This unit offers an introduction to pastoral care and counselling in the Christian congregation and community, geared to the perspective of the pastor and pastoral carer. It covers the classic tradition of Christian pastoral care, and its development, together with an overview of counselling theories and models, including an introduction to the practice of basic people-helping skills.

Unit Code: DP1202L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the concepts inherent in pastoral care and counselling in its various forms and contexts


Analyse and evaluate literature on pastoral care and counselling within given theological frameworks, in both the theoretical and practical dimensions


Demonstrate basic people-helping abilities and skills which are foundational to effective pastoral care and counselling


Make connections between their understanding and practice of pastoral care and counselling and other paradigms of human development and counselling from the human sciences.


Lectures, seminars, class exercise and counselling role play


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Report 1200 words

1200 30.0
Critical Review

Book response 1200 words

1200 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Class presentation 1600 words (equivalent)

1600 40.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 00:03:43 +1100