Anti-oppressive pastoral counseling must include the weaving together of culturally-aware counseling skills with an understanding of the oppressions, injustices, biases, discriminations, and micro aggressions that plague the lives and spirits of marginalized and otherized people. This 3-credit intensive course will combine anti-oppressive theory with multicultural, person-centered and family-centered pastoral counseling skills. We will use readings, documentary films, and brief lectures to “set the stage” for students’ practice in counseling enactments and role-play exercises. The contexts will include working with incarcerated people, residents in nursing homes, people living with mental disorders, addiction issues, LGBT people, disability/accessibility, and housing/houselessness.
No prerequisites other than a willingness to engage with troubling material. Advanced reading required. Doctoral upgrade possible. This course is being held Jan. 8-12, 2018 (9:00am-5:00pm)