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Qualification: Professional Master in Religion, Pastoral Counsellor (RARZI)

Professional Master in Religion, Pastoral Counsellor (RARZI)

Qualification Information

- to study practical theology, philosophy, physiology, from the point of recent achievements in theory and practice of pastoral care and counselling;
- to develop research methodology knowledge and skills in theology and pastoral work, creativity, project management and business studies;
- to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and skills of pastoral counselling, spiritual guidance and accompaniment methods;
- to get acquainted with possibilities of communication and information technologies in pastoral work;
- to learn pedagogy and methods of catechesis in the studies of education and psychology courses;
- to study pastoral psychology, psychology of religion and pastoral aspects of other branches of psychology;
- to develop practical skills for catechist, counsellor for families, pastoral counsellor, chaplain and research in pastoral work during professional qualification practise;
- to develop the master’s thesis and defend them at the final exam.



Competences:

1. Basic knowledge of:
1.1. anthropology;
1.2. social ethics.
2. Understanding of:
2.1. pastoral aspects of theology sectors  (systematic theology, biblical exegesis, moral theology);
2.2. pastoral theology;
2.3. physiology and psychosomatics;
2.4. personality theories and types of psychotherapy;
2.5. clinical psychology and pathopsychology;
2.6. developmental psychology;
2.7. special pedagogy and psychology;
2.8. social and family psychology;
2.9. psychology of religion;
2.10. professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
3. Ability to apply knowledge of:
3.1. theology of spiritual life;
3.2. religious pedagogy and methodology;
3.3. pastoral psychology;
3.4. pastoral counselling (theory and practice);
3.5. spiritual guidance and co-guidance;
3.6. inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue in pastoral work;
3.7. pastoral communication;
3.8. cross-cultural pastoral care and
counselling;
3.9. provision of assistance in the crisis situations;
3.10. methodology of theology;
3.11. scientific research methods in pastoral work;
3.12. use of information technologies in pastoral work;
3.13. professional ethics;
3.14. at least two foreign languages at the communication level;
3.15. official language;
3.16. employment relationship;
3.17. labour protection;
3.18. environmental protection.



Skills:

1. To acknowledge and respect the limits of one's competence in accordance with the dogmas of the religious organization, professional code of ethics and laws and regulations of pastoral counselling and care.
2. To assess and integrate current theories and practical knowledge of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and psychology in training (catechesis) and pastoral counselling.
3. To coordinate and plan training (catechesis) and pastoral care.
4. To select suitable didactic strategies and teaching methods.
5. To evaluate the progress and results of training (catechesis) and pastoral care.
6. To plan and carry out scientific work in the field of training (catechesis), counselling and care, acquiring and processing qualitative and quantitative information.
7. To collect and analyse data obtained from research developing theoretical and practical recommendations.
8. To assess and competently apply scientific research results in the field of training (catechesis) and pastoral counselling and care.
9. To have a good knowledge of and describe pastoral counselling and care technology applied in counselling.
10. To carry out a comprehensive assessment of individual needs, expectations and resources under pastoral care.
11. To apply research methods within one's competence.
12. To select and use appropriate ways and techniques of communication to work with clients and patients of various ages and social groups, their families and other parties involved in pastoral care.
13. To determine priority (urgency) and provide support in times of crisis within the framework of pastoral counselling and care.
14. To provide pastoral counselling and care to a person experiencing loss and grief.
15. To prepare individuals for marriage.
16. To provide pastoral counselling for individuals, families and groups.
17. To understand the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in groups and organizations.
18. To promote and use positive communication skills in counselling and pastoral care.
19. Providing pastoral care, to cooperate with specialists of various sectors, including clergy men, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers.
20. To cooperate with institutions involved in pastoral care and counselling.
21. To work in a team/group addressing complex pastoral challenges.
22. To have a good knowledge of mental care resources and offer them within the framework of pastoral counselling.
23. To coordinate and organize public services according to the circumstances and needs.
24. To encourage inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue in pastoral counselling and care.
25. To observe confidentiality in pastoral counselling and care.
26. To take care of one's spiritual and professional growth, physical and psychological well-being.
27. To be able to draw up relevant documentation.
28. To use a computer for information storage and processing.
29. To know the official language.
30. To know at least two foreign languages at the communication level.
31. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
32. To comply with employment relationship, labour protection, fire safety and environmental protection requirements.



Knowledge:

1. To acknowledge and respect the limits of one's competence in accordance with the dogmas of the religious organization, professional code of ethics and laws and regulations of pastoral counselling and care.
2. To assess and integrate current theories and practical knowledge of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and psychology in training (catechesis) and pastoral counselling.
3. To coordinate and plan training (catechesis) and pastoral care.
4. To select suitable didactic strategies and teaching methods.
5. To evaluate the progress and results of training (catechesis) and pastoral care.
6. To plan and carry out scientific work in the field of training (catechesis), counselling and care, acquiring and processing qualitative and quantitative information.
7. To collect and analyse data obtained from research developing theoretical and practical recommendations.
8. To assess and competently apply scientific research results in the field of training (catechesis) and pastoral counselling and care.
9. To have a good knowledge of and describe pastoral counselling and care technology applied in counselling.
10. To carry out a comprehensive assessment of individual needs, expectations and resources under pastoral care.
11. To apply research methods within one's competence.
12. To select and use appropriate ways and techniques of communication to work with clients and patients of various ages and social groups, their families and other parties involved in pastoral care.
13. To determine priority (urgency) and provide support in times of crisis within the framework of pastoral counselling and care.
14. To provide pastoral counselling and care to a person experiencing loss and grief.
15. To prepare individuals for marriage.
16. To provide pastoral counselling for individuals, families and groups.
17. To understand the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in groups and organizations.
18. To promote and use positive communication skills in counselling and pastoral care.
19. Providing pastoral care, to cooperate with specialists of various sectors, including clergy men, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers.
20. To cooperate with institutions involved in pastoral care and counselling.
21. To work in a team/group addressing complex pastoral challenges.
22. To have a good knowledge of mental care resources and offer them within the framework of pastoral counselling.
23. To coordinate and organize public services according to the circumstances and needs.
24. To encourage inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue in pastoral counselling and care.
25. To observe confidentiality in pastoral counselling and care.
26. To take care of one's spiritual and professional growth, physical and psychological well-being.
27. To be able to draw up relevant documentation.
28. To use a computer for information storage and processing.
29. To know the official language.
30. To know at least two foreign languages at the communication level.
31. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
32. To comply with employment relationship, labour protection, fire safety and environmental protection requirements.

Reference Data

EQF Level:
Thematic area:
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Location:
NQF Level: 
7
Awarding body: 

- Riga Higher Institute of Religious Sciences affiliated to the Pontifical Lateran University-

Awarding body contact info: 

KLOSTERA IELA 4, LATGALES PRIEKŠPILSĒTA, RĪGA, LV-1003
Tālr.: 67223598 29524484
Fakss: 67205016
E-pasts: rarzi@apollo.lv

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Pastoral counsellor (2636 22)

Access requirements: 

Higher education qualification of LQF level 6 (bachelor, professional bachelor or professional higher education qualification) in the same or compatible branch of science or professional field of higher education, as well as a certain professional experience laid down by higher education institution

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)