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Course module: U40056-M-30
Internship Categorial Pastoral Care
Course info
Course moduleU40056-M-30
Credits (ECTS)30
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeInternship
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Prac. Theology/Religious Studies; Practical Theology and Religious Studies;
Is part of
M Theology
Contact persondr. J.W.G. Korver
drs. M.E. Broos
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.C.H. van Dijk-Groeneboer
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
dr. J.W.G. Korver
Other course modules lecturer
dr.drs. W.M. Speelman
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Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1/  SM 2
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
  • You have an identity as a starting professional pastor or spiritual care giver.
  • Gradually, you work more and more independently as a starting professional pastor in the field of chaplaincy/spiritual care, liturgy and diaconia, in the concrete organizational setting of the trainee post.
  • On a starter's level, you handle the systemic and organizational dimensions of the pastoral profession.
  • You are able to reflect on your experiences as pastoral trainee, to integrate the personal, professional, and organizational dimensions of the pastoral profession in a dynamic way.
  • You are able to learn from professional experiences, to reflect in and on action, and to examine your pastoral identity, communication and style in a critical and permanent manner.
  • On a starter's level, you have insight in your strengths and weaknesses, in the way these qualities take root in your biography, and in the connections to your professional style and your spirituality.
  • You are open for feedback and reflection on personal experiences, and you are willing to learn from other's experiences.
  • The main courses of specialized ministry are scheduled in parallel to the internship.
  • The number of credits depends on whether you are following a full- or part-time program.
Required Prerequisites
Some courses of the first year of the Master Theology, as indicated in the training manual.
Recommended Prerequisites
Ability to reflection, collaboration, and feedback
  • The internship takes place in an organization for specialized ministry.
  • As a pastoral trainee you do pastoral, liturgical, and group work. Part of your activities is shaped as an independent project.
  • As an intern you receive instructions by an expert pastoral professional.
  • In relation to the objectives of the course and to your personal learning objectives, you write a so called learning agreement, and an evaluation halfway and at the end of the internship.
  • You take part in a group supervision. By means of reflection papers and reports of pastoral conversations, you work on the development of a more integrated identity as a minister/chaplain/spiritual care giver.
  • At the beginning of the second internship, you write the draft of a project on pastoral care, liturgy, or diaconia. You carry out this project in the second part of the practical year.
  • You reflect on and practise with aspects of pastoral conversation.
  • You reflect on and practise with aspects of group processes and leadership.
  • You reflect on and practise with aspects of corporality and spirituality.
Type of instructions
Practicum/internship, training, supervision
Type of exams
Reflection paper, report, case study, evaluation

Compulsory Reading
  1. S. Körver (red.), In het oog in het hart. Geestelijke verzorging 2.1, Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers, 2014, ISBN 978 90 5625 410 0.
  2. G. Lang & H.T. van der Molen, Psychologische gespreksvoering. Een basis voor hulpverlening, Soest: Nelissen (17e druk), 2015, ISBN 978 90 244 02021.
  3. J. Remmerswaal, Begeleiden van groepen. Groepsdynamica in de praktijk, Houten: Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (3e druk), 2015, ISBN 978 90 368 07241.
  4. A. Bisschops, Leiderschap, emotionele intelligentie en de autonome pastor: een uitdaging en een perspectief, Handelingen, 2011/2, pp. 3-13.

Recommended Reading
  1. C. Menken-Bekius & H. van der Meulen, Reflecteren kun je leren. Basisboek voor pastoraat en geestelijke verzorging, Kampen: Kok, 2007, ISBN 978 90 435 13630.
  2. J. Körver & W. Regouin, Professionele begeleiding en spiritualiteit. Pastorale supervisie nader verkend, Houten: Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, 2007, ISBN 978 90 313 51787.
  3. A. Droogers, Zingeving als spel. Over religie, macht en speelse spiritualiteit, Almere: Parthenon, 2010, ISBN 978 90 795 78146.
  4. J. van Ark & H. de Roest, De weg van de groep. Leidinggeven aan groepen in gemeente en parochie, Zoetermeer: Meinema (2e druk), 2007, ISBN 9789021139623.
  5. T. Gevers & T. Zijlstra, Praktisch projectmanagement 2. Handleiding voor het vaardig leidinggeven aan projecten, Schoonhoven: Academic Press (2e herziene druk), 2011, ISBN 978 90 526 17923.
  6. R. R. Ganzevoort & J. Visser, Zorg voor het verhaal. Achtergrond, methode en inhoud van pastorale begeleiding, Zoetermeer: Meinema, 2007 (4e druk), ISBN 9789021141541.
Timetable information
U40056-M-30|Stage Categoriaal pastoraat
Required materials
Recommended materials

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