HDS 2932

Advanced Spiritual Counseling: Taking Care of Others, Taking Care of Self

Cheryl A. Giles


This course is designed to explore the various roles and boundaries that chaplains and ministers must negotiate in providing spiritual care to others and healthy self-care. Case presentation, group process, and readings will be used to increase skill level and to clarify roles. Two key questions will frame our discussions: (1) How can we participate in the healing process of others? and (2) How does race, gender, social location, sexual orientation and religion/spirituality affect our ability to function effectively as caregivers? Note: Prior course in pastoral counseling/counseling required.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2014
Wed 2pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None