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The Skilled Pastoral Carer

Skilled pastoral carer

This course will help you develop a Christian understanding of people and equip you to express God's love and care to them in a practical way. The course is studied by those who wish to gain a solid grounding in basic Christian pastoral skills. Pastoral skills cannot be taught at a distance, so an integral part of this course is the two short residential periods.

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This course is approved by ACC – The Association of Christian Counsellors.



Feedback from previous courses

'Really enjoyed the course, very well run. Course tutors very engaging and passionate about subject matter, came across and helped with understanding and insight. Very good.'

'The standard of teaching and tutoring was very professional. Well balanced with theology and counselling. Well worth coming from Spain - can't recommend this course highly enough.'

'It is helpful and constructive, safe to talk and ask questions.'

'What a great experience the Skilled Pastoral Carer course has been.  The residential elements were well structured with a great team of tutors and with good opportunities to practice and develop skills.  The assignments were interesting and met my desire to consider a Biblical perspective on how God works in us.  More than this the assignments enabled excellent self-reflection and a better understanding of myself as a pastoral carer.  Overall, the course has increased my reliance on God and my confidence to engage with others. My wife and I often provide pastoral care together and we have found it really helpful to do the programme at the same time.'

Jack Telfer – Skilled Pastoral Carer – 2017/18


Dates for 2019-2020

Opening Residential:6-8 September 2019

Closing Residential:20-24 April 2020

The course is led by Gillian White and a team of experienced tutors.

Venue 2019-2020 - Cliffe College, Calver S32 3XG in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire.

Costs for 2019-2020: £995

Students are sometimes able to obtain funding from their employer or church, who may benefit from the training.

More about the course

The residential parts of the course include plenary sessions, skills practice and small group work. The distance learning module, which is completed between the times you attend the residentials takes approximately 150 hours, and includes written assignments. 

For more information please refer to the leaflet or contact the college on 0115 925 1114 or email. To apply you will need to complete the application form and provide two references based on the guidance in the reference letter.  Payment is made via the shop.