Vancouver School of Theology

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PT551—Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Practice

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dixie Black

To be a caregiver of another psyche or soul in times of everyday discernment, life transitions, trauma or crisis is a sacred and privileged call. As human beings our first instinct is to “fix” what is wrong and restore the comfort of the other and of ourselves. To be present with another’s suffering without imposing one’s own opinions, prejudices or agenda is a critical skill.

This is a skills based and experiential course designed to offer students the opportunity to practice interpersonal communication and listening skills as applied to pastoral and spiritual conversations both in the class and out in the community. Students will also articulate or create a regular spiritual practice towards their own spiritual growth. The content is selected to address the very practical but complex issues that the pastoral/spiritual professional may encounter in today’s society.

Note: All students in this course must have a current Police Record check on file with the Theological Field Education office at VST to take this course. It is your responsibility to bring or send evidence of that to the first class.

This course meets on 5 Mondays (9am-12pm) throughout Spring term, as well as over the Spring on-site Module: February 27-29, 2020

Distance students must connect synchronously for Monday class times.  On-site (in person) attendance during the February Intensive Module is required.

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