let's talk about the pastoral care & chaplaincy essentials course.

 
 
 

Because you know people are hurting and all you want to do is help.

The Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Essentials course is designed for those who want to either serve God in pastoral role within the local church or through a chaplaincy role in the community. It aims to equip students with the confidence, skills and knowledge required to support someone in their spiritual walk with particular emphasis on communication skills, safe practices, self-care and solution-based counsel.

As well as this students will be equipped to help people in areas of crisis or challenge by attending sessions on mental health, suicide, homosexuality, marriage breakdown and many more. Along with our normal Monday night program, students interested in Chaplaincy can add two intensive days to their study focusing on mental health and grief and loss. By doing this they will complete the Chaplaincy Essentials course which is recognised by Chaplaincy Australia. The practical placement requirements of this course coincides with C3 College's pragmatic approach to training, we believe an experiential learning process is vital to your development as a minister.

 

What are the benefits of this course?

  • Nationally recognised accredited training
  • Lecturers are current professionals from both the Church and the Marketplace
  • Practical Ministry allows you to apply your skills immediately and learn by doing
  • Interactive classes including discussion and role play to maximise learning
  • Sound theological basis to the teaching
  • Opportunity to join the C3 College Allumni and keep in touch with upcoming events
  • Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy essentials students and graduates are also invited to hear many guest speakers that come through our day college to provide one-off training to the entire student body
  • Course runs for 3 hours on Monday nights plus two intensives during the year making it accessible to everyone
  • Access to web platform for class notes and resources
  • Affordable per term payments.

Are there any pre-requisites.

Yes, you must fulfil the below requirements:

  • Must be over 21 years of age
  • Sound theological knowledge
  • Current and active church membership
  • Pastoral reference supporting an aptitude in the area of pastoral care
  • You must also fill out an online application form that can be found here

How much does it cost?

  • $350 per term
  • Intensives will be an additional $285 per day (there are two of these)
  • These fees are payable at the beginning of each term

What are the dates?

  • Term 1: Mon 27 Feb – Mon 3 April
  • Term 2: Mon 8 May – Mon 19 June
  • Term 3: Mon 24 July – Mon 28 Aug
  • Term 4: Mon 9 Oct – Mon 13 Nov

There are two streams you can choose from.


Pastoral Care.

Pastoral Care is an essential element for church planting, church growth and church health. With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental health issue and 1 in 3 marriages experiencing divorce and many more startling statistics, it is imperative for every church leader to have understanding and knowledge in these areas. This one-year course will provide accredited training for people in all areas of church leadership.

Students stay involved in their local church applying the skills they are learning while conveniently studying on Monday night. The first semester will teach you skills to listen, explore, refer, empower, guide and pray as well as look after your own needs as the shepherd ensuring a longevity in your shepherding role and avoiding burnout.  This course is accredited and successful completion will result in a Statement of Attainment towards a Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. (CHC42315)

Topics include:

  • Effective rapport building and active listening skills.
  • Identifying problem areas and possible solutions.
  • Solution Focused questioning techniques.
  • Meaningful Goal Setting
  • Finding resources and referring clients
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • The Shepherding Relationship
  • The pastoral care team
  • Self Care – avoiding burnout
  • Critical Incidents
  • Risks, rights and responsibilities
  • Pastoral Care planning

The second semester will give you essential knowledge about the most commonly dealt with areas in pastoral care. This knowledge will assist you to not only pastor but also to provide effective guidance to the pastoral team that you lead allowing them to feel confident in their roles as connect leaders.

Topics include:

  • Mental Health Issues including Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Suicidal Ideation
  • Addictions
  • Ageing
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Relationship areas including Marriage, Separation, Blended Families, Singleness

 

Practical Ministry

Students will be required to do 2 hours of practical ministry per week over the year. (including outside term times) These placements will need to provide the student with opportunities to apply their pastoral care skills across a group of people as well as on a one to one basis. Students will be assessed on the knowledge gained.


Chaplaincy Essentials.

We have worked with Chaplaincy Australia to get a pathway for accreditation into the ministry of Chaplaincy. Our Chaplaincy Pathway provides sufficient training to apply for their entry level of chaplaincy – Chaplaincy Team Member.

With Chaplaincy Australia accreditation as a Chaplaincy Team Member you will be eligible to apply for voluntary or paid positions as a chaplain in various situations. (Please note, at this stage hospitals and Prisons are still requiring a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training to become a chaplain and the Armed Forces requires a Bachelor of Theology or 12 years full time ministry experience).

Chaplaincy teams are something our Beyond Missions Team at C3 Oxford Falls has been keen to see happen as an outreach into the community and maybe something your church is interested in too. C3 Church is looking to appoint C3 chaplains to be involved in taking teams of people into our community to offer pastoral support, comfort and hope to people in need. Chaplaincy Pathway graduates will be well positioned to apply for involvement in this new area of our church ministry.

Students who have other theological or Pastoral Care training, experience and ordination within their church as a Minister, can apply for a higher level of chaplaincy accreditation. For more information and full application requirements please contact Chaplaincy Australia on 8893 9000 or go to the training section of their website at www.chaplaincyaustralia.com

The first semester will teach you skills to listen, explore, refer, empower, guide and pray as well as look after your own needs as the shepherd ensuring a longevity in your shepherding role and avoiding burnout.

Topics include:

  • Effective rapport building and active listening skills.
  • Identifying problem areas and possible solutions.
  • Solution Focused questioning techniques.
  • Meaningful Goal Setting
  • Finding resources & referring clients
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • The Shepherding Relationship
  • The pastoral care team
  • Pastoral Care planning
  • Self Care – avoiding burnout
  • Critical Incidents
  • Risks, rights and responsibilities

The second semester will give you essential knowledge about the most commonly dealt with areas in pastoral care. This knowledge will assist you to not only pastor but also to provide effective guidance to the pastoral team that you lead allowing them to feel confident in their roles as connect leaders. For Chaplaincy Essentials students emphasis will be placed upon Grief and Loss and Mental Health.

Topics include:

  • Mental Health Issues including Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Suicidal Ideation
  • Addictions
  • Loss and Grief
  • Ageing
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Relationship areas including Marriage, Separation, Blended Families, Singleness
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Sector

 

Practical Ministry

 

In Chaplaincy Essentials students will be required to do 2 hours practical ministry each week over the year (including outside term times). These placements will need to provide the student with experiences in working with Mental Health issues and the area of Loss and Grief. Students will be assessed on the knowledge gained in these areas.

 


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