PC089-612 - Pastoral Care in a Marriage Context
2,679 Standard Tuition Fee
Category developing unitB
pastoral churchUnit Discipline
PC002-6/7/812 Pastoral Care or one other pastoral care or counselling unit at level 6, 7 or 8
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
Demonstrate Developing knowledge and understanding of pastoral care and pastoral counselling for marriage including the methods and standards of professional, safe and ethical practice.
B. Be able to
1. Comment on the aims and methods of pastoral care and counselling for marriage
2. Analyse the skills and methods of pastoral care and counselling for marriage
3. Demonstrate Developing skill in applying the methods of pastoral care and counselling for marriage
4. Present Analytical evidence-based perspectives on pastoral care and counselling for marriage
C. Be in a position to
Applying perspectives and skills from ‘Pastoral Care for Marriage’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry contexts
Section A: Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counselling Skills in a Marriage Context
1. Aims, methods, and the mechanics of care such as administration, confidentiality, boundary issues etc.
2. Relationship counselling skills
3. Equipping others by teaching, encouragement, recognition of abilities, training, etc.
Section B: Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counselling Issues in a Marriage Context
1. Biblical and theological models of relationship and Christian marriage
2. Pastoral care and counselling for various stages of marriage such as courtship, early marriage, child rearing, retirement.
3. Pastoral care and counselling for various situations and crises such as marital conflict, unfaithfulness, separation, blended families, domestic violence, remarriage.
4. Pastoral care and counselling for the end of marriage
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