12 Credit Points (CPS)
On successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- Demonstrate developing knowledge and understanding of pastoral skills and methods, including the methods and standards of professional, safe and ethical practice.
Be able to
- Identify the aims and methods of pastoral care
- Analyse the skills and methods of pastoral care
- Demonstrate skill in applying the methods of pastoral care
- Present analytical evidence-based perspectives on pastoral skills and methods
Be in a position to
- Apply perspectives and skills from ‘Pastoral Skills and Methods’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry contexts
Section A: Pastoral Skills and Methods (40%)
- An introduction to aims and methods in pastoral care and pastoral counselling and their implications for Christian community.
- Relational skills; empathy, respect, concreteness, genuineness; listening skills.
- Equipping others; teaching, encouragement, recognition of abilities, training.
- Mechanics of care; administration, publicity, the various settings of care, record-keeping.
Section B: Pastoral Care in Particular Situations (60%)
In the topics studied below, attention should be paid not only to the needs of those in care but the carers’ own lives.
- Pastoral care of persons with special needs, including:
- the recognition of normal and abnormal conditions;
- the mentally ill;
- handicapped and disabled persons.
- Pastoral care of people in the following situations:
- marital disharmony and divorce;
- dying, death and bereavement; the grief process;
- Pastoral care of those in crises, or with chronic conditions. Students study two of:
- alcoholism & drug dependence
- attempted suicide
- long-term illness
- child abuse and domestic violence
- AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases
- unemployment and work related stress
- those in trouble with the law
- financial or debt-related stress
- Community resources for pastoral care, including other helping professions; when to refer.