This unit builds on the basic care and counselling skills that were established in the Christian Care 1 unit and extends the use of those skills into specific pastoral contexts.

Unit code: DP1027L

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate ability in basic people-helping and pastoral counselling skills


Integrate aspects of various counselling models into practice of pastoral counselling, using appropriate critical theological discernment


Engage in pastoral care and counselling, adapting helping skills to a variety of pastoral contexts


Identify the critical pastoral issues related to various care and counselling contexts.

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses DP1008L Christian Care 1 Recommended: Active involvement within a community or service area, where the student is able to engage in acts of pastoral care and counselling. It is also assumed that participants have grounding in the essentials of the Christian faith.


Engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer. Discussion with study mentor.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Clinebell, Howard J. Basic types of pastoral care and counseling. 3rd ed. Abingdon. Nashville, TN: 2011
  • Dickinson, George E., and Michael R. Leming, eds. Dying, death and bereavement. Annual editions. 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 2010
  • Haugk, Kenneth. The quest for quality caring: improve your ability to relate to others. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress. 1990.
  • Heyse-Moore, Louis. Speaking of dying: a practical guide to using counselling skills in palliative care. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2009.
  • Keck, David. Forgetting whose we are: Alzheimer’s disease and the love of God. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 1996
  • Lines, Dennis. Brief counselling in schools. 3rd ed. London, UK: SAGE. 2011.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Commission on Worship.1998. Rites and resources for pastoral care. Ed David A. Schubert. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Publishers. 1998
  • Okun, Barbara F., and Ricki E. Kantrowitz. Effective helping: interviewing and counseling techniques. 7th ed. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. 2007
  • Savage, John. Listening and caring skills: a guide for groups and leaders. Nashville, TN: Abingdon. 1996.
  • Sims, Sally. Together through the storm: a practical guide to Christian care. Sydney: Matthias Media, 2016.
  • Stone, Howard W. Strategies for brief pastoral counseling. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Pastoral care reflection

400 10.0

Pastoral care reflection

400 10.0

Pastoral care reflection

400 10.0

Pastoral care reflection

400 10.0

Essay on a selected pastoral care issue

2000 50.0

Personal reflection

400 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jul, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-07-20 14:00:37 +1000