Introduction to Pastoral Counselling

This unit introduces various models of pastoral counselling that are integral to the process of pastoral ministry. Emphasis is on learning the function of basic pastoral counselling skills within ministry. It begins by defining pastoral counselling then introduces the skills of listening and emotional involvement, the components of the pastoral counselling relationship, and the varying counselling approaches and their methodologies. It also examines family systems and crisis counselling, the nexus between pastoral counselling and spiritual direction, and ethics in counselling practice in the pastoral context.

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. demonstrate a sound knowledge of pastoral counselling ‘schools of thought’
  2. display a sound knowledge of the historical development of the discipline
  3. identify various components of the pastoral counselling relationship
  4. differentiate basic listening kills
  5. apply an understanding of the ethics of pastoral counselling.
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