The Master of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care degree is AQF level 9 and can be completed full-time over 2 years and provides professional training in chaplaincy & spiritual care.
Entry to the Master of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care is based on evidence of a capacity to undertake higher degree studies including a:
Applicants must attend an interview as part of the application process.
Applicants over 21 years of age who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission if they successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care, having completed the Graduate Certificate first under the Special Admission Rules.
Admission to the Master of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care is not automatically assumed on completion of the Graduate Diploma of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care. Applicants must attend an interview where their capacity to undertake Master's level training will be assessed.
The Master of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care (Coursework) qualifies individuals to apply an advanced and specialised body of knowledge to a range of pastoral situations in a senior chaplaincy or spiritual care role. Graduates will be able to take a leadership role in the strategic design, implementation and evaluation of a spiritual care program across an organisation, group or context. They will be able to integrate their knowledge of pastoral care within a broader body of knowledge of theology, ministry, mission, sociology, psychology and organisational behaviour. A key objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of pastoral care and increased expertise in pastoral care interventions. This course increases effectiveness of pastoral and spiritual care ministry by integrating theory, practice and critical reflection. Graduates will have the critical skills and strategies to continually evaluate their practice and the role of pastoral ministry in dealing with issues of crisis, suffering and emotional and spiritual healing in the light of Christian theology and mission.
Graduates will have extensive knowledge in pastoral care combining theory and practice including recent developments in evidence-based research. The course will challenge and develop their cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, concepts, theories and frameworks to apply in a broad range of pastoral care situations. They will also have advanced knowledge and understanding of the legal, ethical and cultural factors impacting on pastoral care. Graduates will have an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of the complexity in human development and behaviour, including spiritual care that enables them to respond effectively with pastoral interventions for complex problems, (e.g. loss, relationship breakdown, bereavement, abuse and trauma). Whilst the course will prepare graduates for a chaplaincy and spiritual care role that may involve some pastoral counselling, this course does not prepare students to engage in specialised counselling or psychotherapy
Graduates will have an enhanced ability to critically evaluate research and the capacity to apply scientific knowledge to the practice and development of pastoral care systems. They will be able to utilise cognitive, technical and creative skills in investigating, analysing, synthesising and communicating complex information to apply in variety of situations. In a leadership role, they will have the capacity to advocate for the role of pastoral care by engaging and influencing key stakeholders.
Graduates will be able to operate as autonomous and professional senior pastoral care roles such as senior chaplain, director of mission, manager of spiritual care etc. Graduates will be generally employed in organisations or institutions where spiritual care is recognised to be integral to holistic care. This award will also provide up to 50% advanced standing towards the Master of Counselling degree as a pathway to further study.
Full-time students complete 16 credit points each semester.
Rules of Progression
Other Protocols of the Course:
64 credit points at 600 and 700-level.
The course is based on 4 semesters (each of 13 weeks duration).
The maximum length of candidature is 4 years for full-time students, or 6 years for part-time students.
|GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF CHAPLAINCY & SPIRITUAL CARE|
|CHA601||Professional Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Practices 1||4|
|CHA602||Professional Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Practices 2||4|
|CHA607||Biblical and Theological Dimensions of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care||4|
|CHA611||Legal, Ethical and Cultural Dimensions of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care||4|
|CHA701||Leadership and Management for Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care||4|
|CHA702||Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care in Systems: Transformation and Community Health||4|
|Specialties (Select 1 or 2 specialties)|
|Aged Care Stream||CHA621||Palliative and Dementia Care||4|
|CHA622||Spirituality in Aging||4|
|Pastoral Care Stream||CHA631||Mental Health Management||4|
|CHA632||Psychological Crisis & Trauma||4|
|School Chaplaincy &
Spiritual Care Stream
|CHA641||School Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care 1||4|
|CHA642||School Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care 2||4|
|Elective Units (Select at least 2)|
|CHA721||Group Dynamics & Facilitation||4|
|CHA722||Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Practice - Extending the Mission of the Church||4|
|CHA723||Individual Learning Plan||4|
|CHA750||Clinical Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Skills 2||8|
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