Pastoral Care for those with Mental Ill-Health

Unit Overview

This subject explores a range of mental health presentations, and will discuss a variety of pastoral care responses. We will also discuss practical and pastoral issues that may arise for people providing pastoral care.

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Unit Details

Mode Intensive
Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective
This subject is a core requirement of the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health
Unit code PC135/PC206
Teachers  Tim and Anna Johnson*


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will

Know and understand:
The nature, causes and treatment of common mental health disorders and the workings of the mental healthcare system in Australia.

Be able to:
Critique a variety of Christian approaches to responding to mental ill-health in church and other settings, and
Present a research-aware and evidence-based perspective on effective and ethical pastoral care to those experiencing mental ill-health and those caring for them.

Be in a position to:
Apply advanced perspectives and skills from their theological understanding of pastoral care to ministry or professional practice as a reflective practitioner, and
Sustain themselves for effective ongoing ministry practice.


This unit is taught by Tim and Anna Johnson. Tim is a graduate of Ridley College and is currently a Senior Minister in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and has been working in ordained pastoral ministry for 15 years. Prior to studying for ministry, Tim completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney. Anna is a registered Psychologist and has been working in the field for 17 years. She currently has a Private Practice in Melbourne.

Study Expectations

In addition to the time spent in the intensive class, students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this subject.


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