Bachelor of Counselling
Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Counselling

Perth Bible College (PBC) offers a Bachelor of Counselling through a Partnership arrangement with Australian College of Christian Studies (ACCS). ACCS is an accredited Higher Education Provider (Provider ID: PRV12047). 

The Bachelor of Counselling is a comprehensive biblically grounded and practically driven counselling course which equips students to bring significant and tangible change to the individual lives of those entrusted into their care. Upon course completion, graduates are eligible to become registered counsellors with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This could lead to a career in professional or pastoral counselling.

By integrating biblical theology, psychology and counselling theory and practices, students will gain confidence in their ability to effectively facilitate transformation, enabling clients to work through challenging life issues in a relationally-centred way. In understanding the various complexities which impact a diverse range of people, students will be professionally equipped to counsel clients holistically by engaging social, emotional, mental, spiritual and cultural needs in light of the gospel. Students will graduate with the theoretical and practical skills that are undergirded by a Christian ethos and worldview.

 

Course details

Study Load

Full-time or part-time

Study Mode

Flexible

Duration

Full-time: 3Part-time: 10

Students must:

  • Be a Christian
  • Domestic students must be 17 years or older
  • Overseas students must be 18 years or older

All students will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subset. This can be demonstrated by:

  • evidence of the completion of studies undertaken only in the English language;
  • evidence of the completion of English studies undertaken at TAFE or an equivalent institution;
  • completion of an external assessment of English language, for example an IELTS (Academic Version); and/or
  • completion of an onsite English evaluation. Candidates will be required to attend the PBC campus to complete the evaluation.

In addition to demonstrating English Proficiency, students must either:

  • be qualified for admission to an Australian University;
  • have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. PBC Diploma of Ministry); or
  • qualify for admission as a mature age student.

The course structure is based on 6 semesters (each 15 week duration), with 4 units taught in each semester. It comprises of:

  • 16 Core units
  • 4 Majors in Counselling
  • 2 Electives
  • 2 Counselling practicum units

Each unit carries 3 credit points and graduates require a total of 72 credit points to successfully complete the course.

Core Units

Biblical Interpretation Theory and Practice (TB7103)

This is an ACCS unit only. How do we apply the Bible today? What does this passage really mean? How should I approach the Bible? These are common questions for anyone who reads God’s Word. This unit not only helps to answer these questions but also provides a foundation for all biblical study. It equips students to analyse and interpret the Bible responsibly and creatively by bridging the gap between the world of the Bible and our modern world. In this unit we look at different approaches to Scripture, the background of Scripture, how we as interpreters are involved in the process of constructing meaning, and how we can effectively apply the message of an ancient book to our world and lives today. This unit lies at the heart of all biblical and systematic theological studies. As such it thus integrates with all New Testament, Old Testament, and systematic theological subjects.

Counselling Practicum A (SC7316)

This is an ACCS unit only. This SIB unit guide is supplemented with the SC7316/7317 Counselling Practicum A and B Booklet. Students are required to do Fifty (50) hours of client counselling experience and thirteen (13) hours of supervision per counselling practicum unit. When students have completed both practicum units, they will have accrued 100 hours of client counselling and 25 hours of supervision. Students may be able to accrue additional hours in their practicum placement which will in turn aid them in higher levels of registration with ACA or PACFA. However, no additional hours are required to pass the practicum units.

Counselling Practicum B (SC7317)

This is an ACCS unit only. This SIB unit guide is supplemented with the SC7316/7317 Counselling Practicum A and B Booklet. Students are required to do Fifty (50) hours of client counselling experience and thirteen (13) hours of supervision per counselling practicum unit. When students have completed both practicum units, they will have accrued 100 hours of client counselling and 25 hours of supervision. Students may be able to accrue additional hours in their practicum placement which will in turn aid them in higher levels of registration with ACA or PACFA. However, no additional hours are required to pass the practicum units.

Counselling Skills 1 (SC7102)

This is an ACCS unit only. Counselling Skills 1 is an opportunity to learn some foundation skills. These micro-skills will help to build, a therapeutic relationship with clients. It will also be an opportunity to start to be reflective in your own practice, which is an important skill to maintain for your own mental health and self-care, and increase your ability to be congruent, with clients.

Counselling Skills 2 ()

This is an ACCS unit only. Counselling Skills 2 is an opportunity to learn some foundation skills. These micro-skills will help to build, a therapeutic relationship with clients. It will also be an opportunity to start to be reflective in your own practice, which is an important skill to maintain for your own mental health and self-care, and increase your ability to be congruent, with clients.

Counselling Theory and Practice (SC7107)

This is an ACCS unit only. Christian counselling equips us to engage meaningfully with people in the light of the message of the gospel. This unit will present and explore a number of models that are foundational to the understanding and practice of pastoral counselling. They will include psychological, anthropological, theological and counselling theories and models. This will enable students to develop pastoral counselling relationships that are informed, supportive, at times graciously challenging and always hopeful.

Critical Thinking and Writing Skills (TA7101)

This is an ACCS unit only. This unit helps to prepare students to achieve the required academic standard by focusing on essential study processes and communication skills. Studying a higher education course requires the application of productive self-learning strategies, sound analytical skills, constructive research methods, effective reading and note-taking methods and good writing and speaking skills.

Grief and Loss Counselling ()

Human Lifespan Development ()

Introduction to Christian Theology (TS7102)

This is an ACCS unit only. Introduction to Theology provides the student with the big picture of God’s involvement with humanity and the world and an opportunity to carefully consider their faith’s foundation. We will consider important questions such as: • What is truth, and how can we understand and know God? • Who is God, and how are we designed in his image? • What is the effect of sin on God’s design for creation? • Who was Jesus, and how do his life and work affect us today? • Who is the Holy Spirit, and how is he involved with us now? • What is the church’s charter in the world today, and what is our unique role within it? • How will this world end, and what lies beyond? This subject takes a person’s Biblical knowledge which is often compartmentalised and places it in a broad theological framework. This allows students to think more clearly and wider on all sorts of issues that present in ministry and everyday life. The subject doesn’t only detail and describe the foundations of the Christian faith but places the major theological themes of the Bible into the living drama of a gracious covenantal God. This provides the student with a more precise perspective of God’s involvement with them in everyday life.

Introduction to Marriage and Family Counselling (SC7103)

This is an ACCS unit only. This unit deals with human sexuality, marriage and family life. Human sexuality, marriage and family sets us apart from the animals. It is exactly in the domain of sexuality and relationships that the dignity of humanity is the most clearly expressed. Our sexuality calls us beyond ourselves to a whole, secure, healthy and intimate relationship with another human being who is ‘other’ than us. Marriage and family issues present an ideal opportunity for us to show how the gospel can affect lives for the good. Our marriages and family relationships can become showcases of the grace of God. It does not mean that we have to present ourselves as ‘getting it right’ in our marriages and families. But we can meet the world as people who have tasted something very good and thus cannot settle for anything less. The hope that we can offer people in the light of our understanding of God’s vision for our marriages and families can transform lives and relationships.

Introduction to Psychology (SC7206)

This is an ACCS unit only. This unit introduces students to describe the key principles of psychology and how theories and research found in cognitive, developmental and social psychology can inform the practice of counselling.

Marriage and Family Therapies ()

Professional Ethics ()

Psychological Disorders ()

Self Care (SC7303)

ACCS unit only. Ministering to the deep emotional and spiritual needs of others is a great privilege, however, it also provides many opportunities for the development of those ministering. As practitioners promote and invest in the transformation of the lives of others, they must also invest in the time, support and care of their own lives. Caring professionals offer suffer the impact of ‘compassion fatigue’, burnout or ‘vicarious traumatisation’, therefore the art of self care and developing the tools required for maintaining emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing need to be identified and practised early in ones career. A solid foundation for self-care is consequently an essential aspect of training those preparing for caring professions. This unit offers prospective and current practitioners the educational elements required to develop and enhance healthy self-care practices. The classes will include exercises to cultivate effective reflective and reflexive practice, to consider learned patterns of coping, and deepen awareness of the biblical and theological aspects of rest.

Spiritual Foundations (MP7105)

This is an ACCS unit only. Growth, maturity and discipleship are all vital components of Christian life, and all denominations have spiritual traditions designed to encourage believers down this path. What these traditions (at their best) have in common is a desire to participate joyfully and fully in the work of the Holy Spirit in and through us, both individually and corporately. Most of us, however, have only a limited exposure to the different ways in which men and women delight in, pursue, share, worship – and are shaped by – God. This unit is designed to explore a wide range of these pathways with the goal of expanding our understandings of spirituality and discipleship. We all may ask questions regarding relationship with God. How can I grow in my spiritual life? Is there any way I can appreciate God’s work in the world profoundly? How can I engage in a deeper way with Christians whose traditions are different to my own? How can I live an authentic and coherent Christian life? This unit shows the differing ways in which Christians approach these issues.

Worldviews and Counselling (SC7108)

This is an ACCS unit only. This unit seeks to outline various worldviews and examine the implication of them for a Chris-tian counsellor.

Ministry Units

Addiction Counselling (SC7307)

This is an ACCS unit only. This subject will help students to understand the struggles clients have with addictions. How counsellors can help with these issues and when it may be necessary to refer to other therapists who may have more resources for clients.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy (SC7207)

This is an ACCS unit only. This unit introduces students to an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy, including the major factors that underpin change.

Cross-Cultural Counselling ()

Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology ()

Elective Units

Chaplaincy Processes (CP602, CP702)

Chaplaincy is a unique profession, ministering to the deep spiritual needs of others. This unit offers prospective and current practitioners the opportunity to develop an informed praxis for chaplaincy in a variety of settings. There is a dynamic interrelation between theology and praxis that links biblical truths with spiritual care. A rich theological understanding of God’s salvific intervention in the world informs the process of chaplaincy and the unique role of the chaplain. This unit will be a journey of discovery in understanding how chaplains minister in this current place in the history of God’s salvation and redemption, and how to assist others to know spiritual wholeness in the midst of distress, disease and the end of life phase. An integrated model with a foundational understanding of people as spiritual and emotional beings, and bearers of the image of God, will inform and empower the processes of chaplaincy. The unit will therefore reflect on the unique role of the chaplain, pastoral care as an active ministry, and how one may deliver the hope, love and vision of Christ to others.

Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Ageing (CP606, CP706)

As more Australians live into old age, pastors and chaplains increasingly require an understanding of the pastoral needs of older people. This unit considers ageing and care of the elderly from a theological perspective, identifying where that differs from cultural expectations and lived experience. This unit considers various Australian contexts where ministry occurs with elderly people and their families. This may be the pastoral care that occurs within a church congregation. It may be care shown to a friend or neighbour in the community. Or it may be a specific ministry organised to reach out to older people living in their own homes, or living in residential aged care facilities. This is a practical unit so students will benefit if they engage with ageing people to understand their perspective on issues raised in the unit. This may be through conversations with elderly family members, neighbours, members of the local congregation or through engagement with an aged care service provider.

Counselling Children ()

Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counselling (CL7308)

This is an ACCS unit only. Crisis is unexpected, sudden and extreme, it may happen to anyone, and if not handled well may lead to significant mental health issues. Crisis intervention and responding to trauma is therefore unique as it aims to reduce the effects on long term mental health and personal wellbeing. This unit will provide a sound understanding of the skills, strategies and techniques for counselling traumatised people and apply knowledge and skills in practical situations. A theological response to trauma and crisis will be explored together with the role of the counsellor in a range of contexts. Managing our own and the client’s emotional response whilst supporting clients through difficulties may result in seeing the beauty arise from the ashes.

Missional Chaplaincy (ACCS) (CL7309)

This is an ACCS unit only. Chaplains serve in a range of environments providing caring services. It is the function of caring that enables chaplains to engage people with the mission of God. This unit develops a theology of care for a Western Culture environment. The unit will relate a theology of care to the practice of chaplaincy and address resources appropriate to the context.

Pastoral Counselling as Community Care (CO603, CO703)

Pastoral counselling does not occur in a vacuum. It occurs in a particular context – a church, a school, a para-church organization or in more specialized agencies. It also exists within particular community and cultural contexts. People’s challenges and struggles also occur within particular contexts. This unit will help the student to develop the understanding and skills needed for pastoral counselling and care in their particular community, cultural and practical ministry contexts.

Pastoral Counselling in a Christian Context (CO602, CO702, PA604, PA704)

In this unit students will be embarking on the development and practice of pastoral counselling models shaped by theological thinking, the social sciences and ministry contexts. Through practicum and role-play students will be taught to work through a number of counselling models. After developing the skills to move through the models step by step they will then be encouraged to use the models more flexibly and contextualise the models to specific case studies. The Christian context being referred to is in the first instance developing and practicing counselling models that are informed by a Christian perspective and worldviews and secondly refers to the vocational contexts a pastoral counsellor may be working in.

Studying Theology in an Australian Context (CE505)

Studying Theology in an Australian Context will help equip ESL/EFL students for the study of theology and ministry subjects in English. The unit focuses on learning theological and ministry terms in English, by reading English theological/ministry texts. Students will also practise communication—reading, writing, speaking and listening—of theological terms and basic concepts. Students will be introduced to the Australian context to help bridge cultural gaps that may hinder learning. All of these skills will help prepare students for theological/ministry study in Australia and communication of their learning to others. This is an elective course.

Elective units includes other approved Bible, Theology, Counselling, Chaplaincy or Ministry subjects. To know if a specific unit is approved for the Bachelor of Counselling course, please contact Perth Bible College. 

Students may exit the course at any given moment, and will receive a Statement of Attainment with a list of all the completed units. When a student completes all the requirements of the course, they will be awarded with the Bachelor of Counselling. For more information on the Bachelor of Counselling, please see https://www.ccs.edu.au/counselling-3/bachelor-of-counselling/.

CRICOS Code: 0101040

CRICOS Provider: Australian College of Christian Studies

CRICOS Provider Code: 03375M

The Australian College of Christian Studies will assess Recognition of Prior Learning on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to apply for RPL, please inform the College at the time of applying. For more information on this, please see ACCS’s Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure.

There is an agreement between PBC and ACCS to allow approved PBC units to be completed as special counselling electives as part of the Bachelor of Counselling.

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