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

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

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.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Augsberger, David. Anger and Assertiveness in Pastoral Care. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979
  • Malony, H.N. and Augsburger, D. Christian Counseling: An Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007
  • Palmer, Parker. Let your life speak: Listening for the voice of vocation. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2000
  • Peterson, Eugene. Under the unpredictable plant: An exploration in vocational holiness. Grand Rapids: Wm B.Eerdmans, 1994
  • Rohr, R. Everything belongs New York: Crossroads, 1999
  • Schneider Corey, Marianne and Gerald Corey. Becoming a helper. 4th edn, Pacific Grove: Brooks/ Cole, 2003
  • Worthington, Everett L. When someone asks for help: A practical guide to counseling, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1982


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Case study (750 words)

750 25.0

Reflective verbatim (750 words)

750 25.0

Thematic essay (1,500 words)

1500 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100