THL228 Pastoral Care (8)

This practical subject aims to prepare students for pastoral ministry in community and church contexts. A model of pastoral care intervention will underpin skills development, alongside an understanding of human development and interpersonal process. Communication and interpersonal skills will be applied within the context of specific pastoral situations involving such factors as crisis, fear, anxiety, suffering, grief and loss.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
United Theological College
Session 3 (90)
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL228. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL115 and THL120

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to reflect on the nature of pastoral care and its role in Christian ministry
  • be able to demonstrate communication skills of listening, attending, reflecting and use of questions, and utilise these in pastoral care settings
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate assessment, intervention, and referral within pastoral care situations
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of specific pastoral situations
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of practical, professional and ethical issues within pastoral work
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate self-awareness and a capacity for self-reflection.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature and context of pastoral care and the person of the pastoral carer
  • Assessment in pastoral care and models of pastoral care
  • Skills for the pastoral carer: Making connection with people, communicating understanding, drawing out the story, gathering the pieces
  • Common pastoral care situations and case studies
  • Practical ethics: Power and professional boundaries, referral, thinking theologically and reflectively
  • Practical issues

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of this residential school is to provide an opportunity for students to practice communication skills, to develop their capacity for self-reflection and to participate in learning and discussion in a supportive environment


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.