This unit is an introduction to lay counselling within the setting of the Coptic Orthodox Church. It will emphasize the foundations of Christian counselling, including the profile of a shepherd-lay counsellor: lessons learned from the Good Shepherd.

Unit code: DP1600A (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Differentiate between the premises and methods of Christian counselling and general counselling.


Define and understand the frameworks of counselling from a Christian perspective.


Critically review the historical use of counselling, in particular through its use in the Orthodox tradition.


Reflect upon and analyse the use of counselling methods within the spiritual, moral, and ethical context.


Integrate the conceptual frameworks offered together with their research and experience into their own pastoral assumptions and ministry.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: Only one of DP1600A, DP1609A, DP2600A or DP2609A may be taken


Lectures and discussion based learning


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Research seminar paper - 1500 words

1500 30.0
Case Study

Case study - 2500 words

2500 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-11 15:48:13 +1000