Chaplaincy Training

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PREPARING TO BE A STREET CHAPLAIN

The public expect a high level of quality care from people in a Street Chaplain uniform. Our training provides well-tried learning modules in urban mission. Each candidate is assessed at the end of the course before being offered a voluntary contract.

TRAINING

There are many sorts of chaplains in Australia. You will find chaplains in schools, hospitals, in the military and in the Police services. You will find them attached to the major sporting clubs, and in aged care facilities.

Each form of chaplaincy is different. There are some ways in which all chaplains are the same! Like you can expect any chaplain will have a warmth about them that wants to listen and respond with wisdom and care. There are distinctions too.

Street Chaplains are trained to:

  • The highest level of First Aid
  • Know how to address people on drugs, especially alcohol
  • Work as part of a dynamic team with one another and with other service providers
  • Understand how to respect different cultures and work in a multicultural environment
  • Especially be competent in the levels of caring for others

Training is held twice a year in Perth at Perth Bible College, Karrinyup WA. In regional areas the training is through intensive seminars. In Perth the training events are called Fastrak courses. The sessions run on Monday evenings for two hours over a period of seven weeks. During this time the candidates are also required to accompany an experienced Street Chaplain team as an Observer on the streets. This gives the candidate insights into the role and tests their suitability. A fee of $275 applies, which covers First Aid training and the chaplain’s uniform. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is also essential and application can be made during the course.

COURSES

THE FASTRAK TRAINING COURSE

Each of the seven sessions of this course guides the trainee into understanding a range of resources helpful for street chaplaincy. They will visit the city’s CCTV operation and explore the city’s vulnerable places. Subjects such as managing highly intoxicated people, and gaining competency at a high level in First Aid, and working in a team are also covered as a vital part of the training.

REGIONAL INTENSIVES

Regional centres use the same training modules as Perth’s Fastrak course, but in a different way. They hold two full day training “intensives” and keep each day at least a month apart from the other so that First Aid and observations can be completed prior to the final intensive day.

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COURSE DATES

THE PERTH FASTRAK COURSE

19th February 2018

Perth Bible College

30th July 2018

Perth Bible College

The Fastrak course runs each Monday night for two hours, from 7pm to 9pm at Perth Bible College, Karrinyup (cnr Karringyup Road and Marmion Street: access off Marmion).

REGIONAL INTENSIVES

See your local Centre Director for dates.

Regional Intensive courses are run on a Saturday at a local hall. See the Centre Director for details. Some regional centres also run a mentor-led course which is usually held in a home.

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