This unit provides a review of counselling methodology and issues. The unit also addresses the nature of counselling within a pastoral care and parish context, considering ethical concerns and responding to the questions of God’s love and goodness in lived human experiences. It introduces students to specialised contexts of care and counselling: crisis, sickness, death, grief and mental illness.

Unit Code: DP9206L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a sophisticated cross-disciplinary approach to the practice of pastoral care and counselling


Apply a Lutheran theology of the cross to pastoral care and counselling contexts that raise questions of God’s love and goodness


Engage diverse views in reflection on human experience and behaviours, evaluating a range of cognitive and affective responses in pastoral care


Identify limitations and boundaries for pastoral carers, including reference to exit points for referral and the Lutheran Church of Australia’s theological values and professional standards as they relate to pastoral care.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites At least 24 points in Field D Prohibited combinations DP3006L Pastoral Care and Counselling


Learner-focused approach, incorporating strategies such as lectures, group discussion and debate, role plays, personal reflection and brainstorming.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Summative Reflection

Summative reflection 1500 words

1500 20.0

Essay 3250 words

3250 40.0

Investigation 3250 words

3250 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 00:09:05 +1100