The first graduate certificate in Australia to focus on the spiritual dimensions of ageing will be offered at St Barnabas’ Theological College in 2016.
A Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies will cover topics such as life meaning and mental health in the context of ageing, to help graduates apply a fuller understanding of spirituality in their aged-care roles.
St Barnabas’ Ageing and Pastoral Care Consultant Jan Andrews says the certificate is attracting widespread interest as Australia’s life expectancy reaches an all-time high.
“Professionals of all kinds working in aged care and people with older family members or friends can play a valuable role in responding to the spiritual needs of people in their care,” Jan says.
“Individuals interested in their own development through their post-retirement years are finding this emerging area of interest as well.”
The certificate has been developed by St Barnabas’ in partnership with Charles Sturt University and St Mark’s Theological College in Canberra.
Leading scholars and practitioners including Reverend Elizabeth MacKinlay, Anglican priest and Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies in Canberra, will present the course.
It is designed to be taken over four semesters, offering one subject per semester, so the first participants will graduate at the end of 2017.
For further information contact Jan Andrews from St Barnabas’ Theological College at firstname.lastname@example.org