COS 314 - Pastoral Care and Counseling


Instructor: Rev. david Richardson, Rel.D., M.A.F.T.

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Course Description

This course focuses upon the pastor’s understanding of human nature with attention to methods and skills in pastoral care and counseling. Students participate in an assessment and development of their personal interactive styles.

Course Objectives

  1. Examination of basic styles and types of pastoral counseling.
  2. Analysis of pastoral-care experiences through such methods as case studies, verbatim, and incident reports.
  3. Practice in the skills of pastoral care and counseling.
  4. Focus on the counseling process from initial contact to completion, including referral as appropriate.
  5. Formation of pastoral theology through reflection on the uniqueness of the pastoral dimensions of care and counseling.
  6. Sensitivity to the life situations and relationships of the individual receiving care and counseling.

Required Textbooks

Howard Clinebell, Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counsling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth, (Updated and Revised by Bridget Clare McKeever, third edition), Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011.

Robert C. Horn, III, How Will They Know If I'm Dead?: Transcending Disability and Terminal Illness, Delray Beach: GR/St. Lucie Press, 1997. (This book is out of print but can be purchased online through Amazon in limited numbers)

Howard W. Stone, Chisis Counseling (3rd edition), Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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