This a beginning foundational course in ministry and mental health concerns, or "clinical/pastoral assessment" (sometimes called pastoral diagnostics) for students of pastoral ministry in a variety of vocational callings: especially pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, or even the more general work of the parish pastor. In this course, the work of the pastoral counselor, chaplain or pastor is viewed in its relationship to the work of other mental health providers. While a pastoral approach to assessment or diagnostics is always highly interdisciplinary, what makes pastoral assessment "pastoral" is that it always attempts to keep its special emphasis on the unique theological vision which lies at the heart of the matter.
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Ministry and Leadership Studies. Attention is given to the larger cultural context in which the church finds itself at the beginning of the 21st century; pastoral skills,; current issues in the church such as language for God and human beings; gender, race and class; vocation and calling; thinking, reflecting, and writing theologically; and personal spiritual discernment. Students develop a statement on calling and vocation, and set learning goals for their theological education based on their degree program goals. The course also includes instruction in developing a portfolio in preparation for the Mid-Degree Review and information on Mentored Practice.
Pastoral care is at the heart of ministry. Pastoral care is a matter of being and doing, with the emphasis more often on being rather than doing. Pastoral care engages caregivers throughout the whole range of care giving. A care giver listens care-fully, reflects theologically and biblically, dialogues with others in light of their social locations, analyses socio/culturally, and acts with love and justice, helping to restore relationships with God, self, and community. To develop these abilities, this course puts the Case Study in the center.
This is a beginning foundational course in pastoral theology and psychology for those interested in the work of pastoral ministry in a variety of expressions – the pastoral counselor, the parish pastor, and the professional chaplain. Students will develop their own creative image for pastoral theology and care, and they will also gain experience in using the Case Study method with colleagues. The first half of the course focuses on various approaches to pastoral theology, while the second half provides an introductory overview of pastoral psychology, with focused attention in two contemporary critical areas: family systems theory and its relationship to pastoral work, and pastoral work in relation to addiction/codependency/recovery issues (BTS course number PTP1740).
This course will assist students in developing skills in working with people experiencing grief and loss. Students will understand the process of grief, address their own mortality, explore issues in thanatology, and examine a theological and pastoral approach to death.
This week-long intensive class explores some basic themes and questions important for the overall work of specialized ministry with older adults. A major goal of the class is to begin working towards each student's articulation of a pastoral theology of ministry with elders for the purpose of undergirding and informed ministry. Another goals of the course is very practical: for students to have some pastoral conversations with elders in an arranged ministry placement (Senior Centre, Nursing Home, and Parish, Retirement community or other setting that allows conversational access to seniors) in order to increase their ministry skills with older adults, as well as to take another look at the theory and theology discussed in class with an eye to its application and usefulness in actual practice.
A basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a 400 hour course accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. In this educational program for pastoral formation, the student is given clinical pastoral responsibility for persons in need and receives individual pastoral supervision as well as peer group feedback.