CWR launch UK's first Christian led degree in counselling

29 July 2010 18:23:46

CWR is launching the UK's first single-honours BA degree in Counselling taught from a Christian worldview. Leading to an award by Roehampton University, the pioneering programme is part-time and delivered over four years.

Much celebration followed the news from Roehampton University that the rigorous and lengthy approval process had reached a successful conclusion. CE, Mick Brooks is delighted that after 30 years of providing groundbreaking life changing/transforming training, initiated by CWR founder Selwyn Hughes, and refined and delivered by a host of dedicated professionals, we are now able to add a degree level counsellor training to our courses of substance and quality for the whole spectrum of people helpers and those involved in pastoral care.

Although demanding commitment and application from students, the course is built flexibly and can be accommodated around the calls of work and home. The taught elements of the programme are delivered primarily at weekends. Students will benefit from a high level of tutorial support.

CWR is delighted to have retained the integrity of its historic approach to counselling training. The new degree offers training to the highest professional standards within a strong Christian framework.


Diane Bray, Head of the Psychology Department at Roehampton University, is pleased to be sponsoring the degree. We have already established an excellent working relationship with CWR and expect this to be a very successful partnership. The University’s approval panel particularly commended the quality of the degree proposal and the level of care exhibited to students at Waverley.

Years One and Two of the programme are similar to CWR's very popular and long-running Waverley Certificate of Christian Counselling and subsequent Diploma. The new degree is already generating much interest from past students of these courses, as they line up to access Year Three directly.

Keen to promote an incremental and flexible approach, CWR is welcoming students who would rather apply for a year at a time, enabling them to see how they get on. It is also possible to take a year out or conclude the programme earlier than initially intended.

The new degree programme will be led by Heather Churchill, BA Hons (Brunel) MTh (Middx) MBACP (Senior Accred) ACC (Accred Counsellor and Supervisor). The teaching team will comprise recognised university lecturers and highly experienced counselling practitioners. Together they will ensure that graduates find themselves at the leading edge of the counselling profession and well placed as regards future Government regulation.

With a Year One cohort due to begin in November and a Year Three cohort in January, CWR's Director of Training, Elizabeth Hodkinson, is eager for the programme to be underway.

First in the UK

As far as we know, this is the first single-honours counselling degree in the UK taught from a Christian worldview. There is much excitement as we take this big step forward. Our hope and prayer is that in the next few years many hundreds will gain university validated counselling awards and then use their learning, gifts and skills to help thousands.

Interest in the programme is being received from a wide range of people, including those involved in pastoral care, Christian ministry, caring professions and those sensing a call to professional counsleling.

CWR is hosting a counselling training open day at Waverley Abbey House on Saturday, 11 September, at which the new degree will be profiled and discussed.

Further information about the modular structure, course content, application process, cost and course dates can be found by visiting

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