DR CHRISTO THESNAAR
Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology, Pastoral care and counselling
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He grew up in Butterworth (in the former Transkei region) and Kuilsrivier, matriculated from De Kuilen High School in 1983. He started his studies at the Huguenot College (Unisa) in Wellington and furthered and completed his studies at the University of Stellenbosch. After completing his B Th degree in ministry he did a masters degree in Clinical pastoral care and counselling. Soon after graduation he was appointed by die Huguenot College (Unisa) as a lecturer in Youth work with a specialisation in pastoral care and counselling. He spend 18 years at the College and later headed up the youth work department. He was instrumental in moving the youth work department from the College to the faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch in 2008. During the time in youth work he was involved in the youth commission of the Dutch Reformed Church. In 2009 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch in Pastoral care and counselling. He also played a role in setting up an NGO called the Institute for the healing of Memories and is currently a board member of this institute. He is married to Nelmarie and they have two children, Lomarie (12) and Hanel (9). He is a keen sportsman and also enjoys nature.
Career, Degrees, Qualifications
B Diac (Unisa), B Th, M Th, D Th (Univ of Stellenbosch)
Pastoral care and counselling is his passion. Being part of the Institute of Healing of Memories for so many years his calling and interest is in reconciliation, forgiveness, healing and justice within the social political context. According to him this is central themes within pastoral care and as South Africans we need to constantly work on these challenges, particular 15 years (2009) after the first democratic elections and birth of the post-Apartheid South Africa.
It is important for him to work hermeneutically, contextual, holistic, systemic, intercultural and inter-disciplinary in research.
The first area of interest is reconciliation, forgiveness, healing and justice within the social political context.– in which he endeavours to understand the South African society and the global society in dealing with these complex challenges. In recent publications he tried to contextualize his research within the challenges facing South Africa in this regard.
The second area of interest is a specific focus on how families, teachers and role players within communities, including the faith communities can prevent young adolescents from becoming addicted to substance abuse. His particular interest is in a multi disciplinary approach in dealing with this challenge.
The third area of interest is on HIV/Aids and other related pastoral issues.
1.Certificate in: Pastoral counselling and community care: Trauma (violence), substance dependency (Methamphetamine), HIV and Aids.
2.Practical Theology 414 – Pastoral care and counselling.
3.Past graduate diploma in theology. He is responsible for the Pastoral care and counselling modules
4.M Div – modules in: Hospital care & care for the sick, Hospital supervision Preventative pastoral care and Marriage and family ministry
5.Lisensiate year: Modules in: Home Visitation & The use of the Bible, Care for the Sick & Crisis Counselling, Identity of the Pastor, Pastoral Care to the Unemployed and Pastoral Care in an African Context
6.M Th in Clinical Pastorate. He is responsible for the whole program.
7.M Th in Clinical Pastorate – HIV. He is responsible for the whole program
Selected / Recent Publications
Forgetting is full of memories. In Caring for the soul and life. Essays in honour of Daniel Louw. Ed. by C Hugo. Pretoria: CB Powel
Heling en heil is nie moontlik sonder waarheid nie. In NGTT. 2009
Showing compassion in crisis times. In A Faithful witness. Editors: HJC Pieterse and C H Thesnaar. Wellington: Bible Media, 2009
Restorative Justice as key for healing communities. In Religion and Theology in South Africa, Vol 15/1-2 (2008. This article will also form part of a book publication by I. Swart (ed.) named Religion and Social Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Perspectives for critical engagement. This book is a product of an NRF research project. This book will be published in 2009
Heling van die verlede bou ‘n beter samelewing. In Heling van Herinneringe. Veldsman, D (editor) Pretoria: Protea, 2008.
In Practical Theology in South Afarica Vol 22 (1)2007 Titel: Skuld en skaamte as sleutel tot die verstaan van die oortreder binne die versoeningsproses in Suid-Afrika.
In Practical Theology in South Africa: vol. 21 (2) 2006 “Theological informed and culturally relevant youth ministry” with Malan Nel of University of Pretoria.
In Practical Theology in South Africa vol. 21 (2) 2006 The effects of Unemployment on families in South Africa: Some guidelines for fbo’S with Kwago, Thirion and Yates
Journal of Youth and Theology April 2003 vol.2 nr 1 page 8 – 28 : Title Facilitating Healing and Reconciliation with Young People Living in the Aftermath of Political and Cultural Conflict Also published in The Journal of Youth Ministry Fall 2003: vol. 2 nr. 1 pg. 29 – 48
In youth Ministry: The Basics and beyond. Title: Crossing Racial Barriers. Kitching, D & D Robbins (editors) Ys (SA) Youth Specialties (SA) Wellington 1997 page:118-132