Nicolina Joubert, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Christian Psychology
  • Online Coordinator for the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling


  • MA in Online and Distance Education, Open University, UK, 2015.
  • PhD in Psychology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 1999.
  • MA in Counseling Psychology, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa, 1982.
  • BA Honors in Psychology, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa, 1979.
  • Higher Education Diploma, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 1976.
  • BA majoring in Afrikaans-Netherlands, Psychology and Biblical Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 1975.

Courses Taught

  • Christian Psychology,
  • Psychopathology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Traumatology
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment and Psychometrics
  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches and Models
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Theology and Ethics
  • Biblical Studies
  • Communication

Teaching Focus

  • Christian Psychology
  • Traumatology
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychotherapeutic Models
  • Christian Counseling
  • The Role of Christian Spirituality in Psychotherapeutic process
  • The role of Worldview and Spiritual Beliefs in Mental Health and Approaches to Counseling
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Projects in the field of Christian Psychology

Research Interests and Publications

  • Christian Psychology and Christian Counseling
  • Traumatology
  • Dissociative Disorders and Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Disorder
  • Collective/Cultural Trauma
  • Christian Spirituality and Healing
  • Christian Community Psychology
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Pastoral Counseling
  • The Impact of Worldview and Spiritual Beliefs on Mental Health and approaches to counseling
  • Migration and Social Transformation
  • The Eco-Systemic Approach to Counseling

Awards and Honors

  • I received an award from Die Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie (APA) NPC, a registered private institution for higher education in South Africa, for outstanding services rendered at the Institute of Christian Psychology, a satellite campus of the APA.
  • Honoree Member of the South African Women Federation‘s Parental Guidance Action (Suid Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie (SAF);
  • Lifelong Member of The Red Cross Society. This award was received for voluntary work done in Children’s Homes.

Previous Academic/Professional Positions

  • Licensed Counseling Psychologist
  • Professor of Christian Psychology
  • Post-graduate Supervisor for MTh and PhD students
  • Course developer for Christian Psychology and Psychology courses.

Additional Information

  • Founder and Head of Institute of Christian Psychology in South Africa
  • Board member of the European Movement for Christian Anthropology, Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Former President of the Association for Christian Counselors in South Africa
  • Executive board member of the Council for Spiritual and Pastoral Counselors in South Africa (CPSC)
  • Board member of the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners in South Africa
  • I am affiliated with Wierda Park Reformed Church, Centurion, South Africa.
  • I am married and have 4 living adult children, two daughters and two sons. The youngest two are married and my son has a daughter of 3 years. My married daughter lives with her husband in the UK.