This introductory unit will provide students with an overview of basic counselling micro-skills and is designed to provide experiential learning opportunities that will equip students with skills necessary for fostering and facilitating effective communication and conversation in a variety of ministry and pastoral service settings within the Orthodox Church.

Unit code: DP8400A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate effective communication skills that articulate an empathetic response.


Select and apply appropriate counselling skills based on individual circumstances


Appraise the similarities and differences between different professional roles and the limitations of one’s own role and expertise.


Articulate an understanding of the correlations between counselling skills and Orthodox Church teachings


Critically analyse the impact of the use of counselling skills on service and ministry.


Critique existing counselling methodologies

Unit sequence



A combination of intensive face to face classes, guided reading, zoom tutorials and online modules.

Indicative Bibliography

Geldard, D. Geldard, K. & Yin Foo, R. Basic personal counselling. 8th Ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016.

Ivey, A.E., Ivey, M.B. & Zalaquett, C.P. ’Attending, empathy, and observation skills’, in A.E. Ivey, M.B. Ivey & C.P. Zalaquett, Essentials of Intentional Interviewing: Counseling in a Multicultural World, 3rd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2015, pp. 50- 74.

Rogers, C. R. The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 21(2), 1957, pp. 95-103.

Sharf, J., Primavera, L. H., & Diener, M. J. Dropout and therapeutic alliance: A meta-analysis of adult individual psychotherapy. Psychotherapy 47(4), 2010, pp. 637-645.

Yotsidi, V., Stalikas, A., Pezirkianidis, C., & Pouloudi, M. The relationships between client resistance and attachment to therapist in psychotherapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy: On the Cutting Edge of Modern Developments in Psychotherapy, 49(2), 2019, pp. 99-109.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Skill Demonstration 2000 30.0
Critical Review 2500 35.0
Journal 2500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 21 Sep, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-09-21 15:54:11 +1000