Specialised Courses 2019-09-30T11:50:52+00:00

Specialised courses

Walking With Wounded Children


Course  Description

This course is designed to equip children’s workers working on a fundamental level to help emotionally wounded children

Aim of the course

To equip children’s workers in handling emotionally wounded children on a very fundamental level. In this course each participant sees a child 5 times under the supervision of the course facilitators. We strongly believe that the relationship between the helper and the child is key towards healing.

We  introduce
participants to

  • The Biblical Basis of Walking with Wounded Children
  • Understanding and Assessing a Wounded Child
  • Understanding a Healing Relationship
  • Applying Tools for Child Counselling

Training process

Lecture-discussion, individual and group study, demonstration, role-play and learning by doing. Participants have the opportunity to work with children in a guided setting and will be evaluated on these sessions.



Applicants must currently be involved in children’s ministry and fluent in English. No previous psychological/counselling training is required, but it will be an advantage.


Course fees

The fee includes training, training material, accommodation, all meals and training-related transport. A deposit of 10% is payable with application. The outstanding amount is payable at the start of the course.


Objectives of the course

At the end of the training, the participants will be able to:

  • Testify of growth and healing in their personal/spiritual lives;
  • Give a Biblical basis for helping traumatised children;
  • Explain the effects of traumatic experiences on children;
  • Differentiate emotionally wounded children from other children;
  • Apply basic practical ways to assess emotionally wounded children;
  • Explain the basic principles of the so-called “stop sign model” for helping severely traumatised children;
  • Apply the principles of a therapeutic or healing relationship;
  • Differentiate between helpful and unhelpful counselling responses;
  • Apply the basic skills of empathic listening and “feeling” responses;
  • Help develop a child’s understanding of emotions and the meaning thereof;
  • Apply the principles of critical incident stress debriefing (cisd) to help groups of children in a crisis;
  • Explain stages of sexual development and how to educate children in each stage;
  • Apply the principle of “listening” to the non-verbal communication of children through play or drawing;
  • Apply basic therapeutic tools in helping children, such as play therapy and story telling;
  • Apply the principles of Christian “community/fellowship” in the healing process;
  • Bring the child into a healing relationship with God through the sensitive use of scripture, prayer and words of wisdom.


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What  participants say about the course

“The fact that the whole model is compiled against the background of academic information, makes it stand alongside academic education. It’s well founded, it is based on sound principles, it does not stand back to any academic course – to tell the truth, after these two weeks, I feel that well equipped because I can use what I have learned.”

Jurita Saayman has an honours degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in Pastoral Care.
She has done counselling at schools, in the church as well as private counselling.

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