This course will prepare students for the complex pastoral counselling tasks. Building on pastoral counselling theory, this course is designed to consider special issues associated with practice and administration of counselling, focusing on the pastor in a Church setting and in other pastoral contexts. It is also designed to develop professionally qualified healthcare Pastors/Chaplains who will demonstrate professional competency in conducting biblically based pastoral\spiritual care ministry to patients, inhabitants and their families, and to medical staff. It will assist students formulate a biblical and theological foundation for the practice of pastoral counselling. It will also help them develop an understanding of the key principles of pastoral counselling and gain pastoral skills required for providing Christian counselling and follow-ups. Several pastoral themes and practical challenges shall be addressed outside readings, lectures, projects and peer group interactions for support in pastoral formation and competence. Students shall be motivated to develop their own self-awareness, self-reflections and pastoral presence in offering spiritual care.
To provide learning situations for ministerial students in which they may develop awareness of the theological and psycho-social concerns of persons in crises.
To assist students to:
- Orient students to healthcare systems as they function as professional spiritual caregivers in healthcare departments
- Become aware of oneself as a minister and aware of the ways in which one’s ministry affects other persons
- Develop the ability to use the experiential method of learning and the peer group for support, dialogue and feedback in ways that integrates personal characteristics with pastoral functioning
- Use individual supervision for personal and professional growth and for developing the capacity to evaluate one’s ministry.
- Wrestle theologically with situations and enrich the link between theology and psychological sciences in understanding the human condition
- Become aware of their attitudes, values and assumptions that affect one’s ministry
- Develop an awareness of the pastoral presence in interdisciplinary and interpersonal relationships.
- Become effective in assessing and meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, residents, family, and staff.
- Become team members in cooperation with the healthcare staff and the religious community
- Understand and respond to medical ethical issues, and to become models of professional competence and high ethical standards as pastoral caregivers
- To keep students informed of their progress in the program by periodic evaluation of peer review sessions and assist them in finding ministry partners to help support their ministry
- To support students in their spiritual disciplines and growth, and prepare them to competently and compassionately respond to different crises faced by patients, families and staff