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PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODS403/6032 20181

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603Important noticeWhile every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the information given below, it is thepersonal responsibility of each student to check the current ACT Handbook, copies ofwhich may be found in the Library or online at the ACT’s website: www.actheology.edu.auIt is very important that students plan their time carefully to ensure that reading andespecially assignments receive adequate attention and so as to prevent a bottleneck of workat the end of the semester.It is very important that all quoted material in assignments be properly footnoted andacknowledged. The attention of students is drawn to the ACT’s Academic MisconductPolicy, as well as ACT Late Penalties Policy and Extensions Policy, all of which are availableon the ACT’s website. Failure to comply with the standards required will incur penalties asoutlined in the relevant ACT Policies.The attention of students is also drawn to the section in the current ACT Handbook, headed“Guidelines for Essays in Coursework Units” (see also the QTC Student Handbook). Allessays and assignments should comply with these standards.2

PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODSInformation about this unitUnit descriptionPastoral Skills and Methods introduces students to the aims and methods of pastoral care, andhelps equip students to deliver pastoral care in a variety of situations which may arise inMinistry positions.Learning OutcomesPC403 Learning OutcomesOn completion of this unit, students will:Know and understand: The aims and methods of pastoral care The skills, models and methods of pastoral care Typical pastoral care contexts Community resources for pastoral care The administrative requirements of careBe able to: Explain the aims and methods of pastoral care Discuss the skills of pastoral care Analyse typical pastoral care contexts Observe and practice the methods and skills of pastoral careBe in a position to: Integrate perspectives from pastoral skills and methods with their other theologicalstudies Commence a ministry of pastoral care Observe community standards in pastoral care, including referral and record keepingPC603 Learning OutcomesOn completion of this unit, students will:Know and Understand: The aims and methods of pastoral care The skills, models and methods of pastoral care Typical pastoral care contexts Community resources for pastoral care The administrative requirements of care Selected perspectives on the skills and methods of pastoral careBe able to: Critique the aims and methods of pastoral care Discuss the skills of pastoral care Analyse typical pastoral care contexts Observe, appraise and practise the methods and skills of pastoral care Evaluate selected perspectives on the methods and skills of pastoral care3

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603Be in a position to: Integrate perspectives from pastoral skills and methods with their other theologicalstudies Commence a ministry of pastoral care Observe community standards in pastoral care, including referral and record keeping Maintain appropriate self careHow this Unit Contributes to the CourseThis unit seeks to assist the student to be more effective in pastoral ministry through assistingthe student in the important task of understanding and communicating with people in thepastoral ministry setting, investigating some challenging pastoral care issues and situationsand giving an introduction to methods in training and organising others for a pastoral careministry. The Pastoral Care aspect of Ministry is vitally important and biblically mandated,therefore this Unit is recommended for all those studying for full-time ministry and who are intheir second or third year of the Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology and the PCQCandidates Course.No matter what type of Ministry you are preparing for, studying Pastoral Care will equip youwith knowledge of the main problem areas likely to confront you, and with the practicalrelational skills and theology needed to connect with and care for people who may be in needor as they mature in their Christian faith.Pre-requisites and Co-requisitesThere are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for the Unit.This Unit caters for students studying the following accredited Units:1.Diploma of Theology/Diploma of Ministry/Associate Degree of Theology/Bachelor ofTheology/Bachelor of Ministry (PC403)2.Graduate Certificate of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity / Master of Divinity (PC603)3.Presbyterian Church of Australia Ordination Candidate requirement for Pastoral Care A.How this unit is organized & what we expect of youLECTURESThis Unit involves three hours of lectures on Wednesday afternoons for 11 weeksthroughout the semester of 13 weeks, and an Intensive Skills day of 6 hours.There are no Wednesday lectures on 01 August and 08 August (in Weeks 3 & 4 of thesemester), but you will have reading to undertake in preparation for the Skills Intensive.There will be a 6 Hour Pastoral Skills Intensive on Monday 20 August, from 9.30am to4.30pm. This Intensive is a required part of the unit and attendance is compulsory.This Unit is worth 4 credit points. This means that throughout the semester you should bespending an average of 6-7 hours per week on this Unit, including the class time.4

PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODSTeaching staffLECTURER AND UNIT COORDINATORDr Carolyn RussellMBBS (Qld), Dip. RACOG, FRACGP, Mast. Couns. QUTDr Carolyn Russell is a General Practitioner and Counsellor. She is the co-founder and, now,director of Foundations Counselling Centre, which was established in 1999 as a professionalcounselling service to the community. This was in response to a clear need for the provisionof high quality counselling and assessment services provided by consultants holding aChristian world view.Carolyn is well-known as a caring and very competent professional who has significantexperience in helping clients manage their life challenges. She could be described as a‘people person’ and has a particular interest in a ‘whole of life’ approach to ministry andwellness. She is also a passionate quilter and fabric-dyer.Carolyn has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapyand uses this approach in her counselling of m.auSPECIALIST GUEST LECTURERSDr Jonathan AndrewsMAPS BSc, MSc, MPsych (Clinical), DPsych (Clinical) Qld Reg# 1011694Member Mitchelton Presbyterian Church;Rev Mark Calder, BTh, DipA.Senior Minister, Noosa Anglican ChurchPlease feel free to contact Carolyn if you have any problems or concerns about the unit.Other Key ContactsRegistrar’s officeContact the Registrar’s office for any queries about which unit to enrol in next, if you wish tochange your enrolment, defer due to illness, family circumstances etc., or request anextension for your assessment (criteria apply).P07 3062 6939, extension 2Eregistrar@qtc.edu.auMoodle functions and queriesContact the Registrar or the Assistant Registrar for help if something on Moodle is notworking, if you need help using Moodle etc.P07 3062 6939, extension 2Eregistrar@qtc.edu.auLibrary/ResourcesContact the Librarian for help with finding resources for your assessment, finding full-textdatabase articles, for help with logging into the library databases and catalogue, & for howto renew a book for longer or place a hold on a book currently out to another person.P07 3062 6939, extension 3Elibrary@qtc.edu.au5

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603Unit timetable: topics & teaching and learning activitiesWEEKMAIN TEXTLECTURERWeek 1StrategicPastoralCounsellingBenner, David.Carolyn Russell Introduction: An introduction to Biblicalanthropologies and their implications forpastoral care, counselling and Christiancommunity.Develop small groups for presentationactivity in weeks 6/7 and 11/12Carolyn Russell Christian Pastoral Counselling - Part 1:the settings, the people, the dilemmas(How change occurs: Biblical views ofchange and transformation/Dilemmas for pastoral care)Week 2StrategicPastoralCounselling(Benner)(also Cycles ofTransformation{COT} Nikles,The CUREWarlow ; D &Sand Side by SideWelch, E;Chester, Tim Youcan change)Week 5(MON) Benner, DCarolyn Russell(DURINGNikles,D and SWEEKS 3 AND Welch,E (as4: READ INabove)PREPARATIONFORINTENSIVE INWEEK 5)Week 5 (WED) Reading various; Carolyn RussellErickson paper,COT,Pastoral carewith children(Journal ofBiblical Counsel)Week 6McKissock, M.Carolyn RussellCoping with grief(2012)Watson, RRemember orLewis, CS. A griefobserved orVan Auken, S Asevere mercyMartinez, P AThorn in theFlesh6LECTURE TOPICPersonal awareness of need fortransformation activitiesChristian Pastoral Counselling - Part 2:INTENSIVE Personal challenges in thesetting: Formation of Character inpastoral carer.Skills assessment, and group work.Skills training. Awareness of relationshipsessential in Pastoral Care. Self-care andsupport. (Pyramid of care from COT)Pastoral Care across the Life Span:Developmental perspectives andchallenges/ Understanding variations inrequirement and training forroles/resourcing and training of staffMental Health issues/Grief and Loss:awareness of most common mentalillness presentations and variations inPastoral Care response.Grief and Loss in the pastoral setting.

PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODSWeek 7Week 8Week 9HOLIDAYSWeek 10Week 11Week 12Week 137Keller, T and KMeaning ofMarriage andDVD seriesSmith, WinstonMarriagematters (CCEF)Carolyn Russell Family Issues: Premarital Counselling,Marriage, Family, Divorce andRemarriage. Pregnancy issues.COT Nikles;MotivationalInterviewingarticle:Carolyn Russelland JonoAndrews(possible visitfrom CAP)Homosexuality responsesPresentation of critique of availablepremarital counselling resources.SACC Handbook Carolyn Russell Family Issues: continued: Domesticin training inViolence/Sexual AbuseDomesticInterpersonal issues in the congregation/Violence forchurch disciplineClergy andPresentations of research critique onPastoralchurch discipline frameworks’Workers;Review QldAssemblyposition paperon DVCOT Nikles;Carolyn Russell Individual Issues of ‘Heart’: a) Identityand Jonoand worth: Inferiority and Self Esteem,AndrewsChronic Illness, Singleness, s/mi rationale techniques.pdfVarious articles,JBC (Counsellingin the LocalChurch)Various researchtopics given theweek before;Students tocreateframework.Individual Issues of ‘Heart’: b) controlrelated -- Alcohol-Related Problems,Addictions, Financial & VocationalCounselling. (possible CAP visit)Carolyn Russell Week with Rev Mark Calder: Pastoraland Rev Mark Skills in Action. Pitfalls, creating aCalderframework for an appropriate pastoralteam; questions.Carolyn Russell Presentations to whole class: Topicsfrom the semester. Growth and change,training the pastoral team, Developingnetwork resources and relationships inthe community.Presentations to integrate informationfrom frameworks taught, andunderstandings gained.Carolyn Russell Concluding Issues: What have wediscovered in the course and how canwe integrate it into our lives andministries?Presentations of frameworks activities.

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603PC403 AssessmentsAssessments are submitted online via MoodleIn order to pass the unit, you must submit all assessment pieces and attain a mark of atleast 50% for the unit as a whole.Unless an extension has been applied for and granted in accordance with the Late PenaltyPolicy found in the QTC Handbook, where a student submits an assessment past its due date,the assessment marks will be reduced at the rate of 3% of the total possible marks for theAssessment item per calendar day, up to 14 days late.Your assessment pieces must be within 10% of the prescribed word limit. Assessment piecesthat are more than 10% longer than the prescribed word limit will be returned to students forreduction in length and resubmission. A Late Penalty of 3% per day will apply, commencingon the day that the assessment piece is returned to you for correction.ASSESSMENT TASK(S) DESCRIPTIONAssignment 1A 1500 word Assignment in two parts.1500 words totalPart A is worth 10% of the unit total (one-third of this assignment).Part B is worth 20% of the unit total (two-thirds of this assignment).30% ofFinal GradeA. In 500 words, compare and contrast two structures of pastoralcare and counsel found in the relevant literature. (A Structure is howthe care is ORGANISED within the caring community/agency not themodel or the theory of counselling)B. (i) Produce a 500-word verbatim record (or as accurate aspossible a recollection if relying on memory rather than notes) of ashort pastoral conversation in which you have recently beeninvolved, in which you used pastoral skills taught and modelled inthis unit with respect to a particular pastoral situation.(ii) Produce a 500-word Reflection on the interaction.Assignment 21500 words total30% ofFinal GradeA 1500 word Assignment in two parts.This assignment consists of two complementary parts, which areequally weighted.Students are to:a) Describe in 750 words, a situation in which they themselveshave been discipled, equipped and/or mentored in the past ina Christian context, then reflect on their experience and theskills and methods employed by the mentor ( in light of skillsreferred to during this course) andb) Consult during the semester with their current pastor or anothersuitable Christian mentor.Spend 3 sessions together for your own pastoral care.Use the course material and the Scriptures in selfunderstanding through this time and following.c)8Consult during the semester with their current pastor or anothersuitable Christian mentor.Spend 3 sessions together for your own pastoral care.

PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODSUse the course material and the Scriptures in selfunderstanding through this time and following.Then prepare a 750 word written Reflection upon theunderstanding developed during this time.Focus on discussing areas of1. Current capacities and2. Areas of potential to develop in the area of discipling andequipping others.3. Any thoughts about skills used by this pastor or mentor, whichwere observed/experienced.Assignment 3A 2000 word Response to one of two situations.2000 wordsIn 2000 words, give a detailed Response to ONE of the situationsbelow:40% ofFinal GradeEITHERa) Congregational members: the case study on Family Issues pages170 – 172 and 269 of Collins, G. R., Christian Counselling Casebook(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007), (included at the end of thissection of outline)b)ORa) Mental health presentations in congregation: Case will be givenby Dr Russell in Week 2The detailed response must be supported by research into relevantliterature. Students should indicate: An appreciation of the issues raised within the case An ability to link these issues to one of the consideredanthropologies studied in the unit Consideration of specific short term responses (counsel and pastoralmethods) they would apply to the people in the situation as a result ofunderstanding Consideration for options of longer term strategies and methods,beyond any initial conversation(s), such as use of community resourcesor referrals if appropriate. Any role that might be given to the church members and to churchbased ministries.Engagement with and application of the teaching content regardingan understanding of an anthropology of humanity / the humanperson (e.g. Christian Wholeness Framework/CCEF/work of DavidBenner or other) is expected.9

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603PC603 AssessmentsAssessments are submitted online via MoodleIn order to pass the unit, you must submit all assessment pieces and attain a mark of atleast 50% for the unit as a whole.Unless an extension has been applied for and granted in accordance with the Late PenaltyPolicy found in the QTC Handbook, where a student submits an assessment past its due date,the assessment marks will be reduced at the rate of 3% of the total possible marks for theAssessment item per calendar day, up to 14 days late.Your assessment pieces must be within 10% of the prescribed word limit. Assessment piecesthat are more than 10% longer than the prescribed word limit will be returned to students forreduction in length and resubmission. A Late Penalty of 3% per day will apply, commencingon the day that the assessment piece is returned to you for correction.ASSESSMENT TASK(S)DESCRIPTIONAssignment 1A 2250 word Assignment in two parts.Part A is worth 10% of the unit total (one-third of this assignment).Part B is worth 20% of the unit total (two-thirds of this assignment).30% ofFinal Grade2250 wordsA. Research structures for pastoral counsel and care described inthe literature. Choose three from your research.In 1000 words, compare and contrast these three structures,focusing on the value/applicability of each of these within theAustralian church context. 1000 words (Structure is how the careis ORGANISED within the caring community/agency not themodel or the theory of counselling)B. (i) Produce a 500-word verbatim record (or as accurate aspossible if relying on memory rather than notes) of a shortpastoral conversation in which you have recently been involved,in which you used pastoral skills taught and modelled in this unitwith respect to a particular pastoral situation.(ii) This should be followed by a short 750-word Reflection on theinteraction.Assignment 230% ofFinal Grade2000 wordsA 2000 word Assignment in two parts.This assignment consists of two complementary parts, which areequally weighted.Students are to:a) Describe in 1000 words, a situation in which they themselves havebeen discipled, equipped and/or mentored in the past in aChristian context, reflecting on their experience and the skills andmethods employed by the mentor/coach/pastor; and(b) Consult during the semester with their current pastor or anothersuitable Christian mentor. Spend 3 sessions together. Use thecourse material and the Scriptures in self-understanding.Prepare a 1000 word written Evaluation of the understandingdeveloped during this time.10

PASTORAL SKILLS AND METHODSFocus on evaluating areas of1. current capacities;2. Areas of potential to develop in the area of discipling andequipping others;3. What may be learnt from the pastor/mentor’s own approachto mentoring in light of learnings in the semester? .Assignment 3A 2500 word Response to ONE of two situations below.40% ofFinal GradeIn 2500 words, give a detailed Response to ONE of the situationsbelow:2500 wordsEITHER(a) Mental health presentations in congregation: Case will begiven by Dr Russell in Week 2,OR(b) Supporting pastoral workers: Kathy and Tim Keller’s story asthey share their ‘developing’ story in The Meaning of Marriage,Chapter 5: ‘Loving the Stranger,’ p.134-169The detailed response must be supported by research into relevantliterature.Students should indicate: An understanding of the issues raised within the situation or case An ability to critically consider these issues in relation to one ofthe considered anthropologies studied in the unit Their evaluation and recommendations regarding specific shortterm responses (counsel and pastoral methods) they would apply tothe people in the situation as a result of understanding Their evaluation and recommendations for options of longer termstrategies and methods, beyond any initial conversation(s), such asuse of community resources or referrals if appropriate. Any role that might be given to the church members and tochurch-based ministries, including an evaluation of possible options.Engagement with and application of the teaching content regardingan understanding of an anthropology of humanity / the humanperson (e.g. Christian Wholeness Framework/CCEF/work of DavidBenner or other) is expected.11

NT302/502NT302/502PC403/603The case study on Family Issues pages 170 – 172 and 269 of Collins, G. R., ChristianCounseling Casebook (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007)12

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The skills, models and methods of pastoral care Typical pastoral care contexts Community resources for pastoral care The administrative requirements of care Be able to: Explain the aims and methods of pastoral care Discuss the skills of pastoral care Analyse typical pastoral care contexts Observe and practice the methods and skills of pastoral care Be in a position to: Integrate perspectives .

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