For the students to be aware of their own preconceptions and prejudices hindering their approach to, and their perception of and reception of, those they meet in their ministry. This would include awareness of their own personal history as well as an open attitude to the other’s personal and cultural differences. In addition, the importance of recognising boundaries and limits, particularly when a pastoral problem needs professional intervention, will be highlighted. This will include recognising various sorts of abuse and how one might react as a pastoral agent.
Workshop Outline: - Listening and Communication Skills. - Understandings of Human Development (some major theories). - Human Sexuality and Celibacy. - Emotions – particularly Fear and Anger (physical/psychological origins, recognising them in self and others.) - Stress (cause and coping strategies). - Recognising and accepting when it is necessary to refer the other elsewhere. - The course will be conducted in a collaborative and interactive way. Input from the participants (ideas and experience) will be actively encouraged. Learning Outcomes: 1. Students should be able to approach or be approached without fear. 2. Students should be aware of and accept their own limitations. 3. Students should be able to recognise and hold boundaries. 4. Students should recognise that they are Pastoral Agents. 5. Students should be confident that they are “good enough” agents, but who can always improve. 6. Students should concentrate on their relationship with the other and not on providing a service to the other from a position of superior knowledge.
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