In a nutshell
Enhance your career prospects and help others find spiritual and psychological support with this practical online Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling course from St Mark’s National Theological Centre, awarded by Charles Sturt University.
Designed for people with a background in theology or psychology, this practical online course enables you to build specialised skills to offer counselling and advanced pastoral care in a broad range of settings, including lay and ordained ministry pastoral care and with people in your wider community.
In this course you’ll develop practical skills in a range of counselling techniques, including communication, listening and interviewing, and cover key knowledge areas including relationship counselling, grief counselling and applied pastoral care.
If you want to serve others and enjoy working with people, a career in counselling may be for you. Grounded in a theological and spiritual setting, this qualification will enhance your career prospects in pastoral care, spiritual leadership and helping clients on their journey to gain meaning and self-awareness.
While this qualification is not a psychology qualification, and separate study is required in order to work as a registered psychologist, this course will equip you with the skills, insights and knowledge required to build a rewarding career helping others find meaning and tackle personal, family, marital and faith issues.
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Hold an undergraduate degree in theology, psychology or Australian Qualifications Framework equivalent. Applicants with degrees in any other disciplines are encouraged to apply; OR
- Provide evidence that you are able to undertake tertiary study in this area (such as a letter of motivation and two professional or academic references).
If English is not your first language, you may need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy indicator test prior to enrolment.
In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:
- Pastoral counselling skills
- Pastoral counselling: theory and professional issues
- Pastoral Counselling: grief and loss
- Pastoral Counselling: crisis intervention
- Pastoral Counselling: relationship and family
- Pastoral Counselling: mental health and trauma
- Spiritual direction in the Christian tradition
- Applied pastoral theology
Why St Mark's National Theological Centre?
Discover what theological learning is all about when you sign up to a course at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Since 1957 St Mark’s has been a leader in theological learning, offering students from all different backgrounds a rich, vibrant and supportive educational environment. St Mark’s is a proud partner of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and offers nationally recognised and academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in counselling, ministry and theology, pastoral studies plus more.
St Mark’s National Theological Centre pride themselves on offering a supportive and high-quality theological education experience, while keeping the students’ interest at the forefront at all times.
As a partner with CSU, students of St Mark’s will be able to access the same great range of support services, including counselling services for any support you may need along your study journey or in your personal life.