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2023 COUNSELLING & CHAPLAINCY
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

At Morling, our mission is to equip men and women with the knowledge that they need to serve God in many different roles: pastoral ministry, in the work place, Christian education, missions work, counselling, and chaplaincy. We also recognise that it is often difficult to stop working in order to pursue further study.  In order to accommodate students who wish to audit a unit (not for credit) specifically for Professional Development, the following units are offered.


UNDERSTANDING UNITS

Our Professional Development units are offered in a variety of ways, including on-campus (in Sydney and Perth), online via Zoom, on-campus intensives and blended intensives. 

  • On-Campus Classes (Sydney and/or Perth) - weekly face-to-face classes held at our Sydney or Perth campuses
  • Online via Zoom - weekly or fortnightly classes, held online via Zoom
  • Blended Intensives - units with a mixture of both online and on-campus learning e.g. specific online course content modules to be completed before and/or after the 2-3 days of on-campus delivery (note: both the online and on-campus components of these units are compulsory)
  • Intensives - units delivered primarily on-campus (face-to-face delivery) over a number of consecutive days

Click HERE for help with how to enrol for these units.

2023 Summer School Professional Development

  • Approaches to Crisis & Trauma (COU932i)

    Unit Codes: COU932i
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Intensive
    On-Campus Days: 6 days - 2,3,4,9,10,11 Feb 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm 

    In this unit students will develop their understanding of the impact of psychological trauma on individuals, families and communities and recognize its culturally appropriate expressions. Students will also apply their knowledge of the current theories and models for understanding, to work with people and groups who have, or are experiencing crisis, psychological trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD and CPTSD). This will include the neurobiological, psychosocial, and socio-spiritual-cultural elements of trauma.

    Students will apply their trauma-informed counselling skills and methods to the specialized assessment and counselling of clients who are experiencing crisis and trauma. And students will learn how to implement a crisis assessment and will develop practical strategies and interventions to work therapeutically with clients who are experiencing crisis and trauma.

    Enrolment Due Date: 4 January 2023
    Unit Start Date: 5 January 2023
    Admin Date: 5 January 2023
    Census Date: 4 February 2023
    Unit End Date: 2 June 2023

  • Group Dynamics & Facilitation (COU933i / CHA921)

    Unit Code: COU933i / CHA921
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Intensive
    Enrolments for this course are now closed, as we have reached capacity.
    Please contact us if you are interested in completing this unit in future.

    During this unit students will examine and appraise contemporary theory and practices of group process.

    The unit is designed to develop the student’s applied skill and knowledge in group dynamics. It will assist students to develop the necessary theory, methods, and skills to convene and facilitate a variety of psychoeducational groups. Students will learn how to assess and select suitable group members, facilitate and lead the group through the various stages of group development. They will critically evaluate the curative factors of group processes and develop skills to establish and maintain these factors through group facilitation.

2023 - Semester 1 Professional Development

  • Professional Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Practices 1 (CHA801)

    Unit Code: CHA801
    Location: Sydney and Perth
    Delivery: On-Campus Intensive
    On-Campus Days - Sydney: 5 days - 24,25 March and 25,26,27 May 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm 
    On-Campus Days - Perth: 6 days - 6,7,8 March and 1,2,3 May 2023 | 9:30am-4:30pm 

    This unit is designed to foster the development of self-awareness and understanding of its role in chaplaincy and spiritual care.  Situated within a Christian worldview this unit assists students to develop the foundational attitudinal concepts and skills of sensitivity, attuning, attending, positive regard and respect.

    Students will develop communication skills that are sensitive to cultural difference.  Students are provided an extended opportunity to develop and practice generic chaplaincy and spiritual care skills within an experiential context, culminating in a site visit to a hospital (subject to current health directives), where students will practice chaplaincy skills in a ‘live setting’, under the supervision of the hospital Chaplaincy Department in conjunction with a Morling College Chaplaincy lecturer.

    This unit facilitates the growth and development of the student in both personal and interpersonal domains.

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

  • Spirituality & Aging (CHA822)

    Unit Code: CHA822
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Delivery: Weekly Zoom Class
    Dates: 20th February - 29th June 2023
    Times: Mondays | 6:00pm-8:45pm (Sydney time)

    This unit outlines the impact of ageing, how common health conditions affect the spiritual and psychological perspectives of older persons, models of spiritual and pastoral care that provide meaning and promote spiritual growth and the process of spiritual assessment. Students will develop a pastoral and theological understanding of the spirituality of ageing through the integration of rituals, symbols, sacred texts and prayers as facilitators of meaning. This unit also explores the social context of ageing and the impact this has on spiritual wellbeing in order to promote spiritual growth within the community and in diverse, multi-disciplinary settings.

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

  • Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care in Systems: Leading Transformational Change (CHA902)

    Unit Code: CHA902
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Delivery: Fortnightly Zoom Class
    Dates and Times: Fridays (fortnightly beginning 3rd March) | 12:30pm-4:30pm (Sydney time)

    The focus of this unit is to develop leadership abilities that enable effective change. 

    Students will learn about the application of systems theory, and well-being factors that affect systems within a chaplaincy and spiritual care setting. Students will explore psychodynamic issues that operate within individuals or systems that can obstruct the effectiveness of a chaplaincy and spiritual care team. Students will also learn about realistic rationales for leadership and different management strategies. 

    This unit also provides the opportunity for students to reflect theologically on justice-making and advocacy as they relate to the role and identity of the chaplain. 

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

  • Mental Health and Professional Practice (COU816)

    Unit Code: COU816
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: Blended Intensive
    Online Zoom Sessions: 3 Sessions - dates TBC
    On-Campus Days: 3 days - 3,4,5 April 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm 

    This unit will prepare students in the area of mental health assessment and intervention, and will critically evaluate the factors involved in mental health and wellness and mental distress and illness. It will examine the role of counselling in the field of mental health.

    Students will appraise the developments and knowledge from the field of neuroscience and apply this knowledge to the principles of mental health. Students will also be familiarised with mental health assessment tools and their application to mental illness and emotional disorders in clients. This unit will examine how to accurately identify and document critical client issues and formulate referral and professional practice strategies.

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

  • Child & Adolescent Counselling 1 (COU931)

    Unit Code: COU931
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Weekly Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Monday evenings starting 20 February 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm 

    This unit will prepare students to work with children and adolescents within a range of settings. It introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for those who wish to undertake counselling practice with this client group. 

    Students will be given opportunity to develop a greater understanding of child and adolescent development including the impact of childhood experiences on development and implications for practice with this client group. Ways of engaging children and adolescents within the therapeutic relationship, suitable counselling interventions and strategies and the legal and ethical implications of working with children and adolescents will be explored. Consideration will also be given to the skills needed to work collaboratively with the parents and/or caregivers of the child or adolescent client.

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

  • Relationship Counselling 1 (COU934)

    Unit Code: COU934
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Weekly Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Thursday evenings starting 23 February 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm 

    This unit introduces students to a broad range of theoretical approaches and interventions in the field of family counselling with an emphasis on the systemic and relational components commonly associated in working with families.

    Students will gain an understanding of family development and transitions across the life span, develop insight into theories and models of healthy family functioning.  Throughout this unit, students are encouraged to develop an increased understanding of their personal values, biases and own family histories that impact their role as a relationship therapist.

    Enrolment Due Date: 3 February 2023
    Unit Start Date: 20 February 2023
    Admin Date: 20 February 2023
    Census Date: 17 March 2023
    Unit End Date: 16 June 2023

2023 Winter School Professional Development

  • Counselling & Theology (COU815i)

    Unit Code: COU815i
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: Blended Intensive
    On-Campus Days - Sydney: 4 days - 3,4,6,7 July, PLUS Zoom sessions 20 July, 3 and 17 August 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm

    This unit considers the integration of theological concepts and spirituality with the practice of professional counselling in an ethical manner. It also explores the concepts of "who am I" as a person, as a Christian, as a counsellor and as a professional, and how these integrate within therapeutic relationships.

    Students are extended in their ability to reflect critically as they explore issues and topics related to the relational and theological dimensions of the Christian counsellor.

    Enrolment Due Date: 2 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 5 June 2023
    Admin Date: 5 June 2023
    Census Date: 6 July 2023
    Unit End Date: 4 November 2023

  • Approaches to Crisis & Trauma (COU932i)

    Unit Code: COU932i
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: 2 x 3 day On-Campus Intensives
    On-Campus Days: 6,7,8 July 2023 plus 13,14,15 July 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm

    In this unit students will develop their understanding of the impact of psychological trauma on individuals, families and communities and recognize its culturally appropriate expressions. Students will also apply their knowledge of the current theories and models for understanding, to work with people and groups who have, or are experiencing crisis, psychological trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD and CPTSD).  This will include the neurobiological, psychosocial, and socio-spiritual-cultural elements of trauma.  

    Students will apply their trauma-informed counselling skills and methods to the specialized assessment and counselling of clients who are experiencing crisis and trauma. Students will also learn how to implement a crisis assessment and will develop practical strategies and interventions to work therapeutically with clients who are experiencing crisis and trauma.

    Enrolment Due Date: 2 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 5 June 2023
    Admin Date: 5 June 2023
    Census Date: 6 July 2023
    Unit End Date: 4 November 2023

2023 - Semester 2 Professional Development

  • Palliative & Dementia Care (CHA821)

    Unit Code: CHA821
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Delivery: Weekly Zoom Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Tuesday evenings starting 18 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm (Sydney time)

    This unit outlines current developments and knowledge of the nature, course, common trajectories, and types of dementia, as well as an understanding of current palliative care theory in a chaplaincy and spiritual care setting.

    Students will develop an applied understanding of end-of-life care, including grief and loss and appropriate responses to palliative care in a chaplaincy and spiritual care setting. This unit will explore the theological and spiritual insights and ethical dimensions that emerge as care is offered to aged persons with dementia as well as exploring the role of chaplaincy and spiritual care within a multidisciplinary approach to dementia care and palliative care.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Psychological Crisis & Trauma (CHA832)

    Unit Code: CHA832
    Location: Sydney and Perth
    Delivery: On-Campus Intensive
    On-Campus Days: TBC

    In this unit, students will learn to identify the impact of psychological trauma on individuals, families and communities and recognise its culturally appropriate expressions. Current theories and models for understanding and working with people and groups who have, or are experiencing crisis, psychological trauma, grief, and loss, will also be examined.

    Students will also develop an understanding of the impact of traumatic, disenfranchised, and prolonged (non-finite) grief on individuals, families, and communities. This will include neurobiological, psychosocial, and socio-spiritual-cultural elements of these experiences. Students will learn practical strategies and interventions to aid in chaplaincy work with people who are experiencing grief, crisis, and trauma. In addition, students will explore the impact of working in this context on the chaplain including strategies for self-care.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Leadership & Management for Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Practice (CHA901)

    Unit Code: CHA901
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Delivery: Weekly Zoom Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Tuesday evenings starting 18 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm (Sydney time)

    This unit provides a theoretical base for understanding the dynamics of the leadership development process in chaplaincy and spiritual care contexts. Students will develop an understanding of personality types and their use in recruiting, team building, conflict management and other interpersonal dynamics in the chaplaincy and spiritual care setting. This unit will provide opportunities for students to analyse their own personal development patterns and leadership style. Students will examine their own formation as a chaplain, so that they are better equipped to mentor and empower others. This unit analyses leadership patterns of biblical characters and management dynamics as described in the Bible to inform developing leadership styles in chaplaincy and spiritual care contexts.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care: Extending the Mission of the Church (CHA922)

    Unit Code: CHA922
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Delivery: Weekly Zoom Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Wednesday evenings starting 19 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm (Sydney time)

    This unit explores how chaplaincy and spiritual care can express and embody the church’s role within the community. Students will evaluate and reflect theologically on the relevance of contemporary mission theory to chaplaincy and spiritual care in public and community settings. Students will also explore the difference between ‘spirituality and spiritual care’ and ‘religious spirituality and religious spiritual care’. Students will consider the role of the chaplain and pastoral carer and the sensitivity needed for pastoral/theological engagement.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Counselling & Theology (COU815i)

    Unit Code: COU815i
    Location: Perth
    Delivery: Weekly On-Campus Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Wednesday evenings starting 19 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm (Perth time)

    This unit considers the integration of theological concepts and spirituality with the practice of professional counselling in an ethical manner. It also explores the concepts of "who am I" as a person, as a Christian, as a counsellor and as a professional, and how these integrate within therapeutic relationships.

    Students are extended in their ability to reflect critically as they explore issues and topics related to the relational and theological dimensions of the Christian counsellor.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Mental Health and Professional Practice (COU816)

    Unit Code: COU816
    Delivery: Blended Intensive
    Sydney On-Campus Days: 28,29,30 August 2023 | 9am - 5pm PLUS 3 Zoom Sessions (dates TBC)
    Perth On-Campus Days: 6,7,8 September 2023 | 9am - 5pm PLUS 3 Zoom Sessions (dates TBC)

    The unit will prepare the student in the area of mental health assessment and intervention. It will critically evaluate the factors involved in mental health and wellness and mental distress and illness. It will examine the role of counselling in the field of mental health. The unit will appraise the developments and knowledge from the field of neuroscience and apply this knowledge to the principles of mental health. Students will be familiarised with mental health assessment tools and their application to mental illness and emotional disorders in clients. This unit will examine how to accurately identify and document critical client issues and formulate referral and professional practice strategies.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Mental Health Presentations in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care (CHA831)

    Unit Code: CHA831
    Delivery: Blended Intensive
    Sydney On-Campus Days: 15 and 16 September 2023 | 9am - 5pm PLUS 3 Zoom Sessions (dates TBC)
    Perth On-Campus Days: 15 and 16 September 2023 | 9am - 5pm PLUS 3 Zoom Sessions (dates TBC)

    The unit will prepare the student to engage in the area of mental health. It will critically evaluate the factors involved in mental health and wellness, and mental distress and illness. It will examine the role of chaplaincy and spiritual care practice in the field of mental health, including referrals to others in a multidisciplinary team environment. Additionally, this unit will examine the multidisciplinary approach to the management and treatment of mental health disorders. Further, the student will learn to identify mental health disorders and their presentation. Mental health assessment tools are used to recognise the presentation of mental illness and emotional disorders in clients and to conduct risk assessments. This unit will analyse spiritual assessment models and their utilisation in mental health and acute mental health care settings. The student will learn to apply creativity when spiritually caring for others who are managing acute mental distress and illness.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Child & Adolescent Counselling 2 (COU941)

    Unit Code: COU941
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Weekly Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Monday evenings starting 17 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm 

    This unit of study will further expand on the knowledge and skills developed in COU931 Child and Adolescent Counselling 1 with a focus on the range of presenting issues that may be encountered when working with this client group. Specific therapeutic approaches including the use of practical and creative interventions, and suitable media for working with children and adolescents and ways to determine the most suitable approach will be explored. Students will be familiarised with indicators and interventions of ASD and ADHD client presentations. Practical strategies for counselling children and adolescents in the context of family therapy will be explored.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023

  • Relationship Counselling 2 (COU944)

    Unit Code: COU944
    Location: Sydney only
    Delivery: On-Campus Weekly Class
    Dates & Times: weekly - Thursday evenings starting 20 July 2023 | 6:00pm-8:45pm 

    This unit extends on COU934 Relationship Counselling 1 and aims to enhance students’ skills for conceptualising and working with the couple dyad. The emphasis in this unit will be on working with the couple dyad to promote intimacy and connection. Students will develop an integrated approach to relationship counselling including advanced therapeutic insight and interpersonal skill that fosters personal integration, theoretical coherence. Students will learn to establish a creative and responsive style when working with a range of presentations in relationship therapy utilizing a professional and ethical framework.

    Enrolment Due Date: 30 June 2023
    Unit Start Date: 17 July 2023
    Admin Date: 17 July 2023
    Census Date: 11 August 2023
    Unit End Date: 10 November 2023


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