Continued Development

Welcome to our Coram Deo options for Continued Professional Development. My name is Adinda. As the coordinator for our third-year and continued professional development programmes. I can help you make sense of enrolling for practitioner supervision, continued education, and options that our students have after completing the advanced programme in pastoral narrative therapy.

Our programme for 2022 includes the following themes: Medical and Psychological discourses (4, 5 March); Faith in counselling (3, 4 June); Making meaning with children (5, 6 August); Storying organisations / Relational Leading (14, 15 October).

The continued professional / practitioner development modules are accredited by the University of Pretoria.  There is a small additional fee for the certificates which is not required if university accreditation is not what the learner wants. For those who seek certification, 4 modules will give learners 4 UP accredited short course certificates at a small additional fee for each course.


University accredited training

CPD points

In addition to university accreditation the following Continued Professional Development points are the pre-calculated approximate points acknowledged by professional associations.

  • CPSC (Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors): Approximate 12-15 points
  • SignoPro (Interdisciplinary / Voluntary Professional Association/Body): 9 – 12 points.*
  • We have had significant interest for the programmes to be registered with various professional bodies. Other professional bodies will be approached:

* For SignoPro points are allocated in each category in which the person is registered, provided the participant can indicate why a particular theme is relevant to those categories. Example: If you’re registered in the coaching and counselling categories then you will have earned 18 points. More about Signo CPD here.

CPD at Coram Deo

Continued development is sometimes called Continued Professional Development (CPD) or Continued Learning (CL) or Continued Education (CE). In the past Coram Deo did not have formal CPD offerings although we have presented informal learning as part of what was called Alumni but that is not longer the case (see here). We now distinguish between informal learning (that finds a space in Coram Care, much like the previous Alumni) and formal CPD programmes. The latter is a professional requirement for anyone practicing as a counsellor or other helping professional.

On a yearly basis Coram Deo decides which themes will be presented as the particular year’s formal Continued Development programme. If it is taken together with our Supervision programme we then refer to it as the Third Year of studies at Coram Deo (more here). Though not restricted to our students, combining supervision and continued development is our intention for students who completed the two year advanced certificate progamme at Coram Deo.

Who may enroll for Continued Development?

A. Ideally a person who have completed a sufficient level of workshops/training in narrative work at

  • any reputable institution (e.g., university)
  • studied with a recognised narrative practitioner, or
  • have completed the Coram Deo two year programme in pastoral narrative therapy

B. Any person (non-narrative exposure included) involved in actual counselling (counsellors, psychologists, HR practitioners, pastors). T’s & C’s apply.

C. Public interest: From time to time there may be topics that generate public interest and as such anyone can enroll. T’s & C’s apply.

Terms and conditions: The Continued Development programme should not be seen as foundational training in a narrative approach (as relevant to coaching, therapy and other work with people). That being said, some modules do go over the ideas of narrative work. You will have to inquire.

Topics for the year

More detail will follow.

Yearly reoccurring modules

The following two modules occur yearly. The medical and psychological discourses module however takes a different interest but still under the idea of medical and psychological discourse.

Faith in counselling
Pastoral and narrative helping practices entering into conversation with conventional medical and psychological language [Yearly reoccurring although the specific clincial aspects might change, e.g., depression, ADHD, or whichever is decided on, on a yearly basis,]

Chosen topics for the year

Rotating yearly between Meaning making with children (2022) and Working with teens/adolescents (2023).
Storying organisations / Relational leading. Other years (or on request and subject to interest) ‘Dancing to the end of love’ ‘Storyography’ ‘Introdution to pastoral family therapy’
When available: Two self study online short courses from the previous years’ options – please inquire | not compulsory.


Depending on which units of the Continued Development programme you take part in, the university accreditation fee itself is an additional cost at R200 per module. After successful completion you will receive 4-6 University of Pretoria accredited certificates (add a seventh certificate for those who also enroll for supervision). Students not interested in the accreditation as such need not complete the formal reflective assignment of each theme below and the accreditation fee does not apply. Note however that the assignments merely ask for reflection based on the module and will award you more points with several professional associations.

Dates, venue and structure

Modules (which also act as a short courses on its own) are presented:

  • locally over four weekends throughout the year (Friday afternoon and Saturday)

Learning takes place at Coram Deo offices in Pretoria, or online, unless otherwise directed or at learning communities/campuses across the country.