Course Descriptions for Diploma and Certificate Programs for Buddhist Chaplains
AU 210 Communication Skills for Chaplaincy (3)
This course equips students with the fundamental skills necessary for relating with others in the context of professional chaplaincy. Students explore such topics as basic attendance, active listening, body language, nonviolent communication, teamwork, giving and receiving feedback, conflict resolution and group process.
AU220 Chaplaincy Practice Fundamentals (3)
This course introduces students to the field of professional chaplaincy, and the values, standards, competencies, and responsibilities involved in working in various clinical settings. Students will study the history of as well as the prerequisites for work in various chaplaincies. Special attention will be given to familiarizing students with current trends and issues across the field.
AU 330 Interfaith Chaplaincy (3)
This course provides students with the necessary spiritual/cultural competency to be effective chaplains in the diverse religious landscape of various countries. Through practicums, lectures and discussions, students are provided with the necessary awareness and tools to work within the multi-cultural and multi-religious environment of today’s hospitals, prisons, universities, etc. Students will also explore how to relate the professional imperatives of chaplaincy with the imperatives of a Buddhist practice.
AU 510 Practical Psychology for Chaplains (3)
The course equips students with the clinical tools and information necessary for professional chaplaincy work. Special attention will be paid to identifying mental illness and working with various mental health challenges .
AU 540 The Use of Sacred Texts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (3)
This course is designed to serve the Buddhist practitioner working in professional chaplaincy. It provides Buddhists with a macroscopic view of sacred texts and their contents, as well as resources for further exploration. Special attention is given to helping students develop some degree of comfort working with religious texts in the context of Buddhist chaplaincy.
AU 545 Spiritual Care and Counseling (3)
The course will introduce students to theories and practices for clinical spiritual care and counseling work. Special attention will be paid to literature in the field of healthcare chaplaincy about medical ethics, measuring effective care, and working in diverse settings.
AU 555 Spiritual Formation for Buddhist Chaplains (3)
This course looks at the ways influential thinkers have understood stages of transformation in spiritual development. In particular, the works of the Buddhists Caroline Brazier, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Jack Kornfield are explored. Students explore the ways in which this material may deepen their own personal practice as well as their approach to chaplaincy.
AU 565 Buddhist Homiletics: Writing and Giving Dharma Talks (3)
The course introduces students to the art of writing and giving Dharma talks. Various styles and kinds of Dharma talks will be studied and considered. Working closely with the professor and their colleagues, students will find particular styles and methods to help them in their own homiletic work.