Course Descriptions

PATC 501 Introduction to Health Care Ministry:
Semester course; 1 lecture hour; 1 practicum hour; 1 credit. Introduces the student to the hospital environment through observation, reading, and reflection. Taught jointly with seminary faculty. Required course for persons in dual degree program.

 

PATC 510 Introduction to Patient Counseling:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; Optional clocked clinical hours; 3-5 credits variable. Introduces the student to the development and practice of spiritual care of patients and families. Includes case review and peer interaction. Assignment to the hospital is available to those seeking clinical pastoral education credit. Designed for the non-specialist.

 

PATC 511 The Professional Caregiver:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours and 150 clocked clinical hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: PATC 510. Focuses upon development of professional identity and growth within the helping professions. Emphasizes the context of the health-care environment and its impact upon caregivers, patients and families. Includes practical application of theory. Incorporates the use of clinical material. Designed for the nonspecialist.

 

PATC 515 Basic Patient Counseling:
Semester course; 7 lecture hours; 300 clocked clinical hours; 9 credits. Provides an intensive course of study toward the development of pastoral skills in the hospital context. Assigns students to selected clinical areas with faculty supervision. Utilizes group process and individual supervision for the review of clinical material.

 

PATC 551 Selected Issues in Health Care:
Semester course; 1 lecture hour; 1 credit. Exposes the student to a number of current trends and topics relevant to the contemporary U.S. health care delivery system. Content changes from semester to semester. Utilizes expertise of hospital personnel. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credits.

 

PATC 592 Independent Study in Patient Counseling:
Semester course; variable, 1-4 credits. Provides the opportunity to increase clinical and interpersonal skills in specialty areas through patient care, parallel readings, and individual faculty supervision. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits.

 

PATC 611 Theory and Practice of Patient Counseling I:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 300 clocked clinical hours; 5 credits. Prerequisite PATC 515 or equivalent. Emphasizes the theological foundations of pastoral care and counseling. Provides an in-depth examination of clinical material in a seminar setting.

 

PATC 612 Theory and Practice of Patient Counseling II:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 300 clocked clinical hours; 5 credits. Prerequisite 515 or equivalent. Emphasizes the psychological foundations of pastoral care and counseling. Provides an in-depth examination of clinical material in a seminar setting.

 

PATC 613 Group Process I:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Prerequisite PATC 515 or equivalent. Explores in a small group setting the dynamics common to group behavior. Reflects upon the use of group process for learning. Utilizes an experiential method of learning.

 

PATC 614 Group Process II:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Prerequisite PATC 515 or equivalent. Focuses upon the various theories of group process. Focuses upon application of theory to a variety of clinical and administrative settings. Utilizes an experiential method of learning.

 

PATC 615 Theory of Group Leadership:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Prerequisite PATC 613 or 614. Explores various theories of group leadership. Provides opportunity to test skill development within a peer context.

 

PATC 617 Supervised Clinical Practice I:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 300 clocked clinical hours; 5 credits. Prerequisite PATC 611 and 612. Provides the opportunity to apply and practice pastoral care skills with patients and their families under faculty supervision. Emphasizes professional competence toward an integration of theological, psychological, and sociological aspects of spiritual care in varied clinical contexts.

 

PATC 618 Supervised Clinical Practice II:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 300 clocked clinical hours; 5 credits. Prerequisites PATC 611 and 612. Provides the opportunity to apply and practice clinical skills in a pastoral care specialty under faculty supervision. Utilizes university and hospital personnel in specialty areas. May be repeated to a total of 10 credits.

 

PATC 619 Spiritual and Social Integration Seminar:
Semester course; 1 lecture hour; 1 credit. Provides in-depth reflection on the theological and social implications of ministry within the health care environment. Course is taught jointly with seminary faculty. This is a summary course required for persons in dual degree program.

 

PATC 620 Religious and Social Factors in Patient Counseling:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Provides an understanding of the theological and social factors related to hospitalization. Focuses on the use of ritual and tradition in caring for persons in crisis.

 

PATC 621 Care of the Dying:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Explores the spiritual and psychological dynamics associated with loss for patients and families. Offers special attention to the emotional and spiritual impact on caregivers that work with dying patients. Includes the use of clinical material within a group experience.

 

PATC 627 Caring For the Bereaved: The Art of Support Group Leadership Semester Course.
2-3 credits, variable focuses on the development, facilitation, and leadership of support groups for bereaved families. Provides students the opportunity to increase interpersonal and clinical skills in supporting families who have experienced a significant death. Special attention is offered to the needs of children. Requires participation in Living Well, a contracted component of the VCU Health System's Bereavement program that utilizes art and group discussion.

 

PATC 629 Spirituality & Aging
Semester Course: 2 lecture hours, 2-3 credits variable Explores the spiritual, psychological and social dynamics associated with aging. Special attention is provided to the spiritual and emotional impact on caregivers who work with aging patients.

 

PATC 635 Clinical Ethics:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2-3 variable credits. Applies the principles of biomedical and health care ethics to a more informed understanding of ethical decision-making in the clinical environment. Concerned with the identification, analysis and resolution of ethical problems that arise in planning for the care of patients. Emphasizes the ethical responsibilities of clinicians and pastoral caregivers.

 

PATC 636 Professional Identity and Ethics:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Focuses on guidelines for professional ethics in the development and maintenance of professional and personal integrity, leadership ability, and the enhancement of a congruency between spiritual, psychological and physical maturity.

 

PATC 639 Pastoral Care Management:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Surveys the theory and practice of pastoral care management within the present health care environment including personnel management, process improvement, benchmarking, and qualitative research design. Taught cooperatively with hospital personnel.

 

PATC 640 Research Basics for Hospital Chaplains:

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Provides an overview of research basics within the context of hospital chaplaincy. Emphasizes the methodological issues in health services research that involve hospital chaplains.

 

PATC 641 Evidence-based Inquiry for Hospital Chaplains:

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisite: PATC 640. Provides an overview of data collection, data quality and data usage within the context of hospital chaplaincy. Emphasizes an understanding of the use of data by health services administrators in operational and strategic decisions and for performance improvement.

 

PATC 642 Developing and Presenting Chaplaincy Research:

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisite: PATC 640. Provides an overview of how to analyze and present evidence-based project findings and recommendations within a hospital or academic environment. Emphasizes understanding different objectives and dissemination routes for evidence-based chaplaincy projects as well as demonstrating an understanding of dissemination of evidence-based project results to relevant audiences.

 

PATC 653 Patient Counseling Evaluation I:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 6 practicum hours; 4 credits. Emphasizes the theory and application of case based education and clinical evaluation. Observation and reflection upon the work of ACPE supervisors are required.

 

PATC 654 Patient Counseling Evaluation II:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 6 practicum hours; 4 credits. Prerequisite PATC 653. Continues the theoretical focus of PAC 653. Students begin to move from observation to participation in clinical evaluation of pastoral care interns.

 

PATC 661 History of Pastoral Supervision:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 3 credits. Focuses on the history and development of clinical pastoral education as a movement. Exposes the student to theoretical basis of clinical pastoral education as established in professional and organizational standards.

 

PATC 663 Theory of Pastoral Supervision I:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 3 credits. Focuses on the literature in pastoral supervision. Emphasizes the applicability of educational and personality theory relevant for clinical pastoral education.

 

PATC 664 Theory of Pastoral Supervision II:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Focuses on the literature related to cultural and gender factors relevant for pastoral supervision.

 

PATC 665 Selected Topics in Pastoral Supervision:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 2 credits. Presents a variety of topics on supervisory theory and practice for persons seeking certification by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Utilizes supervisors in the Virginia Cluster for Pastoral Education as well as university and seminary faculty. May be repeated to a total of 4 credits.

 

PATC 692 Independent Study in Pastoral Supervision:
Semester course; 1-4 credits variable. Provides individual focus and direction of student readings in theories of pastoral supervision. Readings are selected from the bibliography of the ACPE Certification Commission. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits.

 

PATC 694 Advanced Clinical Pastoral Supervision:
Semester course; 2 lecture hours; 15 practicum hours; 7 credits. Prerequisite PATC 654. Advanced attention to integration of education and personality theories with theology. Includes the actual practice of supervision under faculty guidance. Restricted to individuals admitted to Candidacy status in ACPE, Inc. May be repeated.

 

PATC 696 Intensive Supervisory Practicum:
Semester course; 3 lecture hours; 18 practicum hours; 9 credits. Prerequisite PATC 694. Provides opportunity for independent supervision of pastoral care interns with mentoring and evaluation by faculty. Utilizes supervisory personnel from Virginia Cluster for Pastoral Education. Restricted to individuals admitted to Candidacy status in ACPE, Inc. May be repeated.

 

PATC 697 Clinical Research:
Semester courses; variable, 1-5 credits. Provides the opportunity to test the practical application of research and process improvement methods within the clinical context. Encourages the development of collaborative and interdisciplinary project development. May be repeated to a total of 5 credits.