The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving Among Vulnerable Populations offers chaplains, community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:
Spiritual care is that care which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health, or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self-worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or ordinance/sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. Some people find meaning, comfort, hope, goodness, and community through their religious practice, beliefs, and/or community of faith. Some people do not. Regardless of whether religious faith is a part of a person's life, spiritual concerns, resources, and needs can still be very important. Spiritual caregiving provides an opportunity for missional Christians to join in the mission of God who is at work in the lives of others. The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving Among Vulnerable Populations equips students to provide spiritual, emotional, and relational support to people who are seeking answers to what we call the "big" questions of life by the elderly, those who are terminally ill, those with mental illness, and at-risk youth.