Clinical Pastoral Education 1

This postgraduate unit  seeks to develop the awareness of the dynamics operating in pastoral ministry by encouraging participants to become reflective practitioners. The unit focuses on topics such as empathy, exploring the role of the pastor in effective ministry, principles that inform pastoral boundaries, methods of theological reflection, self-evaluation and critical reflection in ministry, and use of the supervisory dyad as a learning tool.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



Written application, interview, Criminal Record Clearance.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. reflect critically on the relational dynamics occurring in pastoral conversations
  2. demonstrate a capacity to use a variety of pastoral interventions including empathy
  3. articulate and work within the boundaries of their pastoral role
  4. evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of methods of theological reflection
  5. demonstrate an integration of their theology with their ministry practice.
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