2nd semester Details forthcoming      (Min. No. 8)

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.

PREREQUISITES: DP1001Y Foundations of Pastoral Practice

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. compare and contrast various ethical approaches within the “helping professions”
2. analyse, articulate and reflect theologically on professional ethics in a pastoral setting
3. demonstrate and illustrate a clear understanding of ethical standards in pastoral practice
4. critically analyse complex ethical dilemmas within a pastoral setting, demonstrating theory, ethical decision-making and ethical resolutions
5. synthesise the personal, professional and ethical complexities of the pastoral setting

Compare and contrast two different ethical codes 1000 word essay (20%); a focus on two significant elements in one ethical code 1500 word essay (30%); an ethical dilemma within a pastoral practice setting 2500 word essay (50%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set text 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, 2003.

Carroll, Michael, and Elisabeth Shaw. Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2013.

Carroll, Michael, and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee. London: Vakuni, 2011.

Corey, Gerald, M. S. Corey, and Patrick Callanan. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. 9th ed. Sydney: Cengage Learning, 2014.

Davys, Allyson, and Liz Beddoe. Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A Guide for the Helping Professions. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010.

Estadt, Barry K., John R. Compton, and Melvin Blanchette, eds. The Art of Clinical Supervision: A Pastoral Counseling Perspective. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005.

Fook, Jan, and Fiona Gardner. Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2008.

Lynch, Gordon. Pastoral Care and Counselling. Ethics in Practice. Series editor Tim Bond. London: Sage, 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: TBA