Principles of Christian Counselling

Mrs Susanne Nikles, BST sessional co-lecturer in Principles of Christian Counselling

As part of our new unit offerings for 2018, BST is delighted to welcome Dr Carolyn Russell and Mrs Susanne Nikles who will co-teach Principles of Christian Counselling in Semester 1 (an intensive that will be split over six days, Monday to Wednesday, 26-28 February and Wednesday to Friday, 30 May- 1 June). 

The ACT-accredited unit will cover the theory and practice of counselling, developmental paradigms and lifespan development, biblical anthropology, interaction of Christian counselling with the social sciences, and the ethical, professional and legal issues in counselling.

The two-part intensive unit can be studied for credit as part of an ACT-accredited diploma or degree, or audited for those who simply want to sit in on lectures (it costs $320 and audit students are required to attend all of the lectures). Principles of Christian Counseling is highly recommended for those who have an interest in church ministry, pastoral care or working in another Christian context dealing with mental health and relationships.

About the lecturers

Carolyn and Susanne serve as Directors for Living Wholeness, an organisation that is committed to God-centred transformation of the whole person (spiritual, personal and relational), the whole church, through the whole gospel, to the whole world.

Carolyn is an experienced general practitioner with a special interest in mental health. She is also a counsellor and a passionate educator. Carolyn mentors and trains the next generation of GPs as part of General Practice Training Queensland. As the Australian Director for Living Wholeness, Carolyn oversees the development of the program in Asia and Australia.  Carolyn is also the founder and principal of Foundations Counselling Centre, a counselling support and mental health community facility in Carseldine (north of Brisbane).  She also works part-time for Presbyterian Church of Queensland as a lecturer in Pastoral Care and serves as the Director of the CCEF Biblical Counselling at Queensland Theological College. Carolyn is married with three grown children and loves to make quilts and music, and to ‘dye in the garden’ with natural products to produce fabric.

Susanne, together with her husband, David serve as Asia Directors for Living Wholeness. Susanne has more than 25 years of Christian counselling experience. Originally trained as an occupational therapist, Susanne went on to complete a Masters in Counselling at Queensland University of Technology. She worked as a counsellor in private practice and in her local church for 15 years before moving to serve in East Asia in 2005 with her husband, David, and children. There, the couple established a foreign-owned consultancy, training and counselling company in 2007  in response to the needs of locals and counsellors for counselling. Susanne developed a 120-hour course in holistic and God-centred lay counselling to cater to the needs of the local church in this area of ministry. David and Susanne then developed a two-year training program for church leaders and workers in Christian counselling that uses a biblically-integrated framework, covering Christian counselling and counselling conditions, spiritual formation, marriage and teen counselling, supervision and group work. The two-year course focuses on personal formation as the essential basis of being able to help others in a healthy way, with the counselling aspect highly practical. BST is proud to partner with the delivery of this course in East Asia.  David and Susanne Nikles are the authors of Cycles of Transformation, a book that introduces readers to the Christian Wholeness Framework, a dynamic, profoundly perspective approach to Christian Counselling, originally developed by Dr John Warlow. The model of care integrates spirituality, theology, soul care, psychology, biology, and sociology.

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