Counselling 2017 (Phil Halstead)

1. Learning Experience

This Counselling option aims to engage with your view of pastoral care and counselling.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Phil Halstead to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spend some time reflecting on your own pastoral care or counselling practice, record (journal) any things you feel need addressing or input you would like in terms of your practice and outcomes. This is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the 10-month period. This is a private document for you unless you chose to share something of the detail in your final reflection.

Within the first four months:

Read one of the following books (choose one that you have not already read):

Benner, David G. Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-term Structured Approach. 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003). Borrow from the Carey library…

Clinebell, Howard, and Bridget C. McKeever. Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counselling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth, 3rd & Rev. ed. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011). Borrow from the Carey library…

Throughout the ten months:

2. Reflection

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the book – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.

By 15 November, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog), discuss how the book has changed your view of pastoral care and counselling, as well as how you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of reading the book. Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and share it with your coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the ten months.

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the book you have chosen if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to assist you to identify and implement appropriate changes in your personal life and/or pastoral ministry – you might bring a different topic or area from the book each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide.

By 15 November:

Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) on how the book and engagement with your coach have affected your pastoral care and counselling. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.

Facilitator: Dr Phil Halstead


Phil lectures in applied theology at Carey and for eight years was on staff at St Paul’s Symonds Street where he led the pastoral care and counselling department. Phil’s PhD involved the creation of a forgiveness course for adults to explore their relationships with their parents. He has published in the areas of pastoral care, counseling, forgiveness, Object Relations Theory, and mental health.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Counselling option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 15 February 2017]

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Event Date 01-02-2017
Event End Date 15-11-2017




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