Details for Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

This subject aims to equip students to understand the diversity of pastoral care and chaplaincy practice within Australian society. It will focus on the development of both knowledge and skills essential for best practice as a chaplain. Students will explore the practice of pastoral care for clients across a range of settings and circumstances, as well as the importance of their own reflection, supervision and self-care strategies.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC534
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Catrina Henderson


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

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

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of chaplaincy and pastoral care, with consideration given to foundations and models of chaplaincy;
  2. Develop knowledge and skills foundational to chaplaincy and pastoral care with focus on interpersonal communication and respect for the religious and sociocultural values of others;
  3. Examine a range of chaplaincy and pastoral care roles and contexts, with consideration given to professional, spiritual and ethical practice;
  4. Discuss the need for on-going personal and professional development and supervision.

Subject Content

  • Foundations of chaplaincy
  • Effective communication
  • Theology and chaplaincy
  • Models of chaplaincy
  • The professional chaplain – working legally and ethically
  • Pastoral care emergencies
  • Spiritual distress and suffering
  • Supervision and self-care
  • Spiritual assessment and theological reflection
  • Suicide intervention and prevention
  • Disaster chaplaincy
  • Conducting ceremonies

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Interview and Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Critical Reflection (30%)

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 texts