Chaplaincy in Educational Settings

This subject offers current and prospective practitioners the opportunity to explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy in a range of school settings, from primary to secondary, state and private. It draws on current literature as well as experts and practitioners, engaging a number of clearly identified issues that reflect the complex nature of chaplaincy in these settings. Time is given to exploring the expansion of chaplaincy in the State School system as well as the role of chaplaincy in the faith-based schools. The subject examines the biblical and theological basis for chaplaincy as part of the mission of the church and seeks to enable students to gain a broad overview of chaplaincy as ministry.

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Subject Details

Workload Intensive, 12 credit points
Status Elective
Subject Code DE014 or DE206
Teacher Ryan Holt

Section A: The Role of the Chaplain and a Theology of Chaplaincy

  • The development of theology and ecclesiology of chaplaincy
  • An exploration of the various models of chaplaincy in primary, private secondary, state secondary and tertiary settings
  • An examination of the role of a chaplain – the varied roles of the chaplain as a pastor, youth worker, welfare counsellor, teacher and psychologist; being a professional Christian in a secular pluralist context; the chaplain’s job description
  • Professional ethics, confidentiality and legal issues for chaplains; professional development, supervision and self-care issues in chaplaincy; referral and crisis responses
  • Approaches to classroom religious education including teaching world religions in the multi-faith classroom; approaches to religious education in the state system
  • An examination of pastoral care and counselling models in the educational institution

Section B: Issues among Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Youth in Australian society and the major issues confronting children and young people
  • Key issues that relate to the health and spirituality of children, adolescents and young people
  • Identifying the physical, emotional, cognitive and moral issues among children, adolescents and young people

Section C: Chaplaincy in Practice

  • The exploration through observation and interview of a chaplain working in their particular educational setting

Study Expectations

Allow ten hours of work per week for this subject.


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