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Theological Approaches to Wellbeing

Unit commencing semester 2, 2021: ‘Theological Approaches to Wellbeing’

The first unit to be taught in the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health is one of the foundational units, ‘Theological Approaches to Wellbeing’ (PC136-812).

The unit will expose students to key questions and perspectives related to a Christian understanding of human flourishing and wellbeing. It will enable students to reflect upon approaches to understanding wellbeing within the history of ideas and Christian thought, and to critically assess the contribution of positive psychology from a biblical and theological framework, with a view to application in ministry and professional settings.

 

Unit content

  • Human flourishing in the history of ideas and Christian thought
  • Human flourishing and wellbeing in the Old Testament
  • Human flourishing and wellbeing in the New Testament
  • Theological reflections upon positive psychology and contemporary understandings of happiness
  • Suffering, resilience and wellbeing
  • Virtue and its relationship to wellbeing
  • The contribution of the church to wellbeing

Unit teacher

Since 2016 Rev. Dr Keith Condie has been Co-Director/Founder with his wife Sarah of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute (MHPCI) at Mary Andrews College. The MHPCI provides resources and training in mental health and pastoral care for the Australian church. Keith holds a BSc (Psychology) from UNSW, a BTh and MA (Theol) from the ACT and a PhD in History with a focus on pastoral theology from the University of Sydney. He has taught at Mary Andrews College since 2018. Prior to founding the MHPCI, for nearly 20 years, Keith was Dean of Students and lecturer in ministry and church history at Moore Theological College.

Class timetable

Classes will be run on Tuesdays 2.00-5.00pm commencing on 27 July.

The full list of class dates are: 27 July; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August; 7 September (no classes on 14, 21 or 28 September); 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2 November

Download the 2021 Timetable

Mode of teaching

This unit will be taught in hybrid mode, i.e., students can attend class in-person on campus or attend online.

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