Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling – PACO 504

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course introduces students to the constructs of Ethnicity, Families, and Counseling. It focuses on the contribution of ethnic background to family makeup and functioning. Major ethnic minorities are studied along with the counseling approaches appropriate to each.




Today’s society is diverse. Tomorrow’s world will contain an even more multicultural mix. In order to possess the values, knowledge, and skills to impact tomorrow’s world in a way that reflects God’s love and compassion, today’s ministers, especially pastoral counselors, must be prepared to work effectively and efficiently with this increasingly diverse population.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze multicultural trends as they impact the church and pastoral care environment.
  2. Compare and contrast his/her own cultural background, attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences with those of persons from other cultural groups.
  3. Articulate his/her own model of pastoral multicultural care in light of existing pastoral care theories.
  4. Differentiate how different cultural experiences shape a pastoral care client’s identity development.
  5. Differentiate individual, couple, family, group, and community pastoral care strategies for working with diverse populations.
  6. Distinguish how different church and pastoral care responses to clients with sexual orientation issues can hinder or help the person’s healing and growth in Christ.
  7. Articulate how gender differences impact pastoral care issues and ministry strategies.
  8. Compare and contrast how different worldview assumptions between pastoral counselors and their clients influence assessment and pastoral counseling.
  9. Describe a biblical/theological perspective that promotes appreciation of diversity in creation while maintaining a distinctively evangelical viewpoint.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums designed to allow the student to interact with course materials. Each Discussion Board Forum consists of a 500-word thread and at least 1 reply to a classmate that is at least 250 words. The student must incorporate and synthesize course materials, support his or her assertions using scholarly research, and use current APA format.

Book Response: Letters across the Divide

After reading Letters across the Divide, the student will report on how the concepts of the book apply to his or her life situation. The paper will include 3 main sections. First, though the book features a discussion between only 2 races, the student will apply the principles to other racial/cultural groups. Second, the student will discuss barriers to racial/cultural harmony and reconciliation of the featured race/culture. Finally, the student will address a pastoral counseling case study.

Book Response: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

After reading Seeking Allah, Findng Jesus, the student will provide a research-based commentary on Islam.  The student will then discuss the author’s (Qureshi) conversion to Christianity.  Finally, the student will address a pastoral counseling case study.

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 timed, non-cumulative, open-book/open-note exams. Each exam will consist of 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions covering the course textbook readings, and have a 1-hour time limit.