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.

Unit code: DP1001S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


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.


Outline and critically engage current spiritual care themes in a variety of settings.


Identify and describe biblical and theological themes and motifs which inform and complement their spiritual/pastoral identity and practice.


Identify and critically reflect on historical and textual examples of the practice of spiritual care from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.


Lectures to the whole group with opportunity for dialogue groups and discussion times. Participation in a supervised group with a focus on a personal spiritual care encounter presented through a verbatim process. A series of practical workshops (with input and Notes and skill development) on listening skills.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Report (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Verbatim Report (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-07 14:58:05 +1000