Spiritual Care Week, October 25-31, 2020

Collaborative Health Care: Chaplains Complete the PictureSpiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week is hosted by The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. This year, 2020, the theme is Collaborative Health Care: Chaplains Complete the Picture.

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The Girl on the Bridge

The Girl on the BridgeThe Girl on the Bridge is the story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. This film is released to coincide with Mental Health Month in Australia.

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Hospital and hospice chaplains adjust to COVID-19 changes, but ‘active listening — that stays the same’

Lindsey BonaAs a hospice chaplain, Jennifer Bradshaw is accustomed to meeting with patients and their families during their most difficult hours. These days, such meetings are more challenging than they have ever been. With nursing homes and hospitals closed to most visitors due to COVID-19 precautions, area chaplains have had to adjust the way they serve those in need.

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National School Chaplaincy Programme Evaluation ~ Kantar Public Research Report

School Chaplain

The National School Chaplaincy Programme, between 2011 and 2014 known as the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Programme, is an Australian federal government programme which funds chaplains in Australian primary and secondary schools. The chaplains are to provide “support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality”, and is based on pastoral care, not religious instruction.

The programme is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the states and territories under the Project Agreement. The programme is delivered in accordance with the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement Federal Financial Relations. A requirement of this agreement is an evaluation of the National School Chaplaincy Programme.

This report presents the main findings of the National School Chaplaincy Programme evaluation research survey of principals, chaplains, parents and students in schools participating in the National School Chaplaincy Programme in 2016.

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Caring for Muslim Patients Handbook

Islamic Council of VictoriaThe Islamic Council of Victoria yesterday launched the “Caring for Muslim Patients Handbook” in its third edition. Viv Nguyen, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission conducted the book launch. Proper care of Muslim patients often arises in rural and regional healthcare centres where this is not a significant migrant and settlement populations. Such publications are important for excellence in health care in both urban and regional/rural centres.

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A Guide for Movement Chaplains

the protest movement

Originally developed as Spiritual and Emotional Care during counter actions to White Supremist Hate Rallies, the Guide to Movement Chaplains focusses on holding a space for spiritual care during protest movements. Prepared for the “White Lives Matter” protests of 2017, this chaplaincy guide is also relevant to the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

For those of us who are chaplains, healers, caregivers, and religious or spiritual leaders, there are always questions about how to show up in movement spaces like protests or counter-protests in ways that best channel our skills and strengthen the movement for racial justice and collective liberation.

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Chaplaincy Management Training Program

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Leading a successful chaplaincy department is filled with opportunities and challenges. Many directors have requested tools and training to provide successful leadership to support their staff and provide quality spiritual care to patients, family, and staff.

The Spiritual Care Associations’ Chaplaincy Management Training Program is designed to meet this need for current or aspiring directors of chaplaincy/spiritual care departments of any size. This includes both inpatient and outpatient operations as well as remote clinics. In addition to the online courses, instruction and webinar training benefits of the program, candidates will also have the opportunity to virtually meet other directors or aspiring directors and create a network of peers.

This is an online webinarw spread over 4 months. The next program commences in September 2020. Successful candidates will receive the Chaplaincy Management Certificate.

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Survey of chaplain activities during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic

European Research Institute for Chaplains in HealthcareThe European Research Institute for Chaplains in Health Care (ERICH) is conducting an international survey about changing practices in spiritual care in response to COVID-19. The worldwide pandemic has influenced the way spiritual care has been delivered in health care. The research group is seeking to collect data from across the world. Although the word “Chaplain” is used on the survey – that also includes those who reference as Pastoral Care or Spiritual Care practitioners. There is a closing date of 7 June.

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