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MINS411 Chaplaincy in Diverse Contexts

The role of the chaplain in diverse contexts, with particular emphasis on the forms of traumatic stress that chaplains deal with in each setting.

Paper title Chaplaincy in Diverse Contexts
Paper code MINS411
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts, PGCertChap, PGDipChap, MChap, BTheol(Hons), PGDipTheol, MTheol, PGDipMin, MMin
This paper includes a compulsary intensive course in Auckland.
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator: Prof Paul Trebilco
Paper Structure
  • Module 1: Pastoral Formation: Chaplaincy Identity and Intersectionality
  • Module 2: Pastoral Formation: Chaplaincy Responsibility and PCAID
  • Module 3: Pastoral Formation: Chaplaincy Authority and Assessment
  • Module 4: Pastoral Formation: Chaplaincy Collegiality and Koinonia
  • Module 5: Pastoral Formation: Chaplaincy Accountability and Eutrepalia
  • Module 6: Theology in a Chaplaincy Setting: Earthmaking: The Holding Space
  • Module 7: Theology in a Chaplaincy Setting: Painbearing: The Suffering Space
  • Module 8: Theology in a Chaplaincy Setting: Lifegiving: The Transforming Space
  • Module 9: Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Module 10: Vicarious Traumatisation, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout
  • Module 11: Resilience and Resurrection
  • Module 12: Chaplaincy in Diverse Contexts: Disaster, Workplace, Uniformed Services, Prison, Healthcare, Military, Hospice, School/University (throughout)
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught as an intensive course in Auckland. Attendance is compulsory. Please contact the Department for a copy of the Course Outline and Intensive schedule.
Essential Textbooks:
  • Doehring, C: The Practice of Pastoral Care. A Postmodern Approach Westminster John Knox Press 2014
  • Swain, S.K.: Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero: A Pastoral Theology, Fortress Press, 2011

A Course Reader containing additional readings has also been prepared. Students are required to read ahead and prepare for class discussion.
Course outline
View the course outline for MINS 411
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Critically analyse the similarities and differences between chaplaincy tasks and roles in diverse settings
  • Articulate the way traumatic stress might be experienced in diverse chaplaincy settings
  • Describe the characteristics of traumatic stress and critically analyse the role of the chaplain in serving people who have experienced it and in helping them develop resilience
  • Articulate the role of the chaplain in helping people cope with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Critically analyse the significance of New Zealand's multicultural society
  • Articulate a plan and a theology of self-care applicable to the student's own needs and context

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system