Pastoral Ministry

 

PAS 5101 Pastoral Care and Counseling: Explores the role of the minister in the area of pastoral care and counseling. Students will be introduced to Biblical concepts and to the relationship between Christian counseling and psychological theory based on the integrated model. Instances when counseling is appropriate will be identified, such as when members of a congregation experience bereavement, illness or when they are preparing for marriage or for the birth of a child. Case studies will be used. The focus, however, will be on the care of whole communities rather than on one-to-one counseling, following Charles V Gerkin's approach. Students will also undertake a short Practicum. Professional limits will also be discussed to help students identify whether intervention or referral to other professionals is the best response. 3 credits. Dr. Rouse or Dr. Silva.

PAS 5102 Pastoral Care and Counseling II: The aim of the course is to equip students with specialized knowledge and skills needed for a ministry of care to parishioners who present with a variety of pastoral issues including: death and dying, bereavement, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, drug and alcohol addiction and marital and family dysfunction. Learning takes place through classroom instruction, role playing, case studies, and reflection on students' own ministerial experience. Prerequisite: PAS 5101. 3 credits. Dr. Silva

PAS 5311 Theories of Personality: The course is a presentation and critical examination of the assumptions, method­o­logy and basic ideas of the major personality theorists with a view toward understanding what constitutes a well-functioning person. 3 credits. Faculty.

PAS 5312 Theories and Techniques of Counseling: This course is a study of the following theories in counseling: client‑centered behavior therapy, rational emotive therapy, reality therapy, transactional analysis, and existential counseling. Students will be expected to demonstrate counseling competencies in the use of one theory in two audio sessions with a student client and in classroom presentations. 3 credits. Dr. McMahon.

PAS 5314 Working with Small Groups: The dynamics of a small group will be studied. Students will be expected to participate in a group during class. Topics to be studied are: stages in the develop­ment of a group; how to lead a group; how to develop spiritual intimacy in the group; how to define boundaries between genders; how to use different theoretical approaches in group work. 3 credits. Dr. McMahon.

PAS 5315 Practicum in Counseling: The objective of this course is to help the student develop his/her personal style of counseling within the theoretical framework chosen by the student. Eight taped counseling sessions accompanied by written reports will be required of each student. Two of these will be videotapes. In each class section, the tapes will be discussed. Prerequisite: PAS 5101 or PAS 5312. 3 credits. Dr. McMahon.

PAS 5316 Dealing with Challenging Relationships: This pastoral course addresses how to apply Jesus' most profound teaching—love your enemy—in common, everyday situa­tions. Using spiritual and psychological insights, it shows how to help people "take apart" the mental and emotional structures they build within themselves that hinder them from embracing one another in forgiveness and reconciliation. Students will address at least one difficult relationship in their own lives and learn tools to counsel others in resolving conflicts. 3 credits. Ms. Saunders.

PAS 5501 Marriage and Family Counseling: Family relationships give meaning to most people's lives and are central to their understanding of God and His love, as well as the catalyst for spiritual and moral growth. Their challenges, however, can be great and many marital and family issues are brought to pastors for their wisdom and guidance. Given the complexity of interper­sonal relationships, pastors who lack professional training in marriage and family counseling often wonder if they can help their church members in a significant way. Yet, relatively simple interventions of an educational and coaching nature can be quite helpful, and these can be facilitated without extensive training. This course emphasizes classic techniques that can be effective yet are not widely known. It also focuses on basic coaching skills. 3 credits. Mr. Williams or Mrs. Walsh

PAS 5512 Family Therapy Concepts and Methods: Students will study the major theoretical approaches to family therapy, identify the root causes of difficulties in marriage, and examine treatment methods. In practicum units, students will conduct a marriage enrichment workshop and practice some techniques of family therapy in a controlled setting. 3 credits. Mr. Williams.

PAS 5513 Structural Family Therapy: This course equips students to provide pre-marital counseling to couples in their ministry, utilizing principles derived from structural family therapy. They include: honoring boundaries in marriage, setting up and respecting personal boundaries, recognizing the integrity of structure in a marriage, protecting a marriage from intruders, and supporting the values of a marriage. The course also covers how to work with a spouse who values boundaries when the other spouse does not. Prerequisite: PAS 5501 or 5512, or by permission. 3 credits. Faculty.

EDU 5512 Marriage and Family Enrichment: See Religious Education listings

PAS 5701 Multicultural Counseling: The following topics will be studied: the relationship between culture and mental well-being, the influence of culture on establishing personal identity, the dynamics of acculturation, the effects of culture on personality assessment, choosing the fitting counseling approaches that suit clients of diverse cultures and ethnic groups, and an examination of selected disorders as they appear in different cultures. Prerequisite: PAS 5101 or PAS 5312. 3 credits. Rev. Johnson.

PAS 5722 The Healing Journey: Trauma and Restorative Justice: The course addresses the psycho-social-spiritual impact of trauma and explores responses and interventions that affect the body, mind, heart and spirit of individuals, communities and societies. It also addresses social, economic and political structures and considers how root causes may be addressed for healing to occur. Students will look at how spirituality and peacebuilding are integral to addressing the results of trauma and will also consider the role of restorative justice on the interpersonal and structural levels in addressing trauma. 3 credits. Faculty.

PAS 5390 Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry: 1‑3 credits. Faculty.

PAS 6390 Thesis/Project in Pastoral Ministry: 4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.