Diploma of Chaplaincy
Welcome to the Diploma of Chaplaincy!
The Higher Education Diploma of Chaplaincy is an accredited qualification for aspiring chaplains in all contexts. Through this exciting new program students receive practical and theological training on how to minister to those in need, gain greater understanding of those around them and are empowered to make a real and lasting difference in people's lives.
A dynamic learning environment for chaplains has been created through this award being completed in a mix of online and Intensive study. All students completing the Diploma of Chaplaincy attend Intensives as a part of the course. These intensives are supplemented by the practicum component of working in the field in areas such as prisons, schools, hospitals and aged care.
Students can join the Ministry/Leadership face-to-face classes where available for BIB001 and THE001. (These 2 subjects can also be completed online.)
All Alphacrucis Chaplaincy training is endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia.
Study chaplaincy and be transformed as you gain a greater understanding of yourself and those around you. Empower others and play an important part in building healthier communities by pursuing a rewarding career in chaplaincy.
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Program Director, Chaplaincy
CRICOS Course Code: 094095K
Course Structure and Course Dates
The Diploma of Chaplaincy consists of eight subjects: 6 core subjects and 2 electives.
Electives: (choose 2)
Length of Program
- Full-Time: 1 Year (4 subjects per semester)
- Part-Time: Up to 4 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
- Selected Campuses (For Intensives and Bible subjects)
- Global Online Campus (BIB001 and THE001 only)
INTENSIVES: All students who study the Diploma of Chaplaincy are required to attend 5 Intensives at AC Campuses and approved locations. Intensives are generally Thursday- Saturday, 8.30-5pm and cover content for multiple subjects (see below). Additional lectures, information and assessments for each subject is then completed online.
INTENSIVE 1 & 2 (2 x 3-day Intensives) - MIN001, SSC001
INTENSIVE 3 & 4 (2 x 3-day Intensives) - EXP001A, SSE005
INTENSIVE 5 (1 x 2-day Intensive) - EXP001B, 2x Electives
(Note: Two Electives are chosen by student vote)
ONLINE/FACE-TO-FACE: Two of the subjects (BIB001, THE001) can be completed either online or face to face at selected campuses.
FACE-TO-FACE: Available for BIB001 and THE001 at selected campuses.
Weekly 3 hour lectures.
ONLINE DELIVERY: Available for BIB001 and THE001.
Weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience.
PLACEMENT: Students also arrange and undertake a 100 hour chaplaincy placement in an area of their choice and engage in professional supervision as a part of their training.
Suggested Study Plan
SEMESTER 1 MIN001, SSC001
Upon completion, students can continue their studies into the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
2019 SEMESTER 1 COURSE DATES
HE DIPLOMA OF CHAPLAINCY INTENSIVES
WA16 – PERTH
Intensive 1: 15-17 August 2019
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW89 – SYDNEY
Intensive 1&2: 4-8 November 2019
WA17 – GERALDTON
Intensive 1: 5-7 September 2019
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW88 – CENTRAL COAST
Intensive 1: 29-31 August 2019
TAS5 – HOBART
Intensive 1: 1-3 August 2019
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW90 – COFFS HARBOUR
Intensive 1: 12-14 September 2019
QLD19 – BRISBANE
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Intensive 1: 22-24 August 2019
VIC30 – MELBOURNE
Intensive 1: 17-19 October 2019
DIPLOMA OF CHAPLAINCY INTENSIVE DATES:
SA2 – South Australia
Intensive 1 & 2: 5-9 November 2018
VICD29 - MELBOURNE
Intensive 1: 11-13 April 2019
Intensive 1: 21-23 March 2019
TAS2 – HOBART
Intensive 1&2: 11-15 March 2019
WA15 – PERTH
Intensive 1: 14-16 March 2019
Intensive 1: 21-23 February 2019
QLD17 – BRISBANE
Intensive 1: 7-9 March 2019
VICD28 - MELBOURNE
Intensive 1: 25-27 October 2018
For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.
Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of a NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR Articulation from another AC course or equivalent.
Professional Entry Requirements
Mature age entry (21 years and over).
How To Apply
Complete an online Application for Admission Form
Application for Chaplaincy Programs requires the submission of key proof of identity documentation, which includes:
1) Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport. (If born overseas, certified copy of your permanent residency status or Australian Citizenship Certificate)
2) A passport style ID photo
3) Certified copy of your relevant academic transcripts (may include high school record of results or academic records)
4) A reference from a Minister/Community Leader which endorses your readiness and suitability to complete the chaplaincy training and undertake a chaplaincy work placement in the community.
The letter should contain the endorser's letter head, contact details and signature. Examples of appropriate community leaders could be a Pastor or Minister, Rotary Member, Council Member, or JP.
5) A Statement of Intention (Minimum 200 words explaining why you would like to be considered for entry into this course. Please include mention of relevant practical experience such as ministry/community service that you have participated in)
Please note: Your application requires a government issued, Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. Consult http://www.usi.gov.au/ for details and to secure your USI.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Rev. Dr Damon Adams (faculty profile)
Damon originally trained as a Presbyterian minister and was later ordained as a Pentecostal minister. Damon has lectured in Historical Theology, John Knox Theological College, Sydney; Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, Tabor College, Tasmania; and is currently Senior Lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History at Alphacrucis College, Hobart Campus, Tasmania. Additionally, Damon is presently the History Subject Coordinator at Alphacrucis. Damon holds a PhD in Theology.
Ps Grant Buchanan (faculty profile)
Grant came to Australia to take a position in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE suburbs primarily as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor. From 2010-2015, he covered a number of part time roles apart from his teaching, including chaplaincy and counselling. He re-joined the Harvest Bible College Staff in 2015 as Dean of Learning and Teaching and is currently the BTh Program director with AC. He is presently completing his PhD at University of Divinity in Melbourne looking at a pneumatological reading of Galatians and how this impacts identity.
As a pastor, counsellor and teacher, Grant continues to engage in pastoral care and counselling helping encourage and equip people for life and ministry. He is active as an itinerant speaker, and though not on staff, is a part of the leadership team of a missional church in Beaconsfield.
When not drinking coffee, talking coffee and thinking coffe, Grant spends time reading, at the gym and time with his wife Trudy, his two boys, Joel and Zac, and friends. Both he and Trudy love exploring the various eating precincts of Melbourne. He enjoys NZ Rugby, AFL and action movies. As a musician for many years his taste varies from Blues through Rock to some forms of Jazz. He loves flying and previously worked as a flying instructor. Travel for love and ministry is high on the agenda, so he and Trudy are looking forward to holidaying and ministering more within Australia and beyond.
Samir Eljagh Samir Eljagh (faculty profile)
Dr Katherine Hurrell (faculty profile)
Katherine currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the department of Social Sciences at Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia. She develops and teaches a range of social science and counselling subjects for students undertaking the bachelor and postgraduate programs and is also involved with the supervision of Higher Degree Research (HDR). Katherine obtained her PhD on a full scholarship from Macquarie University (Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship), which examined the role of parenting factors and emotion regulation in children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Her thesis was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence and she had the privilege of presenting her findings at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference (WCBCT) in Peru. Prior to this, Katherine obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction) and a postgraduate diploma in Forensic Psychology (with Distinction). In addition to her academic role, Katherine is a fully registered psychologist with endorsement to practice in the area of clinical psychology. She has been consulting for over 15 years with both children/adolescents and adults in her busy private practice in Sydney's Hills District. Katherine enjoys the balance of her academic and professional roles; with each serving to compliment one another and provide a rewarding vocation. She brings a wide scope of psychological expertise to her teaching, having worked across a range of public and private settings, including hospitals, university clinics and NSW Corrections (offender management & rehabilitation). More recently, Katherine has partnered with local churches in the provision of wellbeing sessions for pastors, professional supervision and occasional speaking events. She finds the intersection of psychology/counselling and ministry a unique and energising area to practice. She also believes in the value of this work for the prevention of pastoral burnout. This area aligns with her general interests in positive psychology and wellbeing across industries and professions (e.g., education, corporate and first responders). When Katherine is not working, she can be found spending her time outdoors, keeping active and enjoying quality time with her husband, three sons and fun-loving labrador!
Member, Australian Psychological Society
Fellow, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists
Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
Member, Anxiety Practitioners Network
Matthew Jarlett (faculty profile)
Mr Justin Low (faculty profile)
Rev Dr Dean O'Keefe (faculty profile)
Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man, the husband of one wife (Lisa) and father of four children. He completed a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), teaching for 2.5 years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was involved in youth ministry leadership for over a decade and served as a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at AC. He has served as children's pastor for several years, was the State Chaplain for Rangers Australia NSW, and completed a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University in 2018.
Mr Aaron Sargeant (faculty profile)
Chaplaincy Support (faculty profile)
Vici Tunney (faculty profile)
Vici has had a background in Education both in NSW and Qld, serving as Deputy Principal in several schools in both states. Together with her husband she pioneered a Christian school in Gladstone, planted a campus of Springfield Christian Family in Brisbane and pastored the campus fulltime for 10 years.
Outside College life, Vici is actively involved in preaching, pastoral work, teaching and missions. Vici is one of five Church Elders with oversight of the 4 campuses of Springfield Christian Family and an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches. Her interests include reading for a purpose, mentoring the next generation and lively theological & philosophical discussions. Her personal values include being a committed follower of Jesus, an encourager of others and a life-long learner,
Vici has ministered in churches and to missionaries in Ukraine, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. She travels regularly with her husband who is involved in monitoring development projects in South-east Asia. Vici is married to Craig and have twin boys and a daughter, all married with 6 grandchildren.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB001 - Introduction to the Bible
Description: Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context. Unit detail page >>
- BIB007 - Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures
Description: The foundational documents of the Christian Faith are found in the Old Testament. It is the first instance of God’s self-revelation to humanity, it points forward to Jesus, and it provides glimpses of the Holy Spirit at work. The themes, theology, wisdom, history, and narrative form the basis for anything the New Testament has to teach us. This Subject will equip you to uncover the significance and relevance of the Old Testament to being a disciple of Jesus. Unit detail page >>
- BIB008 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the early writings of the church. This subject will introduce the purpose, content, and message of the New Testament books with particular focus on the historical and cultural implications of their setting, and how this broad diversity of literature presents an incredibly unified and coherent message. Unit detail page >>
- BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
Description: The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with Israel's Scriptures as a coherent narrative that is of crucial importance to Christians (pun intended!). While this subject includes a discussion of every book in Israel's Scriptures, it goes beyond this to look at how the character of God is communicated and traces significant themes throughout. We will also look at how to read Hebrew narrative and poetry, and at the influence of cultural background on interpretation. Unit detail page >>
- EXP001 - Professional Practice
Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor, students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester(or split into 50 hour placements over 2 semesters), with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for youth leadership? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with the youth department. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start you need. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Unit detail page >>
- MIN001 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- SSC001 - Psychology of Emotion
Description: Throughout this unit students will have opportunity to engage with their emotions as a basis of understanding the emotions of others. Topics explored include: common mental health issues, loss and grief support and self-care. Unit detail page >>
- SSC002 - Working with Trauma
Description: In this elective unit students will develop an understanding of trauma and the knowledge and skills necessary for working with those affected by trauma and domestic and family violence. Students will also integrate an understanding of trauma into a self-care plan. Unit detail page >>
- SSE003 - Working with Addictions
Description: This elective unit aims to equip chaplains and carers with knowledge and skills to be able to provide care and support to people with addictions, as well as their close friends, families and communities. Unit detail page >>
- SSE005 - Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
Description: In this core unit students develop a theoplogical understanding of major chaplaincy related issues. Students explore the contexts and common pastoral care issues faced by Chaplains, and the role of the Chaplain / Pastoral Carer. Topics discussed range from the cycle of programming, implementing, evaluating, and reflecting in Chaplaincy to reporting, accountability and self care. Unit detail page >>
- SSE009 - Methods of Youth Work
Description: Throughout this elective unit students will look at the various contexts and values that impact on youth work. Students will look at best practice in providing support to young people. Unit detail page >>
- THE001 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>