This course discusses the development of the human using various theories and considering physical, cognitive, sociocultural and spiritual development. It considers the impact that crises, environment, spirituality and family can have on normative development in light of a Christian worldview.

Unit Code: DP9778S

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


Articulate and differentiate theories of development, transitions and stages of human development (NOTE:this is a PACFA requirement)across the life span including current understandings about neurobiological behaviour. (* NOTE: This is a PACFA requirement)


Articulate and evaluate theories and etiology of trauma-causing events and addiction, including strategies for prevention, intervention and treatment


Articulate and evaluate theories and models of individual, cultural, couple, family and community resilience and wellness over the lifespan.


Explain human behaviour, including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behaviour.


Develop a theological and spiritual rationale that integrates evidence-based research and developmental theory with clinical practice.

Unit sequence

36 points in field D or AIFC’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)


The course will be divided into 4 topics: • Beginnings and Early Years • Middle School • Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood • Aging and End of Life Each topic will include a 20 minute lecture. These will be delivered during the one-day workshop and available by video. In weeks 4, 10, 14 and 18 a non-compulsory on line tutorial of no more than 2 hours will be available for students. This occurs the week after a topic is introduced and is designed to help with assessment related questions and clarification of points. Students will be allocated a learning partner and have structured formative discussion items they may use if they wish.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Discussion forum topic 1 (500 words)

500 10.0

Discussion forum topic 2 (500 words)

500 10.0

Discussion forum topic 3 (500 words)

500 10.0

Discussion forum topic 4 (500 words)

500 10.0

Essay 1 (1,250 words)

1250 15.0

Essay 2 (1,250 words)

1250 15.0

Developmental analysis paper (3,000 words)

3000 40.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-21 09:22:47 +1100