Narrative Therapy Introduction Courses

Narrative Therapy Introduction Courses

We mainly offer a university accredited advanced programme in pastoral narrative counselling.

From time to time we offer short introductory promgrammes in which case you can read more on this page.  Usually we decide at end of February, beginning March whether to host our short course and one of the options would then be to attend before April. If you do there would still be a possibility to onboard the advanced programme from April. But if you have missed the dates mentioned, we can present the short course programme on invitation in organisations or relevant other communities.s Please check back in February / March or inquire for local presentation.

About the advanced programme

It commences at the end of January each year. It is an advanced certificate but we start off with the very basics of a narrative approach. For this reason our longer programme is a high quality foundational programme with which any student can enter the counselling profession with confidence. Yet many of our students don’t do the programme to become counsellors but rather to enrich their parenting, help them become better teachers, leaders, managers or other profession with a high degree of importance to people interaction.

Introduction courses typically do not have enough time to really help students feel comfortable in the ‘doing’ of their training. However introductory programmes also serve the purpose of introducing students to the work who might not be comfortable to enroll into longer programmes right from the start.

We are considering to do either the short course or some introductory workshops towards the end of the year and then we will decide in February whether to host the short course in March or April 2020. A costing estimate is tenatively provided for the short course.

Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Cost: R1900
Book: R400
Current first or second year Coram Deo students who seek to recap the work: R200
Former students/ Alumni members who recap the work: R540

About introductory programmes

We offer our introductory programme in the following situations:

  • On request from congregations to offer foundational training to their lay counsellors.
  • In-house at an organisation customised on request for business, schools or other contexts.
  • When we offer the programme as ‘n bridging programme into the accredited longer programme somewhere during March or April for students who missed the enrollment date for the accredited longer programme if it commenced in January.
  • In areas where we might not have had enough interest at the beginning of the year to commence with the longer accredited programme.

Continue with the advanced immediately after the introductory course

For any short course you attended before participants can seamlessly continue their studies in the accredited longer programme immediately after the introductory programme. They do not have to wait a year. That is on the condition that locally there is enough interest to proceed with our standard longer accredited programme. Alternatively they will be able to join the existing blended learning group right after the introductory programme to work towards their advanced certificate programme.

Interest display

Please email us if you are interested to take part in introductory learning programmes at any partner learning community or regions not mentioned. In many cases we know of students who are really interested to commence and your display of interest will help us assess whether to prioritise in some areas.

Our learning partners include:

External short course programmes

We have relationships with a number of institutions. From time to time we might display their short course offerings here. Please contact us to learn whether your external training can be used to cross over to our advanced certificate porgramme but which you could then use to join us at various campuses from April (T & C’s apply).

Courses | Training

Accredited by the University of Pretoria, we offer specialised training in a narrative approach that is generally described as pastoral but non-doctrinal in nature. A narrative approach also has application in coaching, mentoring, facilitation, mediation and organisational development.

We’ve offered pastoral and narrative therapy training for the past two decades.

Most programmes are accredited by the University of Pretoria.
Pastoral Narrative Therapy
Continued professional development
Practitioner superivsion
Seminars and workshops



Campuses | Learning sites

Pretoria (Main Campus)
Constantia Kruin (West Rand)
Kempton Park (East Rand)
Durbanville (Cape)
George (Western Cape)
Mossel Bay (Western Cape)
Lydenburg (Mpumalanga)

Global online (Blended Learning)

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Welcome to an embracing fellowship that offers hope.

Situated in Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria, South Africa, Coram Deo offers training in pastoral narrative therapy and professional counselling services made cost effective by the generosity of our donors and partner therapists and other professionals.


Coram Deo Pastoral Centre (NPC)
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