Details for Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC534
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


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 of 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

  • Minor Essay and Case Study Analysis (35%)
  • Oral Interview and Critical Reflection (40%)
  • Critical Reflection (25%)

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