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CHCPAS004 Provide Pastoral and Spiritual Care

CHCPAS004 Provide Pastoral and Spiritual Care

This unit for Provide pastoral and Spiritual Care uses “CHCPAS004 – Provide pastoral and spiritual care It is a secular course that is Christianised for relevance in Church ministry.

The local church and its ministers are accountable to the same laws and legislation and principles as someone undertaking a pastoral role in a secular setting.  This unit is one of the four units required for the Pastoral Supervisor course and is a required course for Chaplaincy roles.

This unit focuses on developing the ability to identify and address specific issues while offering pastoral and spiritual support to diverse individuals. The work can be carried out in either a paid or volunteer capacity, across various contexts. It is applicable to individuals who work under the supervision and mentorship of senior professionals or within the established lines of authority in their organization or belief system.

Provide Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Vision Colleges AQF NRT LogoThis unit for Provide pastoral and Spiritual Care uses “CHCPAS004 - Provide pastoral and spiritual care It is a secular course that is Christianised for relevance in Church ministry.

The local church and its ministers are accountable to the same laws and legislation and principles as someone undertaking a pastoral role in a secular setting.  This unit is one of the four units required for the Pastoral Supervisor course and is a required course for Chaplaincy roles.

This unit focuses on developing the ability to identify and address specific issues while offering pastoral and spiritual support to diverse individuals. The work can be carried out in either a paid or volunteer capacity, across various contexts. It is applicable to individuals who work under the supervision and mentorship of senior professionals or within the established lines of authority in their organization or belief system.

It is important to note that the skills acquired in this unit must be applied in adherence to relevant Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, as well as Australian standards and industry codes of practice. This ensures that the support provided is ethically and legally sound, maintaining the highest standards of care and professionalism.

Provide Pastoral Care Issues To Be Addressed

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace with the addition of simulations and scenarios where the full range of contexts and situations have not been provided in the workplace. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  1. use of suitable facilities, equipment, and resources
  2. modeling of industry operating conditions, including:
  3. use of verbatims to reflect on own provision of pastoral and spiritual care under the mentoring of a qualified chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker
  4. interactions with clients from a range of backgrounds under the supervision of a qualified chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker

Provide Pastoral Care Knowledge Evidence

Performance Evidence Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • provide pastoral and spiritual support to three people or community groups
  • prepare a Pastoral and Spiritual Care Report in collaboration with supervising chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker
  • perform the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of 100 hours of work in at least one organization or community setting.

Knowledge Evidence Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • pastoral and spiritual care as a holistic, person-centered approach to care
  • professional associations and coordinating authorities for pastoral care and spiritual services
  • research tools and techniques
  • analysis and interpretation processes
  • types of specialized information sources and how to locate them
  • challenges, issues, and milestones relating to different life stages organizational policies and procedures for:
    • provision of pastoral and spiritual support
    • escalation of issues
    • review of the provision of support
    • documentation
    • maintenance of records.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1.  Identify ethical, spiritual, and pastoral issues requiring support.
1.1. Monitor the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people and community groups.
1.2. Consult with the people and community groups to determine specific issues.
1.3. Research issues and analyze them to determine the needs of people and community groups.
1.4. Analyse the situation of people and community groups to identify any immediate pastoral and spiritual care requirements.
1.5. Liaise with the supervisor and coordinating authority to develop a support plan.

2.  Provide individual and community support
2.1. Establish a trusting and respectful interpersonal relationship with the person.
2.2. Provide an opportunity for the person to explore and discuss significant life events and attitudes.
2.3. Provide meaningful rituals, symbols, and actions relevant to the person and their rights and needs.
2.4. Provide support to significant others including family members and carers.
2.5. Collaborate with the person’s support networks, community or faith group for ongoing involvement and support.
2.6. Assist other carers and community members to understand the role of pastoral and spiritual care workers.
2.7. Engage in pastoral, ethical, and spiritual discussions with people and community groups.
2.8. Provide pastoral and spiritual support in accordance with organizational policies and procedures and ethical and moral guidelines.
2.9. Identify issues beyond the scope of the role and escalate and refer according to organizational policies and procedures.

3.  Review and reflect on pastoral and spiritual care.
3.1. Review the provision of support according to organizational standards, policies, and procedures.
3.2. Evaluate the need for additional support and discuss it with a supervisor.
3.3. Reflect on your own performance and identify ways to improve your own practice.

4.  Participate in professional supervision
4.1. Give and receive feedback constructively and positively during supervision.
4.2. Act on feedback in collaboration with supervisor and mentor.
4.3. Seek advice on potential areas for personal and professional development.

5.  Maintain records.
5.1. Document a pastoral and spiritual care report according to organizational policies and procedures.
5.2. Maintain records according to organizational policies and procedures.

Provide Pastoral Care Learning Options

Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace, with the addition of simulations and scenarios where the full range of contexts and situations have not been provided in the workplace. Assessment must ensure:

  • access to facilities, equipment, and resources that reflect real working conditions and model industry operating conditions and contingencies
  • access to organizational standards, policies, and procedures
  • opportunities for engagement with people from a range of backgrounds under the supervision of a qualified chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker.

Students complete the subject Provide Pastoral Care utilizing the unit “CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care” through our “Online Training Portal” while evidence of practical experience will be applied in the context of the local church The portal provides the student with an interactive and comprehensive learning and training section.  Various assignments are presented which are designed to teach and develop and determine competency in the units. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter the unit. s they enter the unit.

An overview of the training portal can be accessed through these videos.

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