Diploma in Relational Studies

The Diploma in Relational Studies (DipRS)* is a one-year diploma which is ideal for church workers and volunteers, people involved in community groups, or those considering a career in a caring profession, for example counselling, social work, community work, nursing, and teaching. If you have an interest in the role that theology might have in how we engage in relationship, make sense of some of what psychology can offer, and explore bicultural relational contexts, then this programme is for you.

Completion of this programme provides transition opportunities into the Bachelor of Counselling programme at Laidlaw College.

The DipRS is currently offered as a Diploma in Christian Studies (relational track) in Henderson, Manukau and Christchurch and part-time options are also available.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the DipRS.

*subject to NZQA approval


PROGRAMME SUMMARY

LEVEL 5, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options may be available
STARTS February and July (part-time)
PLACES Open – selection criteria apply
CAMPUS Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch
FEE $5,970 plus Student Services Fee

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Chaplaincy or similar work
  • Youth or pastoral work
  • Pastoral care roles in churches and other settings
  • Degree-level study in counselling or ministry
  • Listening well to others in a range of life situations

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the DipRS and meet all other criteria may staircase into the second year of the Bachelor of Counselling programme.

Those graduating with a DipRS will be equipped with great interpersonal skills, the ability to connect with others and a deeper understanding of relational care. The diploma integrates understandings about people drawn from theology, counselling and human development, and provides students with knowledge and skills to engage with others in relationship in different life contexts.


PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

The Diploma in Relational Studies is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It consists of a total of 120 credits, comprising courses in theological formation, counselling theory and practice as per the table below.



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