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CODE MRT5830

 
TITLE Ethical Issues of Spiritual Companionship

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION Each candidate will be invited and encouraged to enter into the journey of spiritual companionship.

The aim of the study-unit is to outline the moral dimensions that underlie the experience of spiritual companionship. An interdisciplinary approach will illustrate the internal connections between the moral and the spiritual realms of the spiritual companionship. The lectures will offer a more clearly defined idea of the ethical implications of this ministry. Those involved in the ministry of spiritual companionship need to be familiar with guidelines so as to ensure that spiritual care in ministry is appropriate. Issues of “confidentiality”, “parameters”, “referrals”, “power” and "spiritual abuse" will be looked into, with the implications they have for spiritual companionship and pastoral care in general.

Study-Unit Aims:

By the end of the study-unit the student should:
- integrate the vocational and professional dimensions of spiritual companionship;
- explore how the spiritual experience and the moral aspect are two sides of the same journey;
- be aware of the ethical demands that this ministry contain;
- acquire familiarity with guidelines that ensure an appropriate development of these ministries;
- be able to reflect on issues of competence, confidentiality, power, dual roles and spiritual abuse.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- KAREN LEBACQZ – JOSEPH D. DRISKILL, Ethics and Spiritual Care: A Guide for Pastors, Chaplains and Spiritual Directors, Abingdon Press, 2000.
- GULA RICHARD M., Just Ministry. Professional Ethics for Patoral Ministries, Paulist Press, New York/Mahwah NJ 2010.
- SANDERS RANDOLPH K., Christian Ethics: A Handbook for Psychologists, Therapists, and Pastors, InterVarsity Press, IL 2013.
- CODE OF ETHICS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: http://spiritualdirection.org.au/Electronic-resources/Code-of-Ethics-for-Spiritual-Directors.html
- GUIDELINES FOR ETHICAL CONDUCT – SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS INTERNATIONAL.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Joseph Farrugia

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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