PCC1100 Intro to Pastoral Care

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits

Course Description:

This course explores the foundational information needed for effective pastoral care. The course will provide a survey of Clinical Pastoral Education. At the end of the course, the student will be able to assess a person’s faith development in a pluralistic setting and learn how to offer spiritual care to people from various faith backgrounds.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This introductory course will help the student learn about pastoral care ministry in various settings. The course is designed for people who are interested in pastoral care, whether it is hospital visitation, healthcare chaplaincy, or some other form of chaplaincy.

Why This Course Is Important:

In pastoral care, the minister is not the primary professional. If a minister does not have a foundational understanding of the pastoral role, he or she will be overwhelmed and intimidated by medical jargon, complex diagnoses, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers (in the case of a healthcare chaplain), or other professionals in other pastoral care situations. The minister must have the pastoral authority and humility to speak from his or her discipline with ease. This course will give the confidence, knowledge, and skills for a person to effectively engage in pastoral care.