Learning Outcomes

(a)  To acquaint candidates with the various aims and methods of pastoral care.

(b)  To help candidates begin to identify and develop people skills, so as to deliver pastoral care with the candidate’s own empathic involvement.

(c)  To provide candidates with opportunities to see skills modelled and to role-play, with supervision, such skills themselves, so as to enable them to help persons pastorally. 



Section A: Pastoral Skills and Methods

  1. An introduction to aims and methods in pastoral care and pastoral counselling and their implications for Christian community.

  2. Relational skills; empathy, respect, concreteness, genuineness; listening skills.

  3. Equipping others; teaching, encouragement, recognition of abilities, training.

  4. Mechanics of care; administration, publicity, the various settings of care, record keeping.

Section B: Pastoral Care in Particular Situations

In the topics studied below, attention should be paid not only to the needs of those in care but to the carers’ own lives:

  1. Pastoral care of persons with special needs,


    (a) the recognition of normal and abnormal conditions

    (b)  the mentally ill

    (c)  handicapped and disabled persons

  2. Pastoral care of persons in the following situations:

    (a) marital disharmony and divorce

    (b) dying, death and bereavement, the grief process

    (c) depression

  1. Pastoral care of persons in crises or with chronic conditions, candidates are to study two of:

    1. alcoholism & drug dependence

    2. attempted suicide

    3. long-term illness

    4. child abuse and domestic violence

    5. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases

    6. unemployment and work-related stress

    7. those in trouble with the law

    8. financial or debt-related stress

  2. Community resources for pastoral care, including other helping professions, and when to refer. 


Dates: 23 July to 9 November 2018
Registration closing date: 14th July 2018


Note: This course is for Diploma/Degree students only. Please note that you are NOT eligible to take any of these courses without submitting the Diploma/Degree application to us. Kindly make an enquiry before you register any courses.