Applied Studies in Pastoral Care and Counselling

Applied Studies in Pastoral Care and Counselling is a study module of 20 ECTS credits. Through theoretical studies and practical training students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the work environments, professional paths and working practices in the field of pastoral care.

The aim is that the students learn to recognise and analyse pastoral care related theological, medical, psychological and nursing science based views and approaches in a real hospital environment. On completion of the study module, students are also expected to be able to apply their knowledge in caring for patients in a comprehensive way.

Structure of the Studies

The study module consists of two parts:

Theory (8 ECTS)

The theoretical part is divided into four study units:

Holistic Confrontation of Human in Nursing (3 ECTS), Nursing Scientific Knowledge in Holistic Nursing of Patient (2 ECTS), Introduction to Psychiatry (2 ECTS) and Pastoral Care as Part of Holistic Confrontation of Human (1 ECTS).

Practical Training (12 ECTS)

The practical training includes guided work as a provider of pastoral care for seven working weeks (approximately 234 hours) as well as orientations, lectures and counselling groups (80 hours in total) related to the work. The practical training takes place at the somatic and psychiatric wards of the North Karelia Central Hospital. Hospital priests act as the students' supervisors at the Hospital.

Student Admissions

The theoretical studies are open to all students of nursing science, medicine and theology along with all other students who are interested.

Students are admitted to the practical training on the basis of applications, aptitude evaluation and interviews. The application forms and related written assignments are to be submitted during the application period which takes place annually in early September. The application timetables are announced in the Theology Study Community.


University Lecturer Heikki Salomaa
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