Syllabus for Course Reconciling Violence in Ministry  (THEOL-RVM)

Week 1:
Listen to Chapters 1-5
Cornell notes on work.

Week 2:
Read:  Information for Faith Based and Community Leaders
Chapters 6-10
Cornell Notes

Week 3:
Read: Transformative Counselling
Chapters 11-15
Cornell Notes
Notes due on Weeks 1-2 (on readings and Chap. 1-10)

Week 4:
Chapters 16-20
Cornell Notes

Week 5:
Notes due on Weeks 3-4
Chapters 21-25
Cornell Notes
Read: Trauma informed Care In Behavioral Health Services

Week 6:
Chapters 26-30
Cornell Notes

Week 7:
Notes due on Week 5-6
Chapters 31-35
Read Segment on Child Abuse
Cornell Notes

Week 8:
Chapters 36-40
Cornell Notes

Week 9:
Cornell Notes Due
Outline of Term Paper
Rough draft

Week 10:
- Term Paper due
- Includes topic explored and approved.


Syllabus for 
Clinical Pastoral Education (THEOL-CPE)

Recommended as text books: Living with Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and Stephen Levine's A Year to Live. 

I. The Gift of Presence
      1. Consolation
       Offer Eucharist
       Pray with the family
       Let them speak their concerns
       Ease their path by faith

II.  Have experience with personal Mortality
      Minister should have experienced loss of a family member or close friend in the not too recent past
      Minister has empathy for the sick and the dying
      Minister is capable of bracketing outside concerns

III.  Illness of a child
      Provide a listening ear
      Do not try to make it right
      Simply say you are sorry
      Have experience in dealing with existential truths
      Quietly remain present

IV.  Hospital Protocols
      Evacuation Procedures
      Training in disasters in that facility
      Receiving the rand at the desk
      Psych Ward and ICU may require staff to accompany minister

V.  Be a moment of grace
    Offer a smile and/or a wink
    Hold a hand
    Do your best
    Let God take it from there

VI.  ICU or Trouble swallowing
     Break off small piece of Eucharist
     When in doubt ask if Communion is ok
     Ask if patient can sip water from a straw afterward

VII.  Greetings
     Greet each patient by last name
     Ask if they wish to receive communion
     Ask in ICU who can receive
     If communion is decline, ask if they would like to say an Our Father
     Tell them you are praying for them
     Ask them to pray for you

VIII.  Speaking
      Speak only so the patient can hear.
      Speak clearly allowing for hearing differences

IX.  Pray before the ministry
     Be aware of your concerns
     Center in Prayer
     Put concerns at the back of your mind

X.  Help Generate Hope
    Allow patients to have future hope
    Do not tamper with their dreams.

XI.  In Homes for the Aged
    Be pragmatic
    Keep focus on the individual
    Stay calm
    Communicate clearly
    Repeat words in a calm way
    Have them reference pleasant past experiences
    Encourage gratitude

XII. Processing
    Allow patients to address concerns
    Involve the family when possible
    Mention references to pain or discomfort to staff

XIII.  Respect
    Respect is reciprocal
    If a patient gets agitated speak to staff
    If they are sleeping let them rest
    Do not come at meal times
    If a patient is having a procedure, check back at the end

CPE Certificate