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PAS 5101 Pastoral Care and CounselingExplores 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 PersonalityThe 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. Dr. McMahon or Faculty.
PAS 5312 Theories and Techniques of CounselingThis 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.