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Short Learning Programme
Pastoral Care and Crisis Intervention
Because of the high crime rate, there is a great need for pastoral care and crisis intervention. A large number of people have been traumatized and research indicates that church members usually first consult their pastor or church leader after such crises. There is thus a necessity to equip the church and church leadership in general to handle crises and to provide care.

Purpose of the course:

This course will particularly focus on equipping church leaders who are on a daily basis confronted with a myriad of basic problems for which their equipment in the past had so often not been adequate. This situation often applies to church leaders from some of the disadvantaged communities.A course like this could make leadership within the church more aware of problems that require more specialized attention and consequently they would be able to bring people in need in a faster manner in contact with specialist help. More and more churches have systems in place where pastors are required to attend courses like this on an annual basis in order to obtain the necessary credit points to maintain their appointments. The intent behind it is to continue to stay up to date regarding developments in the field of theology, and in this case, particularly in the pastorate. This course lends itself ideally to an object like this. More and more schools appoint Christian youth workers to provide support and guidance to young people with a variety of problems and also regarding this need a course like this will be able to fill a big void.It is also true that in the light of the high crime rate in our country more and more church congregations are engaged in the establishing of Christian counselling centres, and there is, therefore, a great need for a good foundation for the training of such Christian counsellors - also in this regard a course like this deals with a variety of issues that are very relevant.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Because of a competitive admission procession candidates can be expected to write a brief application (for more information contact Prof Coetzer: or 0836600409.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Matric exemption or the equivalent (plus at least three years’ experience in the field of pastoral counselling/ministry will serve as a strong recommendation).

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Understanding in order to be able to provide basic knowledge about the causes and symptoms of stress and heavy-heartedness.
  • Sufficient insight and knowledge with regard to therapeutic approaches regarding stress and crises.
  • The ability to provide pastoral care in a practical situation under the guidance of a facilitator to anyone who stress or experience heavy-heartedness.
  • During a counselling session the student will be able to demonstrate the following: knowledge and insight with regard to the causes and symptoms typical of stress and heavy-heartedness, as well as assisting with pastoral-therapeutic insight.
  • Knowledge and insight to define and understand the concept of inner healing.
  • Knowledge in order to be able to explain and define the different models of inner healing
  • The student is able to provide pastoral guidance regarding the theme of inner healing and through this action demonstrate his/her knowledge regarding the concept, models and definitions of inner healing..
  • Application of guidelines concerning prayer and the misappropriation of prayer in order to be able to apply the correct principles during counselling.
  • Knowledge regarding the relationship between sin and guilt, and the effect of guilt on the conscience of the coun-selee.
  • Insight regarding the power of forgiveness as well as the ministry of confession of guilt and how to apply this in a counselling situation
  • During a counselling session, the student can apply the following principles: effective handling of prayer, sufficient knowledge about the relationship between sin and guilt, as well as knowledge concerning the power of forgive-ness and confession of guilt
  • Insight regarding the counselling of young couples and problems in pre-marital situations.
  • Insight in order to be able to do pre-marital counselling with high school learners.
  • Insight in order to be able to explain Biblical principles of marriage to couples.  
  • Insight in order to be able to do marriage counselling with married couples.
  • Insight in order to be able to describe Biblical perspectives on sexuality as well as the ability to guide people in their choices regarding sexuality
  • The student is able to provide pastoral guidance in terms of sexuality regarding premarital situations, as well as in marriage, and also with regard to Biblical perspectives on choices relating to sexuality.
  • Insight in order to be able to counsel the sick, as well as the ability to give pastoral guidance to persons suffering from stress and depression
  • The student is able to provide pastoral guidance to those affected by illness, death, stress and depression


The various course results are evaluated in the first place by means of three assignments (minimum of 8,000 words per assignment).
Method of assessment: 
Method of assessment Number Assignments 3 Personal engagement and class tests 4 Assignment: work integrated learning 1

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
The target group is especially pastors who want to equip themselves more with regard to the handling of daily crisis situations within the ministry, pastoral counsellors, social workers, church youth workers in churches and schools, and church members in general with a passion for the plight of a fellow human and who merely want to fulfil a support role within a congregational context.
Contact us
Prof Gert Breed
Telephone number: 
018 299 1029