Pastoral Narrative Therapy Course
PASTORAL NARRATIVE THERAPY – TRAINING 2021
We have a lift off. Enrollment for 2021 now open. Making some last updates to the hard copy prospectus and regional pages.
Please note our early bird discount valid until the end of October.
While we do not have bursaries, have a look at our special rates and discounts.
Notice: This page is also available in Afrikaans.
South Africa has a unique history with this kind of therapy where the development of Narrative Therapy in the South African context was and is significantly advanced by pastoral communities. (What is narrative? See this short description in Afrikaans)
People interested in pastoral narrative therapy are typically intrigued by both the pastoral aspect of the work as well as working with stories. ‘Pastoral narrative’ is therefore a unique offering that deals both with pastoral concerns but is also fully training in ‘Narrative Therapy’ as one would encounter it all over the world. Please reach out to us if you have any reservation, theologically or otherwise.
Enrollment notice video
The remainder of this page is divided into a registration form section and other documents and a section offering course information.
CHOOSE YOUR LEARNING CAMPUS
- Constantia Kruin (Roodepoort, West Rand);
- Benoni (East Rand);
- Lydenburg (Mpumalanga);
- Mossel Bay (South Cape).
The download version of the following information on this page can be accessed here.
The Pastoral Narrative Therapy course has been developed to provide students with practical exposure to pastoral narrative care. As an advanced certificate formal programme students will be equipped to co-create hope and facilitate healing in a wide variety of pastoral situations – situations which are telling in the Southern African societal context. While some students use the programme for self development others set their aim towards building a counseling practice.
- An integrated understanding of pastoral narrative therapy;
- The capacity to integrate pastoral theology and narrative therapeutic skills in a meaningful and creative way in practice;
- To develop possibilities for students to operate in a pastoral therapeutic way within different specialisation fields (trauma, addiction, marriage, etc.);
- To make a pastoral therapeutic contribution to the healing of communities.
3. Outcomes for pastoral therapists
- To recognise the toxic elements of western culture;
- To discover the role that people’s faith narratives play in their emotional- , relational- and spiritual well-being;
- To gain insight into one’s own family and with awareness and agency comes the possibility of restoration or growth;
- To contribute to the restoration of the lives of individuals, marriages, families and communities.
4. Uniqueness of the course
- During and after the course the student becomes part of the Coram Deo Community: a community that is based on respect, support and fellowship;
- With lecture and consulting rooms, a chapel, Coram Deo offers a strong support structure for the student to thrive in.
- Due to an established academic culture the student will receive excellent training;
- Coram Deo offers the student the opportunity to have pastoral narrative therapeutic conversations with people.
- If the student chooses to continue his/her studies for a third year, the student may enroll in the Continuous Learning- and/or the university accredited Supervision Programme;
- Coram Deo’s senior pastoral therapists are there to guide the student throughout the programme;
- At Coram Deo we integrate the narrative paradigm with pastoral theology and human sciences. A narrative approach, as a social science, has various application possibilities in modalities, such as facilitation and coaching. This is a mouth-full. Do come and talk to us!
- Students who completed the course would feel competent to contribute their skills to their working environments. Especially when continuing with the supervision program there would be further counseling opportunities at Coram Deo.
5. Course Leadership
Dr Elmo Pienaar, national managing director, along with experienced counselors, lectures, local student experience-facilitators and learning partners.
6. Course Content
Modules presented during the two years:
- The narrative paradigm
- Pastoral Theology
- A pastoral narrative approach to:
- Marriage and relationship counselling
- Child therapy, or teenagers and young adulthood*
- Various forms of abuse
- Bereavement and trauma counselling
- Dependency (e.g., substance and alcohol)
- Depression and anxiety
* There are too few weeks during the year to cover both. The one not covered are also presented as part of our open programmes which students can then enrol for separately.
7. Method of presentation
- Group Discussions
- Practice skills in class
- Online assisted learning
8. Additional information about the course
- This course is a two year advanced certificate course, accredited with the University of Pretoria.
- Students have to attend lectures for approximate 32 weeks per year, one 3-hour discussion class per week. The format of presentation may differ in some regions based on intake numbers. See current schedules here.
- Students must have attendance of 80% for any given year.
- Weekly reading material is estimated at between 30-50 pages, approximate three to five hours per week.
- Over the two years five assignments are to be completed.
(Please note that requirements differ slightly between some regions and online groups though in the end asks similar output from students)
There is an 80% class attendance requirement and five assignments over the two years of study. During the first year the following two assignments are compulsory:
- 1) Power discourses; and
- 2) Theological discourses
During the second year, three assignments must be completed. Based on the topics covered during the particular second year, some choices include:
1) Dependency (e.g., alcohol)
2) Relationship counseling
4) Abuse (e.g., sexual molestation)
5) Child and teenage therapy
6) Depression and, or, anxiety
10. Who may enroll?
The academic requirement to enter this course is a matric certificate with three years further education, or the equivalent in work experience (Recognition of Prior Learning).
Students who do not fulfill the minimum requirements may still be accepted depending on the amount of enrollments we receive of students who do fully qualify.
If you feel uncertain, please come and talk to us.
11. Deadline for registration
End of January 2021| Early bird discount valid until end of October 2020
(Please see the relevant section at the beginning of the page.
Proceed as follows:
- Fill out the interactive electronic registration form above (being our administrative preference). Alternatively download the print version or request that the print version be emailed to you (info AT coramdeo.co.za).
- Make the deposit payment to the learning campus bank account and send the notification of payment to the relevant email address of that campus (indicated on the registration form or Section 13). If you use the print version registration form which is either emailed to you or downloaded from this page then that should also be emailed to the relevant campus email address. Campus specific email addresses are displayed on the registration form.
- It is desirable for students to be on the prospective student email list as early as possible but note that the registration fee of R1690 secures your place in the programme. Filling out the registration form adds prospective students to said list; alternatively you have to specifically request it.
13. Coram Deo’s Address
Classes are presented in various regions (or online). The main campus is at the physical pastoral counselling centre in Pretoria or brought to you by host entities or independent learning campuses of Coram Deo across the country. Main campus contact detail: 012 998 8323 / or 9083 and info AT coramdeo DOT co DOT za Contact detail for other campuses are included on the respective registration forms.
14. The minimum number of students
The minimum number of enrollment to run the course in a particular region in our preferred local format is 20 participants. Fewer participants will not necessarily mean not developing in the local region but the structure of classes will be communicated separately.
Congregations and institutions can also establish a learning campus with the input from Coram Deo Pretoria. You are welcome to inquire. This could take different forms.
Please mark the following dates for Pretoria Learners. For learners in other areas the information will be communicated directly via email when it becomes available.
- Information evening: Monday 16 November 2020 at 18:30
- Welcoming Evening: Thursday 21 January 2021 at 18:30
- The week from 25 January 2021 until end of November 2021: one class per week (excluding school holidays)
- Classes for Pretoria takes place one day per week, either in the morning or evening.
See the class schedules/format here as it becomes available in different regions.
- The annual cost of tuition is R8850. The total cost for the two years tuition is R17 700,00.
- There is an additional cost of R2010 payable during the first year for some of the classic books covered. Books are procured by students themselves but students will be able to commence. The list of books will be announced to registered students. Different arrangements are made by different campuses.
- There is a R200 fee per year for some rights. Total for the two years R400.
The payment / cost schedule is as follows:
Application fee of R300 | Payable with registration form (non-refundable but subtracted from tuition fee)
Deposit fee of R1470 | Payable by the end of January (non refundable but is subtracted from the tuition fee)
Remaining class/tuition fee for first year studies: R7080 (Can be divided. See below)
Approximate book fees total for first-year studies: R2010 (also used during the second year).
Rights fee of R200
Registration fee of R1770 | Payable by the end of January (non refundable but is subtracted from the tuition fee)
Remaining class/tuition fee for second year studies: R7080 (Can be divided. See below)
Rights fee of R200
Please note that the 1st year application, deposit and 2nd year registration fees are not additional fees. They are non-refundable but subtracted from the total cost of tuition of the particular year. Remaining tuition fees after deposit or registration can be structured as follows.
17. Payment methods
- With registration fees paid (January), the remainder of the fees are divided into 10 monthly payments of R708 per month.
- In three-part installment: 33% of fees must be paid by end of March, 50% by end of July, paid in full by the end of October. After deposit or registration fee for the year this comes to three installments per year of R2360.
- Payment can be made via EFT
- Card payment at select campuses
18. Further studies at the University of Pretoria
- The two-year course opens the way to then enroll for a University of Pretoria postgraduate diploma in theology which in turn could lead to a relevant masters and thereafter doctorate degree in pastoral care.
- All admissions of the post-graduate diploma is based entirely on the discretion of the university’s admission committee.
- Outstanding performance during the Coram Deo programme (in theory, assignments [also quality writing and way of dealing responsibly with sources], and practice) adds to the evaluation criteria used by the university. This could lead to two possibilities: The Coram Deo programme being a credit bearing curriculum for some aspects of the postgraduate diploma in theology or credit bearing/substituting the curriculum aspect of the relevant masters programme.