PCC5000 Chaplaincy Ministry in Context

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Wes Cohoon

Course Description:

This course develops the students ability to engage in chaplaincy in various situations and among different kinds of people. At the end of the course, the student will be able to assess a patients faith development in a pluralistic setting and contextualize a pastoral care approach. The student will effectively compose pastoral care questions. The student will understand how to identify the unspoken needs of another person and guide them through difficult emotional situations. Finally, the student will choose and defend a pastoral care approach.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is intended to equip ministers in basic types of pastoral care in a pluralistic environment. The student will employ a clinical model of learning where he or she learns theoretical knowledge, applies the new information, reflects on the experience, and then the student reapplies with a refined approach.

Why This Course Is Important:

The beauty about chaplaincy is that it is a helping profession that goes out to people while some others wait for clients or those in need to come. The purpose of this class is to equip ministers as they go out and serve the spiritual needs of others. Most ministers will feel incompetent to engage with those who present complex spiritual needs. This class will teach students how to employ basic forms of pastoral care in a pluralistic healthcare environment.