PC603 - Pastoral Skills and Methods
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The aims and methods of pastoral care.
- The skills, models and methods of pastoral care.
- Typical pastoral care contexts.
- Community resources for pastoral care.
- The administrative requirements of care.
- Selected perspectives on the skills and methods of pastoral care.
Be able to
- Critique the aims and methods of pastoral care.
- Discuss the skills of pastoral care.
- Analyse typical pastoral care contexts.
- Observe, appraise and practise the methods and skills of pastoral care.
- Evaluate selected perspectives on the methods and skills of pastoral care.
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from pastoral skills and methods with their other theological studies.
- Commence a ministry of pastoral care.
- Observe community standards in pastoral care, including referral and record keeping.
- Maintain appropriate self care.
Section A: Pastoral Skills and Methods
- 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
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.
- Sections A and B are weighted approximately 40% and 60% respectively.
- If PC602 has not been taken, approved colleges are required to ensure that students have studied the unit matter of PC602 Section A.
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