The Sturt Lectures - Counselling and Christian Virtues: Faith, Hope, Love, Justice

The Sturt Lectures are a one-day conference organised by Laidlaw’s School of Social Practice on the theme “Counselling and Christian Virtues: Faith, Hope, Love, Justice”. The conference will focus on how one’s being as a counsellor and a Christian might shape counselling practice as compassionate witness to the lives of others. 

The conference will focus on virtues. If values are goals we seek to move towards, virtues are lived values, values in action, a way of being in the world. The conference seeks to spotlight how particular Christian virtues that a counsellor dwells in – faith, love, hope, justice – inspire their work as they join with others in the hope of effecting change and encouraging wellbeing.

Where Henderson Campus
When 9:00am - 3:00pm
Cost See prices below
RSVP Please click the Register button below by Friday 18 November

Our theme setters for the day will be:

For more information on our theme setters, please click here.

The day will also feature a variety of presentations and workshops from speakers on diverse topics that all relate to one or more of these virtues. Speakers will talk about their therapeutic work in areas such as neuroscience and attachment (Dr Ruth McConnell), working with the dying and bereaved, working with children, and a Samoan perspective on counselling.  

Click here to view a copy of the programme.

The Sturt Lectures are inspired by John and Agnes Sturt, who were influential in the early development of holistic counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand and leaders in Christian faith. This one day conference seeks to create further dialogue between Christian faith and counselling practice. 

Standard Prices

Full day (includes morning tea and lunch): $140
Half Day (includes morning tea) $70

Registrations close Friday 18 November.



For those coming from out of Auckland, the nearest accommodation to Laidlaw’s Henderson campus is Quality Hotel Lincoln Green (a 10 minute walk from the campus) https://www.lincolngreen.co.nz/

For further information please contact Jenny Mackie, E. [email protected]