Bachelor of Counselling

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns) is a three year degree and seeks to form theologically reflective professional counsellors. Theology wrestles not only with who God has revealed himself to be, but also with what it means to be human in relation to God. The BCouns has this dynamic at the heart of its curriculum. Specifically, the Bachelor of Counselling programme draws on the theories and practices of Person-Centred and Narrative Therapy, equipping graduates in these modalities while also developing a relational approach that resonates with theologies of a relational God.

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).

Formation is a vital component of the Bachelor of Counselling. Graduates of the programme have struggled with their own brokenness and beauty, and their relational strategies, as much as they have grappled with counselling concepts and techniques. Much of their 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 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) $5,856 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.


    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 09 836 7868

    For Christchurch:
    Contact 03 354 4270


    IMPORTANT DATES

    SEMESTER ONE 2017

    EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 January
    INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 January
    ALL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 3 February
    ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 13 February
    ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 14 February
    ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 15-16 February
    LECTURES BEGIN 20 February
    INTENSIVES WEEK 20-24 March
    GOOD FRIDAY 14 April
    EASTER MONDAY 17 April
    MID-TERM BREAK 18-28 April
    ANZAC DAY 25 April
    QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 5 June
    LECTURES END 7 June
    STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 8-23 June
    SEMESTER ONE ENDS 23 June

    SEMESTER TWO 2017

    EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
    INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
    ALL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 June
    ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 10 July
    ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 11 July
    ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 12-13 July
    LECTURES BEGIN 17 July
    INTENSIVES WEEK 21-25 August
    MID-TERM BREAK 2-13 October
    LABOUR DAY 23 October
    LECTURES END 30 October
    STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 31 October -17 November
    CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 17 November
    SEMESTER TWO ENDS 17 November
    GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) April 2018
    GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND) April 2018