Academic Programs 
      

 

Essential Skills in Pastoral Counseling and Ministry   (AM-638) 
Fall 2004

This course will offer pastors, lay ministers and caregivers an opportunity to learn basic counseling skills for use in pastoral settings.  Students will develop skills in assessment, honoring ethical concerns and addressing the most common diagnoses such as depression and anxiety.  Attention will be given to clarifying the differences between pastoral care and pastoral counseling.  Issues of referral to professional mental health resources and community agencies also will be addressed.

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.  

Benjamin K. Watts
Faculty Associate in the Arts of Ministry and Theology 

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9538
email: rbkw@aol.com

 

Course Syllabus



Please note:  The following is a preliminary syllabus and is subject to change.  


Required Reading:      

Culbertson, Philip, Counseling Men, (1994)
Leslie, Kristen, When Violence is No Stranger, (2003)
Miller, Kathleen A. & Jackson, William R., Practical Psychology for Pastors, (1985)
Moessner, Jeanne Stevenson (Ed), Through the Eyes of Woman, (1996)
Stone, Howard (Ed), Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling, (2001)

Recommended Reading:

Benner, D. G., Strategic Pastoral Counseling:  A Short Term Structured Model, 2003
Clinebell, Howard, Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling, (1984)
Cooper-White, Pamela, The Cry of Tamar, (1995)

 

Week

Topic

Required Reading

Assignment Due

1

Introduction

 

 

2

Fundamentals of counseling

Miller & Jackson
Chapter 1

 

3

The art of being present

Miller & Jackson
Chapter 4, 5

 

4

The counseling process

Miller & Jackson
Chapters 2, 3, 7, 9

Your developing theology of  pastoral care

5

Models of pastoral care

Stone
Chapters 2, 3, 7, 11, 12

 

6

Models of pastoral care (Conít)

 

 

7

Pastoral care in crisis

Miller & Jackson
Chapters 13, 14

Role play
Self-evaluation

8

Grief and hope

Miller & Jackson
Chapter 12

Stone
Chapter 4

  

9

Referrals and mandated reporting.

Miller & Jackson
Chapters 19, 20

Interviews with pastoral care providers

10

Sexual violence

Leslie (book)

 

11

Counseling women

Moessner (book)

Pastoral conversation with care seeker

12

Counseling men

Culbertson (book)

 

13

The minister as wounded healer

 

 

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