Pastoral Narrative Therapy Course

Pastoral Narrative Therapy Course


Enrollment for 2020 is accepted from September 2019. There will be an early enrollment discount fee. We reserve the right to limit the class sizes. In the meantime you are welcome to use the current year enrollment forms.

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.

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 and approaches but is also fully training in ‘Narrative Therapy’ as one would encounter it all over the world.

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The remainder of this is divided into registration forms and other documents and a section offering course information.

The download version of information on this page can be accessed here.

Registration forms


Pastoral Narrative Therapy (campus section PNT19A)

Registration forms for the following regions:

Pastoral Narrative Therapy (campus section PNT19B)

Registration forms for the following regions:
  • Constantia kruin (in Roodepoort, West Rand);
  • Kempton Park (in the East Rand);
  • Lydenburg (in Mpumalanga);
  • In KwaZulu Natal (Amanzimtoti, Pietermaritzburg; Ladysmith);
  • Mossel Bay (South Cape);
  • Bloemfontein (Free State).
  • Choose either:
    Easy electronic registration
    Download registration form

    Pastoral Narrative Therapy (campus section PNT19C)

    If you have an established relationship with these learning campuses below (which overlaps with Section PNT19B you may, if you wish, contact them directly. In this case they will give you registration form PNT19C or an alternative to fill out. This honours their local marketing efforts. But important, if you do not have a preexisting relationship with them please feel free to proceed with form PNT19B above. Both will get prospective students enrolled.

    • Constantia kruin (in Roodepoort, West Rand);
    • Kempton Park (in the East Rand);
    • Mossel Bay (South Cape);

    Course information

    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.

    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.

    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 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
      • ¤ Teenager and young adulthood
      • ¤ Various forms of abuse
      • ¤ Bereavement and trauma counselling
      • ¤ Dependency (eg, substance and alcohol)
      • ¤ Depression and anxiety

      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 approximate 32 weeks per year, one 3 hour discussion class per week (the requirement is an 80% attendance for the year). Requirements differ slightly for online groups.
      • 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 for online groups though in the end asks similar output from students)

      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) Dependency (eg., Alcohol)
      2) Relationship counseling
      3) Trauma
      4) Abuse (eg., 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. The cut-off date for registration

      Finalisation 21 January 2019

      12. Registration

      (Please see the relevant section at the beginning of the page.

      Proceed as follows:

      • Fill out the 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 R1500 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.


      Coram Deo Pretoria (main campus)
      Coram Deo Pastoral Centre
      C/o Lea and Hugo street
      Waterkloof Glen
      Region specific information

      Institute for Creative Conversations
      Emseni community centre
      61a, Road 5 (off Great North Road)
      Brentwood Park/ Kempton Park
      East Rand
      Region specific information

      Constantiakruin Congregation
      C/o Liebenberg Street and Yolande Avenue
      Constania Kloof
      West Rand
      Region specific information


      Eden Congregation
      N2 road to Victoria Bay
      Region specific information

      Mossel Bay
      Caritas care centre
      Dutch Reformed Church Mossel Bay
      C/o George Road & Church Street
      Mossel Bay
      Region specific information


      Durbanville-Bergsig congregation
      Region specific information


      Dutch Reformed Church Lydenburg South
      Region specific information

      (Where not mentioned venues are to be confirmed)

      Region specific information

      Region specific information

      Region specific information


      (Venue to be confirmed)
      Region specific information

      14. The minimum number of students

      The minimum number of enrollment to run the course: 20

      Congregations and institutions can also establish a learning campus with the input from Coram Deo Pretoria. You are welcome to inquire.

      15. Dates

      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: 26 November 2018 at 18:30
      • Welcoming Evening: 24 January 2019 at 18:30
      • The week of 28 January 2019 until 25 November 2019: one class per week (excluding school holidays)
      • Classes for Pretoria are attended on a Tuesday evening OR a Wednesday morning.

      See the class schedule here as they become available in different regions.

    • Class schedule16. Cost
      • The annual cost of tuition is R8450. The total cost for the two years tuition is R16 900,00.
      • There is an additional cost of R1500 payable during the first year for books. Second year books are optional.
      • There is a R200 fee per year for literature rights. Total for the two years R400.
      • The list of books will be announced to the students throughout the year. Coram Deo will make the purchase books on behalf of the students for all direct learning campuses. Alternatively arrangements will be made at independent Coram Deo learning campuses.

      The payment / cost schedule is as follows:

      1st Year:
      Registration fee: R1500 (non refundable but is subtracted from the tuition fee)
      Outstanding class/tuition fees for 2019: R6950
      Approximate book fees total for first year R1500 (also used for second year).
      Literature rights fee of R200

      2nd Year:
      Registration fee for 2019: R1500 (non refundable but subtracted from the tuition fee)
      Outstanding class fees for 2019: R6950
      Literature rights fee of R200

      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 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.

    Courses | Training

    Pastoral Narrative Therapy (English) [UP Accredited]
    Pastoral Narrative Therapy (Afrikaans) [UP Accredited]
    Supervision in counselling and other helping professions [UP Accredited]
    Continued Learning (consisting of 5 short formal programmes)
    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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