Cambridge Summer School of Counselling 2014

Please note that the details below are for the 2014 course which has now passed. 

Details of the 2015 course will be released soon - keep an eye on this page for updates. 

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Monday 7 - Friday 11 July

Westminster College, Cambridge

A Biblical Approach to Counselling
With Professor Richard Winter


Returning after a sell-out 2012 course, 'A Biblical Approach to Counselling' will examine the relationship between theology, psychology and counselling in order to establish a framework for Christian counselling. Designed for anyone who would like to develop understanding, discernment and practical application in caring and counselling, the course will explore issues of grief and depression, anger and forgiveness, anxiety and fear, perfectionism, shame and addictions. Theory and practice will be held hand in hand throughout, developing skills in listening, reflecting, paraphrasing, asking good questions and facilitating change.

Our speaker

Professor Richard Winter is Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Covenant Theological Seminary’s Master’s degree in Counselling in St Louis, Missouri. He teaches pastoral counselling to Master of Divinity students and prepares the Master of Counselling students to become Licensed Professional Counsellors in a three-year programme. He also has a psychotherapy and counselling practice.

Before moving to Covenant, Richard served as staff and director of the English L’Abri Fellowship for 14 years. Prior to working at L’Abri he worked as a medical doctor and psychiatrist in Bristol and was a member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

For the last few years he has led the counselling track at the European Leadership Forum in Hungary. His long term interest has been researching and teaching at the interface between psychology, medicine, and theology.

Richard is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression (IVP, 2012), Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism (IVP, 2005), and Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (IVP, 2002). 

Our venue

We are delighted to be able to return once again to Westminster College, a theological college affiliated to Cambridge University.

For several years now, Westminster has provided the ideal venue for our Summer Schools, describing itself as a place for "refreshment and learning". Since 1844 it has served as a place for people to think through their faith and train for ministry.

This year, Westminster will be better than ever, having just undergone a major £7 million building project. Of partuclar note to us, the bedrooms and lecture room have been stripped out and newly refurbished, and by popular demand, a wifi connection is now available!

All of the usual benefits of Westminster remain: high quality meals cooked by Westminster chefs, served in the beautiful Dining Hall; everything for the week is less than 3 minutes walk from each other, with accommodation, lecture room, chapel and dining hall all in the same building - all on the same corridor in fact; and there is on-site parking with easy motorway access from the M11.

What's more, based at Westminster course participants can enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer – majestic colleges and chapels, a lively market square, punting on the river, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the historic Round Church.


Standard non-residential: £420
Includes all teaching sessions (19.5 hours in total), lunches, evening meals and refreshments.

Standard residential: £760
Include accommodation in Westminster College, all teaching sessions (19.5 hours), breakfasts, lunches, evening meals and refreshments.

Special rates for full-time students
Student non-residential: £260
Student residential: £550

Please note that the deadline to be considered for a very limited number of partial scholarships has now passed.

Comments from past attendees

‘Excellent – challenging, stimulating and encouraging.’
‘Very rich, informative and thought provoking.’
‘Really enjoyable.'
‘Well worth the time and money.’

Taster session 

Wondering what to expect? Watch a clip from our Cambridge Summer School of Counselling 2012:



Richard Winter


"Richard Winter carries with him a wealth of experience in counselling, both as a practitioner
and as a teacher. All this is undergirded by a
passion for theology and worldview thinking.
I cannot recommend this course too highly."

Andrew Fellows, Director of L'Abri England


Westminster Hall