Spiritual Care Series Course

Introduction

Older people have a better quality of life when those who care for them understand their spiritual needs and are skilled in delivering this kind of care. This easy-to-access, eight-session training course develops confidence, understanding and skills in anyone offering spiritual care to an older person. The Spiritual Care Series is a highly effective course developed by leading practitioners in the UK  care of older people including John Swinton.

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What is the Spiritual Care Series Course?

The course is a comprehensive introduction to enabling people to offer good quality spiritual care in their local communities. Here are just some of the key features of the course:

  • Eight two-hour sessions with video material to introduce each topic and provoke discussion  

  • Available and licensed by BRF and Anna Chaplaincy for older people in the UK, who are taking a lead nationally in quality of support for older peoples’ ministry

  • Recognises that ‘a person is not truly healthy if he or she is struggling to understand the meaning and purpose for their life’

  • Has been successfully piloted with Anna Chaplaincy members in the Northeast

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Course sessions

  1. Understanding the ageing process

  2. Spirituality in ageing

  3. Good communication

  4. The power of storytelling

  5. Dementia

  6. A new home and a new way of life

  7. Grief, loss, death and dying

  8. Roles, boundaries and self-care

Cost

£360 per initial course pack (six users), includes:

  • Six participant handbooks

  • Two facilitator guides

  • Access to the Bridge online learning environment

  • One DVD

£60 for each additional user, includes:

  • One participant handbook

  • Access to the Bridge online learning environment

What the training provides

  • Participants gain an understanding of older peoples’ needs, as well as confidence and skills in providing spiritual care

  • The training material reflects Christian values but does not assume them. This training is suitable for use by people and in contexts of all faiths or of none

  • Churches can access a comprehensive training package for those who work with older people

  • High-quality content delivered in a highly engaging and memorable way

  • Groups can deliver it as best suits them – in person or online

  • Learning is reinforced and assessed through quizzes as you go along

  • This training integrates well with existing Anna Chaplaincy training pathways

Recommended for

  • Christians who want to offer good spiritual care to older people in their church, in the community or care homes

  • Authorised ministers (ordained or lay) who want to specialise in offering spiritual care to older people

  • Chaplains in other sectors and who work with older people

  • Anna Chaplains, Anna Friends and people in equivalent roles in their local church

  • Churches who want to train a pastoral care team in developing skills and good practice

  • A benefice, deanery, Churches Together group and other local or regional church groupings who want to offer training

  • Care home staff and other professionals wanting to provide good spiritual care