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DP2/3/9207S

Advanced Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Listening Skills (Part B)

Second or third level unit for undergraduates
Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit builds upon the spiritual care and listening skills framework and listening skills developed in DP9107S. The unit will further develop, to an advanced level, the skills of listening and reflective practice as elements of theological reflection in the practice of spiritual care. Concurrent skills practice, special issues and interventions, will be engaged through the methods of reflective practice to enable students to develop competence in the practical art of spiritual care and integrative reflective practice.  Advanced learning will be consolidated through lectures and a verbatim/workshop approach will be complemented by tasks that invite students to engage in theological reflection upon: role and identity; safe, sustainable professional practice; and their spiritual care style.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Describe and critically evaluate a number of spiritual care theories.
  2. Articulate and implement the sequential steps of a model of spiritual care by drawing upon an integrated process of personal experience, listening skills development and theological reflection.
  3. Identify and describe the limits of their spiritual care as they develop referral skills and an awareness of personal issues that may influence, positively or negatively, the listening process.
  4. Illustrate and implement the essentials of safe, ethical spiritual care practice.
  5. (Third level) Engage with current research and integrate reflectively with spiritual care practice.

Postgraduate

  1. Describe and critically evaluate a number of spiritual care theories.
  2. Articulate and implement the sequential steps of a model of spiritual care by drawing upon an integrated process of personal experience, listening skills development and theological reflection.
  3. Identify and describe the limits of their spiritual care as they develop referral skills and an awareness of personal issues that may influence, positively or negatively, the listening process.
  4. Evaluate, illustrate and practice the essentials of safe, ethical spiritual care practice.
  5. Critically engage with current research and integrate reflectively with spiritual care practice.

Pre-requisites: This unit may only be taken after the prerequisite units have been successfully completed

  • the foundational unit DP8001S Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care (or equivalent).
  • the elective unit DP9107S Advanced Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Listening Skills (Part A)

Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP9107S) in first semester and Part B (DP9207S) in second semester.

Offered: in second semester 2019

Faculty: Mary Dewberry and Chris Turner

Assessment:

Level 2
Essay (1000 words)         25%
Three Verbatim Reports (1000 words in total)     25%
Learning Journal Reflection (2000 words)  50%

Level 3
Essay (1500 words)         25%
Three Verbatim Reports (1500 words in total)     25%
Learning Journal Reflection (2000 words)  50%

Postgraduate
Essay (1500 words)         25%
Three Verbatim Reports (1500 words in total)     25%
Learning Journal Reflection (3000 words)  50%

Select Bibliography:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Cook, C. (Ed) Spirituality, theology and mental health: Interdisciplinary perspectives. London: SCM. 2013.

Fitchett, G & Nolan, S. Spiritual care in practice: Case studies in healthcare practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2015

*Cooper-White, P. Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004.

Corey, G., Corey, M., & Callanan, P. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, 7th ed. California: Brookes-Cole, 2007.

Culbertson, P. Caring for God’s People: Counselling and Christian Wholeness. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.

*Damasio, Antonio. Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain. London, Vintage, 2004.

Louw, D., Ito, T. & Elsdörfer, U. (eds.). Encounter in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Healing: Towards an Integrative and Intercultural Approach. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2012.

Rogers, Carl R. On Becoming a Person. Croydon, Constable & Co., 1967.

Whitehead E., & Whitehead J. Transforming our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear, Loneliness. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010.

Wicks, R. The Resilient Clinician. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.