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Advanced Pastoral Care & Helping Skills

= 30 points double subject – Elective Unit for postgraduate

Content: This unit builds upon the pastoral care framework and helping skills introduced in the introductory pastoral care unit. The unit will cover aspects of counselling theory and practice that will enable the student to develop skills appropriate to the pastoral context. Theological and spiritual care themes will be integrated with theories of counselling. Concurrent skills practice, special issues and interventions, will be developed over two 12 week sequences designed to enable students to develop competence in the practical art of helping integrative reflective practice.  Will be consolidated through lectures and a verbatim/workshop approach will be complemented by tasks that invite students to engage in theological reflection upon their role and their pastoral style:

1. Describe and critically evaluate a number of counselling theories.
2. Articulate and implement the sequential steps of a model of pastoral helping by drawing upon personal experience, helping skills development and theological reflection.
3. Identify and describe the limits of their pastoral work as they develop referral skills and an awareness of personal issues that may influence, positively or negatively, the helping process.
4. Demonstrate the skills necessary in specific life challenges for enabling the other person to identify preferred behaviours and then begin the process of change.
5. Describe and implement the essentials of safe, ethical pastoral practice.
6. (Level 3) Evaluate current research and integrate reflectively with pastoral practice.
7. (postgraduate) Demonstrate critical engagement with current research and integrate reflectively with pastoral practice.

Pre-requisites: DP1/2/8001.15; BN1/2/8001.15 or BA1/2/8001.15; CT1/2/8011.15

Faculty: Chris Turner and Mary Dewberry

Class Time: Three hours per week of lectures and supervised group work. Half the time will be devoted to practicum and skills development.

Offered: Through semesters 1 and 2, 2017 at Mulgrave (double subject). Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.30pm


2nd level
One 2,000 word critical essay (25%)
Two 1,500 word reflection papers on video-taped sessions (35%)
One 5,000 word summary of learning journal (40%)

3rd level
One 2,500 word critical essay (25%)
Two 1,500 word reflection papers on video-taped sessions (35%)
One 5,000 word summary of learning journal (40%)

One 2500 word critical essay
2 Reflection Papers: (i) reflection on video-taped sessions; (ii) case study (total 3500 words)
6000 word critical reflection on learning journal.

Select Bibliography:

Bridger, F & Atkinson, D. Counselling in Context: Developing a Theological Framework (London: DLT, 1998).
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).
Cozad-Neuger, C. Counselling Women: A Narrative, Pastoral Approach (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001).
Culbertson, P. Caring for God’s People: Counselling and Christian Wholeness (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000).
Geldard, D. & Geldard, K. Basic Personal Counselling, 6th ed. (Sydney: Pearson Education, 2009).
Grant, B. A Theology for Pastoral Psychotherapy: God’s Play in Sacred Places (New York: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2001).
Louw, D., Ito, T. & Elsdörfer, U. (eds.). Encounter in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Healing: Towards an Integrative and Intercultural Approach (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2012).
Miller-McLemore, B.(ed.)  The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (London: Wiley/Blackwell, 2011).
Pembroke, N. Trinitarian Perspectives in Pastoral Care and Counseling. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).
Whitehead E., & Whitehead J. Transforming our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in  Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear, Loneliness (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010).
Wicks, R. & Rodgerson, T. Companions in Hope (New York: Paulist, 1998).
Wicks, R. The Resilient Clinician (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).