Course overview

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about themselves and how to help others effectively, no matter how much or how little previous knowledge and experience they have. It is a reflective course, interactive and personal, using both practical methods and theory.

The course is ideal for anyone who is:

  • Thinking about full counselling training
  • Looking for basic training for pastoral care
  • Wanting to help people in everyday life
  • Running a small group
  • In part-time or full-time Christian ministry

NB: The minimum age for this course is 18, it is preferable that applicants are 21 or over.

Course content

Understand yourself and others from a Christian perspective, with the aim of developing and expanding your listening skills.

Most people need help at times as they journey through life. A sympathetic listening ear is always appreciated, but sometimes people need more. We can help equip you to play a part in the lives of those who are struggling, enabling them to move forward and discover the freedom to grow into all that God desires them to be.

You’ll cover topics including:

  • The biblical basis for care and counselling

  • Reason and causes for problems

  • Developing basic counselling skills

  • A clear framework for the counselling process

    Registration is from 9.00am and the first session starts at 9.30am. The days are scheduled to finish at 5.30pm.

    Farnham Campus

    For accommodation queries, please email or ring 01252 784733.

    Further details

    This course is not validated by a university.


    There is no assessment on this course. On completion, you may want to apply for accredited Counselling or the Spiritual Formation programmes.

    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry qualifications required for this course.


    Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8EP
    Church on the Way, 158 Bradford Road, Idle, Bradford BD10 8SA

    Further information

    Book a Personal Discovery Call today and a member of our friendly team will discuss your financial options with you and answer any other questions you have.

    Should you require more information about this course please email Sara Huggett or call 01252 784731


    Farnham Campus

    19-23 Feb 24
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    24-28 Jun 24
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    12-18 Aug 24
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    Bradford Campus

    13, 20 and 27 Jan, and 3, 10 Feb 2024
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    11, 18, 25 Jun and 2, 9 Jul 2024
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