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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Newark School of Theology | Evaluated Learning Experience

Pastoral Counseling: Part I

Location: 
Newark School of Theology,Two Park Place, Newark, New Jersey.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 45 hours (15 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2006 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - December 2016.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand and identify the historic roots of pastoral care in terms of the Church's ministry of healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling; have and be able to describe a considered understanding of pastoral identity in general and be able to apply this understanding to one's own call to pastoral ministry; have and demonstrate a theological understanding of the practice of ministry; understand and identify the practice of pastoral care in terms of the life and nature of communities of faith. Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand and identify the historic roots of pastoral care in terms of the Church's ministry of healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling; have and be able to describe a considered understanding of pastoral identity in general and be able to apply this understanding to one's own call to pastoral ministry; have and demonstrate a theological understanding of the practice of ministry; understand and identify the practice of pastoral care in terms of the life and nature of communities of faith.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics are: the shape of pastoral care; the four pastoral functions; pastoral identity: call and ordination; women in pastoral ministry; the pastoral office; what clergy do and why; crisis care; the care of souls; pastoral care and the community of faith; the pastor as counselor and theologian. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course. Version 2: Major topics are: the shape of pastoral care; the four pastoral functions; pastoral identity: call and ordination; women in pastoral ministry; the pastoral office; what clergy do and why; crisis care; the care of souls; pastoral care and the community of faith; the pastor as counselor and theologian. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Pastoral Counseling, or Religion (10/10). Version 2: In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Pastoral Counseling, or Religion (10/10).

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