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PREPARING TO BE A STREET CHAPLAIN
The public expects high levels of care from people in Street Chaplain uniforms. Our training provides specialised learning modules in Urban Missions. Each trainee is assessed at the end of the course before being offered a voluntary contract.
There are various types of chaplains in Australia. You might hear about chaplains in schools, hospitals, the military, sporting clubs, aged care facilities and Police services.
Each type of chaplaincy is different, but there are some ways in which all chaplains are the same! You can expect chaplains to have a warmth about them and a willingness to listen and respond with wisdom and care.
Street Chaplains are trained to:
- Provide First Aid, having achieved Seniors First Aid certification (HLTAID003 or HLTAID011)
- Communicate effectively with a wide range of people
- Provide support to people affected by drugs or alcohol
- Work as part of a team and with other service providers
- Understand how to navigate diversity and work in a multicultural environment
Training is held twice a year, usually at Perth Bible College or at designated venues in regional centres. The courses are called Fastrak Training and run either on Monday evenings for two hours over a period of seven weeks, or three full Saturdays.
During this time the trainees are also required to accompany an experienced Street Chaplain team as an Observer on the streets. This provides insights into the role and tests trainees’ suitability.
A fee of $300 applies, which includes the training, insurance, Street Chaplain uniform and First Aid training. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a Police Clearance is also required, and applications can be made during the course.
THE FASTRAK TRAINING COURSE
Each session of this course guides the trainee into understanding a range of resources helpful for Street Chaplaincy. They will learn about the city’s CCTV operation and explore the city’s vulnerable places. Topics such as managing highly intoxicated people, providing streetside First Aid and effective communication are also covered as a vital part of the training.
Regional centres use the same training modules as Perth’s Fastrak course, but in a different format. They have two full day training “intensives” a month apart so that First Aid training and observations can be completed prior to the final intensive day.
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THE PERTH FASTRAK COURSE
Our next Perth FASTRAK course will commence on Saturday April 1st at 9am at the Perth Bible College.
Regional Intensive courses are run on a Saturday at a local hall. Contact the Centre Director for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some regional centres also offer a mentor-based course.