Pastoral and Spiritual Care Volunteer Training

Spiritual Care Series

Meaningful Ageing Australia has partnered with the Aged Care Channel (ACC) and Health Television Network (HTN) to produce a series of programs for volunteers, family and friends of older Australians to gain key practical knowledge to offer quality voluntary pastoral and spiritual care. The title is the Spiritual Care Series. The series offers the opportunity to redefine what good pastoral care looks like within the context and banner of spiritual care. Broadcaster and Aged Care Presenter, Leigh Hatcher is the host and facilitator of the series. Prof John Swinton has been the expert advisor for the project.

Why the partnership?

Meaningful Ageing Australia, ACC and HTN share a vision to promote and pursue excellence in the provision of pastoral and spiritual care for the benefit of older people, their significant others and their carers. For over 15 years, HTN has supported the mission of ACC by producing high quality evidence-based educational programs, which promote and respond to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of our ageing population. The partnership has developed this series which will provide volunteers, family and friends of older people with a recognised standard for delivering pastoral and spiritual care within care settings.

Program contents

The project delivers a volunteer education and formation program, which ensures the participants:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people
  • Understand spirituality and its connection to quality care of older people
  • Provide the key practical knowledge required to undertake pastoral and spiritual care within the aged care sector including residential aged care and home care

It includes a series of filmed content as well as facilitator and participant manuals.

Episode Topics for the Series

Episode 1: Understanding the Ageing Process

Episode 2: Spirituality in Ageing

Episode 3: Good Communication

Episode 4: The Power of Story Telling

Episode 5: Dementia

Episode 6: A New Home and a New Way of Life

Episode 7: Grief, Loss, Death and Dying

Episode 8:  Roles, Boundaries and Self-care

How do I begin?

Spiritual care is everyone’s business. To access the volunteer training program, please visit the Spiritual Care Series page. Here you can:

  • Watch the promotional trailer
  • Download a brochure
  • Watch the 30-minute introduction program
  • Share with friends and work colleagues or
  • Get started with the Spiritual Care Series, Volunteer Training Course

The package is available to Meaningful Ageing Australia members at a discounted price. If you require assistance with starting or maintaining an effective spiritual care volunteer program, please get in touch with Meaningful Ageing Australia.

 

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