Training Courses

Quiet Waters (formerly Associates in Christian Training) offers a wide range of creative and interactive courses in pastoral care and counselling.

Short courses are available in listening skills, counselling, and in a number of areas of pastoral concern including bereavement, relationship issues, emotional problems, depression, spiritual matters and crisis intervention. Workshops are also available in supporting people by telephone and by email.

Each course involves presentations, group work, discussions, demonstrations and exercises that give students ample opportunity to practise the skills and apply the principles introduced on the course.

Our aim is to equip those willing to invest their time and compassion in the lives of others with the necessary understanding, awareness, attitude and skills.

  • Bespoke Training Programmes

    whoattendtrainOur short courses may be taken on their own, or 'mixed and matched' to provide bespoke training programmes to meet the specific needs of the local church or organisation and can be delivered at local venues and at times to suit the group.

    We have delivered bespoke training programmes over a number of years to local churches of all denominations throughout Scotland and in Romania.

    Training has also been provided for a number of organisations, community projects and their workers, including the Salvation Army, Street Pastors, UCB, YWAM, Bethany Trust, City Missions, Teen Challenge, The Princess Royal Trust, Abused Men in Scotland and the Pilton Elderly Project, among others.

    If we can help meet your organisations training needs in the area of pastoral care and counselling - please give us a call on 01324 630 643 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Upcoming Training Events


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  • Who Should Attend?

    trainingwhoThe workshops assume no prior training and are suitable for those preparing for a pastoral or 'people helping' role within the church or wider community and for those who have been helping others for some time, but feel the need to refresh their skills.

    The courses are also suitable for those who require listening and counselling skills to enable them to work more effectively with people in their workplace, voluntary work or ministry.

    In recent years, carers, pastors, elders, pastoral visitors, youth workers, health professionals, social workers, teachers, project staff and volunteers serving the wider community through a variety of organisations have attended and benefited from our programmes.

    A number of people have also attended the workshops to develop their self-awareness and improve their interpersonal skills to enhance their everyday relationships.