This unit gives an overview of the disciplines of formation for the practice of spiritual care. Theological and philosophical aspects of care are presented, and personal and spiritual formation sessions focus on the student’s spiritual care identity, skill development and reflective practice. Small group sessions and verbatim supervision provide an introduction to basic counselling skills in the context of the practice of spiritual care and offer opportunities to practice and obtain feedback on those skills.

Unit Code: DP8701S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate at an advanced level, integration of experience, listening-skills development and theological reflection as the foundational elements of reflective practice that embodies safe, sustainable and professionally-responsive care.


Identify and describe biblical and theological themes and motifs which inform and complement their spiritual/pastoral identity and practice.


Critically reflect on historical and textual examples of the practice of spiritual care from a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.


Discern and apply the skills of contemplation, mindfulness, meditation and prayer to the reflective practice of spiritual care.


Critically engage current research and integrate this within theological reflection on spiritual/pastoral identity, ministry and the practice of spiritual care.


  1. Weekly online video broadcast lectures
  2. Weekly posting of reading reflections on shared online forum.
  3. Weekly posting of journal reflections on reflective/contemplative practice.
  4. Four face-to-face professional supervision sessions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Report (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0
Verbatim Report

Verbatim Report (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-20 15:58:12 +1000