This unit will focus on pastoral and spiritual care for persons, patients and families in a multi-faith, multi-disciplinary setting. The semester will include three field immersion days, five professional supervision sessions and two face-to-face seminar days. Students will visit three religious communities other than their own. In order to enhance their understanding of the needs of patients, family members and communities each visit is designed to maximise the participant’s experience of: spiritual care practices; cultural distinctives; rituals, both corporate and personal of that faith group. The context of care will be hospitals, other healthcare facilities or community-service settings and faith communities during times of crisis, illness, suffering, death and dying. Areas of cultural differences within the practices of each faith group will be highlighted. Assessment tasks will evaluate these themes contextually, vocationally and theologically, develop guidelines for reflective practice as spiritual care practitioners in a multi-faith setting and thus provide an opportunity for integrative reflection.

Unit Code: DP9722S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical awareness of the multi-religious themes that influence current pastoral and spiritual care practice in hospital, healthcare and community settings;


Identify the ways in which a multi-religious setting influences the practice of spiritual care and reflect upon how this in turn influences their own practice of care;


Describe, evaluate on the basis of the principles of spiritual care and explore through theological reflection, the essential elements of care offered from a multi-faith perspective within community, faith and healthcare settings;


Articulate, theologically integrate and illustrate from within their own practice, belief and faith identity their responses to the diversity of beliefs and practice of individuals and families;


Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a team and group context their understanding of spiritual care interventions in a multi-cultural, multi-religious setting.


Apply learning and current research to a theological, spiritual and systemic critique of the context where they offer spiritual care.

Unit sequence

DP8001S Introduction to Pastoral Care or AIFC Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)


Two seminar days with faith community representatives providing introductory and integrative lectures. Two face-to-face seminar days. Weekly online forum to report on and discuss reading. Five face-to-face professional supervision sessions.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Critical Reading Journal (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Integrative Essay (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Three Immersion Reports (Supervised) (1000 words each)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 15 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-21 08:43:07 +1100