Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

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.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC005
  • Credit points: 10
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Awards offering Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Develop a theological understanding of major chaplaincy related issues;
  2. Prepare for pastoral and spiritual care work;
  3. Establish an interpersonal relationship with the client requiring care and identify the range of issues impacting on that individual;
  4. Analyse information to determine course of action.

Subject Content

  1. Foundations of chaplaincy and pastoral care
  2. Theological framework for chaplaincy
  3. Communicating the gospel in a secular setting (awareness that this is not permitted in many workplaces)
  4. The cycle of programming, implementing, evaluating and reflecting in Chaplaincy
  5. Reporting to others and accountability as a chaplain or pastoral carer
  6. Importance of self-care
  7. The role of a Chaplain/Pastoral Carer in a variety of current Australian contexts
  8. Common Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care issues

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Intensives + E-learning (online) as follows: 2 x three day Intensives  = 36 hours + approx 84 hours additional online lectures, time for research, writing, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.

Note: Intensives 3 and 4 are required to complete this unit.


Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Essay (40%)
  2. Personal Reflection (30%)
  3. Group Presentation (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Paget N & McCormack J. 2006. The Work of the Chaplain, Judson Press, Valley Forge PA.
  • Patton, John., Pastoral Care - An Essential Guide., Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

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