Solution-Focused Pastoral Counselling

WSBM 302

Some counselling requires advanced mental health or medical training to deliver. Most Christian counselling, though, lies within the realm of pastoral caregivers — lay and pastors. In most cases, solutions lie within the counselees themselves. The goal is healthy change, sooner rather than later, by helping the counselee see and work on their desired solution, aware of God’s activity already present in his or her life. The Holy Spirit transforms and empowers individuals to change into the person God wants them to be (2 Cor. 5:17). When that is the desire of the person, they are aware of God’s power at work in them. They can formulate the better situation they desire or the person they want to become, and biblically trained pastoral counsellors can help that desired future become present reality. Solution-focused pastoral counselling shifts the emphasis from the problem to the strengths, vision, and practical solutions that lie within the individual. This course will present an understanding of this counselling approach delineated by Dr. Charles Kollar. It will also give basic training in applying theory in practical, short-term sessions that help people get back on track in their marriage, family living and other aspects of living.

WSBM 302

Course Syllabus

WSBM 302
WSBM 302

Course Information

(Qualifies As A Pastoral Care Course)

Time/Date: Tuesdays, October 5 – November 23 (8 evenings)  7:00 – 9:00 PM

Some counselling requires advanced mental health or medical training to deliver.  Most Christian counselling, though, lies within the realm of pastoral caregivers — lay and pastors.  In most cases, solutions lie within the counselees themselves.  The goal is healthy change, sooner rather than later, by helping the counselee see and work on their desired solution, aware of God’s activity already present in his or her life.  The Holy Spirit transforms and empowers individuals to change into the person God wants them to be (2 Cor. 5:17).  When that is the desire of the person, they are aware of God’s power at work in them.  They can formulate the better situation they desire or the person they want to become, and biblically trained pastoral counsellors can help that desired future become present reality.  Solution-focused pastoral counselling shifts the emphasis from the problem to the strengths, vision, and practical solutions that lie within the individual.  This course will present an understanding of this counselling approach delineated by Dr. Charles Kollar.  It will also give basic training in applying theory in practical, short-term sessions that help people get back on track in their marriage, family living and other aspects of living.

Required Text: 

Kollar, Charles Allen. Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling: An Effective Short-Term Approach for Getting People Back On TrackZondervan, 1997.
Students are responsible for possessing the required text BEFORE the course starts.

Course Format

This course will be hybrid.
hybrid format means that on some evenings, classes will be in-person, while on other evenings, classes will be online (Zoom).
Zoom link will be made available on the Moodle website (which is the learning platform that we use for uploading course materials, submitting assignments, etc.).
For students who receive the exemptions ahead of time, live streaming options will be made available. You can contact us at wsbm@willingdon.org.

Weekly Update

Weekly updates for students will be added as the course begins.