Issues in Pastoral Counselling

Flexible Learning module

This module addresses two areas which are challenging and lively within pastoral counselling in the local church: Andrew Nicholls will lead one section focussing on experiences of loss, and Karen Sleeman will lead another section focussing on caring for and counselling families. A biblical understanding of pastoral counselling will underpin and cohere these sections, and will be introduced at the start of the module. At its close, the module will bring these different elements together, in the round, in order to look at their cumulative implications for being a pastoral counsellor in moments of life transition within a local church setting.

The module will consolidate and extend your previous understanding of pastoral counselling, developing a higher-level understanding of particular areas where a skilled pastoral counsellor needs to have knowledge, perspective and connection.  It will help you to become a more confident and competent explorer and instrument of change through pastoral counsel to people in dynamic and complex life situations.

Ways to join us

If you don’t have a degree in Theology but have completed some BCUK or CCEF modules and have relevant experience and other study, it’s available for audit. Auditing this module means listening to the classes, and, as much as you want to, joining in discussion and doing the reading.  And you’re able to do this either in person here at Oak Hill College or Online live on Zoom.

If you do have a BA Honours degree in Theology, the module is available for credit as well as audit. Crediting means you are actively participating in the classes and completing the reading and assessments.  And these options are available either in person here at Oak Hill College or Online live on Zoom. 

Watch the video introduction