Pastoral Care: Advanced Skills

Online: Monday, August 10 – Monday, September 28, 2020
Videoconferences:
Thursday, August 13, evening
Thursday, August 27, evening
Thursday, September 10, evening
Thursday, September 24, evening
*Please note, these are subject to change, based on conversation between the instructor and those enrolled in the course.

Instructor in partnership with Leaderwise: The Rev. Dr. Cindy Halvorson

What’s the difference between pastoral care and pastoral counseling? What challenges arise in pastoral counseling encounters, and how can those doing pastoral ministry build their resilience for the long haul? This course is ideal for those who have taken the Introduction to Pastoral Care course, and anyone seeking to gain a greater understanding of ways of being with people in faith communities to promote and maintain connectedness.

Through readings, discussion, and self-reflective activities, you will:

  • Focus on human awareness from the perspective of your own self-awareness.
  • Enhance your understanding of a relational view of human existence.
  • View human existence as a complex interplay of needs and inclinations that vary in the extent in to which they create connectedness versus isolation.
  • Link basic helping skills to advanced topics discussed in the course.

Prerequisite: Previous completion of the School for Formation’s Introduction to Pastoral Care or similar experience is strongly suggested.

Readings: Patton, J. (2015). Pastor as counselor: Wise presence, sacred conversation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

Additional reading materials will be made available on Moodle.

Register here.