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Muslims are part of the religious and cultural landscape of Britain. As with other communities, they are affected by a number of social problems in all sections of society. The need is growing for Muslim chaplains in Further and Higher Education, the National Health Service (including hospices), social welfare, prisons, the Police, Armed Forces and Industry. An overview of the situation in Europe reveals a similar pattern. As Muslims become an integral entity within the social fabric, the development of strong institutional infrastructures become essential.

The development of specific courses which facilitate and train professionals working in the areas of chaplaincy and pastoral care are illustrated by the current situation of Muslim communities in the UK particularly, and in Europe generally.

Start date: Jan 2020

What Does a Chaplain Do?

Chaplains lead nondenominational religious services and provide spiritual support to those who are unable to attend organized religious services. A chaplain may work in a hospital, prison, or university, or serve as part of the military. Although prison, military, school, and hospital chaplains work in very different environments, they all provide spiritual guidance to individuals who don’t have access to formal religious services offered by their faith of choice.

Course Overview:

This module is designed to enhance students knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary chaplaincy in traditional and contemporary settings. The historical precedence for Chaplaincy is evaluated, along with the scriptural and theological basis for chaplaincy. Students analyse a range of models for chaplaincy and consider their relevance for personal practice. The module has a particular emphasis on developing a ‘philosophy for practice’ in the students setting and will support students to develop an action plan and/or critical view for developing Chaplaincy services in their setting.

Who it’s for:

This module if for students and practitioners that may be starting out or seeking to develop Chaplaincy in one of several contexts such as schools, colleges, community settings, hospitals, prisons, armed services. The mix of participants from multiple setting allows for a rich discussion of Chaplaincy approaches and supports students to identify a style/approach to Chaplaincy that is distinct for their setting. It is for male and female, Imams, teachers and community carers and activists.

The syllabus for this module will include key aspects of applied subject knowledge, including:

  • An exploration of models of chaplaincy
  • Theological approaches to chaplaincy
  • The Chaplain as reflective practitioner
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Stress Management
  • Islamic therapeutic communication
  • Islamic Spiritual Care
  • Essential counselling skills (CBT etc.)
  • Understanding Addiction Behaviour (Addiction Counselling)
  • Islamic Grief & Bereavement Counselling
  • Core principles and practices of chaplaincy from a Muslim perspective
  • The distinctive contribution of Chaplaincy within community provision

The module places an emphasis on group-based dialogue and discussion in addition to the taught content delivered by the module leader. Learning is supported through directed reading (in the form of e-texts) in advance of each teaching day and a post-module tutorial for each student.

Applicants are expected to hold a first degree and/or have professional experience in the field of Islamic Community care.

There are no formal practice requirements for this module. Student’s can participate in this module as practitioners (Chaplains) or for the purpose of a study of Chaplaincy practice.

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a ‘Certified Islamic Professional Chaplain’ qualification

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