Jericho Road has partnered with Christ College, an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology to provide training for chaplains in various professional and volunteer settings. We offer a range of different options to help equip students for chaplaincy ministry – a short Introductory unit/subject, a full Chaplaincy Program that allows students to meet the NSW government requirements to minister in hospitals and prisons, and an annual chaplaincy and pastoral care conference.
See below for more details on each of these training options.
The Christ College/Jericho Road Chaplaincy Program aims to equip students with the advanced skills required to serve in various chaplaincy and institutional settings. The Program, once complete, allows students to meet the NSW government requirements for ministering in hospitals and prisons.
The Chaplaincy Program consists of 2 units/subjects which must be studied towards an Australian College of Theology (ACT) Course. For more information about ACT Courses, click here.
The 2 units include:
1. Issues in professional Chaplaincy
This is the first unit in chaplaincy training. It will explore key topics related to chaplaincy. Exploring questions such as what does Christian pastoral care look like? How can I reflect theologically about my pastoral encounters? How do I identify spiritual well being? What is good listening and how can I respond with empathy? How do I understand loss and grief and how can I pastorally care for someone during these times? How do I use questions in pastoral care and respond to the hard questions I may be asked?
This unit is run over 8 days scattered throughout a semester. Each day starts at 10am with individual sessions with the lecturer held before and after classes. Dates vary from semester to semester. For the upcoming dates, download the Christ College timetable here.
This unit can be studied for credit towards an ACT award at Undergraduate (DM489 – 4cps), Graduate (DM689 – 4cps) or Post-Graduate (DM704-4 – 4cps, DM704-6 – 6cps) level.
2. Chaplaincy in the Institutional setting
This unit will build on the skills taught in “Issues in Professional Chaplaincy”. The unit will further explore theological reflection and spiritual assessment. Students will also examine how to maintain professional boundaries and setting in place self care strategies. The issues of agendas and conflict will also be addressed. Topics including developing a pastoral care plan, working as a team, cultural differences and record keeping will be addressed. There will be a number of guest lecturers who will discuss what chaplaincy looks like in differing settings.
The Chaplaincy Introductory Program is designed for those wanting to explore chaplaincy or volunteer in various chaplaincy settings. The Program is run at Christ College from time to time and extends over 3 to 5 days. It is also occasionally held in regional areas of NSW and interstate.
The next Introductory Program will be run when there is enough interest in the program (we’re looking for 8 people minimum). To express your interest in the Introductory Program, fill in the form below. We’ll then get in touch when we’re ready to run the Program.
Jericho Road runs an annual Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Conference in partnership with Christ College. Details will be uploaded on this page when they are confirmed.
For more information about conferences, contact Ian Schoonwater via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Schoonwater lectures in the College’s Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Program. He is the Senior Chaplain for Jericho Road and has been working in chaplaincy ministry since 2008. Prior to his chaplaincy ministry, Ian pastored churches in country NSW (Gulgong and Grafton).
His post-graduate work was in the areas of Chaplaincy and Islamic Studies. He is currently undertaking studies in the area of Professional Supervision. He is married to Narelle and they have two young sons.
Parking and transport: Limited 2 hour ticketed parking is available in the surrounding streets. Free unlimited parking can be found a few blocks from the college. Please do not park at Burwood RSL Club as Club parking is for Club patrons only.
Burwood Train Station is about a 7 minute walk from the college.