Course Type:

Applied Courses (Level 2) -MP20601 - 1.5 Credits

Through personal reflection and exploration of current pastoral care paradigms, the course will assist in developing best practices in spiritual care. The course participant will develop contextual understanding of persons in crisis and formulate strategies for seeking their well-being and justice.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • Identify and apply best practices in empathetic listening including a healthy awareness of power dynamics in the pastoral care encounter.
  • Understand models of pastoral care assessment.
  • Create a pastoral care plan based on spiritual assessment tools.
  • Articulate how to provide pastoral care effectively in diverse cultural settings.
  • Understand and apply seven moments of Pastoral care (as defined by Carrie Doehring) in a case study.

Required Texts

Major Book:

  • The Practice of Pastoral Care: a Postmodern Approach by Carrie Doehring

Additional Books and Resources:

  • Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, Ed. by George Fitchett & Steve Nolan
  • Encounters for Change by Dagmar Grefe




PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


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Tucker, GA 30085

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