Pastoral Care

Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

CRICOS:
N/A
[GDPC]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement between the ‘texts’ of (i) human experience, (ii) contemporary culture (iii) ministry or service or wider societal context and (iv) Christian scriptures and tradition.

The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systemic practice.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement and articulate the nature of practical theology as a method of biblical and theological inquiry;
  • How to apply their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and / or cultural studies and offer integration of these with the Christian tradition;
  • Skills to explore issues of Christian identity, personal vocation and self-understanding through the methods and practices of theological reflection and dialogical engagement with their ministry and mission context;
  • How to apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 6 units (144 points):

  • 2 units (48 points) in Field 8 or 9 in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (48 points)
  • 2 units in any Field 8 or 9 discipline (48 points

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care must have successfully completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to admission.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Master of Pastoral Care

CRICOS:
N/A
[MPC]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Gain extensive knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies. Deepen your engagement with specific areas to prepare yourself for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  1. Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies
  2. Mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care
  3. Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with an awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practise and further learning
  4. Articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. How to apply relevant skills in pastoral care through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 12 units (288 points):

2 units (48 points) in Biblical Studies (Level 8)
1 unit (24 points) in Systematic Theology (Level 8)
1 unit (24 points) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (Level 8)
4 units (96 points) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (Level 9)
1 unit in Clinical Pastoral Education (Level 9)
1 unit (24 points) at any level and discipline
1 Capstone unit (24 points) or RQ9748M Minor Thesis

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Master of Pastoral Care Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Placement in a hospital (clinical) setting offers the opportunity to develop skills in pastoral and spiritual care with people across the spectrum of society and to integrate one’s operational theology with the actual offering of care in situations of major and minor life transitions including birth and birthing, ageing, trauma, rehabilitation, mental health issues, dying and death. The clinical setting confronts people with the major questions of meaning and purpose and in meeting them in these profound places, the CPE student learns the possibilities for offering effective pastoral care.

While all hospital based Clinical Pastoral Education Centres have placements in the clinical setting, several accept students with external placements in a variety of settings, including aged care, mental health, community and schools. External placements offer students the opportunity to reflect on their experience as pastoral and spiritual caregivers in their current or intended area of pastoral practice.

 

View 2020 CPE Placements

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is offered through the University of Divinity in partnership with ASACPEV (the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria, Inc).  The program is required by some churches for formal ministry accreditation or ordination, and is available to pastoral and spiritual carers. Most units are offered in hospital or clinical contexts, but some can be undertaken in a variety of ministry contexts. The CPE program is led by ASACPEV’s accredited supervisors.


CPE Units

Three CPE units are available at postgraduate level only:

DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1

Enrolment in DP9100S requires the following co-requisite study:

In Undergraduate programs:
At least one unit at 2000 level or higher in CT AND at least one unit in DP AND at least one unit in Field B; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

In Postgraduate programs:
At least one Unit in Field B or in CT AND One Unit in DP; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

DP9273S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 2
DP9170S Clinical Pastoral Education (Specialist)

Enrolment in DP9273S and DP9170S requires the satisfactory completion of DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1.

These are postgraduate units, which can be taken in undergraduate courses, such as the Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology or the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry, as well as in postgraduate courses. The units are taught at a postgraduate level so the postgraduate unit fee applies. CPE units cannot be audited. A full time unit is based on a 38-hour week.


Demands of the CPE Program

The CPE program demands much of students, both in time and emotional investment. Encounters with others can be challenging, as can the reflection on those encounters. The discipline of writing up journals, case studies and verbatims, enhances personal integration. Students who are new to hospital or healthcare settings, or multi-faith and multi-cultural settings may find these confronting. CPE is often reported as one of the most rewarding units taken by students.


Enrolling in CPE

Students interested in taking a unit of CPE should first speak with a Registrar at any of the University of Divinity Colleges.

Enrolments are managed through the University’s Colleges in conjunction with the University’s CPE Liaison Officer, Allison Whitby, who is located at Stirling Theological College. The CPE Liaison Officer can offer advise on who to contact at which CPE Centre, and the ASACPEV website can also guide students.

 

Contact Alison Whitby:
Email: awhitby@stirling.edu.au
Phone Number (Stirling Theological College): (03) 9790 1000

 

Students wishing to undertake CPE are required to follow application procedures, including an interview with a CPE Centre Director before they can be offered a place in the program. With the letter of offer, a student can then enrol in the required unit.