These course descriptions begin Fall 2016.
Enrollment in Buddhist Chaplaincy courses is restricted to students enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy and Buddhist Ministry programs. Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the chair of this department.
Communication Skills for Chaplaincy (4 units)
Equips students with the fundamental skills necessary for relating with others in the context of professional chaplaincy. Students explore such topics as basic attendance, deep listening and reflective listening, body language, family map, teamwork, giving and receiving feedback, conflict resolution, and group process.
Power, Privilege, & Difference (3 units)
Expands knowledge gained in MDIV 511, teaching students how to effectively relate with groups and systems. Students explore such topics as male privilege, racism, multicultural competency, mediation, diversity, responsibilities and task accomplishment, roles and relationships, and communication patterns. Certain topics introduced in MDIV 511 are explored in greater depth here, including group process and conflict resolution.
Chaplaincy Roles & Competencies (3 units)
Introduces the field of professional chaplaincy, personal and professional ethics, as well as the values, standards, competencies, and responsibilities involved in working in various clinical settings. Students study the history of and prerequisites for work in various chaplaincies. Special attention is given to current trends and issues across the field,
Interfaith Rituals for Chaplaincy (3 units)
Focuses on the ritual components and qualities of spiritual/cultural competencies required for professional spiritual care and counseling in the diverse religious landscape of twenty-first century North America. Through group practicum and discussions, students develop the necessary awareness and tools to work within the multicultural and multireligious environment of today’s hospitals, prisons, universities, etc.
Sacred Abrahamic Texts in Spiritual Care & Counseling (3 units)
Provides the Buddhist practitioner working in professional chaplaincy a macroscopic view of sacred Abrahamic texts and their content, as well as resources for further exploration. Special attention is given to helping students develop some degree of comfort working with Abrahamic texts in the context of Buddhist chaplaincy.
Buddhist Homiletics: Writing & Giving Dharma Talks (3 units)
Introduces the art of writing and giving dharma talks. Various styles and types of dharma talks are studied and considered. Working closely with the professor and their colleagues, students identify particular styles and methods to help them in their own homiletic work. Students also explore how to relate the professional imperatives of chaplaincy with the imperatives of a Buddhist faith.
Service Practicum (3 units)
Prerequisite(s): Graduate status
Examines various types of service, from community efforts to international humanitarian work. Special attention is given to Buddhist concepts of service and social engagement and how these are similar to and different from those coming from the Abrahamic traditions and secular contexts.
Directed Reading & Research (3 units)
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 9 units at the graduate level Enrollment restricted to graduate students in the Buddhist Chaplaincy program; requires the consent of the supervising professor and the department chair. A paper is required. A maximum of 3 units may be taken in a semester and a maximum of 6 units may be applied to graduation.
Pass/No Pass only
Buddhist Ministry & the Prison-Industrial Complex (3 units)
Examines the historic participation of Buddhists in ministry activities within the prison-industrial complex. Main focus is on the United States, with India, Great Britain, and other countries receiving some attention. Through their in-depth
look at a ministry setting in which Buddhist Americans have been particularly active, students gain a robust knowledge of operating within specialized care settings. (NOTE: This is a unique, infrequently offered course. Students taking this course take it in place of MDIV 676; they may not take both courses except in special circumstances and with the permission of their advisor and the department chair.)
Seminar in Buddhist Ministry (3 units)
Prerequisite(s): Graduate status
Provides the opportunity to explore unique and particular issues in Buddhist chaplaincy. Special attention is given to an overview of scriptures across Buddhist traditions that have informed ministry, spiritual care and counseling techniques, and the chaplain’s personal spiritual practice.
Spiritual Care & Counseling (4 units)
Introduces theories and practices for clinical spiritual care and counseling work. Special attention is paid to literature in the field of healthcare chaplaincy about medical ethics, measuring effective care, and working in diverse settings.
Pastoral Theology (3 units)
Introduces the history, key texts, and practice of pastoral theology. Students gain the background and the methods necessary to make their own contributions to this area of writing. Supervised by the professor, students explore important texts for the particular chaplaincies in which they work.
Spiritual Formation for Buddhist Chaplains (3 units)
Examines the ways influential thinkers have understood stages of transformation in spiritual development. Students explore the ways in which significant works may deepen their own personal practice as well as their approach to chaplaincy.
Organizational & Legal Issues in Ministry & Spiritual Care (3 units)
Introduces institutional administration and organization in ministry and spiritual care, and considers best practices, roles and responsibilities, and resources for spiritual leaders. Special attention is given to nonprofit administration, legal issues, and management. Students also consider these matters specifically in the context of professional chaplaincy.
Spiritual Leadership (3 units)
Introduces spiritual leadership and social ethics and considers values, responsibilities, functions, and resources for spiritual leaders. Students explore examples and archetypes of spiritual leadership in the Buddhist traditions. Students also examine spiritual leadership in the context of professional chaplaincy practice.
Advanced Topics in Professional Chaplaincy (4 units)
Provides the opportunity to explore unique and particular issues in professional chaplaincy work. Special attention is paid to pastoral diagnosis, working with a care team, and current concerns in the various fields of chaplaincy.