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Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health

Awareness of mental health issues in the church and the wider community is growing, yet ministry workers report feeling under-equipped to care effectively for those experiencing mental health challenges.

Christians working in health care, particularly those working in the area of mental health, are also seeking further training to gain a theological framework for what they do in their everyday professions.

There are also Christians working in school settings who have pastoral care and wellbeing responsibilities who are seeking to reflect upon these matters from a theological perspective.

Is there a context in which these groups can be brought together? Where they can learn from one another? We believe there is.

The Graduate Certificate offers specialised training in pastoral responses to mental health and wellbeing with a focus on preventative and reactive strategies. It is designed to be a professional development course for men and women who work in ministry, professional health care workers, and Christians working in schools. The course also aims to equip students with a rigorous theological framework for mental health and wellbeing that is biblically grounded.

While the primary focus of Mary Andrews College has been equipping women for ministry, this Graduate Certificate is designed for both female and male students.

Mary Andrews College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT) and is pleased to offer the ACT’s new Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health.

Who is the course for?

  • Ministry workers
  • Christian mental health professionals
  • Christians working in schools (teachers, chaplains, etc)
  • Others who seek to deepen their understanding in this area

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health is comprised of four units (each 12 credit points). Each unit requires 36 hours of face-to-face learning and then another 114 hours of assignment and class preparation.

The course is made up of two core units and two elective units:

Core units:

Elective units:

  • Pastoral Care for Those with Mental Ill-Health (PC135-812) and
  • a seminar unit created by MAC with a specialist lecturer

This Graduate Certificate can be undertaken over two years part-time.

Further information about the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health is available on the Australian College of Theology website here

Course calendar

2021

Semester 2

Unit Core or Elective Credit Points
Theological Approaches to Wellbeing (PC136-812) Core 12 cps

 

2022

Semester 1

Unit Core or Elective Credit Points
Theological Perspectives on Mental Health (PC137-812) Core 12 cps
Pastoral Care for those with Mental Ill-Health (PC135-812) Elective 12 cps

 

Semester 2

Unit Core or Elective Credit Points
Theological Approaches to Wellbeing (PC136-812) Core 12 cps
Seminar Unit Elective 12 cps

 

2023

Semester 1

Unit Core or Elective Credit Points
Theological Perspectives on Mental Health (PC137-812) Core 12 cps
Pastoral Care for those with Mental Ill-Health (PC135-812) Elective 12 cps

 

Semester 2

Unit Core or Elective Credit Points
Theological Approaches to Wellbeing (PC136-812) Core 12 cps
Seminar Unit Elective 12 cps

Entrance requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health is a level 8 award in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). As an AQF level 8 award, the entrance requirement is:

  • A completed 3 year non-theological Bachelor degree or higher, or
  • A completed 3 year theological Bachelor degree or higher

Language Qualifications for Non English Speaking Backgrounds: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work

Fees and FEE-HELP

Tuition fee is $2,520 per unit.

A FEE-HELP loan scheme is available from the government for eligible Australian citizens to cover tuition fees. Completion of the entire course is expected, and repayment of the FEE-HELP loan is based on personal taxable income. Please read carefully the information at www.studyassist.gov.au

Auditing

Units may be audited. Fee: $1,130

Entrance requirements still apply to auditing students.

Course teachers

Rev. Dr Keith Condie will be one of the lead teachers of the Graduate Certificate. He will be teaching the unit ‘Theological Approaches to Wellbeing’ (PC136-812), which will run in Semester 2, 2021.

 

Rev. Dr Keith Condie

Since 2016 Rev. Dr Keith Condie has been Co-Director/Founder with his wife Sarah of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute (MHPCI) at Mary Andrews College. The MHPCI provides resources and training in mental health and pastoral care for the Australian church. Keith holds a BSc (Psychology) from UNSW, a BTh and MA (Theol) from the ACT and a PhD in History with a focus on pastoral theology from the University of Sydney. He has taught at Mary Andrews College since 2018. Prior to founding the MHPCI, for nearly 20 years, Keith was Dean of Students and lecturer in ministry and church history at Moore Theological College.

Mode of teaching

Units will be taught in hybrid mode, i.e., students can attend class in-person on campus or attend online.

Admission & enrolment

Mary Andrews College has an admissions procedure before enrolment that involves obtaining two references. If you are interested in enrolling, we would encourage you to apply for admission well before the semester commences. Applications for the first unit are required by 6 July, 2021.

You can apply for admission and enrolment here.

Key dates

20 May Information session (10am – 11am)
1 June Information session (2pm – 3pm)
23 June Information session (1pm – 2pm)
6 July Application deadline (for study in Semester 2, 2021)
20 July Orientation session
27 July Classes commence
31 August Census date
13 Sept-1 Oct Semester break

 

View the 2021 Timetable

Further information

To attend an information session please book here.

If you would like to book a phone call to discuss the course, please email us at [email protected], supplying your mobile phone number and preferred time for a call.

Apply now

Applications for Semester 2 are now closed, however you can apply to start the Graduate Certificate in Semester 1, 2022.

Apply to study in 2022 

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