This unit provides in depth development in reflective practice, understanding the spiritual dynamics of loss, formation of the spiritual care skills that equip people for working with people experiencing loss, and understanding the spiritual issues in palliative care.

Unit Code: DP9004S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify a range of human experiences of loss.


Describe the dynamics of relationships involving spiritual care through the journey of loss.


Create a spiritual care plan to address issues of loss identified in a case study.


Articulate an understanding of human spirituality as it is shaped by the experience of loss.


Critically evaluate spiritual care approaches that attend to complex loss.

Unit sequence

Advanced postgraduate elective requiring a minimum of 24 points of foundational studies in DP as prerequisite.


Applying praxis methodology through reflective exercises, video presentations, interviews with practitioners in palliative care or bereavement support, lectures, readings, and assessments (synchronous and asynchronous), students will learn to identify ideological, and personal hindrances to genuine inter-subjective care in the context of loss in order to construct reflective spiritual care responses.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study - Case Study 2000 25.0
Workplace evaluation - Spiritual Care Plan 2000 25.0
Essay - Essay 4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 May, 2020

Unit Record last updated: 2020-05-08 15:36:06 +1000