Chaplaincy in Educational Settings

DM 414/DM614

Intensive, 4 credit points.
2 – 6 July 2018
Ted Endacott

This unit 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 unit 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.

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • construct a personal theology for chaplaincy and its appropriate application in a pluralist educational institution
  • discuss biblical models of Chaplaincy
  • demonstrate insight into the complex nature of the ministry of chaplaincy and be able to explain how context strongly influences the way chaplaincy is practiced.
  • show a working knowledge of some key issues relating to the health and spirituality of children, adolescents and young adults
  • demonstrate understanding of some theoretical frameworks around religious education and its role in multi faith situations
  • describe models of pastoral care and counselling which are appropriate for work with a variety of age groups


Section A: The Role of the Chaplain and a Theology of Chaplaincy (50%)

  1. The development of a theology and ecclesiology of chaplaincy.
  2. An exploration of the various models of chaplaincy in primary, private secondary, state secondary and tertiary settings.
  3. An examination of the role of a chaplain. The varied roles of the chaplain as pastor, youth worker, welfare counsellor, teacher and psychologist. Being a professional Christian in a secular pluralist context. The chaplain’s job description.
  4. Professional ethics, confidentiality and legal issues for chaplains. Professional development, supervision and self-care issues in chaplaincy. Referral and crisis responses.
  5. Approaches to classroom religious education including teaching world religions in the multifaith classroom. Approaches to religious education in the state system.
  6. An examination of pastoral care and counselling models in the educational institution.

Section B: Issues among Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (30%)

  1. Youth in Australian society and the major issues confronting children and young people.
  2. Key issues that relate to the health and spirituality of children, adolescents and young people.
  3. Identify the physical, emotional, cognitive and moral issues among children, adolescents and young people.

Section C: Chaplaincy in Practice (20%)

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




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