Biblical Counselling

 

God’s wisdom for abundant living in Christ 

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As an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, PTC is approved to deliver its courses (CRICOS 02650E).

PTC: leading in biblical counselling

PTC is at the forefront of biblical counselling in Australia and has graduates currently working as counsellors. Our main counselling lecturer is also the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling Australia. We were the first college in Australia to offer training in biblical counselling and have offered courses in this area for over 15 years.

We offer fully online programs and a biblical counselling focus can be taken within most of our courses. Courses range from a half year to three years’ duration. Each individualised program will combine biblical, theological, and practical subject areas with a major study focus in biblical counselling.

Ed Welch from CCEF lecturing in his first visit to PTC in 2006

Rationale

At PTC, we seek God’s wisdom for our lives rather than worldly wisdom. The biblical counselling focus provides training in pastoral counselling that is rigorously Christ-centred and founded on Scripture. Competency to counsel is integral to various ministries, including ordained pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, other ministry work, as well as formal biblical counselling settings. It will also be helpful for those who often find themselves providing informal counsel to others.

Outcomes

Biblical counselling training can be useful in diverse settings, such as in a church ministry, a chaplaincy position, a Christian counselling centre, or personal interactions. Those aiming for a formal Christian counselling ministry, whether within or independently of the Church, should choose a degree that allows for the most biblical counselling units to be taken and should consider what else may be advisable or necessary to meet Church, regulatory, legal, and professional-body requirements. PTC units in pastoral care and biblical counselling, along with PTC biblical and theological units, can meet the academic requirements of Biblical Counselling Australia. PTC does not guarantee accreditation with any Church or external body.

Biblical counselling units

Seven biblical counselling units are currently offered regularly, as below. It is hoped to have a supervision practicum available for semester 2 2024. Further units in biblical counselling can be arranged, tailored to your requirements, with a project, capstone experience, or study contract offering significant flexibility.

Online units: All biblical counselling units can be taken online, whether via recorded lectures, live video-conference attendance, or both for some units.

On-campus units: PC002 and PC003 are offered on-campus every year. Occasional intensive units are held, usually taken by guest lecturers from CCEF or similar – check the semester timetables.

Mike Emlet from CCEF lecturing at PTC in 2017

FOUNDATION UNITS

PC002 and PC003 are the two foundation units in biblical counselling. These ordinarily should be completed before the advanced biblical counselling units.

Also, PTC almost always requires PC002 to be completed before PC003. PC002 lays the theoretical foundation that PC003 builds on.

On-campus and online (recorded lectures and live via video conferences) every first semester, annually.
On-campus and online (recorded lectures and live via video conferences) every second semester, annually.

ADVANCED UNITS

This is offered online and uses recorded lectures by David Powlison. To do this unit at level 9, speak to the Academic Dean.
This is an online unit with recorded lectures from CCEF by Aaron Sironi and Winston Smith.
This is offered online and uses lectures recorded at PTC by Mike Emlet.
This is offered online and uses lectures recorded at PTC by Ed Welch.
A project can be arranged if you would like to undertake further study in biblical counselling. Masters courses require a project or capstone. Please speak to Karl Hood or the Academic Dean.
A supervision practicum unit is being prepared for 2024. Subject to limited availability.

Choosing a course

A biblical counselling stream can be incorporated into PTC’s undergraduate and postgraduate awards by choosing units from the Pastoral and Church-Focused Ministry (PC) field. Go to Courses for the full list of available courses. As some examples, a biblical counselling focus can be had in the following. Note that usual course and unit requirements have to be met and access to higher level units is not always possible or may only be possible at later stages of course progression.

Undergraduate

  • UCertMin (4 units, 1 semester if full-time). Requires 1 biblical-theological unit and allows for 3 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units. Access to level 7 counselling units is not possible.

  • DipMin (8 units, 1 yr if full-time). Requires 3 biblical-theological units and allows for 5 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units. Access to level 7 counselling units is not possible.

  • AssocDegMin(16 units, 2 yrs if full-time). Allows for 8 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units (equivalent to one year of the course if full time). Access to level 7 units is possible later in the course of study.

  • BMin (24 units, 3 yrs if full-time). Requires 12 biblical-theological units and allows for 8 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units (equivalent to one year of the course if full time). Access to level 7 units is possible later in the course of study.

Postgraduate

  • GradCertDiv (4 units, 1 semester if full-time). Can be taken entirely as Biblical Counselling units.

  • GradDipDiv (8 units, 1 yr if full time). Requires 3 biblical-theological units and allows for 5 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units.

  • Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (16 units, 2 years if full-time). Allows for 8 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units (equivalent to one year of the course if full time), with 24cps of ‘integrative’ work required (as a project, projects, or similar).

  • MTS (16 units, 1 year with advanced standing for a completed GDipDiv, MA(ChrisStud), or MDiv; 1.5 years with advanced standing for a completed BTh, BMin, or GCertDiv; 2 years if full-time and no advanced standing). Allows for 8 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units (equivalent to one year of the course if full time). If no advanced standing is applicable, requires 3 biblical-theological units.

  • MDiv (24 units, 3 yrs if full time). Requires 18 biblical-theological units and allows for 6 of the Centre’s Biblical Counselling units.

Biblical-theological integration

Biblical counselling requires knowledge of Scripture and theology. Relevant units that can be incorporated into a degree with a biblical counselling focus include the following. Many courses require at least two biblical introduction units and a theology or church history unit.

NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION

OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

THEOLOGY

CHURCH HISTORY

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