Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling
“I considered a number of factors when selecting my course and Charles Sturt University (CSU). I was interested in the practical application of learning and a balance of online and face-to-face education. I looked at the subjects offered by CSU and the uniqueness of the course when compared to other universities.
"I was working while studying and the course was both relevant to my current role and a means of enhancing my professional advancement and diversification of qualification. I also realised that my core work would continue to be with people on a deeply pastoral and psychologically focused level. This is due to a good balance provided to psychological and theological perspectives on pastoral counselling. I have been encouraged to integrate these two approaches with theoretic and practical grounding.
"I found it easy to connect with other students which was enhanced by a strong commitment to hospitality at St Marks. I found the residential schools were challenging, invigorating and encouraged collaborative learning. There were numerous practical assessment items which required access to real clients, hence the work placement component.
"One of my most memorable CSU experiences was deciding to study a final year level unit (Applied Pastoral Theology) right at the beginning of the course, and engaging very strongly with the material, the online discussion and our lecturer’s teaching style. A further highlight was the five day residential school experience (Spiritual Direction) with Fr. Roger Sharr which had a profound impact on my professional and personal development.
"To anyone considering study at CSU - I would strongly encourage you to check out what is available and to contact staff. I have been well supported and my learning facilitated."