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. It is envisaged that this unit will provide an introduction and preliminary extension to the basic pastoral counselling skills-set necessary for the advanced practice postgraduate unit Pastoral Counselling and Professional Practice B.

Unit Code: DP9605P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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 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.


Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon the theological significance and relevance of a pastoral approach to counselling.


Facilitate the client’s identification of preferred values and narratives.

Unit sequence

DP8000P: ‘Self and Other in Pastoral Care’ plus 15pts in each of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology


Lectures, Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflective journal (3000 words equivalent)

3000 45.0
Oral Presentation

Class presentation = 1500 words

1500 25.0

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: 2019-06-25 08:40:12 +1000