Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
Pastoral care is part of the daily life of the deacon and all ministers in pastoral assignments. Pastoral counseling incorporates additional theories into the process. Through this course, deacons and their colleagues in ministry will gain the knowledge and skills to be more comfortable in offering pastoral.
Pastoral counseling has been defined as a form of counseling that integrates religious resources with behavioral sciences. It is a branch of counseling that uses insights and principles derived from theology and psychology to work with groups, families, couples, and individuals in order to achieve spiritual and emotional well-being.
While professional pastoral counseling is performed by ordained ministers, rabbis, and priests and others with degrees in pastoral counseling, the purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to pastoral counseling with a focus on the deacon’s role in pastoral counseling using specific case scenarios.
Professional pastoral counselors are licensed before entering into practice. This course does not lead to licensure but serves as a primer for deacons and their colleagues in ministry to acquire basic skills and an appreciation of pastoral counseling.
This course encompasses a large part of pastoral counseling and includes:
|What Is Pastoral Counseling?
||Advanced Challenging Skills
|The Spiritual Dimension of Pastoral Counseling
||Advanced Action Planning Skills
|Basic Counseling Mistakes
||Specialty Scripture, Prayer, and Intervention Skills
|The Basic Structure of Pastoral Counseling Sessions
||A Model for Pastoral Counseling
|Basic Listening Skills
||Pastoral Counseling in Relation to Other Counseling Methods
|Advanced Listening Skills
This course draws from the disciplines of
- Pastoral theology · Pastoral counseling
- Sociology · Psychology
to emphasize the critical importance of ministering to people as they seek to live healthy lives.
Upon completion of this course, the Deacon will be able to:
- Identify and value the differences between Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling.
- Recognize and apply various counseling theories and techniques.
- Consider Pastoral Counseling as a professional development.
The following book will be used throughout the course, beginning in Week 3.
Cheydleur, J. R. (1999). Called to counsel. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.