This unit will build upon the theories and principles of structure, development and system that affect diverse forms of family. The emphasis will be on spiritual care through the events and cycles that contribute to and influence multiple forms of family. The issues, questions and challenges that arise for families in their pursuit of meaning, well-being, identity and health will be examined through multi-cultural and multi-faith lenses. In addition to exploring the nature and meaning of family itself, the unit also addresses specific theological questions relating to the human person, sexual identity, gender identity and fluidity, power and justice, conflict, abuse, marriage and divorce. Opportunities are provided for group and individual reflection on issues arising in the spiritual care context. A case study approach invites the student to engage in the process of reflective practice.

Unit Code: DP2009S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe and illustrate how approaches to spiritual care can equip diverse forms of families to discover their own unique identity and spiritual resources for flourishing.


Reflect, with critical awareness, on their own experiences of family and demonstrate critical insight into the spiritual resources that are manifest in those experiences.


Describe and develop approaches to spiritual care for those who experience traumatic events change or transition within family structures and relationships.


Identify and develop resources for spiritual care in situations of violence and abuse, including spiritual abuse, within families and their communities and become familiar with the spiritual and theological themes of the use and abuse of power.

Unit sequence

Three foundational units


Weekly lectures by Chris Turner and a selection of multi-disciplinary clinicians and practitioners. Weekly peer supervision/reflection sessions for reflection on personal experience and practice.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Study (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Reflective Reading Journal (1000 words)

1000 25.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-12 16:08:05 +1000