The life of our triune God, the shape of redemptive history, the saving work of Christ, and the pattern of Christian discipleship all take the form of self-donating death leading to glory-enhancing resurrection. Christian counselling or psychotherapy, then, must be thus formed too.
Poverty of spirit is the key to the kingdom; the ego-relinquishment of daily saying ‘no’ to and crucifying the false self is the call of Christ to all his followers; and psychological defense mechanisms, religious idolatry, and spiritual blindness are all perspectives on the way we avoid reality in order to avoid discomfort. Christian counselling or psychotherapy, then, recognises that the way of the cross is the path to human healing and maturity.
Taking counselling as complementary to discipleship and spirituality, this intensive course, oriented to the Theopolis vision of “Bible | Liturgy | Culture” will enrich course members’ understanding and practice of Christian counselling, attending to issues such as:
David Field has lectured in seminaries in Nigeria and England, served as minister of a local church south of London, and worked in business as an executive search consultant for leading international universities. He studied at Oxford, completed his PhD on Puritan theology at Cambridge, and has published books on the Puritan John Howe and on Obadiah. David is now a Christian counsellor in private practice and lives in Oxford with his wife Sue.
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*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.
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