Training Courses

Training in counselling for community counselors and teachers as well as health care professionals and other care workers is an integral part of our commitment to bring God’s love, joy, peace and healing into the lives of those in pain and in need of hope so that they in turn learn to value their individuality and to enjoy a wide range of personal relationships.

Professional training standards are maintained throughout and our experienced counselors subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Christian Counselors (ACC), based in the United Kingdom, to which Philippi Trust Namibia is affiliated.

Philippi provides a professional level of counselling training to church and community, using a non-intrusive, largely non directive and relational approach.

Our training facilitators are well trained and come from varied professional backgrounds, thus offering considerable experience and expertise. They all receive ongoing training, independent supervision and work according to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Christian Counselors (ACC).

Our courses seek to integrate reputable secular methods and approaches with that of the Christian faith. Our vision is to equip people in the broader community, churches and other community based organisations to bring healing and restoration in our communities, therefore our country.

National Certificate in Counselling Services (Level3) – Community Counselling

This 960-hour counselling training course combines theory with practice and runs over 15 months. The last three months of the training are for the students’ practical placement. Completion of the certificate will provide access to the National Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NQF, Level 6) and Philippi Specialist Training. The course is based on three elements: theory, skills practice, personal awareness/development.

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National Diploma in Counselling (NQF Level 6 & 7)

This course runs over 2 years and is a qualification that recognizes people who have the competencies required for working in counselling services. It is awarded to people who have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to:

assess, implement and maintain a safe counselling services and training environment; maintain and enhance professional practice as a counselling services provider; and collect, analyse and present workplace data and information

perform specific counselling activities as part of counselling services including performing counselor supervision and developing staff; updating and maintain information about cases and trends in counselling services; demonstrating an integrated practice theory for counselling; providing counselling and intervention with victims and with perpetrators of abuse, neglect and violence; and engaging in counselling in situations of generic and specific need, with couples, families, groups and children.

This qualification is designed to be accessible and flexible, and is aligned as a higher education qualification. The entry restrictions to this qualification are designed to ensure efficient communication skills. Candidates require the following for entry to this qualification:


  • Grade 12 Certificate with a pass in English – or equivalent
  • National Certificate in Counselling Services (Level 3) Community Counselling – or equivalent.

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Other courses

Introduction to Developing Listening Skills

This course is specifically aimed at church clergy, their congregations and anyone interested in improving developing their listening and responding skills. The Course is intended for people with little or no previous experience or training in this area. It IS a basic listening course and NOT intended to qualify you as a counsellor. It will further your skills as an effective listener and prepare you for further Christian Counselling.

Fundamentals of Counselling

This is a 60-hour foundation course in Counselling, 35 hours of which are required to be attended in a group, the remainder to be completed as course work in the form of a book review, a questionnaire and a personal learning journal.

Participants who successfully complete this course will be issued a ‘Certificate of Attainment’. This course is a comprehensive introduction to Christian Counselling, combining theory and practice to help you develop your own counselling style.

Engage in counselling with people on HIV and AIDS

The purpose of this module is to provide the skills and knowledge to engage in counselling with people on HIV and AIDS. It includes developing and updating personal knowledge about HIV related counselling models, policy and legislation in Namibia; establishing the counselling relationship with client; assisting the client to identify purpose for counselling; assisting client to work towards achieving identified purpose for counselling; assisting client to implement counselling plan and effecting closure of the counselling relationship with the client.

It carries 18 credits and is registered on the NQF at Level 4. It can be done as part of the National Certificate in Counselling Services or on its own.

Perform counselor supervision and develop staff

The purpose of this module is to provide you with knowledge that will allow you to prepare for and perform counselor supervision. It will also assist you to identify and develop the requirements for competent practice as a counselor, trainer and supervisor; and for assisting counselors in learning efforts through organizing staff programs for skills upgrading and personal growth.

This module is registered at Level 6 of the NQF. It has a NQF Credit value of 12.

The module is part of the National Diploma in Counselling but can also be done on its own.