Elective Unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester Intensive Unit 3-4 March; 7-8 April; 12-13 May
This unit will explore a broad range of personal, professional and ethical issues common in pastoral ministry, offering students an opportunity to engage in a reflexive process on pastoral practice. The unit will emphasise the interrelatedness of theory and practice in ministry, and the intersection of the personal and the professional. It will focus on issues such as: personal calling and discernment; personal virtues and professional skills as foundations to ethical practice; professional ethics; ethical decision making; confidentiality; professional boundaries, power and trust; and potential areas of professional misconduct. The unit will also focus on the significance of reflection, professional consultation and supervision in the maintenance of a compassionate and just ministry, and ministerial and spiritual health and wellbeing.
DP8001Y Foundations for Pastoral Practice
- Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to: compare and contrast various ethical approaches within the “helping professions”
- analyse, articulate and reflect theologically on professional ethics in a pastoral setting
- demonstrate and illustrate a clear understanding of ethical standards in pastoral practice
- critically analyse complex ethical dilemmas within a pastoral setting, demonstrating theory, ethical decision-making and ethical resolutions
- synthesise of the personal, professional and ethical complexities of the pastoral setting
- analyse current research on healthy, ethical formation and practice, and reflect on this understanding for personal pastoral practice.
1000 word comparison essay (20%); 2000 word essay (30%); 3000 word Essay (50%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase
*Gula, Richard M. Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers. New York: Paulist Press, 2010.
Anderson, Ray S. Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament: A Practical Theology for Professional Caregivers. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.
Carroll, Michael, and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. London: Vakuni Publishing, 2011.
Carroll, Michael, and Elisabeth Shaw. Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
Corey, Gerald, M. S. Corey and Patrick Callanan. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. 9th ed. Sydney, NSW: Cengage Learning, 2014.
Davys, Allyson, and Liz Beddoe. Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A Guide for the Helping Professions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010.
Estadt, Barry K., John R. Compton and Melvin Blanchette, eds. The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Pastoral Counseling Perspective. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005.
Fook, Jan, and Fiona Gardner. Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook. Milton Keynes, UK: Open University Press, 2008.
Lynch, Gordon. Pastoral Care & Counselling. Ethics in Practice, edited by Tim Bond. London: Sage Publications, 2002.
Robinson, Simon. Spirituality, Ethics and Care. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008.
Welfel, Elizabeth Reynolds. Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Standards, Research, and Emerging Issues. 6th ed. Sydney: Cengage Learning, 2015.
Lecturer: DAVID LEARY OFM