Professional Development Pathway

The Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health was developed by Mary Andrews College as a course for the Australian College of Theology. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health is to give an opportunity for ministry leaders and health care professionals to gain a rigorous theological framework for issues relating to mental health in the local church and in the wider community.

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

Course Structure

The course structure for the Graduate Certificate is:

  • 2x12cp core units: Theological Perspectives of Mental Health and Theological Approaches to Wellbeing.
  • 2x12cp elective units: Pastoral care for those with Mental Illness and a seminar unit created by MAC with a specialist lecturer.

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

Entrance Requirements

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

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

FEE-HELP

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

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