Introduction to Specialized Chaplain Studies
(Cultural Sensitivity and Spirituality)
Office: P.O. Box 2063
Georgetown, Texas 78627
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation and Education offers courses by distant learning and by classroom instruction. JCCAE is accredited by Trinity Theological Seminary and students can opt to take courses for certifications or the student can earn a degree using them through Trinity Theological Seminary.
All courses through the Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education have college credit hours included for each course. If the student wishes to have his hours matriculated, it can be put toward a degree.
The Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education is also an approved “ceu” provider through the Texas State Board of Examiners and the Texas Department of Health for Licensed Professional Counselors, Family and Marriage Therapists and Social Workers. Students can earn their yearly “ceu” hours through taking this course.
I. Course Description
Cultural Sensitivity and Spirituality is a three-credit course that focuses on the basics of cultural, spirituality and cultural differences. It is primarily intended for students of faith based education. The course prerequisite is full admission to graduate standing or permission from the instructor.
This manual explains the differences in cultural and spiritual sensitivity and how each culture has helped mold this country as we know it today. You will learn the differences between cultures and how each individual culture is portrayed in our society. It gives a history and traditions of each culture, along with a quick guide for easy access in an emergency situation for professional counselors, Lay/ Ordained Chaplains, Pastors or Clergy Member.
II. Goals and Learning Outcomes
The overall goal of #JC1002 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize cultural differences and learn spiritual rituals, custom and habits of different cultural during trauma at a faith based level. The measurable learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which this goal is being met follow:
Students will describe cultural differences
Students will apply training to chaplain situations.
Students will recognize spiritual differences within cultures
Students will recognize do’s and don’t’s of chaplains and cultures.
Students will apply ritual techniques to crisis situations
III. Required Readings
Cultural Sensitivity and Spirituality
Selected course handouts by instructor
IV. Overall Structure of the Course
The course is designed to provide students with a variety of contexts for understanding and evaluating the cultural differences and how they are related to the role of a chaplain. Students will be expected to apply all terms and concepts presented in the course to the chaplain profession on a daily basis.
V. Classroom Course Requirements
Students are required to take this course and participate in discussion, take examinations, and complete any assigned work. Students are expected to complete any required weekly readings before class, ask questions, and turn in assignments on time.
Graded homework will be assigned as required. The homework must be turned in the following class session.
The test will cover material from the first half of the course and should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The final exam will be comprehensive and may take the total time allotted for a class session.
Distant Learning Requirement
Students will purchase material from JCCAE. When you purchase the manual a test will be sent. The test must be taken and sent to the office of JCCAE for grading. A passing grade of 80% must be met. Test scores will be recorded and applied to your degree program.
Certifications: JCCAE offers certifications for each specialized subject in Chaplain Education. Once the course has been taken by distant learning and the test has been taken and sent to JCCAE and a grade of 80% has been met, the certificate will be mailed to you. The certificate will have the registration number printed directly on the certificate.
VI. Course Policies
For classroom instruction, homework will not be accepted after the due date. Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.
The examinations must be taken as scheduled on this syllabus and as announced in class.
Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. Make-up exams will differ from those given in class, but will cover the same material. The examinations are open book.
Students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the instructor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the semester.
Students in this course should be familiar with the policies on Academic Responsibility and violations of academic responsibility in this course will be handled accordingly.
VII. Assessment and Grading
Students will be evaluated on assignments and examinations. The examinations will be objectively scored using a scoring key. The assignments will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100, reflecting percent of possible points earned. Grades will be assigned using the following weights:
Grades will be assigned as follows:
VIII. Course Outline
Topics for each class meeting are listed below. However, circumstances may call for a departure from this schedule. Any changes to the schedule will be made in advance. Homework assignments will be handed out one week prior to the due date.