In this unit the student will have the opportunity to explore the notion of ‘self’ as part of their identity in pastoral and other relationships. The development of notions of self will be examined theologically and theoretically, the impact on self-identity will be explored from social, familial, and cultural contexts, and a variety of human emotions will be considered as they impact on relationships with others. The implications of understandings of self and emotion will be explored and examined to deepen understanding and practice of healthy pastoral relationships.

Unit code: DP1000P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Explain theological and theoretical notions of self as a way of locating their own self-identity.


Identify social, familial, and cultural influences on their own identity


Understand how notions of self-impact on relationships with ‘other’ especially within pastoral relationships


Identify a variety of human emotions as they impact on pastoral relationships


Understand the importance of maintaining emotionally healthy relationships including strategies for the use of supervision, Spiritual direction, peer groups, and ethical boundaries.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burns, Bob, Tasha D. Chapman, and Donald C. Guthrie. Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving. Downers Grove: IVP, 2013.
  • Conn, Joann Wolski, ed. *Women's Spirituality: Resources of Christian Developmen*t. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 1996.
  • Cooper-White, Pamela. Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counselling. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004.
  • Culbertson, Philip, Margaret Agee, and Cabrini 'Ofa Makasiale, eds. Penina Uliuli: Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific People. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2007.
  • Dykstra, Robert C. Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings. St Louis: Chalice, 2005.
  • Johnson, Lydia F. Drinking from the Same Well. Cross Cultural Concerns in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Eugene: Pickwick, 2011.
  • Ling, Tim, and Lesley Bentley, eds. Developing Faithful Ministers. A Practical and Theological Handbook. London: SCM, 2012.
  • Richardson, Ronald W. Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.
  • Scazzero, Peter Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Case study in ministry or work setting (1800 words)

1800 40.0

Family/ cultural map with narrative explanation (1200 words)

1200 35.0

Weekly reflection blog (1000 total words)

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit record last updated: 2020-11-04 14:17:48 +1100