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Multidisciplinary spiritual care for paediatric healthcare staff

22 March, 25 April, 17 May and 27 June 2018  LowRes

The Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care and BCH Chaplaincy, in partnership with Staffordshire University and Midlands CYM are again offering an accredited module aimed at multidisciplinary spiritual care practitioners working in health or palliative care.  This course consists of 4 days learning at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the completion of an assignment at level 4 (first year undergraduate) or level 7 (postgraduate). The module will be underpinned with child and human development theories and how these relate to spiritual care and cover the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in spiritual care with sick children and young people in a multicultural context. You will be able to access to the extensive library of the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care.

Teaching days will be at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and one of these days will be spent engaging with children and young people in their spiritual care in the hospital.


Key content

  • Children’s spirituality

  • Introduction to research in spiritual care with sick and bereaved children

  • Child development theories

  • Practically exploring Spiritual Play: principles, models and good practice of spiritual care with sick children for generalist and specialists roles

  • Exploring and critiquing assessment and intervention tools and a spiritual care pathway

  • Exploring the relationship between a child’s development, their spirituality and their illness.  

Assignment deadline: 10th August 2018

There is an option of doing the modules without the assessment


Criteria for participation

Applicants must be doing at least 2 hours face to face per week with sick or bereaved children, young people for instance in hospital, hospice, community care, schools etc. You must be able to show a current DBS / CRB.

Course with accreditation at Levels 4 or 7: £300

Attendance and learning materials for whole course without accreditation: £200

10am-5pm each day

To book please contact Gill Benson on or call 0115 968 3222