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St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity Theology lV DVPT 713 Fall 2006 Pastoral Counseling for Ministry Tuesdays 2:30-5:00 Room 02 SOD

Jeri Rockett, Ph.D., LP, Director, UST Personal Counseling & Testing, #4040 Phone: 651-962-6780 Email: [email protected]

Course Description: This course provides a theoretically focused and practical approach to caregiving/counseling encounters experienced in ministry. Distinctions between various types of counseling, such as pastoral counseling, psychological counseling, and spiritual direction will be highlighted. The course also addresses crisis intervention, domestic violence, needs of special groups, referral sources and differences between urban and rural situations. The pastoral caregiver is studied clinically, theologically, and experientially. Your training and development as a pastoral caregiver is the focus of the course.

Course Objectives: · Understand the different types of counseling and the strengths/limits of each in the parish setting · Develop helping skills for effective pastoral care · Learn to assess parishioners to determine the severity of problems · Learn to effectively develop a network of community referrals for comprehensive parishioner care · Understand and effectively apply professional ethics to pastoral care · Understand and effectively deal with domestic abuse in the pastoral setting · Understand and be able to differentiate between pastoral care, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and therapy · Recognize different approaches to spiritual direction along with their limitations in the parish setting.

Expectations: Participants are expected to engage in this course as an intentional learning community in which we will all learn together. Participants in a learning community share their experiences and opinions appropriately, listen carefully, offer constructive feedback respectfully, and receive feedback non-defensively.

Much of the content of the course is based on personal experience or interpretation, therefore there are specific expectations to maximize our learning experience: o Attend all classes. o Complete all reading and other assignments on time. o Engage actively in the learning group and in the learning experiences o Maintain confidentiality. This will be defined/discussed at the first class

Listening Skills Practice Groups: Learners will be divided into small role play groups. A "parishioner" will present a case to the pastoral caregiver. The observer(s) will rate the caregivers responses using the forms discussed in class. The "parishioner" and the observer(s) will debrief the caregiver after each session. The debriefing will provide a means for developing more effective pastoral care skills. The will also be occasional allclass role plays to help develop effective pastoral care techniques. Evaluation: The learning group facilitator will evaluate participants on the above listed expectations; attendance, assignments and participation. In addition, learners will be expected to complete 3 reflection papers, 3 assignments (including a short self evaluation), and a final paper. All work will be graded on an A-F system. Final Paper: The final paper (no more than 8 pages) should have four sections First, your own personal definition of pastoral care, further developed with examples and at least two appropriate Scripture references. Second, your own operative theology* of ministry, using your understanding of God and who you are as God interacts with you, and you interact with God in living your ministry. Third, a description of a counseling theory (described in Hill or Stone) that is a good fit for your operative theology and your definition of pastoral care. Fourth, a reflection on how you would integrate your sense of pastoral care, operative theology and counseling theory in your ministry.

"Operational theology, in contrast to professed theology, looks beyond an individual's verbally and intellectually articulated theology to dynamic images, mental representations of God, world view, maps of reality, belief systems and value systems which actually dominate the life experience of people...Operational theology refers to the implicit religious story by which one is living, including unconscious material" (p. 29) Jordan, M.R. (1986) Taking on the Gods: The Task of the Pastoral Counselor. Nashville, TN. Abingdon.

Tentative Class Schedule: Sept. 12 Introductions. Expectations (Yours & Mine) Why is listening important? What makes a good listener? Research on helping effectiveness. Discuss confidentiality. READ for next class: o Drummond, T. D. (1996). The Ministerial Counseling Role: Guidelines to Ethical Behavior. Initial Reflection Paper: What skills & experience do you bring to pastoral care? What do you think will be challenging to you? What will be easier? What do you want to learn? No longer than 3 typed pages due in my mailbox #4040 or sent via email ([email protected]) before noon Sept. 18th Sept. 19 Ethics, Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (Gloria tapes) READ for next class o Stone, H.W. (2001). Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Part I, The Case for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Pp.3-87. o Hill, C.E. (2004). Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight & Action. Part I, Overview. Pp. 3-77. Ethics, Differences between Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling and Therapy. Steve Maurer, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist, UST Personal Counseling & Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., Executive Director, North Central Career Development Center READ for next class: o Stone, H.W. (2001). Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Part II, Brief Pastoral Counseling Strategies. Pp.91-177. o Hill, C.E. (2004). Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight & Action. Part II Exploration, Pp, 81-209 Assignment 1: Bring 4 examples of challenging or typical pastoral care situations based on your experiences in your teaching parish or CPE. Describe the situation, disguising names and places. No more than 1 typed page each. Bring 13 copies next week to share for future role plays. Listening Skills. Transference & Countertransference o READ for next class: See Sr. Paul Therese's syllabus Spiritual Direction: Sr. Paul Therese, SOD Jeri will be in Colorado for the Association of University & College Counseling Center Directors' Annual Conference o READ for next class: See Sr. Paul Therese's syllabus

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Spiritual Direction: Sr. Paul Therese, SOD READ for next class: See Sr. Paul Therese's syllabus Spiritual Direction: Sr. Paul Therese, SOD READ for next class: o Stone, H.W. (2001). Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Part III, Pastoral Counseling Theory & Praxis. Pp.181-212. o Hill, C.E. (2004). Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight & Action. Part III Insight, Pp. 213-315. o Switzer, D.K. (2000). Pastoral Care Emergencies. Pp.1-48. Reflection Paper 2: Using the "What Do You Think?" questions at the end of each chapter in the Hill text, answer a minimum of four questions in a maximum of four typed pages. Due next class.

Oct. 24

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Listening Skills READ for next class: o Switzer, D.K. (2000). Pastoral Care Emergencies. 49-133 o Hill, C.E. (2004). Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight & Action. Part IV Action Stage, Pp. 319-420. Listening Skills o READ for next class: Switzer, D.K. (2000). Pastoral Care Emergencies. Pp. 134-191 Assignment 2: Assume that several people in your teaching parish have asked you for referrals. You've been asked for referrals to a physician for someone new to the parish an attorney to draw up a will and health care directive for an elderly parishioner a psychologist for a depressed parishioner a marriage counselor for a couple you barely know a priest who would marry the daughter of active parishioners. She is living with her fiancé, wants to get married in the church, but isn't affiliated with a parish. Find referrals for each of these people using your contacts at your teaching parish, SOD, etc. Due next class.

Nov. 7

Nov. 14

Domestic Violence: Connie Walsh, United Family Practice Health Center Clinic 651-241-1107 READ for next class: o Nouwen, H.J. (1972). The Wounded Healer.

Nov 21

Pastoral Care: The Seasoned Priest's Perspective: Fr. John Forliti, Chaplain, Cretin-Derham Hall, retired pastor, St. Olaf, Minneapolis. Listening Skills Reflection Paper 3: What are the implications of the book The Wounded Healer for your ministry? Do you experience yourself as a "wounded healer"? If so, how? If not, why? Why do you think this term is so widely used? Due next class. Pastoral Care: A Newer Priest's Perspective: Fr. Bob Hart, Transfiguration Parish Listening Skills Assignment 3: Personal evaluation of your performance in this class. What did you contribute? What did you learn? How are you different as a result of this class? How did this class affect you as a person? How did it affect you in your ministry? If you had to give yourself a grade, what would it be? No more than 3 typed pages. Due next class. Final Class: Evaluations & wrap up Final Paper due in Jeri's mailbox #4040 or email ([email protected])

Nov 28

Dec 5 Dec 12

Required Texts · · · · · · Drummond, T. D. (1996). The Ministerial Counseling Role: Guidelines to Ethical Behavior. Carson City, Nevada: The Plains Group, Inc. Fleming, D. L. (Ed.) (1988). The Christian Ministry of Spiritual Direction. St. Louis, MO.: Review for Religious. Hill, C.E. (2004). Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight & Action. (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Nemeck, F.K., & Coombs, M.T. (1990). The Spiritual Journey: Cultural Thresholds & Stages of Adult Spiritual Genesis. Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press. Stone, H.W. (2001). Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press. Switzer, D.K. (2000). Pastoral Care Emergencies. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press.

Recommended Text · Wicks, R.J., Parsons, R.D., & Capps, D.E. (Eds.). (1993). Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling. (Vols 1-2). N.Y. Paulist Press. · Nouwen, H.J. (1972). The Wounded Healer. New York: Doubleday.



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