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TITLE Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Companionship

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will explore the essentials of Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction, namely, their history, its theology, their relation with other human sciences and the difference between Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy, its contents, the persons in the ministering role and that of the service-user. Students will be introduced to different psychological aspects and also some psycho-pathological elements which they need to be able to recognize before making referrals to competent practitioners.

Study-Unit Aims:

By the end of the study-unit students should be able to be knowledgeable of the nature, history of and theology of Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Companionship. Students should be aware of the different schools of thought and why these ministries are vital in today's Christian Community.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. define the disciplines of Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Companionship,
ii. differentiate between Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Companionship,
iii. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the relationship Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Companionship and other disciplines such as helping skills, Counselling and Psychotherapy

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. make referrals

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

BARRY W., Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God: A Theological Inquiry. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1992

BARRY W. & CONNOLLY W., The Practice of Spiritual Direction, New York: The Seabury Press, 1982

COSTA, M., Direzione Spirituale e Discernimento, Roma: Edizione ADP, 1996

ESTADT, B.K., Pastoral Counselling. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1983

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

SHELTON, C.M., Pastoral counselling with adolescents and young adults, New York crossroads, 1995

VAUGHAN R.P, Basic Skills for Christian Counsellors. An introduction to Pastoral Ministers, New York, Paulist Press, 1987

GREEN, T.H., The Friend of the Bridegroom. Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with Christ. Notre Dame IN: Ave Maria, 2000


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination Yes 60%
Case Study Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Nicholas Cachia
Paul Galea (Co-ord.)

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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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