The Gerontology and Counselling the Terminally ill Module is designed to provide the caregiver (pastor, lay-counsellor) with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative understanding of ageing and older-adulthood development.
Particular emphasis will be given to the theoretical aspects of gerontology from a multi-systems perspective and the implications this has for the counselling and care of the elderly and chronically ill. The course examines the basic dimensions of the theory and practice of the care and counselling of ageing individuals, and the terminally ill. The course also deals with death and dying, grief, and the grieving process. Attention will be given to the ethical considerations in the care of ageing individuals, societal attitudes, ageism, care facilities, and end of life issues.
The course provides pastors and lay counsellors with the theory and tools to care for and provide counselling for seniors in the local church and/or a community.