This is a practical unit in a supervised context. It provides students with the opportunity for practising people-helping skills in a ministry context. Students learn about and experience pastoral care and visitation in a field experience under supervision. They have an opportunity to experience a range of contexts for pastoral care and visitation and to practise using resources appropriately in a variety of care and visitation situations.

Unit Code: DP3624L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Practicum

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate basic skills needed for pastoral visitation and care and counselling in the parish ministry context


Use Scripture, prayer and other resources appropriately in a variety of pastoral contexts


Conduct pastoral visits to people in hospitals and/or aged care facilities and other situations in a professional manner


Use reflective practice in exercising their people-helping skills

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: At least 36 points in Field D—Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP) Normally • completion of DP2002L Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counselling and DP3003L Parish Ministry or equivalent units • the student fulfils a vocational requirement


This is applied workplace learning informed by relevant literature, supervisory observation and mentoring, and student reflective integrative responses.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

A project report that supports the achievement of the learning outcomes.

Task 1

Community project: develop a visitation program.

Due the end of week 2

Task 2

Workplace evaluation, in the form of regular debriefs with supervisor, reflecting on the student’s learning about their people helping skills and the appropriate use of resources.

Due during the semester at intervals determined by the supervisor

5000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 15:24:18 +1100