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Spiritual / Faith-Based Counselling ELECTIVE

Spiritual - Faith-Based Counselling Training SBC-400 Spiritual / Faith-Based Counselling

This course in a nutshell:

Discussion Topics: Integrating spiritual and religious beliefs and concepts (such as Evil and Suffering) into the counselling process.

Skills: You will learn to use interview skills, discussion, and assessment forms to clarify spiritual beliefs relating to presenting problem, how to set counselling goals, and how to incorporate the basis of the 12 Step Programs with religious beliefs. You will explore your own belief system as it relates to your role as a spiritual or pastoral counsellor.

Course Objective:  

The general aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to the use of a Spiritual/Faith-based model within the counselling process. Skills will be introduced and practiced in the following areas:

  • Interviewing,
  • Goal setting,
  • Treatment planning
  • Intervention
  • Outcome measures to evaluate effectiveness of treatment.


This course has been designed for students interested in incorporating pastoral, religious, and/or spiritual themes into their work as counsellors. The information provided will give you an understanding of the interface between counselling and spirituality. Students will draw practical and personal conclusions from the investigation of spiritual and religious beliefs in relation to the counselling process.

The course will focus on three areas of study:

  • Philosophical readings
  • Practical application of literature into the context of counselling,
  • Personal exploration.

The course draws on literature from various disciplines such as counselling psychology, sociology, addictions (12 step programs), religious studies, and spirituality. You will learn to incorporate principles from each discipline into the counselling process. This integrated approach is useful in a variety of pastoral and spiritual counselling situations.

Spiritual and faith-based counselling has been used to resolve client concerns in areas such as:

  • Self-esteem issues
  • Couple and family conflicts
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Maladaptive and addictive behaviors
  • Parenting strategies
  • Setting life and career goals
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Youth group interventions.

Interviewing, treatment planning and related skills for working with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, families, and groups will be addressed. You will have the opportunity to apply spiritual counselling skills during role play exercises and case study analysis. The course is geared to providing practical information that can readily applied to a wide variety of counselling situations which include exploration of the religious and or spiritual elements of a client’s life.

You will also explore your own values, beliefs, and religious/spiritual convictions in order to ascertain how these variables may reflected in your counselling style.


What you will learn:

Your level of proficiency and competence with the skills introduced in this course will deepen as you proceed through the program. Upon graduation from the Diploma or Certificate program, you may include the following list of skills as part of your Professional Portfolio.

Opportunities will be provided for you to develop therapeutic skills to assist clients to clarify the problem, set goals, and explore religious and spiritual implications of the problematic areas of their lives. You will gain knowledge and proficiency skills in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of a Spiritual/Faith-based approach to treatment.
  2. Ability to isolate problem behaviors and clarify specific problems related to spiritual values and beliefs in the assessment phase of counselling.
  3. Ability to incorporate counseling skills such as advanced empathy, and active listening throughout all phases of the counselling process.
  4. Ability to apply the spiritual/religious focused model of counselling to a wide variety of disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal conflicts, damaged self-esteem, unresolved losses, maladaptive behaviors, guilt, and addictions.
  5. Experience using a variety of forms, questionnaires, and inventories specific to Spiritual/Faith-based counselling.
  6. Knowledge of the step-by-step counselling process that explores religious beliefs collaboratively with clients.
  7. Review the ethical and legal implications of working with clients in a Spiritual/Faith-based counselling model.
  8. Apply the concepts of a “no-harm contract”, and other safety protocols s in the development of treatment plans with all clients.
  9. Recognition of potential counter-transference issues, or professional limitations to be addressed in supervision.
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