Pastoral Counselling Theory (DPT, MA, PhD)

MS 5XC5/6XC6

Fall 2022
Wed 9:00am - 10:50am

This course will examine the theory and practice of spiritual care and counselling in the context of Christian ministry and non-ecclesial settings (e.g., a counselling practice, chaplaincy & spiritual care). The course which moves from a general understanding of counselling theory, to the use of Solution-Focused counselling/therapy and Narrative counselling/therapy in the practice of pastoral and clinical counselling. Students will be invited to develop their practice skills, examine this theory in light of topics of interest or concern that are relevant to the student’s practice of ministry, and to reflect theologically on the practice of spiritual care and counselling.

Doctor of Practical Theology (DPT): DPT students should refer to the Advanced Elective Template in preparing their learning objectives for this course.

Advanced Degrees (MA, PhD): MA/PhD students who enrol in this as part of a research degree are expected to complete their assignments at an Advanced Degree level (see assignment descriptions)—demonstrating both a general awareness of recent developments within the field as well as an ability to apply and explore the topic from the perspective of their research interest.


  • To understand the nature and components of a counselling theory.
  • To develop an understanding of the values, assumptions, and methods of a cross-section of current pastoral counselling theory.


  • To recognize personal and professional limits, including when to make referrals and consultations.


  • To think critically about counselling theory, acknowledging the strengths as well as the shortcomings of a cross-section of counselling theories used within Christian ministry.