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Foundation Christian Counselling Level Two

Who the Course is Aimed at

The course is written for people who have experience in Pastoral Care but who have little, or no, previous experience of training in Christian counselling but who would like to gain awareness of basic listening skills and Christian counselling theory.

The course offers experiential learning and the opportunity to practice counselling skills. During the course, you will be able to determine whether Christian counselling is God’s calling upon your life. This Initial course is part of the Association of Christian Counsellors  recognised programme 'The Knowledge, Skills and Attitude Framework for Counselling' and has 6 credits at level 2.

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About the Course


The course contains twelve, three hour training sessions and runs over four Friday evening and all day Saturday weekends.  Most sessions include group work, role-play, prayer partner work, video work and some personal development exercises.

The course contains clear teaching about Christian aspects of counselling, practical counselling experience and the use of Scripture and Prayer in the counselling process. Structure, theory, basic counselling skills, process and theology are integrated into the beginning of a model for Christian counselling. Core counselling skills form the basis of all the course sessions.




Some assignments are required, along with meeting the minimum attendance levels of the course.  


You will be asked to read “Still Small Voice” by Michael Jacobs, write a short book review, keep a personal reflective journal and complete some assignment worksheets (Help to successfully complete the assignments is given as part of the course).


Skills Taught in the Course


The differences between Pastoral Care, Ministry and Christian Counselling

  • Empathy
  • Reflection
  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Genuineness
  • Congruence
  • Non judgemental care
  • The importance of the relationship within the counselling process
  • Ethics, practice and boundaries, supervision and on-going training.

Help will be given throughout the course for all the assignments. You will need to attend 90% of the course sessions to qualify for certification.


This course leads onto the Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Level Three course.