This unit introduces pastoral care and counselling skills, for those who wish to be better equipped for ministry within their own workplace, congregation or community. It covers the theological basis for Christian helping, and introduces foundational helping skills, using the CARE model.

Unit Code: DP8108L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

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


Integrate their understanding of pastoral care and counselling with theology


Demonstrate people-helping skills


Analyse and evaluate the practice of pastoral care in contemporary contexts

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: Recommended: Active involvement within a community or service area, where the student is able to engage in acts of pastoral care and counselling; Bible Then and Now and/or Christian Faith in Modern Context (or their equivalents)


Unit material online, including articles, links etc. together email, phone conversations as well as online forums, covering various topics of discussion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1500 words)

1500 25.0
Book Review

Book analysis (1000 words)

1000 15.0
Case Study

Pastoral case study (3000 words)

3000 50.0
Personal and Professional Evaluation

Personal evaluation (500 words)

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 14:56:37 +1100