Diploma of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Undergraduate Course
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About This Course

The Diploma of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care introduces students to foundational chaplaincy concepts and how these operate in concrete chaplaincy contexts. It encourages students to reflect on their practice as pastoral carers as well as equips them with the knowledge and skills to engage people struggling with mental health issues and refer them to appropriate human services. Furthermore, the Diploma allows the students to engage in reflection both on the biblical narrative and on the contemporary surge in interest in spirituality and spiritual care. Finally, it has space for a practical internship in a chaplaincy context in which the student would like to work.

The Diploma addresses the needs of those people who want to or already are working in chaplaincy contexts and would like to grow their knowledge and skills to more effectively engage their particular situations to help others and address various issues.

Graduates of this Diploma can continue on to a Bachelor of Ministry.

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Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the Diploma of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, graduates will be able to:

  • Explain foundational principles, concepts, and characteristics of chaplaincy and spiritual care
  • Explain a biblical and theological framework for their vocation as a chaplain or spiritual carer
  • Respond appropriately to ethical issues that pertain to chaplaincy and spiritual care, drawing on knowledge of ethical principles and frameworks
  • Identify mental health issues and possible referral and treatment options, utilising a holistic, evidence-based framework
  • Examine the nature of spirituality and its significance for holistic care through engagement with contemporary scholarship
  • Address spiritual and pastoral issues in a chaplaincy or spiritual care context through reflective practice and the utilisation of relevant strategies and well-developed communication skills
  • Reflect on their vocational identity as a chaplain or spiritual carer
  • Describe how their engagement with biblical and spiritual practices intersects with their personal formation

Professional Outcomes

The Diploma in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care introduces students to foundational chaplaincy concepts and how these operate in concrete chaplaincy contexts. It encourages students to reflect on their practice as pastoral carers as well as equips them with the knowledge and skills to engage people struggling with mental health issues and refer them to appropriate human services. Furthermore, the diploma allows the students to engage in reflection both on the biblical narrative and on the contemporary surge in interest in spirituality and spiritual care. Finally, it has space for a practical internship in a chaplaincy context in which the student would like to work.

The Diploma is targeted at those who are wanting to become a chaplain both in the public school sector and in other public and religious contexts (e.g. hospitals, prisons, aged-care facilities). It is for those who are after a deeper, formative engagement with the Christian and spiritual side of chaplaincy. The Diploma addresses the needs of those people who want to or already are working in chaplaincy contexts and would like to grow their knowledge and skills to more effectively engage their particular situations to help others and address various issues. Graduates of this Diploma can continue on to a Bachelor of Ministry.

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Course Structure

8

Unit Total

7

CORE

+

1

electives

ELECTIVES

Electives may be drawn from the list of electives provided below or, with the approval of the Head of Ministry and Theology, from any Tabor bachelor award where this assists students to achieve personal and/or vocational goals, providing the following conditions have been meet: i) units enable the student to meet the LOs of the DipCSC; ii) prerequisites have been met; and, iii) the relevant course coordinator approves.

Options vary and are subject to availability.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.

Adelaide – Millswood SA

Perth – Forrestfield WA

Offered fully online

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?

60 ATAR
OR
Completion of ‘Tabor Early Entry’ criteria (NOT dependent on ATAR)
OR
Qualify for mature age entry

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

COURSE CODES
Tabor: M_DCSC
SATAC: Not applicable

COURSE LEVEL
Undergraduate Course

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Faculty of Ministry Practice
Email: enquiry@tabor.edu.au
Phone:1300 482 267