Course Author: Denise Hess, BCC


This course, More than Listening: Counseling Skills, will provide the learner with key background and skills practice in order to better attend to the psychological needs of those under their care through brief psychotherapeutic methods, psychological first aid, family systems theory and grief counseling.


By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between chaplaincy/pastoral counseling and secular counseling
  • Describe the process of short-term counseling appropriate in the health care setting and methods of application
  • Define appropriate supportive responses to traumatic events so that persons can manage the situation and respond appropriately
  • Demonstrate understanding of family systems theory
  • Demonstrate understanding of grief and bereavement theories and their application, including anticipatory, acute, and traumatic grief.


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • Providing Person-Centered Care
  • Brief Therapy: Solution Focused Counseling
  • Responding to Traumatic Events: Psychological First Aid
  • Caring for the Family System: Bowen Multigenerational Theory
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Companioning the Grieving: Theory and Practice of Grief Support
  • Summary
  • References


More Than Listening: Counseling Skills

  • Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5


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