Higher Diploma in Christian Counseling

Graduation Credits 30 │ Part-time 2-4 yr

Program Purpose

The Higher Diploma in Christian Counseling program is designed to nurture and equip Christians with a faith filled life and counseling qualities, so that students could build up life through companion caring service and help churches or organizations promote caring ministry. The program is characterized by its emphasis on both theory and practice, personal growth and group dynamics so that graduates would not merely be provided with conceptual learning but also with practicum opportunities as well as solid counseling experiences for designated theoretical orientations.


Program Goals

  • “Personal growth helps oneself, caring for peers helps others.”
  • Enhancement of personal growth in preparation to helping others.
  • Acquisition of biblical understanding about peer care.
  • Understand relevant and important mental health issues.
  • Understanding of personal and general emotional and mental health issues.
  • Learning and practice of basic peer counseling theories and skills.


Admission Requirements

  • Six years of study in secondary school from an institution recognized by LTS; and
  • Mission on caring ministry; and
  • Baptized Christian.


Program Content

This program is offered on part-time basis in both day and evening time. Students are required to complete 30 credits, take 8 credits of experiential courses, 18 credits of theoretical and practical courses, 4 credits counseling practicum, plus 15 sessions of personal growth counseling. Students are required to pay extra fees for practicum supervision, personal growth counseling and camps apart from the tuition (charges according to the scale of related institutes).


Further Study

If students of the Higher Diploma of Christian Counseling program want to change program during the study, the following could be considered: (1) change to Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program or Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S) program, all completed credits could be transferred. (2) change to B.Th. program should submit a new letter of recommendation from the student’s congregation (signed by the minister-in-charge). (3) If the High.Dip. is conferred, a maximum of 15 credits can be exempted in the B.Th. or B.C.S. programs, or in the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (M.A.) program who is a bachelor degree holder.



Course Time: 
Daytime or Evening time (7:15pm-9:45pm)


Course Venue:
1. LTS Campus: 50 To Fung Shan, Shatin (day time course & camp)
2. City Classroom: 13B, Harvest Moon House, 337-339 Nathan Road, Kowloon (evening course)


Program Consultants:
Dr. Daniel Mak (Senior Psychiatrist, former Honorary Professor of The University of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Hong Kong Mental Health Association)
Dr. Jane Tam (Hong Kong Psychological Society Registered Counseling Psychologist, Doctor of Educational Psychology, Doctor of Pastoral Studies - Spiritual Counseling)


Program Director:
Dr. Angel Lam (Director, Counseling Programs & Companion LeShalom Centre)


Administrative Coordinator:
Ms. Julia Chan (Executive Secretary, Christian Counseling Ministry)


Camp Coordinator: 
Mr. Jim Li (Administrative Secretary)


2684 3217 (Ms Julia Chan), 2684 3216 (Dr. Angel Lam)


Program Content

(course credits in brackets)


i) Experiential Courses

Core Courses

 CP2017/PT2052 Personal Growth (3)

 CP2028 Experiential Workshop in Counseling* (5)

 *includes one 2-day camp plus 2 groups, and three 1-day camp plus 6 groups.


ii) Theoretical and Practical Courses

Core Courses

 CP2011 Essential Counseling Skills (3)

 CP2026/SW2021 Emotions & Spirituality; or

 CP2029/SW2040 Counseling & Spirituality (3)

 CP2001 Christian Counseling; or

 CP2010/BS2000 Biblical Perspectives of Christian Counseling (3)

 CP3001 Christian Counseling Blended with Satir Model; or

 CP3002 Christian Counseling Blended with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3)

 CP2000/SW2028 Life Development and Spiritual Growth; or

 CP2007 Grief Counseling (3)

 CP2030/CT2006 Peer Counseling Ethics; or

 CP2015/CT2003 Christian Counseling Ethics (3)


iii) Counseling Practicum

 CP3005 Counseling Practicum (Individual) I (1)

 CP3006 Counseling Practicum (Individual) II (1)

 CP3007 Counseling Practicum (Individual) III (1)

 CP3016 Counseling Practicum (Individual) IV (1)