Basic Skills in Pastoral Counseling and Chaplain Care Ministry
Focuses on the basic skills of pastoral counseling for those wishing to be full-time military chaplains. The emphasis is on pastoral skills in a military setting.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 6.0 Lecture, Arr Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes: 


Students will deepen their understanding of pastoral ministry.

Foundation Models

• Understand foundation models of pastoral counseling and spiritual care.

Transference and Counter-transference

• Be aware of personal issues that may hinder the pastoral counseling process.

Pastoral Counseling Skills

• Acquire inter-personal relationship skills, and knowledge in specialized areas of pastoral counseling, e.g., attending, exploration, immediacy, insight, and clarification.

Attending Skills

• Listen, hear and understand the individual's experience and perspective.

Authenticity Skills

• Identify how religion, personal concerns, values, or other issues hinder or help the change process.

Referral Skills

• Be aware of the many resources available to military personnel and families in the Armed Forces, and know when to refer.

Pastoral Care

• Be aware of issues like suicide, grief, PTSD, death, and how loss of hope affects pastoral care.