C7249
Human Development and Pastoral Counselling

This unit provides for an understanding of the physical, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the human life cycle through all the stages from infancy to older age. As such, it provides knowledge of life experiences that can be addressed in pastoral care and counselling. It studies life cycle theorists like Freud, Erikson, Jung, and Bronfenbrenner; moral and faith development: Piaget, Kohlberg, Fowler; developmental tasks like early attachments, identity, sexuality, career, marriage & family, mid-life changes, and ageing. It addresses issues pertaining to gender studies, and the life cycle and pastoral counselling.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Discipline

Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the stages of the life cycle as described by a number of developmental theorists
  2. identify the developmental nature of faith and moral reasoning
  3. critique contemporary gender issues
  4. address developmental concerns within pastoral care and counselling
  5. demonstrate increased self-awareness of developmental issues within their own lives.
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