This second course in the core counselling practice development stream enriches the student's understanding of "person-in-relationship", by combining theological and theoretical reflection, with deepening person-centred and associated skill development and group process workshop. It enriches the student's ability to consider such issues as anxiety and depression.
People are formed through their relational encounters and the social discourses that guide these. Persons-in-relationship are also "storied" people – stories give shape and meaning to their worlds and experiences. The fourth course in the core counselling practice development stream develops students' knowledge of personhood and practice skills within a narrative therapeutic framework.
- Teacher: Donald McMenamin
The hope of the therapeutic relationship is the restoration of people’s understanding of themselves as persons-in-relationship, and their freedom to love and trust in ways that are creative, adventurous, embracing, life-giving and expansive. The sixth course in the core counselling practice development stream helps students construct a meta-theory of integration that allows them to plumb key psychological and theological insights, personal experience and style, and practices drawn from a range of modalities. It combines practice with theoretical and theological reflection within a group process setting.
- Teacher: Lisa Spriggens
People of all cultures draw their own self-knowledge from their engagement with other people and the world. In the Aotearoa New Zealand context this means an honouring of the covenantal spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi and an awareness of its relational intent. This course introduces Tikanga Maori on the basis of understanding people in their contexts, and combines theological, theoretical and historical reflection with the development of practices drawn from an integration of these. The course includes regular oral activities aimed at developing fluency in the use of te reo and tikanga in a range of settings. The culmination of this oral learning is participation in the Noho Marae, where an overnight stay on a marae provides an integrated opportunity to engage with Maori culture beyond the classroom.
Understanding ourselves as "persons-in-relationship" requires us to view others as constituted by the interrelationships to which they contribute and by which they are formed. This course explores the impact of persons from different genders, cultures, ethnic and social groupings coming together, and the implications of these dynamics on people and their relationships, including the therapeutic encounter. It combines theological and theoretical reflection with a study of historical developments in New Zealand society, and an engagement with contemporary social issues that impact our sense of identity.
- Teacher: Lisa Spriggens
Persons-in-relationship not only find their ultimate joy in relationships but also their deepest insecurities and brokenness. This course proposes a theoretical and theological framework that views brokenness in relationality as an important contributing factor to disorder. Upon this theoretical ground, the course introduces a range of human experiences including sexuality, grief, and depression that are foundational to counsellor understanding of how people heal and grow.
- Teacher: Susan Grant
This course introduces a working knowledge of the DSM-IV and explores its use and the effects of diagnostic labels that may foreclose on the possibility for change in relationships. The course develops counsellor understandings of a number of human experiences including those introduced in Relational psychology A, relational abuses including sexual, eating disorder, addictions, and suicide. The course seeks to assist students to integrate these understandings into their professional practice.
Key to a relational approach to counselling is the therapeutic relationship, or encounter. The counsellor must develop the ability to critically reflect on their contribution to this therapeutic relationship. This course advances professional practice and requires students to reflect on 50 hours of counselling practice, and 8 hours of clinical supervision, in a practicum placement.
- Teacher: Sarah Penwarden
The counselling process is an opportunity for the counsellor and client, in a therapeutic relational encounter, to identify where disordered relationality has resulted in life-restricting behaviours. It is also an opportunity to identify where relationality has been linked to joy and hope, and how these might be restored and enhanced. This course requires students to experience a further 60 hours of practicum placement (plus preparation and reporting), and to critically reflect on their integration of theoretical and theological learning, as well as their development of skills and practical approaches.
- Teacher: Susan Grant