Medical and psychological discourses in narrative therapy course

NOTICE: This course is presented once a year. If you have missed the dates, we leave the information here for you to get a sense of what it is about.

Dear parent, educator, pastor, therapist. The Covid period makes it possible for us to offer you course experiences that would have otherwise been restricted to select local regions (notably Pretoria). Do join us online on the 5th and 6th March (Friday afternoon and Saturday) in exploring our topic. However, you will also be able to join us in Pretoria should Covid regulations allow us to do that at the particular time.

The following screenshots were taken from one of our courses Making meaning with children attending by some 30+ participants during May 2020. This gives you some understanding of what you will experience in online participation.

We look forward to meeting participants local or online on 5-6 March. We commence at 14:00 on Friday the 6th for the afternoon. We then rejoin the next morning, starting 08:30. Information that might change will be communicated to registered participants, so please register as soon as possible even if payment can be made later. Final communication will be sent the Wednesday before commencement

Student notice: This course is part of our pre-selected 2021 courses for our annual CPD programme. While, for those students the course fee is covered by their annual tuition fee, registration is required for our CPD records. This is the first module in the series. It is more cost effective to enroll for all four modules and thereby receive all CPD required points with the professional body, CPSC.

Course description

This course draws attention to the different contributions from pastoral and narrative therapy, situated in narrative psychiatry, going into conversation with classic medical and psychological discourses. Even though that is the focus we need a topic illustrate the ideas in context and so in 2021 it consists of what is described in the medical field as eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and obesity.

Course content

  • Introduction to basic ideas in pastoral counselling and narrative therapy
  • Exploring medical and psychological discourses.
  • Introduction to narrative psychiatry
  • Each year, when presented again, the programme focuses on different clinical, medical, psychiatric aspects (the specific topic is not the point but used to contextualise the conversation to illustrative the contribution of pastoral narrative perspectives).


The different aspects of the programme are covered by Dr. Jo Viljoen and several lecturers to be updated leading up to the course.


Note that the fees mentioned excludes the non-compulsory university certification fee which is an additional approximate fee of R200 that should be made available upon request.

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Public (counsellors, parents, other interested persons)R1650Pay
Group fee (public)  (10+) p. person (See below for group payment)R540Pay
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* Current Supervision-only students, ** Alumni/ former students and Coram Care members **R1300* ‘(+ R300** once off for the year. See audience clarification)Pay
Annually enrolled CPD or full third-year Coram Deo students(Fee covered as part of tuition cost)(Not applicable)
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Group payment 10+ delegates (only if paid on behalf of group) (Be sure to give us a list of attendee’s email addresses to send the Meeting ID)

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Alternative payment option

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Name: Coram Deo NPC
ABSA Cheque account number: 406 725 8321
Branch Code: 335 545 (Hatfield)
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Audience clarification

** Coram care membership allows participants reduced rates throughout the year. Members must attend a reasonable amount of free community learning events online or in different regions. The events and topics can be arranged by themselves but in conjunction with Coram Deo to ensure it deals with at least one four broad objectives of the Coram Care initiative. Such gatherings are also CPD bearing with some professional associations.

Coram Care membership can be paid here


* Supervision students already take part in a specific type of learning programme for which the Coram Care membership fee is waived. We encourage supervision students to attend such events.


Note that participants may choose to do this programme as a Successfully completed course or an Attendance course. The successfully completed certificate makes use of an additional reflective assignment or an in-class assignment structured by the lecturer.

Accessing the course

Registered participants will receive the Meeting ID to the course by email.

Registration form

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