This unit explores the pastoral dimensions of grief and loss, marriage and family and interpersonal relationships. The unit has a special focus on the development of effective helping skills and healthy boundaries, the management of conflict and vocational self- awareness. The unit is undergirded by a biblical and theological approach to the discipline of pastoral care.

Unit Code: DP0139W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Diploma

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Develop and practice a variety of pastoral helping skills that will assist them as they seek to work with young people.


Write and present verbatim reports and case studies.


Show a biblical and critical awareness of key issues related to pastoral themes, such as family systems, coping with grief and loss, and conflict management.


Outline issues that impinge upon a pastoral carer, including setting and maintaining boundaries, handling conflict and having healthy ministry practice.


Description Weight (%)

Reflective verbatim (750 words)


Case study (750 words)


Thematic essay (1,500 words)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-07 14:06:17 +1000