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Foundations of Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Semester 1
Day Class
Available Online

This unit provides students with a foundation for spiritual and pastoral care as an integral expression of person-centred care.  Students will consider the theological and practical aspects of care as an expression of meaningful engagement with others. Students will examine the social and pastoral contexts of care, including those where spiritual care is provided outside the faith community. Attention will be paid to the Capability Frameworks for Spiritual Care Practitioners and the emerging resources in the spiritual care sector. Consideration of the contribution of the Christian tradition to the field of pastoral and spiritual care is made, including theological metaphors and models of care, theological understandings of personhood, considerations of power and pastoral identity, as well as specific skills essential to the good practice of person-centred care.

Undergraduate: DP2001W
Postgraduate: DP8001W
Undergraduate Level 2 and Postgraduate Foundational
Pastoral Theology and Ministry (DP)
Theology: Mission and Ministry (D)
Undergraduate: 18 points in Field D
Postgraduate: Nil
Whitley College   view location >
Luke Bowen   view profile >
Class Time
Three hours per week
Also available online, including 6 sessions via Zoom