School of Counselling

Are you someone that hurting people are drawn to for help and support?

Study Counselling in Christchurch.

All our courses qualify for Student Loans and Allowances.

PLEASE NOTE: We have received a significant number of enrolments for this degree for 2018. As a result, we invite you to apply but be aware that you may be placed on a wait list until enrolments from current applicants have been assessed and processed.

Become a professional counsellor with the Bachelor of Counselling at Vision College. This degree programme is designed to train ethical, professional counsellors, competent and knowledgeable within the Person-Centred counselling approach. Our graduates are well-developed in self-awareness with the capacity to engage in and maintain therapeutic relationships. The programme is underpinned by the core values and philosophy of the Person-Centred approach to counselling which requires a high level of personal development. Additionally, cultural sensitivity and an inclusive Christian worldview are embedded within the programme.


Vision College School of Counselling offers a three year Bachelor of Counselling degree that includes the option to exit with a qualification at each of the following Levels. It may be undertaken full or part-time.

Year 1: The Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5) is the qualification gained at the end of the first year of the Bachelor of Counselling. This first year of the degree helps students develop a strong understanding of counselling theory, including counselling process, self-awareness, human development, personal and professional boundaries and principles of psychology. The Person-Centred approach to counselling is practised and developed within the class environment, in preparation for agency placement in Years 2 and 3. Students attend regular classes on campus. Students must complete the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills before being eligible for the Diploma of Counselling.



Year 2: The Diploma of Counselling (Level 6) is the qualification awarded at the end of the second year of the Bachelor of Counselling. The focus for this year shifts to a supervised practicum whereby placement within an approved counselling setting combines with weekly on-campus classes, to develop students competence and confidence in the Person-centred counselling approach. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice (At least 80 hours must be focussed on working with adults).

Students must complete the Diploma of Counselling before being eligible for the Bachelor of Counselling.



Year 3: The Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) extends the supervised practicum, with students completing a further 100 hours of face-to-face counselling practice.  On-campus classes enhance the theoretical depth of students’ knowledge and awareness, underpinning the practical counselling experience. Students also choose two elective papers in this year, enabling exploration of more specialised topics.




Semester 1: The Professional Development in 2018: GRIEF & LOSS  Grief and loss is something everybody encounters in their lives. At times focused or ongoing support is helpful to work through the impact and significance of our experiences. This course provides a sound integrative theoretical basis for working with grief and loss. The course is tailored for those working clinically and or in pastoral and social service contexts. Normal and complicated grief processes are explored from a holistic perspective, including spiritually, within an interactive learning environment


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