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Pastoral Care and Counselling




36 Months


About the Course

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Pastoral Care and Counselling is an undergraduate degree program that combines elements of theology, psychology, and counseling to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to provide spiritual and emotional support to individuals and communities. Here are some key descriptions of this program:

1. Integration of Theology and Psychology: The program integrates theological principles and psychological theories to help students understand the intersection of spirituality and mental health. Students explore various religious traditions and learn how to apply counseling techniques within a spiritual framework.

2. Pastoral Skills Development: The program focuses on developing the practical skills necessary for effective pastoral care and counseling. Students learn active listening, empathy, non-judgmental communication, and crisis intervention techniques to assist individuals in addressing spiritual, emotional, and psychological challenges.

3. Spiritual Formation: The program emphasizes personal spiritual growth and self-reflection. Students engage in practices such as prayer, meditation, and self-examination to deepen their own spirituality, which helps them provide support to others in their faith journeys.

4. Counseling Theory and Techniques: Students are introduced to various counseling theories and techniques used in pastoral counseling. They learn about individual and group counseling approaches, family systems, grief and loss counseling, and ethical considerations in providing care to diverse populations.

5. Cultural Sensitivity: The program emphasizes the importance of cultural competence in pastoral care and counseling. Students learn to respect and appreciate diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and values, enabling them to provide inclusive and sensitive care to individuals from different walks of life.

6. Practical Experience: Many programs include practical components such as internships, field placements, or supervised counseling experiences. These provide students with opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings under the guidance of experienced professionals.

7. Ethical and Legal Considerations: Students gain an understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities of pastoral care and counseling. They learn about confidentiality, boundaries, informed consent, and professional codes of conduct, ensuring they provide services in an ethical and responsible manner.

8. Career Opportunities: A B.A. in Pastoral Care and Counselling can lead to a variety of career paths. Graduates may work as pastoral counselors, chaplains, spiritual advisors, or community outreach coordinators in religious institutions, hospitals, counseling centers, non-profit organizations, or educational settings. Overall, a B.A. in Pastoral Care and Counselling provides a comprehensive foundation for individuals seeking to blend their faith, compassion, and counseling skills to support others in their spiritual and emotional well-being. 

Your Instructor

Camilla Jones

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Camilla Jones
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