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DP1/2/8001S

Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Foundational Unit for postgraduate students.

Content

This unit gives an overview of the disciplines of formation for the practice of spiritual care. Theological and philosophical aspects of care are presented and personal and spiritual formation sessions focus on the student’s spiritual care identity, skill development and reflective practice. Small group sessions and verbatim supervision provide an introduction to basic counselling skills in the context of the practice of spiritual care and offer opportunities to practice and obtain feedback on those skills.

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

Level 1

  1. Demonstrate integration of experience, listening-skills development and theological reflection as the foundational elements of reflective practice that embodies safe, sustainable and professionally-responsive care.
  2. Outline and critically engage current spiritual care themes in a variety of settings.
  3. Identify and describe biblical and theological themes and motifs which inform and complement their spiritual/pastoral identity and practice.
  4. Identify and critically reflect on historical and textual examples of the practice of spiritual care from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.

Level 2

  1. Demonstrate at an advanced level, integration of experience, listening-skills development and theological reflection as the foundational elements of reflective practice that embodies safe, sustainable and professionally-responsive care.
  2. Critically engage current spiritual care themes in a variety of settings.
  3. Describe biblical and theological themes and motifs which inform and complement their spiritual/pastoral identity and practice.
  4. Critically reflect on historical and textual examples of the practice of spiritual care from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.

Postgraduate

  1. Demonstrate at an advanced level, integration of experience, listening-skills development and theological reflection as the foundational elements of reflective practice that embodies safe, sustainable and professionally-responsive care.
  2. Identify and describe biblical and theological themes and motifs which inform and complement their spiritual/pastoral identity and practice.
  3. Critically reflect on historical and textual examples of the practice of spiritual care from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.
  4. Discern and apply the skills of contemplation, mindfulness, meditation and prayer to the reflective practice of spiritual care.
  5. Critically engage current research and integrate this within theological reflection on spiritual/pastoral identity, ministry and the practice of spiritual care.

Faculty: Chris Turner

Offered: face to face and online

Assessment:

Level 1:
One 2,000 word essay (50%)
One 1,000 word  book report (25%)
One 1,000 word  verbatim report (25%)
Level 2:
One 2,500 word essay (50%)
One 1,000 word book report (25%)
One 1,000 word verbatim report (25%)
Postgraduate:
One 3,000 word essay (50%)
One 1,500 word  book report (25%)
One 1,500 word verbatim report(25%)

Select Bibliography:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Swift, C., Cobb, M. & Todd, A. (2015) A handbook of chaplaincy studies: Understanding spiritual care in public places. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate

Thompson, J., Pattison S. & Thompson, R. (2008) SCM study guide to theological reflection.

Anderson, R. Spiritual Caregiving as secular sacrament: A practical theology for professional caregivers. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.

Cooper-White, P. Shared wisdom: Use of the self in pastoral care and counselling. Minneapolis:

Fortress, 2004.

**Doehring, Carrie. The practice of pastoral care: A postmodern approach (revised and expanded edition). Louisville, John Knox Press, 2015.

Dykstra, Robert C. (ed) Images of pastoral care: Classic readings. St Louis, Chalis Press, 2005.
Lartey, E. Pastoral theology in an intercultural world. Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006.

Leech, Kenneth. Soul Friend: Spiritual Direction in a modern world. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1994.

McSherry, W. Making sense of spirituality in nursing and health care practice. London: Jessica

Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
Miller-McLemore, B. The Wiley-Blackwell companion to practical theology. London: Wiley/Blackwell, 2012.
Pattison, S. The challenge of practical theology: Selected essays. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
**Pembroke, N. The art of listening: Dialogue, shame and pastoral care. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2002.
Pembroke, N. Trinitarian perspectives on pastoral care and counselling. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
Puchalski, C. Making healthcare whole: Integrating spirituality into healthcare, W. Conschocken. PA: Templeton Press, 2010.

Roberts, Stephen (ed.) Professional, spiritual and pastoral care: A practical clergy and chaplain’s handbook, Woodstock. Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2012.

Stevenson-Moessner, J. A primer in pastoral care. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005.

Wicks, R. & Rodgerson, T. Companions in hope: the art of Christian caring. NY: Paulist, 1998.
Woodward, J. & Pattison, S. The Blackwell reader in pastoral and practical theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.