2023 Professional Counsellors Network
The European Professional Counsellors Network is for professional counsellors and professional counsellors in training. This Network is a unique gathering of people with a Kingdom calling to soul care—specifically the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of others. Our theoretical training may include cognitive, behavioral, attachment, relational, or family systems. It may be within Christian, non-Christian, or even anti-Christian contexts, whether in academic, clinical, residential, or social systems settings.
The programme will feature lectures, small group discussions, and case studies. Each lecture will be followed by a time of questions and answers. Case studies will also offer break-out groups to provide a more participatory style of learning.
Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.
Network members should be working in the field of psychology for a minimum of 10 hours a week or a minimum of 7 clients. Students and interns may apply if they are full time students. This Network will examine the biblical framework for Christian counselling and will involve daily lectures as well as case study discussions.
2022 Network Programme
Detailed information about this Network's 2023 sessions is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from last year for a look at the high quality of instructors, teaching, and content available in this network:
Humanity is in the midst of a sexual and gender revolution. To help the Christian community hold fast to God’s design plan for human life in these areas and also to help our culture begin to question the results of this revolution, we will consider its sources and novel ethical norms, how to reframe value differences about sex and gender, and how to engage our culture winsomely, but without compromise.
This session will consider the practical implications of a Christian understanding of sex and gender by working through a case study and extended group interaction.
Upon faith in Christ, God bestows upon believers a host of benefits that are to form the basis for their Christian life and therapeutic journey. This session will explore these benefits, which include being declared in union with God’s Son, forgiven and righteous, holy, reconciled to God, a child of God, and beloved.
War, pandemic, personal loss, and daily clinical work often saps clinicians' resources as they work with people experiencing trauma. As we listen and interact, there often is secondary trauma that we experience through this exposure. This session will explore both the symptoms and disciplines to address our secondary trauma. Time will be provided for discussion and practice of these disciplines.
Christian therapists are free to do therapy along two tracks: 1) with Christians and 2) with non-Christians. However, regardless of who they work with, it is important that they continue to work from a Christian worldview standpoint, rather than a secular worldview standpoint, even if the client is not interested in pursuing Christianity. What both tracks look like with be discussed.
This session will focus on the Christian therapist. How and when do we use ourselves and our relationships within the context of caring for our clients? This session will explore Biblical foundations for self-disclosure and self-care for clinicians.
Kierkegaard, a Danish, Lutheran psychologist and philosopher was the first self-identified Christian psychologist. Among his many contributions to psychology is a brilliant theory of four stages of human motivational development: Aesthetic, Ethical, Theism, and Christian Theism. This session will consider his work and example as a Christian psychologist engaging the culture of his day from a biblical perspective.
Our Network speakers have a wealth of wisdom that goes beyond knowledge because they have lived the content and have mentored others in it. They have transferred it to practice and have challenged us to do the same. This final session will provide an opportunity to reflect together on this rich content and process how we can work to put it into practice in our work as counsellors. It will include time for peer discussion, interaction, and application.