Advanced Short Course in Clinical, Spiritual and Pastoral Counselling

Date:  28 – 31 October in Pretoria
April 9 – 12 in Cape Town

Venue:  HospiVision Training Centre at the Tshwane District Hospital (TDH). or Tygerberg Hospital

Cost:  R1600 (Facilitation, course material, practical work, light lunch and refreshments, and UP certificate)

Fee for attendance without UP certificate: R1100.

Registration:  Obtain a registration form from June Kriel (012-3299492/ )


  • The role of spirituality in “whole person care”
  • The identity, personal and spiritual growth of the spiritual and pastoral caregiver/ counsellor
  • Spiritual care and counselling in a clinical environment
  • Advanced counselling practices
  • Specialized care and counselling (chronic and terminal illness, trauma, major surgery, disability)
  • Finding meaning in suffering
  • Journeying with hope

The questions we wrestle with when we face a terminal illness does not deserve glib answers. In a counseling context we as pastors, ministers, social workers, nursing practitioners and lay counselors, are confronted with our own pain as wounded healers.   In this unique course, you will be cushioned in developing your answers as you journey with people in a crisis of illness and hospitalization.   Through supervision, you will grow in your awareness of yourself and develop new skills in dealing with the story of sickness as it is woven in the fabric of society.

This course is based on the principles and practices of “Clinical Pastoral Education” (CPE) which is an internationally recognized training method for doing spiritual and pastoral work in clinical settings.  It brings participants into a supervised encounter with persons in crisis. In the intimate setting of only 12 participants, reflection and feedback from peers will provide new insight and sharpen your skills as you grow in your interpersonal and professional competence. 

Daily Programme: Day 1-3

                  08:30 – 09:00 Devotion

                  09:00 – 11:00 Practical Work (On day 1 this slot will be used for orientation)

                  11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

                  11:30 – 12:15 Feedback and Discussion

                  12:15 – 13:15 Specialized  theme presentations by facilitators

                  13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

                  14:00 – 15:00 Practical Work

                  15:00 – 15:30 Group Discussion and Supervision

                  15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/Tea Break

                  15:45 – 16:30 Spiritual and Pastoral Care and Counselling theory and practice

                  Day 4 is used for personal and theoretical reflection and ends at 13:00

Facilitators include professionals from the fields of clinical pastoral counseling, medicine, nursing and social work.

Please note:  Because of the intensive nature of the program only 12 participants can be accommodated per course.

CPD points SAAP/CPSC and DRC Pastors: 14