Serving as a chaplain in a public institution is a double privilege that few get to experience. On the human level, it is a real privilege meeting with people whom you may never have met and connecting with them deeply. From the perspective of faith, it is connecting at depth with people who may never have darkened the door of a church, and commending Christ to them through word and deed. It can be gritty, it can be edgy, it can be hard, but it is an enormous privilege.
This subject seeks to introduce you to the basic perspectives and competencies you will need to work effectively as chaplains. It focuses on chaplaincy skills and practices, referrals and holistic care. The emphasis is on what chaplains are expected to know and be able to do in mental health management rather than on the biblical basis and theology of chaplaincy.
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|Workload||Intensive, 12 credit points|
Section A: Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Competencies
1. The role of the chaplain
2. Aspects of well-being and mental health
Section B: Working with the Mental Health Sector
3. The mental health sector
4. Professional conduct of the chaplain
Section C: Pastoral Care for Chaplaincy
5. Foundational skills of the chaplain
Section D: Chaplaincy in Practice
At least 20 hours under the supervision of a chaplain in at least one field setting, such as school, college, university, hospital, nursing home, community centre, courts, prison
Allow 8-10 hours per week for this subject, including the field work.