Mentoring & Pastoral Care of Workers


One semester, 4 credit points.
Andrew Laird

This unit will prepare people for roles of Workplace Chaplaincy/Ministry. It will also enable those in workplaces to think through at a deeper level the application of their studies to their working lives, and those in parish ministry to develop a theological underpinning for their ministry to working people.

Mentoring & Pastoral Care of Workers will combine the basics of mentoring and pastoral care skills with an awareness of the particular issues of the modern workplace. It will assist the student to also be strategic in developing a mentoring or pastoral care program which can be delivered in a pastoral or workplace setting.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit students should:

A. Know and understand

  • The biblical material on relationships, and mentoring/Christian discipling in particular
  • A theology of work and relationships
  • The modern workplace
  • The distinction between the spiritual and psychological stresses on those in paid employment, including triggers for referral

B. Be able to

  • Demonstrate skills in pastoral questioning and active listening
  • Conduct and evaluate a mentoring session
  • Analyse the pressures of the modern workplace

C. Be in a position to

  • Develop a detailed plan for a mentoring or pastoral care program, or a small group outline, specifically aimed at those in paid employment
  • Outline an ongoing program for professional supervision, and development of skills

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