Competencies covered

Competency: CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care

Element: 1. Prepare for pastoral and spiritual care work

1.1 Identify responsibilities in relation to legislative and regulatory requirements for pastoral and spiritual care work
1.2 Identify responsibilities in relation to organisation policies and procedures for pastoral and spiritual care work
1.3 Identify requirements of relevant professional and ethical standards for pastoral and spiritual care work
1.4 Identify rights and responsibilities of self, employer, clients, families and carers

Element: 2. Determine pastoral and spiritual care networks and resources

2.1 Identify organisation’s full range of pastoral and spiritual care services
2.2 Identify limitations and parameters of own role
2.3 Identify organisation escalation and crisis procedures
2.4 Identify existing and potential opportunities for referral in accordance with organisation procedures
2.5 Establish relationships with referral network
2.6 Gather internal and external information sources and resources to support pastoral and spiritual care work

Element: 3. Establish professional supervision

3.1 Determine supervision and/or mentoring requirements of role in consultation with mentor and/or supervisor
3.2 Establish rapport and work with mentor and/or supervisor to build trust
3.3 Receive and act on feedback to improve pastoral care work
3.4 Review own communication with mentor and/or supervisor to promote professional development

Unit Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for pastoral and spiritual care work either within a specific belief system or in a non-denominational context. Work may be paid or in a volunteer capacity.
This unit applies to workers who operate under professional supervision and mentoring by senior workers or under relevant lines of authority within the organisation or belief system.


Legal and ethical considerations for pastoral and spiritual care work and how these are applied to individual practice.
Issues that breach or impact an individual’s rights.
Organisational policies, protocols and practices relation to pastoral and spiritual care.
Records maintenance requirements.
Specific denominational or organisational protocols, including denominational doctrines.
Verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including body language, language style, active listening, questioning principles and practices for establishing and maintaining appropriate interpersonal relationships.
Boundaries and limitations of role.
Referrals including relevant support agencies.

Unit offerings

Face to face: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.