Building on previous CPE studies, this unit allows the student to extend their skills into Specialized contexts, such as aged care, mental health, palliative care and rehabilitation, community-based care, criminal justice, schools or the military. This specialist context will create a platform for further pastoral and theological development.

Unit code: DP9170S

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 48.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Develop goals for their learning which identify their learning edges in a specialist area


Begin, develop and conclude pastoral interactions in the specialist area


Identify and respond to a person's spiritual needs and resources in their specific context


Demonstrate a sustained capacity to engage with inter-disciplinary staff


Reflect upon their experience of spiritual care in writing, with a group of peers and with their supervisor


Articulate an understanding of spiritual and theological frameworks in their encounters.


Demonstrate how the insights gained from theological/spiritual reflection can be incorporated into current and future spiritual care practice


Articulate their identity and style of practice as a spiritual carer appropriate to the specialist area.

Unit sequence

DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1 is a prerequisite. The unit is available for students either after level 1 or after level 2 in order to develop their skills. Students would be able to do CPE level 1, CPE Specialist and CPE2 as part of a progression, although this may need to be across different awards.


Supervised peer group review of presentations of spiritual care and other materials Individual supervision Group didactic sessions

Indicative Bibliography

Recommended reading will include particular texts based on the specialisation chosen. These may include texts such as:

Corbett, Lionel. Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality beyond Religion. Taylor and Francis, 2019.

Giles, Cheryl A. & Willa B. Miller. The Arts of Contemplative Prayer: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. Wisdom Publications, 2012.

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth. Living with Death and Dying. Scribner, 1997.

Mackay, Hugh. The Kindness Revolution. Allen & Unwin, 2021.

Roberts, Stephen B. (ed) Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care. SkyLight Paths, 2011.

Rumbold, Bruce. Spirituality and Palliative Care. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Surron, Nicholas, Chander, Vineet & Rishi Das, Shaunaka. Hindu Chaplaincy. Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2017.

Wahiba Abu-Ras & Lance Laird, How Muslim and Non-Muslim Chaplains Serve Muslim Patients? Does the Interfaith Chaplaincy Model have Room for Muslims’ Experiences? Journal of Religion and Health, 2011, Vol.50(1), pp.46-61.

Webb, Val. In Defence of Doubt. Morning Star Publishing, 2012.

Wicks, Robert J,& Richard Parsons, Donald Capps (eds). Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling. Paulist Press, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Journal 1000 words

1000 10.0
Case Study

Case study 2500 words

2500 10.0

Essay 1500 words

1500 15.0

Summative Reflection 2500 words

2500 20.0

Summative Reflection 2500 words

2500 15.0

Report 6000 words

6000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 14 Dec, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-12-14 18:02:02 +1100