This unit is an introduction to 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: DP8600A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

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.


Analyse the frameworks of counselling from a Christian perspective.


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


Analyse counselling methods within the spiritual, moral, and ethical context.


Integrate the conceptual frameworks of counselling into a broader understanding of pastoral ministry.


The unit will emphasise active participation, interaction and discussion. Teaching methods will include lecturer input, group discussion and reflection, supervised role playing, guiding responses to case studies, and the of the use of related resources and activities

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Neil T., Terry Zuehlke, and Julianne Zuehlke. Christ-Centered Therapy: The Practical Integration of Theology and Psychology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 2000.
  • Bloch, Sidney, and Bruce Singh. Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry. 2nd ed. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2001.
  • Collins, Gary R. Christian Counselling: A Comprehensive Guide. 3rd ed. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
  • Corey, Gerald, Marianne Schneider Corey, and Patrick Callanan. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. 7th ed. Australia; Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole/Thomson Learning, 2007.
  • Egan, Gerard. The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping. 8th ed. Belmont, Calif.: Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2007
  • Feltham, C and I Horton. Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage Publications Ltd, 2000
  • Glick I, et al. The field of marital and family therapy: development and definition, Marital and family therapy. 4th ed. American Psychiatry Press Inc. 2000
  • Goldenberg, Irene, and Herbert Goldenberg. Family Therapy: An Overview. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 2000.
  • Pargiter R., and J. Coverdale. The ethical dimension, Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry 2nd ed. Melbourne University Press. 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Verbatim Report

Practical Assessment – Verbatim 3000 words

3000 50.0

Written Assessment Task - Essay 2000 words

2000 30.0
Personal Reflection

Written Assessment Task – Reflection papers x 4 1000 words

1000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-12 11:50:51 +1100