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This course tackles various theories of counseling in order to equip pastoral leaders with the knowledge of the psychological dynamics present in their congregations in various contexts. Students will master foundational counseling and communication skills such as active listening, responding and valuing. Students will also discuss strategies for navigating diversity and techniques for dealing effectively with common issues such as depression, bereavement and anxiety. By the end of the course, students will know how to gain a working knowledge of the psyche of their congregants, possess the skills necessary for creating dynamic relationships with them and be better able to provide needed pastoral care for their communities. They will also have an appreciation for the limits of their training and will know how to find additional resources for serious psychological and mental health issues as needed.
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