Certificate in Christian Counselling - aifc
Certificate in Christian Counselling
About the Certificate

The Certificate in Christian Counselling is a program of eight online short courses designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective people helper from a distinctly Christian perspective.

The Certificate is a popular option with pastoral workers in churches, church small group leaders, school chaplains, Christian NFPs, youth workers, social workers, teachers, parents, and others who may not be able to undertake long term, accredited study.

The Certificate course content is based on material from 7 units in our popular Diploma of Counselling qualification, but without onerous assessment requirements.

You will learn how to be a better, more effective active listener; how to support and promote social and emotional wellbeing; how to provide support to people in crisis; how to counsel people struggling with mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues; and how to support individuals experiencing grief and loss.

The Certificate can be completed online over 16 weeks. We have included regular online support webinars to help you keep on track and connect with our student community.

Certificate Modules

MODULE 1

An introduction to biblical worldview for gospel-centred counselling

This module sets the context for Christian counselling. It shines a light on the importance of working from a biblical worldview, and on God’s redemptive work as foundational to all healing

MODULE 2

Building relationship through communication

This module unpacks the core counselling skills of attending, respect and empathy. It explains why they are essential to building and maintaining rapport and relationship with people.

MODULE 3

Assess and promote wellbeing

Through this module you will learn how to work with people to assess and promote their overall wellbeing, taking into account physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions to life.

MODULE 4

Foundations for interpersonal and counselling interviewing

This module provides advanced communication skills that are helpful in the counsellor-client relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication

MODULE 5

Recognising and responding to crisis situations

This module equips you with important guidelines to recognise situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis. You will learn how to work collaboratively to minimise safety concerns and make plans to access support services.

MODULE 6

Supporting people with mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues

This module provides you with the knowledge and know-how needed to work with clients who present with co-existing mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues, including how to facilitate links to specialised and other services.

MODULE 7

Facilitating the counselling relationship

Through this module, you will be equipped to engage with people and clients in a structured way that incorporates theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to their problems.

MODULE 8

Supporting people experiencing grief and loss

This module unpacks the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about the certificate course?

The Certificate in Christian Counselling is a program of eight online short courses designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective people helper from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Is the certificate right for me?

The Certificate is a great option for pastoral workers in churches, church small group leaders, school chaplains, Christian NFPs, youth workers, social workers, teachers, parents, and others who may not be able to undertake long term, accredited study. 

How is the certificate delivered?

The Certificate can be completed online over 16 weeks.  We have included regular online support webinars to help you keep on track and connect with our student community. Each of the 8 modules is designed to be completed within 2 weeks, provided you can dedicate between 3 and 4 hours of study per week.  

The recommended sequencing for the Certificate follows:

Module 1 – An introduction to biblical worldview for gospel-centred counselling

Module 2 – Building relationship through communication

Module 3 – Assess and promote wellbeing

Module 4 – Foundations for interpersonal and counselling interviewing

Module 5 – Recognising and responding to crisis situations

Module 6 – Supporting people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues

Module 7 – Facilitate the counselling relationship

Module 8 – Supporting people experiencing grief and loss

When is your next enrolment?

Our next enrolment is in September.

If you are ready to enrol, send us an email at equip@aifc.com.au and ask us to help you jump in.  We are working on an online enrolment form directly through our website in the next few weeks.

How much does it cost?

The Certificate costs $1,225 Australian dollars.

Are there any payment plans?

Payment for the Certificate is required at the time of enrolment.

Please contact our Financial Controller for more at info@aifc.com.au

Is the certificate accredited/recognised?

The Certificate is based on the content from 7 units in our accredited Diploma of Counselling qualification – but it is not accredited by the VET regulator.  If you want an accredited course option, the Diploma of Counselling course is your best bet.  

What if I want to onboard to your diploma later?

We have developed the Certificate to enable this option.

If at the completion of the course you wish to onboard to the Diploma, you will need to complete extra learning and teaching for each of the 7 units, plus complete a number of assessment tasks for each unit.

There are also a remaining 10 units to complete the Diploma – each with teaching, learning and assessment requirements.

You will need to complete an enrolment into the Diploma and pay the cost for the Diploma minus the $1225.

How can I find out more?

Contact the Equip Manager, Max Schneider, on 0416 090 914 or email equip@aifc.com.au

Enrol in this Certificate
To enrol in this certificate, please click the ‘get started’ button below and complete the online enrolment form. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Certificate, we’d love to hear from you – send us an email at equip@aifc.com.au and a team member will get back to you within 48 hours.