The need for and importance of training in Christian counselling goes without saying. Initial training is crucial and then evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) reveals how counsellors move forward in skills and understanding.
ACC, through the work of Pastoral Care UK (PCUK), is also concerned to resource and equip individuals, churches and organisations in the work of pastoral care. As part of this, PCUK has produced several training resources and has developed a Regional and Overseas Training Scheme, more details of which can be found on the PCUK website at Pastoral Care website Some pastoral carers may progress along a continuum of training and beyond PCUK’s Resourcing Pastoral Carers Course (RPCC) into formalised counsellor training.
Pastoral Care UK Trainers and courses: Click here for trainers ; Click here for PCUK training Resources
If you have any suggestions for some training that you would like to see in your area, then contact our Director of Counselling to see how we can help.
We also run Conferences on Christian Counselling and Pastoral Care. We have a biennial National Conference and some National Training events. In 2012 we pioneered our first Summer School, which was 4 days of intensive training in various related topics.
Christian Counselling training is steered by our Training Development Group (TDG) which meets to make sure that our ACC approved courses meet our criteria. We work with external validation bodies, for example OCN and CPCAB to ensure that we meet their criteria, along with ensuring that the Christian faith element is integral to all the courses.