Mid-America Christian University
Practicum in Pastoral Care
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Seaton. MACU phone ext. 134. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manning, Doug. The Power of Presence: Helping People Help People. Oklahoma
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Nichols, Michael P. The Lost Art of Listening. New York: Guilford Press, 1995.
This course will focus on the development of skills and understanding in
order to adequately provide Christian care for persons in life crisis.
Through classroom lectures, required readings, and supervised work in
the clinical environment, students will be given the opportunity to
demonstrate the practices involved in providing appropriate pastoral care.
Each student will understand the biblical mandates for care, and a
proper theological understanding of the appropriate function of care in
the life of the church.
Each student will demonstrate, in a supervised clinical environment,
proficiency in providing quality, distinctively Christian care.
Each student will develop care skills such as listening, empathy,
attunement, and referral and boundary parameters.
The student will gain at least a working knowledge of necessary
medical terminology and protocol.
Each student will adequately satisfy Competency #5 as stated in the
Ministry Department Strategic Plan. (Revised Spring 2005).
Appropriate grasp of this subject requires active participation in all class
sessions. Absolutely necessary absences will be evaluated in keeping with the
guidelines of the MACU catalog. The instructor must be informed of all
excused absences, in writing, at least one class session prior to the absence
in question. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session.
Tardy students will be responsible for informing the instructor at the end of
the class period in question, otherwise the student will be considered absent.
Three tardy arrivals may be considered as an absence. Because of the critical
nature of the clinical training involved in this course, the weekly clinicals are
mandatory, as are the weekly class sessions, and absences may be
considered only in emergency cases.
ABSENCE POLICY PROCESS
The following process is to be used in relation to applying the university’s absence
1) A list of students who are scheduled to miss any class or classes is to be e-
mailed to faculty members teaching the affected classes.
a. The e-mail list should be created by the initiating department and be
submitted no later than seven (7) days in advance of the absence in order
to allow for tests to be taken early if the instructor requires tests to be
b. It is acceptable for initiating departments to send lists of students to
faculty members earlier than seven days prior to absences. Since some
instructors may require work to be turned in prior to the planned absence
or may require tests to be taken prior to the planned absence, initiating
departments should inform their students to make contact with their
instructors no later than seven (7) days in advance of the planned absence
to accommodate such requirements.
2) Any work assigned or quiz/test given while the student is absent may be made
up upon the student’s return. It is the student’s responsibility to check with
the instructor the very next class period after the scheduled absence.
3) If any list of students planning to be absent for a college related event includes
any student or students with grade or other academic issues, the instructor of
that class or classes is requested to inform the department initiating the
absence request of these issues. Such information will aid the initiating
department and the student in the decision-making process.
4) Please be advised that student grades cannot be affected simply because a
student is participating in some college approved extracurricular activity.
a. Faculty may or may not choose to allow perfect attendance incentives to
be impacted by the absence but students cannot be required to do extra
work simply because the student is absent for a college related activity.
b. No points can be deducted from a student’s potential class grade due to
absences for college related absences.
Note: The intent of item # 3 is to communicate that college students have among their
rights and responsibilities, the responsibility to make decisions regarding class
attendance, i.e., faculty cannot make this decision for them.
Students are required to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. (See the Student
Handbook for regulations on Chapel attendance.) The student will gain better mastery of
a subject if he/she is able to attend all of the class sessions and participate in the
interaction with instructor and students. Realizing, however, that occasionally it may be
necessary for a student to be absent from a class, a student is allowed ONE absence for
each time per week the class meets. Upon missing additional class sessions, the student
may have his/her grade lowered unless the absences are due to university related
activities. The maximum number of absences for ALL causes is three absences for each
time per week the class meets. One additional absence will cause an "F" grade to be
recorded for the course unless the student officially drops the course within the time
limits prescribed. The last day for dropping a class in any semester is two (2) weeks
prior to the last day of classroom instruction. ENGL 1003, 1013, 1103, 1203 and may
not be dropped.
If the student feels that there are legitimate, extenuating circumstances beyond his/her
control for some or all of the absences, the student may appeal in writing through the
Registrar to the Academic Appeals Committee to have the absences "reviewed."
1. It is the student's responsibility to keep track of his/her absences.
2. If the student chooses to appeal excessive absences, he/she shall do so within 14
days after the date of the first absence that causes his/her failure of the course.
3. "The burden of proof" for absence appeals will require verifiable documentation.
4. The student is responsible for all work missed and all assignments made in his/her
Each instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to be absent from his/her class
for college-related activities if such absences, in the instructor's opinion, are affecting the
student's grade for that class.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
A variety of tools will be used in order to evaluate the student’s grasp of the
As part of the clinical experience, a verbatim will be required at the
conclusion of each week’s exercise. Students will be required to utilize
a standard reporting form that will detail observations regarding
patient visits. The instructor will glean information on student progress
from these reports.
The most important component of the practicum is practical
experience. Therefore, the most significant element for evaluation will
be the consistency and competency of the student’s involvement. The
instructor will both objectively and subjectively evaluate participation.
The instructor and chaplain(s) will be conducting periodic on-site
observations of visits made by the student with hospital patients.
An oral FINAL EXAM will be required during the week of finals. This
will be scheduled at the instructor’s discretion.
CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRACTICUM:
All clinicals for the practicum will take place at Midwest Regional Medical
Center, 2825 Parklawn Drive, Midwest City, Oklahoma. The program will
operate under the strict supervision of the office of the Hospital Chaplain,
Rev. Richard Chew. Each student will have the option of choosing one of two
clinical venues per week. The student will be assigned a clinical time based
on his or her availability, work schedule, etc. The student will be required to
remain in that time slot for the duration of the semester. Available clinical
Wednesdays – 12:30 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Thursdays – 12:30 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
The student is required to allow for adequate drive time to and from the
hospital. MACU vans will run at Noon on each clinical day. Students will be
expected to ride with the instructor, unless other transportation is necessary.
The time of departure from MACU will be PROMPTLY 30 minutes prior to the
start of each clinical.
The hospital (MRMC) will also require each student to satisfy the following
1. Each participant in the program will agree to protect and maintain the
confidential relationship of MRMC to its patients. All patient records
will remain strictly confidential.
2. Each student will be required to complete an orientation session,
presented by the hospital staff, prior to visiting with patients.
Orientation will include the following:
1. Infection control/blood borne pathogens/standards and
3. Age appropriate care
4. Cultural differences awareness
5. Hazardous communications
6. Regulated waste
7. Recognition and reporting of suspected child, elder, adult, or
3. Each student will supply the hospital with proof of the following
Form of State Issued I.D. (i.e. drivers license)
Social Security Card or Birth Certificate
If you were born in 1956 or before, you need to bring proof of
one MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization or positive
Mumps, Rubella and Rebeola tilters.
If you were born in 1957 or after, you need to bring proof of two
MMR immunizations or positive Mumps, Rubella and Rubeola
Documentation of last TB skin test if within the last 12 months.
If you have had a previous positive TB skin test, we will require a
previous chest x-ray report.
4. Each student will be expected to adhere strictly to MRMC’s
“Professional Image Policy”. Basically stated, this means sport coat,
slacks, and tie for men, and dress or skirt and blouse for women.
Unacceptable attire includes: denim pants (jeans), fleece (sweats),
shorts, half shirts, tank tops, capri pants, and wind suits. Dress shoes
are also required, no tennis shoes.
5. An official hospital ID badge will be issued each participant upon
completion of the orientation process. This badge must be worn when
in the hospital at all times NO EXCEPTIONS.
This syllabus serves as a guide. To facilitate class needs as they arise,
the professor reserves the right to make changes throughout the
semester. The student who is absent is responsible for finding out
what, if any, changes may have been made to assignments, etc., either
through peers or by contacting the professor.
LECTURE AND TRAINING SCHEDULE
(All classroom sessions take place Tuesdays, 12:15 – 1:30 P.M., in classroom 103)
Class Date Assignments Readings
Tues Jan 9 Course Introduction and Orientation
Tues Jan 16 Why Care? Maxwell, pp. 15-23
Haugk, pp. 31-43
Tues Jan 23 The Celebration of Feelings Haugk, pp.11-30
Maxwell, pp. 25-43
Tues Jan 30 Basic Medical Terminology: Knowing the
Tues Feb 6 The Irreplaceable Art of Listening Haugk, pp. 44-60
Tues Feb 13 Haugk, pp. 61-122
Distinctively Christian Care: Tools of the
Tues Feb 20
Distinctively Christian Care – Part 2
Tues Feb 27 Maxwell, pp. 97-
Maintaining Confidentiality 104
Tues Mar 6 Maxwell, pp. 77-96
Ministering to the Grieving
Tues Mar 13 Haugk, pp. 123-
Empathic Caring 132
Tues Mar 27 Haugk, pp. 138-
Setting Appropriate Care Boundaries 157
Tues Apr 3 Haugk, 133-137
The Evangelism Factor in Care
Tues Apr Maxwell, pp. 53-76
10 When to Refer to a Mental Health
Tues Apr 24
Process or Results?
Tues Apr Maxwell, pp.97-
24 Establishing a Community of Care 104
Thurs May 3
FINAL EXAM – Leave for MRMC at Noon
01/11 12:30 Welcome Lunch
(THURS) 2:00 TB tests
Turn in all vaccination records!
ng 2007 Clinical Training Schedule 01/17-01/18 12:30 lunch
1:00 ID Badges
1:30 Documentation orientation
2:00 facility tour
01/24-01/25 12:30 lunch
1:15 students observe visits by instructor
2:30 students visit in pairs w/ instructor
01/31-02/01 12:30 lunch
1:15 student visits in pairs
02/07-02/08 12:30 lunch.
1:15 student visits (in pairs if needed)
02/14-02/15 12:30 lunch
1:15 student visits
02/21-02/22 12:30 lunch
1:15 student visits
02/28-03/01 12:30 lunch
1:15 Vent orientation w/ respiratory therapy
1:45 students observe instructor ICU visits
2:30 normal student visits
03/07-03/08 12:30 lunch
1:15 ICU & CCU + regular floor visits
03/14-03/15 12:30 lunch
1:15 ICU & CCU + regular floor visits
03/21-03/22 Spring Break
03/28-03/29 12:30 lunch
1:15 ICU & CCU + regular floor visits
04/04-04/05 12:30 lunch
1:15 Oncology orientation
1:30 Oncology visits
04/11-04/12 12:30 lunch
04/18-04/19 12:30 lunch
2:50 Orientation info desk volunteer
04/25-04/26 12:30 lunch
(observations by Richard)
05/03 Finals/Appreciation Lunch
(THURS) (No class on Wednesday)
(Nat’l Day of Prayer)