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.


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

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL430. 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

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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL430 in Session 1 2020. 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
Value %
Participation in discussion board and res school
Written case study with oral presentation

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory 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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.