How does biblical theology fit with present-day counselling theory? What does it mean to be a Christian counsellor?

Biblical scholar Dr. Susan Wendel and registered psychologist Heather Tomes team up to bring theological reflection into the world of counselling practice.

How do biblical perspectives about God’s purposes and plans for redemption shape our understanding of counselling? As students reflect on these questions of integration and articulate their own approach, it will help to align their hearts with the heart of God.

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The Course

Integration of Theology & Counselling

3 credits

Description +

June 5 – 9, 2023

(Monday – Friday) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructed by Heather Tomes, M.Ed., R.Psych. (APE) #772, and Dr. Susan Wendel, Horizon Seminary offers a course to explore and critically examine various theories pertaining to the integration of theology and counselling. Integration is explored from three perspectives: conceptual, clinical, and personal. In conversation with themes in biblical theology and prevailing theories of integration, students will be invited to develop a framework for integration of theology and counselling in their own counselling practices.
Please note: This course includes substantial reading and preparation work before the module.

Heather Tomes

Heather Tomes, M.Ed., R.Psych. (APE) #772

Instructor | Counselling Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Wendel Saskatoon

Susan Wendel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary | Associate Professor of New Testament

Course Delivery Options

On Campus


How to Join

For Credit

Current students can register for this course by contacting the Registrar’s office. If you are interested in taking this course but have not yet applied, please visit the applicable admissions page.

For Audit

Although Horizon offers this class for credit, anyone interested in learning about the integration of counselling and theology is welcome to join as an auditor.

Auditors do not complete the formal homework for the course and pay only a fraction of the fees ($100.00 audit fee for the entire course; some reading and preparation for the course is required). Contact Keldy Regier to request the auditing application (

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