Tasks of the Pastoral Care Council

The Pastoral Care Council in the ACT represents a cross-section of pastoral care providers:

 

The Mandate of the Council is to provide oversight and coordination as a forum for a network of organisations within the ACT, in the setting of standards and support in the provision of pastoral care.

The scope of this network may include such areas as health, aged care, education, correctional, community, or any other aspect where there is an intentional provision of pastoral care.

The Board is the executive arm of the Pastoral Care Council in the ACT Inc.

More details and information on Council go to » About Council

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The next Annual General Meeting of

the Pastoral Care Council of the ACT

will be held on

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

at 5:30 pm

St Mark’s National Theological Centre

15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

 

 

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR PASTORAL CARE

 

Standards of Practice are authoritative statements that describe broad responsibilities for which practitioners are accountable. It provides direction for practice and a framework for the evaluation of practice. These standards will provide valuable guidance for the way that pastoral care is provided by individual practitioners. But importantly, this will also provide a reference for best practice within institutions, as well as for the religious and faith bodies which encourage and sponsor the provisioning of pastoral care with chaplains and spiritual carers.

 

» Standards of Practice (download PDF)

 

These standard were adopted by the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Pastoral Care Council of the ACT.

 

The development of the “Standards of Practice for Pastoral Care” is a significant step in providing a basis for best practice. The Standards are about seeking quality and excellence. They describe broad responsibilities for which practitioners are accountable, reflect the values and priorities of the task, and provide direction for professional practice and a framework for the evaluation of practice. This is fulfilling the mandate for the Pastoral Care Council of the ACT of ensuring the standards of accreditation of pastoral care practitioners.

Our approach to the provision of pastoral and spiritual care, in the in the context of a diverse faith and cultural backgrounds, requires skills which can seek to ensure that every person in any context can be supported. This was the driving rational which led to the establishment of the Pastoral Care Council of the ACT.

These standards provide valuable guidance for the way that pastoral care is provided by individual practitioners. It also provides a reference for best practice within institutions, as well as for the religious and faith bodies which encourage and sponsor the provisioning of pastoral care with chaplains and spiritual carers. It is proposed that these Standards be adopted as “Provisional”, to be reviewed in twelve months.

Our focus will be on the promotion, implementation and assessment of these Standards.

 

 

Current services and oversight by the Council

 

The Board has particular ongoing oversight of pastoral care responsibilities at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and at the Canberra Hospital (TCH).

The Council provides this web site to network for information about the Council and significant organisations, including Canberra and Region Center for Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education with information on current training courses, and Spiritual Care Australia, ACT Branch with information on the monthly in-service training programs. Currently a forum for interactive on line discussions on the web site is being designed.

 

 

Responsibilities of the Council include:

 

Advocacy and support for pastoral care opportunities

 

  • The Council promotes pastoral care as an essential element of general care and seeks the extension of pastoral care services where it deems needed.

 

  • The Council develops cooperative multi-faith strategies and a respect for the varieties of spirituality within the provision of pastoral care.

 

» About Pastoral Care

 

 

Standards & Accreditation of Pastoral Carers

 

  • The Council plans to invite pastoral carers to affiliate with the Council and become registered as an "Accredited Pastoral Carer".

 

  • A certificate of "accreditation" will be issued subject to identification of appropriate training and recommendations.

 

» Standards for Pastoral Care

 

Developing training:

 

Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent training has provided an Australian wide standard for pastoral carers.

 

» Training courses

 

Ensuring a Multifaith focus:

 

The Council seeks to evolve cooperative multi-faith strategies and a respect for the varieties of spirituality in the provision of pastoral care.

The Council has co-sponsored a training project evaluating ways of providing training using CPE for pastoral carers who have differing faith traditions, and yet are able to offer care to people of different faith traditions.

This program provided training that would enable people from different faith traditions to train and work together within a shared philosophy of pastoral care.

 

» Report on Multifaith pastoral care training