Lay Counselling Training: Level 2 Advanced Course - facilitated by Ms. Chantal Philander

Fri Jul 14, 18:00 - Fri Dec 1, 10:00



Course Dates and Times:

Your ticket gives you access to all the training days.

Dates are subject to change only in dire circumstances, so please note the dates below and book them into your calendar ASAP.

Times for the given dates will be communicated to you.

Year - 2023

  • September 1 & 2
  • October 13 & 14
  • November 10 & 11
  • December 8 & 9

Year - 2024

  • January 19 & 20
  • February 16 & 17
  • March 15 & 16
  • April 11 & 12
  • May 10 & 11
  • June 7 & 8
  • July 5 & 6
  • August 2 & 3
  • September 13 & 14

Course Costs:

The course costs R5 000 per trainee for the entire course if paid in full. See below.

As a nonprofit organisation, we have requested the attendees cover our booking fees. As such your final checkout fee will be slightly higher than the course fee advertised.

You have two ticket options:

  • Pay upfront in full and save R500 or
  • Pay a R1 500 deposit now. The remaining R4 000 will be paid by the time the course commences.

Please contact [email protected] to discuss payment plans or to sponsor a trainee.

Your purchase here will secure your place on the course. This cost includes the lectures, manuals and certification. See below for more details.

Space on the course is limited to a maximum of 20 trainees.

Course Details:

This is a 270-hour Level 2 Advanced Course in Christian Lay Counselling presented by Upside Community Services NPC's in conjunction with The Philippi Trust. The course includes 30 hours of practical counselling placement within UPside's ALONGside Counselling programme.

The course will allow you to be considered for accreditation with the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors, CPSC, at a Student level. This course is a serious commitment to Christian counselling, combining theory and practice to help you develop your own counselling style.

Please note that you will be expected to attend all six days once a place has been allocated. There are a limited number of places, and non-arrival or partial attendance means someone else is denied the opportunity. No refunds will be given once the course has started.

Admission Requirements:

This course is for those students who feel a call to this particular ministry and can meet the course's heavy academic and personal demands.

The following prerequisites must be met:

  1. Level 1 Foundation Course in Christian Lay Counselling OR Evidence of prior learning commensurate to the Level 1 Foundation Course.
  2. Reference letter from a community leader - i.e. NGO Manager, Church minister or elder

Participants should have recognised leadership qualities and functional ability to read and write in English.

Course Content:

  • Advanced listening skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Legal issues
  • Supervision
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Co-dependency
  • Rejection
  • Theology and practice of forgiveness
  • Management of a counselling centre
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Discipleship counselling
  • Nouthetic counselling
  • Person-centred Counselling
  • Transactional analysis
  • Skills practice
  • Practice placement

What will be provided:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Course Manual
  • Trainer/s
  • Safe venue
  • Project tools
  • Practical counselling

Learners are requested to:

  • Bring their own pens, pencils, paper
  • Arrange transport to and from the venue.
  • Bring your own lunch for the Saturday training

WEEKEND 1: 30 JUNE - 2 JULY 2023

Detailed course content to be confirmed.

WEEKEND 2: 14 - 16 JULY 2023

Detailed course content to be confirmed.