This unit offers students an introduction to Christian pastoral care and counselling from the perspective of the lay and/or volunteer pastoral carer, covering the theological dimensions integrated with a practical ‘CARE’ model of basic pastoral care and counselling: connect; actively listen; respond and encourage.

Unit Code: DP1108L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate their understanding of pastoral care and counselling


Explore and develop aspects and understandings of pastoral care and counselling based on personal experience and reflection, utilising case-study and/or journaling methodologies


Show an awareness of and basic skills in pastoral care and counselling, using the care model.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: • There are no previous counselling prerequisites. • Recommended: Active involvement within a community or service area, where the student is able to engage in acts of pastoral care and counselling. It is also assumed that participants have grounding in the essentials of the Christian faith.


Engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums and asynchronous discussion with lecturer. Discussion with student mentor.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1000 words

1000 25.0
Report - Case study Part 1 700 20.0
Case Study - Case study Part 2 2000 45.0
Report 300 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 14:53:50 +1100