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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional & Spiritual Development
Module Code ED8092
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Thomas Grenham
Semester 2: Thomas Grenham
Autumn: Thomas Grenham
Module TeachersThomas Grenham
NFQ level 10 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat the module
Should a student not progress this module s/he must repeat it, in its entirety in the following year.

This module provides the student chaplain with a formation under supervision to enable her/him to undertake the responsibilities of chaplaincy and pastoral work. In order to progress between semesters and to final qualification the student chaplain must demonstrate satisfactory professional performance and suitability.

Learning Outcomes

1. understand and be competent to apply knowledge from theological and educational disciplines to the work of chaplaincy
2. exhibit competence as a reflective practitioner, and openness to continuing professional development
3. demonstrate readiness to assume the role and responsibilities of Chaplain/Pastoral Worker
4. apply current thinking to pastoral work and faith formation
5. engage sensitively in faith formation and faith development initiatives in an invitational and inclusive manner appropriate to the context, and the cultural and religious diversity present
6. exhibit personal and professional skills necessary to work as a Chaplain /Pastoral Worker
7. demonstrate the ability to manage her/his own work as Chaplain/Pastoral Worker and to integrate this with the work of others in providing an effective chaplaincy service.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Clinical placement200No Description
Group work26No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Professionalism and professional issues

Placement; planning and evaluation



Current issues in chaplaincy

Contexts of chaplaincy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Professional PortfolioPlans and Reflections on practice Attendance and participation in weekly pastoral professional supervision Pastoral covenants Verbatims (&reflections) Ministry Reports (&reflections) Semester papers Placement profile Appraisal proposals (2) Appraisal scripts (2)100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Christopher Swift: 2015, A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies, Routledge, New York, 9871472434050
  • Miranda Threlfall-Holme: 2011, Being a Chaplain, SPCK Publishing, London, 9780281063857
  • Mary M. Toole: 2006, Handbook for Chaplains Comfort my people, Paulist Press, USA,
  • Naomi Paget: 2006, The Work of the Chaplain, Judson Pr,
  • Victoria Slater: 2015, Chaplaincy Ministry and the Mission of the Church, scm, London, 9780334053156
  • John Caperon: 2015, A Vital Ministry: Chaplaincy in Schools in the Post-Christian Era, scm, London, 9780334052197
  • David Pohlmann: 2013, School Chaplaincy: An Introduction, 2016, Morning Star Publishing,
  • James O'Higgins Norman: 2014, Education Matters: Reading in Pastoral Care for School Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers, Veritas, Dublin, 9781847305695
  • David O'Malley: 2008, School Ethos and Chaplaincy, Don Bosco Publications, UK,
  • Mary McKeone: 1993, Wasting Time in School: Secondary School Chaplaincy, a Story and a Handbook, St. Paul Publications,
  • Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers,: 2014, A ministry of presence: chaplaincy, spiritual care, and the law, Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, London,
  • 2016: Sports chaplaincy: trends, issues and debates, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, 259989
  • 2010: An improbable feast: the surprising dynamic of hospitality at the heart of multifaith chaplaincy, Lulu.com, Australia, 259990
  • 2017: Multifaith chaplaincy in the workplace: how chaplains can support organizations and their employees, Jessica Kingsley Publishers,, London; Philadelphia:, 259991
  • 2015: A handbook of chaplaincy studies: understanding spiritual care in public places, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, England, 259992
  • 1995: Chaplains to the imprisoned: sharing life with the incarcerated, Haworth Press,, New York, 259993
  • 2005: The hospital chaplain's handbook: a guide for good practice, Canterbury, Norwich England, 259994
  • 2012: Professional spiritual & pastoral care: a practical clergy and chaplain's handbook, : SkyLight Paths Pub., Woodstock, Vt.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MACSPWMA in Chaplaincy Studies & Pastoral Work

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