This 40 hour course seeks to introduce students to the role and practice of Pastoral Care.


This course aims for the students

  1. Identify the scope and boundaries of the Pastoral Role
  2. Define the role of Pastoral Care
  3. Demonstrate a capacity for reflective pastoral practice
  4. Articulate their motivation as Pastoral Carers
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of reflecting theologically

Essential elements

  • 40 hours face to face group work/didatice presentations
  • Peer group (minimum gourd of 6 participants)

Core Content

  • Introduction to the Action/Reflection model of learning
  • What is Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Identity
  • Listening and responding skills
  • Empathy
  • Self care
  • Grief and Loss
  • Theological Reflection
  • Scope of the Pastoral Role including boundaries,  confidentiality and privacy.

Option Content Areas

Depending on the particular needs of the participants the program may also include:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Mental health
  • Cultural diversity
  • Ageing process
  • Drug and Alcohol
  •  Place of liturgy and ritual
  • Spirituality


students must demonstrate successful achievement of the course unit outcomes through a multi-choice assessment tool.