These courses provide ordained ministers of religion and lay church workers with appropriate professional skills and knowledge in pastoral counselling. Pastoral care and counselling skills are exercised in a variety of institutional settings within the overall framework of the Australian Christian Churches at the corporate and congregational levels of denominations, universities, military, corrective services, police, ambulance, trade and industry, etc.
Normal course duration
Graduate Diploma: Full-time 1 year (2 sessions)
Graduate Diploma: Part-time 2 years (4 sessions)
Graduate Certificate: Full-time 0.5 year (1 session)
Graduate Certificate: Part-time 1 year (2 sessions)
The Graduate Certificate articulates with the Graduate Diploma and credit is awarded in the Graduate Diploma for the Graduate Certificate subjects.
Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent in theology, or a bachelor degree with a major in psychology. Applicants who hold a LTh or ThDip with ordination and pastoral experience will also be considered for admission.
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (eight subjects) for the Graduate Diploma. and 32 points (four subjects) for the Graduate Certificate.
Session 1 (Autumn)
PSY402 Counselling Skills
THL222 Pastoral Theology Classical and Modern
THL434 Spiritual Direction
THL122 Pastoral Care and Counselling**
Session 2 (Spring)
THL428 Advanced Pastoral Counselling
[ ] Elective
Sessions 1-2 as above
Session 3 (Autumn)
THL429 Towards a Psychology of Religious Experience
[ ] Elective
Session 4 (Spring)
THL433 Graduate Seminar on Pastoral Counselling Cases
[ ] Elective
** Only to be undertaken by students who have not previously undertaken studies in pastoral counselling. For these students, this is a required subject.
PSY401 Advanced Personality Theory
THL435 Pastoral Care of the Aged
WEL409 Grief and Loss
THL430 Counselling Survivors of Trauma and Sexual Abuse
THL436 Independent Guided Study in Pastoral Counselling
THL431 Group Dynamics and Counselling
THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing
In every session there will be a two to three-day residential school for the subjects coded THL except for THL434 which has a five-day residential. These are normally held in January, April/May, July or September. The Psychology subjects (PSY) also require attendance at residential schools in April/May or September.
School of Theology
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
Telephone: (02) 6273 1572
Facsimile: (02) 6273 4067