Students will reflect upon the various situations which give rise to trauma and disruption on a personal, communal and societal level and consider the formulation of a range of potential pastoral responses, drawing upon insights from pastoral theology, psychological and biblical perspectives. Specific case studies will be undertaken in application of principles of care.

Unit code: DP3209T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline situations which give rise to trauma and disruption.


Articulate potential responses and implications for those impacted.


Outline a range of available pastoral resources.


Analyse responses to particular cases.


Integrate pastoral, psychological and biblical perspectives in response to particular examples.

Unit sequence

An introductory unit in Field D


Lectures. Case Studies.

Indicative Bibliography

Allain-Chapman, J. Resilient Pastors: The Role of Adversity in Healing and Growth. London: SPCK, 2012

Becker, Eve-Marie. Trauma and Traumatization in Individual and Collective Dimensions: Insights from Biblical Studies and Beyond. Edited by Jan Dochhorn and Else Holt. Göttingen: V&R Academic, 2014.

Boase, Elizabeth, and Christopher G. Frechette. Bible through the Lens of Trauma. First edition. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016.

Carr, David M. Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins. Yale University Press, 2014.

Cassidy, S. Sharing the darkness: the spirituality of caring. London: DLT, 1998

Frankl, Victor E. Man’s Search for Meaning, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985

Graham, Elaine L. Transforming Practice: Pastoral Theology in an Age of Uncertainty. London: Mowbray, 1996

Harrower, Scott. God of All Comfort: A Trinitarian Response to the Horrors of This World. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2019.

Kegan, Robert. In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994

Robert A. Neimeyer (ed), Meaning Reconstruction & the Experience of Loss, Washington: American Psychological Association, 2001

Rambo, Shelly. Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.

Shapiro, Constance Hank. When Part of the Self is Lost: Helping Clients Heal After Sexual and Reproductive Losses. California: Jossey-Bass. 1993


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review 500 10.0
Case Study 1000 30.0
Case Study 1500 30.0
Essay 2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-06 16:11:38 +1100