THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention (8)


This subject defines and examines the nature of pastoral counselling in relation to trauma and crisis intervention. A background to understanding trauma and its potential impact on individuals is given. Models of crisis intervention are examined, together with appropriate pastoral responses, skills training and professional issues.

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Session 1
Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling, Master of Pastoral Counselling, Master of Pastoral Counselling (Clinical) and Master of Ministry who have met the required prerequisites.
THL400 and THL420

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise and evaluate the presence of crisis situations
  • be able to recognise the symptoms of a response to crisis and any resultant trauma
  • be able to articulate a variety of pastoral situations involving crises
  • be able to outline and discuss critically crisis intervention models
  • be able to apply appropriate pastoral counselling responses to crisis situations
  • be able to reflect theologically on spiritual aspects of crisis and trauma
  • be able to reflect critically on professional issues and their own processes in crisis situations


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is crisis?
  • Crises and spirituality
  • Defining trauma
  • Defining abuse
  • Crisis theories
  • Crisis Counselling Models
  • Applying crisis intervention skills
  • Suicide intervention
  • Professional and ethical issues in pastoral crisis counselling

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The residential school for this subject will foster a supportive/safe environment for pracitical skills training, self-reflective practice and discussion of relevant subject material. It will involve roleplays, practice counselling sessions, experiential exercises, lectures and discussion groups.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.