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TMPS 7093 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling: A Narrative Approach (Fall/Summer: 3 )


Course Description

In this foundational course, we develop an understanding of critical dimensions of competent and compassionate pastoral care and counseling today. This course has four primary foci. First, we consider theoretical perspectives that may ground this large ministerial field. Second, we study concrete methods and skills for effective pastoral care. Third, we examine some challenging realities to which all pastoral caregivers must respond at some point, including domestic violence, grief and loss, and suicide. Finally, we consider the person of the pastoral caregiver, including the necessity of resilience in ministry and next steps in developing as a pastoral caregiver. Throughout the course, we explore pastoral care/counseling from contemporary theological, psychological, and cultural perspectives. We also consider the specific roles and possible strategies of the pastoral caregiver and the faith community in supporting individuals and communities as they harness strengths and resources to negotiate challenges and create or maintain stability and well-being. This course includes lecture, readings, discussion, and exercises.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Melissa Kelley
William Roozeboom

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Summer 2018: This course will meet June 25-July 12, Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:45 a.m. It will be taught by Melissa Kelley. Note: Given the brevity of these summer courses, it is essential that students come prepared to engage in learning the very first day. To facilitate this, each course has 'Pre-Class' work to complete. This generally includes reading and often requires a written essay to be submitted before or on the first day of class. See the summer course webpage http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/acadprog/summer/summercourses.html. Fall 2018: There will be two sections of this course offered.


Last Updated: 19-Jun-18