Course Memo

This course will seek to (1) define and describe the art of pastoral care and counseling and the contexts in which it takes place; (2) explore the needs and dynamics of people seeking help, as well as the self-awareness and skills required of the person in ministry; (3) provide opportunities for the practice and development of spiritual caregiving skills, including basic skills of listening, assessment, connecting with others, and communication of caring and hope; and (4) foster an environment wherein participants can reflect theologically on the issues, contexts, and crises faced by people in need. Course format includes discussions, lectures, student presentations.