Ethical and Professional Issues in Pastoral Counselling

This postgraduate unit  examines the critical ethical and legal issues relevant to pastoral care and counselling including ethical systems, Christian ethical systems, ethical issues in relation to clients’ and parishioners’ rights and pastoral practitioner responsibilities, ethical issues in theory, practice and research; emphasis on evidence based research and practice, organisational and professional ethics, and codes of practice.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. show a critical appreciation of the importance of ethics in the organisation and regulation of pastoral counselling practice
  2. demonstrate thorough knowledge of the ethical responsibilities of pastoral practitioners and pastoral counsellors
  3. investigate, analyse and synthesise information pertaining to specific ethical issues of particular importance to pastoral counselling and care
  4. demonstrate thorough knowledge of the models of ethical decision-making, in relation to pastoral care and counselling, and
  5. exhibit a well-developed competency and evaluation in the development and practice of ethical principles to their ecclesiological setting or pastoral counselling practice.
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