This unit builds upon the spiritual care and listening skills framework and listening skills developed in the introductory unit (Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care). The unit will develop, to an advanced level, the skills of listening and reflective practice as elements of theological reflection in the practice of spiritual care. Concurrent skills practice, special issues and interventions, will be engaged through the methods of reflective practice to enable students to develop competence in the practical art of spiritual care and integrative reflective practice. Advanced learning will be consolidated through lectures and a verbatim/workshop approach will be complemented by tasks that invite students to engage in theological reflection upon: role and identity; safe, sustainable professional practice; and their spiritual care style.

Unit Code: DP3107S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

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 critically evaluate a number of spiritual care theories.


Articulate and implement the sequential steps of a model of spiritual care by drawing upon an integrated process of personal experience, listening skills development and theological reflection.


Identify and describe the limits of their spiritual care as they develop referral skills and an awareness of personal issues that may influence, positively or negatively, the listening process.


Describe, illustrate and implement the essentials of safe, ethical spiritual care practice.


Engage with current research and integrate reflectively with spiritual care practice.

Unit sequence

The unit may only be taken after the prerequisite foundational unit DP1001S has been completed. Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3107S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3207S) in second semester.


  1. Lectures to the whole group with opportunity for dialogue groups and discussion times.
  2. Participation in a supervision session with the lecturer as part of the process of presenting a video verbatim reflection.
  3. A series of practical workshops (with input and notes) on listening skills.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Video Verbatim Report (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Learning Journal Reflection (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-17 15:30:52 +1000