Living Wholeness Pastoral & Advanced Counsellor Training PACT

Living Wholeness Pastoral & Advanced Counsellor Training PACT

This course offers training in the Christian Wholeness Framework at an advanced lay, pastoral, or professional counsellor and trainer level (predominantly post graduate). Participants grow in their understanding and personal and professional application of the Christian Wholeness Framework (CWF). This forms the basis for a wholistic Biblically and psychologically integrative approach to professional counselling and pastoral care, with the goal of growing mature Christian disciples. They are equipped to both use integrative Christian counselling, and to train lay counsellors.

Typical participants are people with experience in lay, pastoral and professional counselling. They may be mentors, pastors, part time or full time Church workers, seminary lecturers, counselling supervisors and educators.

Participants are selected on their desire to assist, equip and empower others in the Body of Christ to meet the many issues that are faced both within the Church, and the wider community especially within the developing world. Thus, the primary purpose of this course is to train people in their capacity to counsel, supervise, and train others, empowered by using the CWF.

There is strong emphasis on the participants own personal and professional development: each are encouraged to grow in their reflective TASK:

  • Transformation: the journey of growing in God centred transformation – within self, with God, and others, through application of the course material first to self. There is a focus on
    • Reflective small groups
    • Wholistic prayerful application and processing
  • Attitudes to God, self, and others: the journey outward, through
    • Application of learning to work, ministry and life itself
    • Discipleship applications
  • Skills acquisition and practice of CWF based counselling, supervision and training through
    • Teaching and demonstration
    • Skills group training and practice
    • Group supervision facilitating skills growth
    • Training of trainers
  • Knowledge base, covering the central aspects of CWF, mental health conditions seen through a CWF lens, and an understanding of how common counselling modalities are integrated into the CWF, through
    • Adult learning style presentation of material
    • Reading and discussion groups
    • Integration of prior base of Biblical and psychological awareness
    • Group supervision facilitating knowledge application.

Classes employ an interactive adult learning style, and much tutor facilitated group work. The training is in English and participants need fluency to participate effectively. Living Wholeness practice is that participants attending in groups of 2-4, from one nation or locality, will be given preferential seats, as we value the ongoing mutual support and synergy in training that a group can offer each other during and after the course.

The course requires a total participation commitment of around 240 hours over 12 months. This does not include participant’s work in counselling and training of others.

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 will be followed by a 10 day face to face intensive at the end of October.
Dates: Online intensive 11 th – 13 th August 2022.
10 Day face to face intensive 20th – 29 th October 2022.
Location: Chiangmai, Thailand.

Unit 2 includes self-directed study, managing a counselling case load, receiving group supervision, reading, an assignment, a monthly teaching component, and an expectation to train others in the material at a basic level.
This will be run from November 2022 through to July 2023

Unit 3 concludes the course with a 10 day face to face intensive, COVID pending, otherwise online; including further input on working with marriage and families, and training in training others in CWF, an overview of the lay counselling curriculum, and a written and skills based examination.
Dates: 11 th – 20 th August 2023 Planned for Chiangmai

Trainers The course is taught by senior LW faculty and assistants.

Certification: Please note that while this course is presented jointly by LW and with Brisbane School of Theology (BST), graduates will receive a certificate from these two organizations, but do not receive any formal qualifications apart from certification and recognition within the LW community.

Alumni: Living Wholeness takes community seriously and as such graduates are invited to join the LW community and continue to participate in ongoing relationship, group supervision, and training opportunities where appropriate. Specifically participants are trained to offer various LW courses. Graduates are also eligible to be invited to join the LW master trainer cohort which formalizes this post-graduation ongoing support and training opportunities.

Payment: Cost per participant for the whole training, including units 1, 2, 3, and materials, is USD$500. Participants may pay in full up front by July 15, 2022.

Assuming Part of Unit 1, and Unit 3 are delivered as face-to-face intensives, participants need to add the costs of accommodation and food, plus travel. Intensives are typically held at a simple three-star resort, most likely in Chiangmai Thailand (COVID not withstanding). Budget around USD$400 plus your travel for each intensive. The tuition fee is included in the overall cost.

The Chiangmai site may be varied if a more central and affordable-for-all location is found, or if COVID causes need for alteration for this. If face to face is not possible Unit 1 and 3 will still proceed online.

Where there is genuine financial need, past participants have sought assistance from their organization or church or friends/family. LW has also offered part scholarships where people can demonstrate the need of this and have also accessed broader funding sources. Living Wholeness policy is that we prefer to accept people based on their calling, capacity, and giftedness ahead of their bank balance, but at the same time there are costs that need to be covered. Please arrange a confidential discussion with us if you do have financial hardship.

Registration Details

Please register your interest in PACT by completing the application form below, and sending it to us by July 15, 2022.

Register From

Please register your interest in PACT by completing the application form below, and sending it to us by July 15, 2022.

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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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Karen Nivala