THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family (8)

This subject is an introduction to relationship and family counselling within pastoral settings. It will include an understanding of self in relationship; theological and spiritual perspectives on family and relationship; theoretical models of relationship counselling; and appropriate skills for counselling in these contexts. Students will develop knowledge and skills in dealing with separation, divorce and remarriage, communication, conflict resolution, intimacy, sex and sexuality, and parenting in traditional, blended and other family structures. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and background.

Availability

* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL432. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling, Master of Pastoral Counselling, Master of Pastoral Counselling (Clinical) and Master of Ministry, who have met the prerequisite requirements for this subject.

Prerequisites

THL400 and THL420

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of interpersonal relationships and family dynamics
  • be able to articulate a theological understanding of relationship and family
  • be able to reflect critically on their own values and family backgrounds
  • demonstrate the advanced skills required for working with couples and families in the pastoral counselling setting
  • be able to demonstrate the critcial application of the various theoretical approaches and models to working with relationships and families in the pastoral counselling setting
  • be able to apply appropriate pastoral counselling responses to complex relational situations
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding the spiritual perspectives that may emerge when working with couples and families
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate ethical practice, including referral

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Pastoral Counselling for Relationships and Families
  • Theological perspectives on relationships and families
  • Spiritual conflict arising in relationship and family issues
  • Systems theory and family-of-origin
  • Theoretical approaches to relationships and families
  • A Pastoral Counselling approach
  • Understanding of self in relationship
  • Impact of own values
  • Communciation skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Pastoral Counselling skills for couples and families
  • Separation, divorce and remarriage
  • Dealing with anger and violence
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Parenting and step-parenting
  • Professional and ethical issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL432 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value
1
Assignment 1
40 %
2
Assignment 2: case study
20 %
3
Assignment 3: essay
40 %

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will provide a supportive environment for students to develop skills, theoretical and theological knowledge, and self-reflection in the area of relationships and families within pastoral settings. It will incorporate practice skills sessions, self-reflection exercises and discussion groups.

Contact

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Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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