The unit explores the nature of mental illness, in particular, the spiritual dimension of mental illness and the nature of spiritual care. The issues raised will be critically examined in order to develop an understanding of the inherent dignity of the individual living with a mental illness and how they find meaning and purpose within this context. Through reflection, case study and group interaction the unit aims to increase participants’ working knowledge of current issues and integrate approaches to mental health and spirituality within practice. The unit provides an alternative pastoral view to the current medical paradigm that is consistent with spiritual care and healthcare practice. The course will develop skills in assessing the spiritual needs of the person through the listening process and then enable reflection on an appropriate pastoral response. A critical familiarity with current thought and research in this field is explored throughout the unit and there will be a special focus on critical responses to the publication of DSM 5.
Unit code: DP9025S
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Proposing College: Stirling CollegeShow when this unit is running
Demonstrate a holistic awareness of the relationship between spirituality and mental health and an awareness of the spiritual and religious needs of people living with mental illness;
Evaluate an understanding of the impact of the illness on all aspects of the person’s life within a family and societal context, particularly the impact of stigma, guilt, shame, abuse, loss of identity and disenfranchised grief
Critically discuss a theological and spiritual rationale for the pastoral care of people with mental health issues;
Demonstrate a pastoral awareness of the ethical issues, responsibilities and boundary-setting criteria necessary for those working in the mental health field (including referral skills and multidisciplinary and interfaith sensitivity);
Integrate practical theological reflection with contemporary research that engages with the practice paradigm that drives mental health policy and treatment in Australia.
One foundational unit in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
As the emphasis is on active participation, interaction and discussion, teaching methods will offer: lecturer input, group discussion and reflection, leading guided imagery, supervised role playing, guiding responses to stories, exploration of poems and music and the of the use of related resources and activities.
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Essay 3500 words
Case Study 3500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019
Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000