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Benefits of the Spiritual Care Series Training

It is often challenging to access high quality education for volunteers in pastoral and spiritual care. The Spiritual Care Series has overcome that challenge by providing volunteers with a facilitated training experience that is accessible and high quality. The objectives are to provide you with an educational and formative program which ensures that you and other participants:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people
  • Understand spirituality and its connection to quality care and quality of life of older people
  • Receive the key components of practical knowledge required to undertake pastoral and spiritual care to older people including those in residential care or receiving advanced home care
 
These benefits can link you to one of the four considerations below: 
  1. Self-awareness - like many others, you may benefit from taking the course by broadening your understanding of the aging journey and how it will, or is, directly impacting you. We do not often take the time to think through how the many changes of aging are, or will, impact us personally.
  2. Caring for Family Members or Friends - you may presently be the primary caregiver to relatives or friends. The Spiritual Care Series training will provide you with an enhanced understand of how the aging journey is impacting those who are being provided with care.
  3. Churches or Parishes - if you are part of a faith community you know that your people are aging. Not all churches or parishes have well developed programs to assist those who are growing older. Some members are no longer be able to attend services consistently and need assistance with basic household chores. This program will help your church or parish address the issue your aging people are facing.
  4. Community Service - our society is aging rapidly and the opportunities for parishes, churches and individuals to serve the older people in their communities continues to expand. The Spiritual Care Series will help members of parishes or churches understand the needs of the aging right in their own faith communities and in the broader communities in which they live. Research shows that many aging people feel alone or isolated. Members of the parish or congregation can be equipped with the necessary tools to provide for the personal needs of those who are aging right in their backyards.

 

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Development of the Spiritual Care Series

The Spiritual Care Series (SCS) Volunteer Training Course was developed in the wake of a highly significant development in the way Australia cares for older people: the release of 'National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care' in 2016.  One of the key messages in the National Guidelines is that spiritual care is everybody's business. The spiritual needs of the older person must be attended to, not only by one person such as a spiritual care specialist, but that everyone across the older person's care team needs to be sensitised to looking after people's spiritual needs.

The future of aged care depends on care providers being able to demonstrate that they have a deep holistic understanding of the older person and are paying attention to the fullness of that person within that context. By paying attention to spiritual care and building that into an organization's mission, the whole staff is being sensitised to have a holistic understanding of the older person, helping to make the older person's care experience a positive one.

With the Australian government's support, Health Television Network (HTN) worked with other organizations to produce the SCS. For over 15 years, HTN has produced high quality evidence-based educational programs, which promote and respond to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of our ageing population. Broadcaster and Aged Care Presenter, Leigh Hatcher is the host and facilitator of the series. Professor John Swinton has been the expert advisor for the project.

2 Leigh Hatcher is one of Australia's most respected and experienced broadcast journalists. He's had a career of 40+ years in radio and television. Leigh has a deep and intimate knowledge of Australian politics, having worked in the Canberra press gallery. He worked at the Seven Network in a range of capacities, including Canberra correspondent, Chief Olympic correspondent and European correspondent, based in London. Leigh was also a senior presenter at Sky News for 13 years, as it led the whole emergence of 'the 24-hour news cycle'. For the last three years he has worked on 'the other side' of media as Director of Public Affairs, and senior consultant for Hammond Care. He has authored 3 books including the Australian best-seller, 'I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just a Little Unwell'.
3 Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. (Personal chair). Honorary Professor of Nursing, Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing, University of Aberdeen. Professor John Swinton is a world-renowned expert in dementia and meaningful ageing, and the founder of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Spirituality, Health And Disability. Professor John Swinton is also a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities and a registered mental health nurse.

 

Spiritual Care Series Content 

The Spiritual Care Series is sold as a bundle which includes 10 Participant Guides, 2 Facilitator Guides, 1 DVD and access for all participants and the facilitators to the online videos for review after the structured training sessions. After each video a 5 question quiz, highlighting key learning objectives can be answered to ensure participants understand core concepts. Online access is available for one year after the course is initiated. A bundle cost $920 plus applicable taxes and shipping cost. At this price, taking the course is roughly $6 per hour for professional instruction.

For groups of less than 10 people, you may provide the initial training for less than 10 people, and then provide another subsequent training with additional participants up to a total of ten within one year.

For groups of over 10 people, you may purchase additional Participant Guides and online access for $85 each.

If you need more information or have other questions about the Spiritual Care Series, contact Jeannie at 604-940-1960 ext.100 or email her at customerservice.scs@baptisthousing.org

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