Pastoral Narrative Therapy Course

Pastoral Narrative Therapy Course

1. Introduction

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.

This programme is currently in progress. We have had to show away students in the present year so please put your name on the contact list at Next communication about the 2019 cohort commences September

A short video introduction and address to the social media community (Join us on Facebook):

The entry form, overview and some marketing forms to share are available in English and Afrikaans here:

Entry & Enrollment forms

2. Outcomes

  • 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.

Please note that the programme already commenced. There is the possibility of a bridging programme during March to mid April and from there you can join one of the existing groups. Please inquire whether, this year, we are running bridging programmes.

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 restore your own family. 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 Leader

  • Dr Elmo Pienaar, centre manager, along with experienced counselors and lectures.

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
  • ¤ Teenager and young adulthood
  • ¤ Various forms of abuse
  • ¤ Bereavement and trauma counselling
  • ¤ Substance and alcohol dependency
  • ¤ Depression

7. Method of presentation

  • Lectures
  • Group Discussions
  • Practice skills in class
  • Research
  • Assignments
  • 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 32 weeks per year, one 3 hour discussion class per week (the requirement is an 80% attendance for the year).
  • Weekly reading material is estimated at 30-50 pages.


9. Assessment

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) Substance Abuse
2) Relationship Counseling
3) Trauma
4) Abuse
5) Child & Teenage Therapy
6) Depression

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. The cut-off date for registration

Finalisation 18-20 January 2018

12. Registration

Application/ entry forms are available on our website here or can be e-mailed on request
Tel: 012-998 8323

The application form and R1500 registration fee should be emailed to which serves as registration.

It is desirable for students to be on the prospective student email list as early as possible.

13. Coram Deo’s Address

Classes are presented at Coram Deo Pastoral Centre (Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria) or centres that serve as official learning campuses.

Coram Deo Pretoria
Coram Deo Pastorale Sentrum
C/o Lea and Hugo street
Waterkloof Glen

Institute for Creative Conversations
Northfield Methodist Church
Aerodrome Drive
Airfield Benoni

Constantiakruin Congregation
C/o Liebenberg Street and Yolande Avenue
Constania Kloof

Eden Congregation
N2 road to Victoria Bay

Dutch Reformed Church Mossel Bay
C/o George Road & Church Street
Mosse Bay

14. The minimum number of student

The minimum number of enrollment to run the course: 20

15. Dates

Please mark the following dates. The complete timetable is available on request:

  • Information evening: 27 November 2017 at 18:30
  • Welcoming Evening: 25 January 2018 at 18:30
  • The week of 29 January 2018 until 5 December 2018: one class per week (excluding school holidays)
  • Classes are on a Tuesday mornings and a Wednesday evenings. Students only attend a evening or morning class.

16. Costs

  • The annual cost of tuition is R8450. The total cost for the two years tuition is R16 900,00.
  • There is also an additional R1800 payable during the first year for books and royalties.
  • The list of books will be announced to the students throughout the year. Coram Deo will purchase the books on behalf of the students.

The payment / cost schedule is as follows:

1st Year:
Registration fee: R1500 (non refundable but part of the tuition fee)
Outstanding class/tuition fees for 2018: R6950
R1800 througout the year upon request for books and royalties.

2nd Year:
Enrollment fee for 2019: R1500 (non refundable but part of the tuition fee)
Outstanding class fees for 2019: R6950

17. Payment methods

  • With registration fees paid, the remainder of the fees are covered by 10 monthly payments of R695 per month per year.
  • EFT
  • Card payments


  • 18. Further studies at the University of Pretoria
    • The two year course leads to a University of Pretoria postgraduate diploma in theology that 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.



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