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Chaplaincy Skills

PC 452 / PC 652

WORKLOAD: Intensive, 4 credit points.
STATUS: Elective
WHEN: 24-28 September, 2018
WHO: Stuart Adamson
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, the privilege 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.

Content

Section A: Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Competencies (25%)

1.The role of the chaplain

  • Basic biblical and theological perspectives
  • Chaplaincy settings: schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, prisons
  • Situations and needs chaplains typically face
  • Current trends and issues in chaplaincy ministry

2. Aspects of well-being and mental health

  • Human needs, life stages and the generations
  • Personal and special needs (such as autism, disability, illness, abuse, neglect)
  • Mental illness (such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicide)
  • Environmental (such as alcohol, drugs, bullying, harassment, stress, conflict)

Section B: Working with the Mental Health Sector (25%)

3. The mental health sector

  • Scope and character
  • Stakeholders
  • Levels and types of care: clinical and non-clinical services, support groups
  • Major psychiatric illnesses and the stigma surrounding them
  • National standards for mental health issues
  • Changes in mental health care
  • The legal system, including the police, courts and community treatment orders

4. Professional conduct of the chaplain

  • Principles of professional conduct: confidentiality, duty of care, access and equity, ethics and values, sustainability, working with people from culturally/linguistically different backgrounds
  • Organizational requirements: ethical standards, casework management protocols, procedures, record keeping
  • Legal framework: policy, legislation, regulations
  • Working with others and in teams

Section C: Pastoral Care for Chaplaincy (25%)

5. Foundational skills of the chaplain

  • Communication skills
  • Pastoral care skills
  • Preventative care: education, support groups, conflict management
  • Reactive care

6. Referral

  • Services and sources of assistance
  • Emergency and crisis situations
  • Cultural obligations and special needs in referrals
  • Review of outcomes

Section D: Chaplaincy in Practice (25%)

At least 20 hours under the supervision of a chaplain in at least one field situation: eg. school, college, university, hospital, nursing home, community centre, courts, prison

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