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TITLE Pastoral Counselling

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION In each period of history the Church has found ways of meeting the needs of troubled people. The Church ministry is that of bringing reconciliation, healing and growth. In our period of Church history this ministry is offered through Pastoral Counselling.

The Pastoral Counselling course will draw, on the one hand, on the deep roots in the tradition of the Church, and on the other hand, on the streams of new knowledge from the human sciences and psychotherapeutic descriptions. The course will cover areas related to the nature of Pastoral Counselling; on becoming a Pastoral Counsellor; and on doing Pastoral Counselling.


- WICKS, R.J. (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling (Expanded Edition), Vol. 1 & 2, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1993. - basic text.
- ESTADT, B.K., Pastoral Counselling. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1983.
- LAKE, F., Tight corners in Pastoral Counselling, London, Darton, Longman and Todd, 1981.
- HOSTIE R., Pastoral Counselling, New York, Sheed and Ward, 1966.
- HULME, W.E., Pastoral Care and Counselling, Minneapolis, Augsburg Publication House, 1981.
- MONAGHAN, A., Counselling as a Christian Challenge, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 1991.
- PETERSON, V.J. & NISENHOLZ, B., Orientation to Counselling. Massachusetts: Alleyn & Bacon, 1995.
- VAUGHAN R.P, Basic Skills for Christian Counsellors. An Introduction to Pastoral Ministers, New Counsellors. An introduction to Pastoral Ministers, New York, Paulist Press, 1987.
- WICKS R.J., PARSONS R.D., CAPPS D.,Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling, New Jersey, Paulist Press, 1985.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%


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21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017
The 21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017 will be celebrated on the 5th and 6th December 2017 with two lectures delivered by Rev. Prof. Theodore Dieter.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

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