 hours
  1. Exegesis (Bible interpretations)
  2. Luke 10 Transformation

BIB1B – Theology and Ethics 1B Semester 2 +- 120 hours
  1. Exegesis (Bible interpretations)
  2. The Gospels
  3. Luke 10 Transformation
Prerequisites: BIB1A