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Certified Islamic Professional Chaplain Course (CIPC)

Introduction

Muslims are part of the religious and cultural landscape of Britain. As with other communities, they are affected by a number of social problems in all sections of society. The need is growing for Muslim chaplains in Further and Higher Education, the National Health Service (including hospices), social welfare, prisons, the Police, Armed Forces and Industry. An overview of the situation in Europe reveals a similar pattern. As Muslims become an integral entity within the social fabric, the development of strong institutional infrastructures become essential.

The development of specific courses which facilitate and train professionals working in the areas of chaplaincy and pastoral care are illustrated by the current situation of Muslim communities in the UK particularly, and in Europe generally.

The primary aim of is the professionalisation of Muslim Chaplaincy in conjunction with professional guidelines set by Institutions through promoting Islamic values.

This course aims to provide CPD training, mentorship and sponsorship for registered Muslim Chaplains and for those wanting to become Muslim Chaplains. We aim to work with internal and external stakeholders such as the NHS and Islamic bodies to ensure Muslim spiritual provision is provided at optimal level by our registered Muslim chaplains.

What Does a Chaplain Do?

Chaplains lead nondenominational religious services and provide spiritual support to those who are unable to attend organized religious services. A chaplain may work in a hospital, prison, or university, or serve as part of the military. Although prison, military, school, and hospital chaplains work in very different environments, they all provide spiritual guidance to individuals who don’t have access to formal religious services offered by their faith of choice.

Course Overview:

This programme is designed to enhance students knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary chaplaincy in traditional and contemporary settings. The historical precedence for Chaplaincy is evaluated, along with the scriptural and theological basis for chaplaincy. Students analyse a range of models for chaplaincy and consider their relevance for personal practice. The module has a particular emphasis on developing a ‘philosophy for practice’ in the students setting and will support students to develop an action plan and/or critical view for developing Chaplaincy services in their setting.

The syllabus for this module will include key aspects of applied subject knowledge, including:

  • An exploration of models of chaplaincy
  • Theological approaches to chaplaincy
  • The Chaplain as reflective practitioner
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Stress Management
  • Islamic therapeutic communication
  • Islamic Spiritual Care
  • Essential counselling skills
  • Understanding Addiction Behaviour (Addiction Counselling)
  • Islamic Grief & Bereavement Counselling
  • Core principles and practices of chaplaincy from a Muslim perspective
  • The distinctive contribution of Chaplaincy within community provision

The module places an emphasis on group-based dialogue and discussion in addition to the taught content delivered by the module leader. Learning is supported through directed reading (in the form of e-texts) in advance of each teaching day and a post-module tutorial for each student.

Areas of Chaplaincy:

  • Spiritual / Hospital / Hospice Chaplain
  • Community Chaplain: Caregivers trained as Chaplains are rapidly joining the ranks of psychologists, social workers, and human services personnel as an independent class of care providers
  • Prison Chaplain
  • Civil Chaplains: This category includes police, fire and civic organization chaplains.
  • Mosque / Religious Institution Chaplains: This is a growing field with these chaplains often extending the reach and scope of local pastoral ministries.
  • Military Chaplains

How we will benefit employers?

Muslim Chaplaincy appointments have certain distinctive features which need addressing in the recruitment and selection process such as the professional content of the job description and the endorsement that may be required of a faith community or belief group if a chaplain is to exercise a religious ministry within their role.

We will recommend employers to seek the assistance of our group as a professional Muslim advisory board in the appointing process of Muslim Chaplains.

Our Professional Muslim chaplains will be trained to offer practical pastoral support.

We will provide information about job descriptions, person specifications, advertising, and the selection process. We will provide an impartial external assessment of the knowledge, training, experience and competencies of candidates in relation to a post.

The Muslim Chaplains Register

Administering a register of Muslim chaplains is a core function of our group.  The register is accredited by ourselves and national Islamic bodies.

We will maintain a professional register to demonstrate the accountability of Muslim chaplains to institutions, people and communities. The maintaining of a register will, in turn, promote high standards of practice and behaviour and support professional regulation. Muslim Chaplains approved by our Board will be entitled to refer to themselves as a ‘Board Registered Chaplain’.

Like all professionals, chaplains are required to meet educational standards, participate in training and maintain a record of continuous professional development. We will endorse Muslim chaplaincy courses taught by Islamic and educational institutions to ensure professional training in Islamic and social sciences. .

Registration status would indicate that a Muslim Chaplain is working within the professional parameters set down by our board and is deemed fit to practise.

Our Muslim chaplains will demonstrate a) Complete, accurate and contemporary personal records. b) A Continuing Professional Development activity log. c) No known professional misconduct issues.

The Muslim Chaplain registrar will be part of The Association of Islamic Mental-Health Specialists (AIMS) a directory (with Islamic ethical values) for Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Imams, Raqis and Chaplains.

Supervision and Mentorship

The challenge facing Muslim chaplaincy is to articulate a model of professional identity and practice that firmly locates chaplains as members of the workforce with an important contribution to the delivery of good spiritual care. Supervision and mentorship is one of the key settings for exploring and developing this process.

Our supervision and mentorship is available to all members irrespective of how far their journey is as Muslim chaplains in their career.

Our supervision and mentorship will be regular, that is, planned and diarised rather than left to individuals to signal a need. The frequency of supervision is variable, but the general guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy of an hour and half a month seem a reasonable expectation for chaplains.

Our supervision and mentorship contract facilitates at the outset the supervisor and chaplain in terms of agreement on frequency and duration, venue, confidentiality and any exceptions which might be required by the supervisor’s duty of accountability and responsibility.

Fitness to practice

Part of the purpose of our Board of Muslim Chaplaincy is to safeguard the public by encouraging chaplains to deliver the highest standards of care and support to patients and users of chaplaincy services. We do this by supporting and promoting the work of chaplaincy through setting standards for education, practice, and revalidation, giving guidance to the registrants and maintaining a register of accredited chaplains.

The Register is a voluntary register of chaplains globally.

It will contain the names of those who meet the requirements for registration and agree to behave in accordance with our Code of Conduct.

Who it’s for:

This module if for students and practitioners that may be starting out or seeking to develop Chaplaincy in one of several contexts such as schools, colleges, community settings, hospitals, prisons, armed services. The mix of participants from multiple setting allows for a rich discussion of Chaplaincy approaches and supports students to identify a style/approach to Chaplaincy that is distinct for their setting. It is for male and female, Imams, teachers and community carers and activists.

Assessment:

Course Assessment: Reflective Journal (2,000 words), 50%. Critical Analysis (2,000 words), 50%.

The practical part of the course will involve at least 50 hours of placement in a prison, a hospital or an educational establishment. The objective of the placement is to enable each student to observe closely and, wherever possible, practice and experience an area relevant to his or her field of interest. Within the context of the placement, the student should be able to demonstrate his or her ability in relating the skills and knowledge gained from the course. This will help to integrate theory and practise and to develop good learning patterns for the future. For practical training, students will undertake supervised training in either HM Prison Service, NHS Hospital or in Further or Higher Education chaplaincy.

Awards of Qualification:

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a ‘Certificate Islamic Professional Chaplain’ (CIPC) awarded by The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI) and The Association of Islamic Mental-Health Specialists (AIMS).

Course Length:

90 hours teaching. 3 Hours per week.