Integrated Marriage Therapy LWSA/Gottman

Integrated Marriage Therapy LWSA/Gottman

March 1 2024

Living Wholeness Systems Approach (LWSA) and Gottman Marriage Therapy Level 1 Course

Dr. John Warlow and Dr. Carolyn Russell have worked extensively on integration of Gottman Techniques and the CWF.  Dr. Carolyn is a Gottmann expert.

They taught this at PACT 3 in August 2023, and many people asked for further training.

Thus, we have developed a 20 hr integrated training suitable for pastoral and professional counsellors with an understanding of CWF.

Ideal participants would be PACT graduates (cohort 1 2 or 3) and current Master Trainer students.

Others also welcome, however some prior knowledge of the CWF will be helpful. Requirements to receive the Gottman Level 1 Certificate (Gottman is stricter than we are!)

  • You must attend ALL sessions to receive the Level 1 Certificate
  • On registration, come March 1 you receive access to the videos, and the E-student manual.
  • The course commences with a webinar style first session March 1 Brisbane time 6-8 pm.
  • Then watch the Gottmann video training series of 12 hrs of videos in English in your own time til May 1.
  • Complete the simple assessment after the video series.
  • Attend the LWSA sessions 3 x 2 hrs May 3, 24, June 14 all sessions at Brisbane time 6-8 pm.
  • Complete the final assessment


Please pay via the LW Pay page and make sure your name and LWSA/Gottman is on the payment slip.


  • Currently enrolled Master Trainer 1, 2 or 3 students USD$100
  • Other PACT 1-3 graduate USD$150
  • Others USD$300


Please ask Eva re admin or David re the course.

If you are interested at this stage please register here.

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Contact for Enquiries

Eva Yang
[email protected]

Mental Health and Christian Counselling Subject

Mental Health and Christian Counselling Subject

Our partner organisation Brisbane School of Theology offers a Graduate Certificate Mental Health & Pastoral Care.

Commencing Feb 2024 is a 30 hr subject on Mental Health and Christian Counselling Subject.

Teachers:  Dr. John Warlow & Karen Nivala.

Audit or join the whole course, beautifully integrating deeper Theology mental health and the CWF. Brush up, or refer friends and colleagues. 

Hybrid so anyone globally can attend (in English).

Unit Outline

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Contact for Enquiries and Application

Karen Nivala
[email protected]

Living Wholeness Master Trainer 3

Master Trainer 3

Nov 14 2023

Master Trainer is NOT an accredited Master’s Degree

We want to continue to offer high quality training and support in using the CWF as you apply it to your ministry.

Eligible participants for both versions of Master Trainer are PACT cohort 1,2 and 3 graduates, and people with at least 3 years active involvement with the LW community as whether as pastors, counsellors, mentors, coaches, supervisors and so on.

Master Trainer is the key way to maintain involvement with the Living Wholeness Community once you have completed a PACT, Graduate Certificate, or similar course. We have reworked a number of the parameters, increased the clarity on what is required, reduced the price, and present this below. We want to offer a final opportunity to join the next cohort which will commence Feb 2024.

Eligible participants for both versions of Master Trainer are PACT cohort 1,2 and 3 graduates, and people with at least 3 years active involvement with the LW community as whether as pastors, counsellors, mentors, coaches, supervisors and so on.

Master Trainer Cohort 3 Year 1 will now have two streams.

First Stream LW Trainer Accreditation (Training of Trainers = TOT)

We are wanting to begin an accreditation system for LW trainers and phase this in from 2024.

LW Accredited Trainers will be listed on the LW website. They will be people who have

  • Completed a PACT
  • Training people in the following LW course/s  
    • Small Groups
    • TEE Pastoral Care Course
    • Lay Counsellor Level 1 and 2
    • Grad Certificate Mental Health and Pastoral Care
    • M. Div Pastoral Care subject
    • Other Training as submitted to LW team.
  • Are up to date with professional development credits within the LW system

The TOT course will take 12 hours over a year, within 2 semesters of 4 months each. It will comprise 6 hrs class teaching over semester 1 and 6 hrs practical skills demonstration, class interaction, group learning, and during semester 2.

Teachers will be from this group of Gill Vriend, Steffi Gerber, Claire Wadsworth, John Warlow, Carolyn Russell, Susanne and David Nikles. Other senior level Master Trainer students may join as well as co trainers, group leaders and so on.

The cost of attending this TOT training alone will be USD$120. Apply for limited scholarships if needed. The TOT cost is contained within the Master Trainer Full Program cost of USD$200 per year.

A similar system will be introduced for LW Supervision which will be the major component of year 2 of Master Trainer. Master Trainer Year 1 Stream 1 students will be welcome to exit Master Trainer program after 1 year, unless of course you want to attend year 2 Supervisor Training and then exit.

Second Stream: Master Trainer Full Program

Eligible participants are PACT cohort 1,2 and 3 graduates, and people with at least 3 years active involvement with the LW community as whether as pastors, counsellors, mentors, coaches, supervisors and so on.

The Master Trainer program is not arduous. It is as much a community as a training. It seeks to support and empower those who have found CWF helpful and want to continue growing personally and professionally in this paradigm. It is ideal for those who are keen to grow as they share and train others in the CWF.

Master Trainer is especially for both pastoral and professional counsellors, as well as mentors, chaplains, mental health workers and so on. You will be allocated to compatible supervision groups based on which level you work at.

Don’t be put of by the 4 year number. It goes fast! Participation essentially gives you ongoing access to all the major LW community events, training, supervision, communications, LW curriculum material (if you train others), and our support of your professional development. We especially want to facilitate the ongoing community connections and growth that PACT 3 achieved, also welcoming some who were not in this PACT cohort.

This course is designed to be an advanced
learning experience for individuals
desiring to
learn live and give
the CWF in their
own particular

In 2024, Dr Carolyn Russell is preparing to teach Living Wholeness Systems Approach/Gottmann Unit (a MFT extension). Master Trainer students are eligible for a USD$50 fee reduction on the LWSA/Gottmann fees.

Semesters are 1: Feb-May and 2: Aug-Nov.

The LWSA/Gottman training will be May-June 2024 but the TOT subject mentioned above will continue within semester 2.

Master Trainer Scholarships remain available. Registration date is extended to Nov 30, 2023. The course will begin Feb 2024.

Master Trainer Full Program
Course Components Remain As:

1. Supervision

Group Supervision is the expected standard comprising a mix of

  • Traditional Counselling case discussion Greater emphasis year 1 and 2.
  • Supervision of Supervision Greater emphasis year 3 and 4.
  • Content & Integration Discussion including especially integration of current learning and experiences with the CWF.
  • Personal connections and relationship within these groups is highly valued.
  • Annual 8 sessions x 2 hrs each

Participants should find a 1:1 or peer supervisor to supplement this supervision.

2. Training

Crucial to the Master Trainer course is the core value of training trainers. Receiving and giving; and learning and teaching; are seen as very important parallels.

The TOT course outlined above on page 1 is the central component of year 1 Master Trainer.
Webinars twice a semester will supplement this training.

It is important to mark a space for us to join together as a community and discuss topics, discoveries, cross pollinating thinking and collectively advance as a community. It is our intention to make these webinars a regular event. Dates are outlined below.

  • Hot topics and updates, topics generally as suggested by students.
  • 2 per semester so generally March and May, and  September and November
  • Range of speakers including senior master trainer students welcomed
  • Some elements of community building in each session

Students will be offered opportunities to assist at regional or national training as these arise.

These apprentice style training opportunities usually are self-funded by the student.

3. SAP Groups

All participants have expressed a desire to grow in their own personal and professional transformational journeys. As such students are encouraged to continue to meet in SAP groups of 2-3 people, face to face ideally otherwise online. Transformational Space can be helpful for this journey.

4. Electives & Product Development

Over time we are steadily developing more specific Elective Units of training, and LW Courses. This requires a committed team to develop the product, pilot it in training others, revise and finalise it, and make it available for others to also teach.

Minimum Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements to achieve the Master Trainer Certificate. A Logbook similar to the PACT Logbook will be available to record your progress.

ComponetMinimum RequiredHours per year
Year 1-28 x 2 hrs  Group Supervision,  Case based  with both Formulation (major) and vignette (minor) cases.
Year 2 semester 2 supervision of your supervision as needed.
Discussions of topics, training processes and materials etc as led by student need.
Year 3-4Group Supervision with increasing emphasis on supervision of your supervision
Geared to upskill you as a supervisor. Discussions of topics, training processes and materials etc as led by student need.
Webinars4th Friday of months March May Sept November. Brisbane time 6-8pm
CWF Coaching  March  22 John Warlow
Integrated Trialogue May 24  John Warlow and team
Hot topics  arising from students Sept 27, Nov 22.
Years 2 3 4 please send in your topics and we will arrange webinars to explore these with lively teaching and discussion sessions. Senior Master Trainer students will be invited to also present webinars on topics of their special interest.
All levels of Master Trainer students will participate in these Webinars, giving opportunity for vertical integration of the Master Trainer community, cohorts 1-3.
Year 1Semester 1 and 2   Train of Trainers Course
(Steffi Gerber Gill Vriend Claire Wadsworth & Carolyn Russell and others)  
May-June   LWSA + Gottmann  Level 1 Course
(Carolyn Russell & John Warlow)
(LWSA = Living Wholeness Systems Approach)

Year 2Semester 1 Growing as a Supervisor  (Carolyn Russell Reupah Philips & team)
Semester 2  Trauma Revisited (Or similar topic to be confirmed)

Year 3Elective 1 and 2 see below 12
Year 4Elective 3 and 4 see below12
Training othersMaster trainer students are always welcome to join team trainings for Lay Counsellor, PACT, M. Div Pastoral Care subjects, and as arise. A final year Master Trainer student will have taught at least 3 of the following over their time as a Master Trainer student.
· Steps into Living Wholeness
· Run at least one In Step Transformation Small Group
· Taught several Lay Counsellor Training Courses as assistant /lead
· Assisted teaching at least one PACT cohort
· Supervised at least one supervision group for a year
· Masters Level Pastoral Care subject
Other training as developed by themselves
SAP GroupsContinue – all master trainer students encouraged to continue SAP group.18
ElectivesCurrently available topics include these possibilities
·  Research
·  Product Development
·  Specialty Interest/s
·  Parenting
·  Sandtray
If you have a specific interest we will attempt to assist you to find training in that area if we can not offer it ourselves. As more people emerge through the LW community our access to gifted experienced trainers increases.
As needed

Master Trainer Full Program Benefits

  • Ongoing supervision, personal and professional growth
  • LW Library card allowing access to LW products, resources, and materials for learning and training
  • In general, increasingly these courses will be restricted to Master Trainer Students.
  • Discount on LW materials and resources
  • Access to support for translation of materials where required.
  • Access to a dynamic international network of CWF based peers and colleagues.
  • Access to support to collaboratively develop courses, products and services relevant to local settings.
  • Access to involvement in LW research processes and findings
  • LW email address

Entrance Requirements

  • Graduation Certificate from PACT
  • Application form completed
  • Entrance interview
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Individuals who have travelled with LW more than 3 years but have not completed PACT are also eligible to apply


Graduates from Year 1 Master Trainer TOT course will receive a certificate and accreditation for the 2024-26 cycle and be listed as accredited LW trainers. They will be licensed to train the courses as listed above.

Graduates from Year 2 Supervisor Training Unit will also be certified and accredited as LW certified Supervisors.

People who graduate from the Master Trainer Course receive a valuable certificate from LW & BST and accreditation as a certified LW trainer and Supervisor

Revised Fee Schedule

Senior students receive a reduction as they are also expected to be investing into LW growth. All figures are USD.

Full Program Master Trainer Year 1 and 2 includes Training Of Trainers200
Full Program Master Trainer Year 3 and 4 includes Training Of Trainers100
Just Training Of Trainers            2024120
Just Supervisor Training Unit    2025120
Webinars per session if not Master Trainer25
Just LWSA/Gottmann Level 1 Course150
LWSA/Gottmann Level 1 Course + Master Trainer Year 1 or 2300
LWSA/Gottmann Level 1 Course + Master Trainer Year 3 or 4200
Couple discount on second person20%
Pay four years up front500

Other Info

BST Subject: Study Mental Health and Christian Counselling (using CWF)

Our partner organisation Brisbane School of Theology offers a Graduate Certificate Mental Health & Pastoral Care. Commencing Feb 2024 is a 30 hr subject on Mental Health and  Christian Counselling. Teachers are   Dr. John Warlow & Karen Nivala. You can audit or join the whole course, beautifully integrating deeper Theology and the CWF. Brush up or refer friends and colleagues.  It is hybrid so anyone globally can attend.

Cost info please ask Karen.

Please connect w Karen Nivala: [email protected]

PACT 4 Team

Looking ahead we are gearing up for the presentation of PACT 4 for the India Subcontinent October 21-Nov 1.

This will be 2 weeks of face to face at NTC (Nepal Theological College) Kathmandu. We believe the Lord is encouraging us to focus especially on people from Nepal Bangladesh Sri Lanka Pakistan and India, and to offer both pastoral and professional streams.

If you are interested in becoming part of the team at any level – admin assisting, logistics, training or assisting training, small group and T group leadership, supervision group leading etc please let Eva or me know.


In case you missed it John Wadsworth is now leading resources. Anything to do with production, new programs, online training, translation, printing, sales, comes under his team. Please contact him if you have questions, want to help or anything else.  Please do review the New Resources info.

Contact John on [email protected]


Research is growing well under Jill Willis’ experienced and capable leadership. However, we are always interested in people who would like a look into these areas and some assistance. We have 3 papers in the process of writing as well a few other items early on for research.

Contact David for more info. [email protected]


John and Claire Wadsworth, ably assisted by Joash Pak and others, will be further developing the LW Community team. Better communication, sharing of life, training, learning, prayer and more, will bring a great improvement. If you are interested to join them please connect with John Wadsworth as above.

Response Options:

I want to enroll in Master Trainer 3Eva
Pay an invoiceEva will send to you
Send suggestions to David re accreditation plansDavid
Webinar topic suggestionDavid
Any needs regarding SAP groupDavid
Enroll for LWSA/GottmanEva
Library access available for Master Trainer studentsEva/John
Refer someone or join the BST 30 hr MH and Christian Counselling SubjectKaren
Join the Research TeamDavid
Check out the new resourcesLink
RSVP Christmas partyEva
Diarize the webinarsYou!
MT LogbookOn payment of invoice
Any other complaints comments suggestions very much welcomedDavid

Thanks for digesting this.
Look forward to great years ahead.
David and Team


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Contact for Enquiries

Eva Yang
[email protected]

Living Wholeness South Asia PACT 2024 Pastoral & Advanced Counsellor Training

Living Wholeness South Asia PACT 2024

Pastoral & Advanced Counsellor Training

The PACT Course offers in depth training in the Christian Wholeness Framework. It has two streams – pastoral counsellor or advanced counsellor. Participants grow in their understanding and personal and vocational application of the Christian Wholeness Framework (CWF). This forms the basis for a wholistic Biblically and psychologically integrative approach to pastoral care and counselling. Participants are equipped to become integrative Christian counsellors, and to begin to train and supervise lay counsellors.

Participants are selected on their desire to be multipliers – to train, equip and empower the Body of Christ to meet the many issues that are faced both within the Church, and the wider community, within the developing Asian region.

Classes employ an interactive adult learning style, with much tutor facilitated group work. The training is in English. Participants need fluency to participate effectively.  Living Wholeness practice is that participants attending in groups of 3-4, from one nation or locality, will be given preferential seats. The course requires a total participation commitment of around 300 hours over 12 months.

Course content

Unit 1 commences with a 3 day online intensive, followed by reading course material with online small group discussions, and transformational group participation. This is followed by a 10 day face to face intensive.
Unit 2  includes counselling case load, online group supervision, reading, an assignment, teaching components, and an expectation to train others in the material at a basic level. This is online over 10-12 months.
Unit 3  concludes the course with a 10 day face to face intensive, including further input on working with marriage and families, trauma healing, small groups training, and training in training others in CWF.


This course is presented jointly by Living Wholeness  and Brisbane School of Theology


Commences Oct 2024 in Kathmandu Nepal.


Tuition food accommodation materials:  USD$1000.  Travel not included.
Next course will commence in 2024.


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Contact for Enquiries

Eva Yang
[email protected]

Graduate Certificate: Pastoral Care and Mental Health

Graduate Certificate: Pastoral Care and Mental Health

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care for Mental Health is aimed at equipping Christians to respond in a God- Centred way to those who are living with mental health struggles, and those who are suffering.

The course equips students with both the theological grounding and the practical skills for engaging in effective pastoral care across professional, ministry, mission and personal settings. It is presented by the partnership of Brisbane School of Theology and Living Wholeness and is an Australian College of Theology (ACT) accredited course. The course is offered both face to face and online via zoom.

The course is designed for people in the following roles and is relevant across all Christian denominations including:
– Pastors and their spouses
– Pastoral care team & leaders
– Chaplains – school, hospital, armed forces, sports chaplains.
– School teachers especially when involved in guidance and counselling
– Medical/nursing/paramedical/allied health/counsellors/mental health workers
– Member care – mission agencies, leaders, missionaries
– Youth workers
– Counselling supervisors, coaches, and mentors.

The primary units equip students with a rigorous theological framework for pastoral care for mental health and wellbeing, while the elective units integrate theological reflection with advanced skills in pastoral care. This is a specialist award that equips graduates with the specialist knowledge necessary for gospel ministry in today’s world, as well as to prepare graduates for further learning and research.

Subjects – 4 Units; Part time only

3 Core Units
– Theological Perspectives on Mental Health PC137-812 (Core unit)
– Theological Approaches to Wellbeing PC136-812 (Core unit)
– Mental Health Issues in Christian Counselling IN004-812 (Core unit)

Choice of One Elective
– Spiritual Formation PC008-812 (Elective)
– Field Education (Elective)
– Pastoral Skills and methods PC003-812  (Elective)

Rev Dr Richard Gibson BSocWk, DipATh, BTh, MTh, PhD
Dr John Warlow MB ChB FRANZCP
Karen Nivala BSpPath (Honours), GradDipDiv, MDiv

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Contact for Enquiries

Karen Nivala
[email protected]