Bachelor of Counselling

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns) is a three year degree designed for students who want to integrate Christian faith with a range of sound, well-established counselling theories and practical skills, in order to enter into community, church-based or private practice. The degree has a common core of biblical, theological and philosophical studies which provides a foundation for a deep appreciation of the Scriptures and the outworking of the Gospel in life and professional practice. Formation is a vital component of the BCouns.

Much of the learning happens in personal counselling and in group process, in which all students participate each semester. It is in these groups that deep and enduring formation takes place.

The minimum period of study is three years full-time or an equivalent part-time (a part-time option is only available after consultation with the Programme Leader).

The BCouns is currently offered in Henderson and Christchurch.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the BCouns. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).


PROGRAMME SUMMARY

LEVEL 7, 360 credits
DURATION Full-time for three years (part-time options may be available at the discretion of the Programme Leader. Please contact the Admissions Office in the first instance)
STARTS February and July (part-time)
PLACES Open – selection criteria apply
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $5,970 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the BCouns are prepared for professional counselling work in a variety or roles and settings which may include:

  • Personal counselling
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Family and health support roles
  • Community development
  • Workplace assistance and chaplaincy
  • Christian pastoral work
  • Churches
  • Social service agencies
  • Innovative postgraduate research

  • OBJECTIVES

    The Bachelor of Counselling programme is designed to equip students with a range of counselling skills; teach them to critically engage with a range of counselling theories; and develop their ability to integrate these with a relational theological approach, in order to prepare them for professional practice. It is designed for students who want to integrate Christian faith with a range of sound, well-established counselling theories and practical skills, in order to enter into community, church-based or private practice. The degree has a common core of biblical, theological and philosophical studies which provides a foundation for a deep appreciation of the Scriptures and the outworking of the gospel in life and professional practice.

    The programme meets the criteria established for provisional membership of the professional associations for counsellors in New Zealand, the NZAC and the NZCCA.


    PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

    The BCouns is a three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of 24 courses of 15 credits each, at levels 5, 6 and 7.


    *Or other Theology course as specified by the Head of Programme.


    TIMETABLES

    Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

    If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact:

    For Henderson and Manukau:

    Tracey Hunt: socialpractice@laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 837 9768

    For Christchurch:
    Contact 03 354 4270


    IMPORTANT DATES

    SEMESTER ONE 2018

    SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 December 2017
    SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 December 2017
    SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 January 2018
    SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 February 2018
    ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 12 February 2018
    ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 13 February 2018
    ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 14-15 February 2018
    LECTURES BEGIN 19 February 2018
    INTENSIVES WEEK 19-23 March 2018
    GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) 23 March 2018
    GOOD FRIDAY 30 March 2018
    EASTER MONDAY 2 April 2018
    EASTER TUESDAY 3 April 2018
    MID-TERM BREAK 16-27 April 2018
    ANZAC DAY 25 April 2018
    GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND) 28 April 2018
    QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 4 June 2018
    LECTURES END 8 June 2018
    STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 11-22 June 2018
    SEMESTER ONE ENDS 22 June 2018

    SEMESTER TWO 2018

    SEMESTER TWO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 21 May 2018
    SEMESTER TWO EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 June 2018
    SEMESTER TWO COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 22 June 2018
    SEMESTER TWO THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 29 June 2018
    ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 9 July 2018
    ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 10 July 2018
    ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 11-12 July 2018
    LECTURES BEGIN 16 July 2018
    INTENSIVES WEEK 20-24 August 2018
    MID-TERM BREAK 1–12 October 2018
    LABOUR DAY 22 October 2018
    LECTURES END 29 October 2018
    STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 30 October – 16 November 2018
    CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 16 November 2018
    SEMESTER TWO ENDS 16 November 2018