Details for Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC334
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



Awards offering Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

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

Unit Content


  1. Become familiar with key aspects of Christian service and ethical practice in the secular environment and current industry trends;
  2. Articulate the knowledge you need to serve in your chosen community under the appropriate chaplaincy/pastoral care models (policy frameworks) and sensitivity to your place within your work system;
  3. Compare and contrast different perspectives in the provision of chaplaincy/pastoral care in terms of their relevance to human relationships and respect for religious and cultural values;
  4. Discuss the need for on- going supervision and professional development.

Subject Content

  • Definitions of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
  • The role of a Chaplain/Pastoral Carer in a variety of current Australian contexts
  • Common Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care issues
  • Communicating the gospel in a secular setting (awareness that this is not permitted in many workplaces)
  • The cycle of programming, implementing, evaluating and reflecting in Chaplaincy and pastoral care
  • Reporting to others and accountability as a chaplain or pastoral carer
  • The importance of continuing Professional Development

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Annotated Book Review (20%)
  • Interview Report (40%)
  • Challenges Paper (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Paget, N. & McCormack J. (2006). The Work of the Chaplain. Judson Press, Valley Forge PA.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.