Pastoral Counselling in Context

This postgraduate unit  introduces various models of pastoral counselling that are integral to the process of ministry. Emphasis is on learning the function of basic counselling skills within the pastoral context. It focuses on the significance of context to pastoral counselling, counselling and sacramental ministry, the difference between spiritual direction and pastoral counselling, grief, loss and bereavement, mental illness; depression, psychotic illness, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, suicide and crisis counselling, addictions, 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. assess the role of counselling skills in ministry
  2. adapt these skills to various pastoral situations and contexts
  3. identify the differing features of a variety of pastoral situations
  4. apply counselling skills appropriately
  5. exhibit an understanding of the ethics of the practice of pastoral counselling, and its limits.
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