Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma

The unit Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma aims to provide an overview of the key concepts and main theoretical approaches pertinent in the pastoral counselling of people experiencing grief, loss and trauma. It further examines normal and pathological grief processes and equips the pastoral practitioner accordingly.

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. articulate Biblical perspectives on the nature of human relationships, family dynamics, and how suffering impacts the person
  2. critically evaluate culturally appropriate theories of pastoral counselling and interventions
  3. outline in broad terms how to approach grief, loss, and trauma issues in pastoral care and counselling and differentiate between them
  4. appreciate and define the importance of research and pastoral counselling theory for effective and responsible pastoral care and counselling
  5. address both the reactions of people facing issues related to the terminally ill, and various other significant losses, and appropriate and inappropriate forms of support, assistance, and Pastoral Care and discriminate between them.
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