Pastoral Counselling in Ministry

This unit introduces students to various models of pastoral counselling that are integral to the process of ministry and encourages critical reflection upon this. Emphasis is on learning the function of basic counselling skills within the pastoral context and on theological reflection upon this form of pastoral activity. It covers the skills of listening and emotional involvement, empathy and empathic containment, the components of the pastoral counselling relationship, critical evaluation of counselling models, pastoral counselling and spiritual direction: similarities and differences, theological perspectives on pastoral counselling, 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. appraise, and critically reflect upon, the role of pastoral counselling skills in ministry
  2. distinguish between, and appraise, various pastoral counselling models
  3. interpret how various components of the pastoral counselling relationship apply to ministry
  4. exhibit basic listening and reflective skills
  5. apply an understanding of the ethics of the practice of pastoral counselling in ministry.
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