This unit introduces students to the basic skills for working in the context of a pastoral counselling relationship. It focuses on the development of the capacity for and the skills of attending, questioning and disclosing in pastoral settings. The unit explores the theology and ethics of power relations integral to the pastoral psycho-therapeutic relationship.

Unit Code: DP3605P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the implications of appropriate rapport in pastoral therapeutic practice.


Demonstrate the basic skills applied to the conduct of a preliminary interview with a client to establish goals for a possible pastoral-therapeutic intervention.


Reflect upon their own personal engagement in the counselling context, demonstrating awareness of ethical issues, and the identifying the need for and process of referral.


Reflect upon the theological significance and relevance of a pastoral approach to counselling.

Unit sequence

DP1000P: ‘Self and Other in Pastoral Care’ plus 15pts in each of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology


Lectures, Seminars, Online Discussion Groups and Blogs


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Class presentation = 1500 words

1500 25.0

reflective journal (2000 words equivalent)

2000 45.0

A Skills Tape (1500 words equivalent) marked against skills matrix. (must be passed)

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-18 12:19:39 +1000