Why Become a Member

 
There are several benefits to joining Spiritual Care Australia:


Belonging
to the peak national body for spiritual care in Australia.

Access to professional development events designed to stretch your knowledge and practice of spiritual care.

Communication from the Executive Officer, the National Board, and the Local Branches in the form of a monthly newsletter and regular ‘eflash’ emails. This includes news about events, seminars and conferences of interest.

Opportunities for employment advertised directly to SCA members.

Resources from National Conferences through the ‘members only’ area of the website.

Advocacy on your behalf to stakeholders in spiritual care.

Discounts to the National Conference and PD events.

Online Discussions through the SCA Facebook Pages.

Increasingly, employers are requiring SCA membership (or eligibility for) when seeking to employ spiritual carers in their organisations. Standards of Practice and Codes of Conduct that members agree to abide by on application, are seen as vital in delivery of excellence in spiritual care.

 
Membership Categories

 
Membership Criteria Below

Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) is an association of spiritual care practitioners and those with a keen interest in the development of spiritual care, within the context of contemporary Australia in all its cultural diversity. SCA recognises that all people, regardless of cultural or religious background, have spiritual needs that at times require sensitive, respectful care from skilled practitioners. SCA is concerned with ensuring best practice in spiritual care.

Membership of SCA is open to all persons and organisations who have an interest in spiritual care, including pastoral care and chaplaincy. The following information is provided to assist those who wish to become a member of SCA or renew their membership. 

There are several member ‘levels’ which are designed to reflect levels of practice and engagement in spiritual care:


 

Member (Waged) is open to all who work in spiritual care and is appropriate for practitioners working under the supervision of a coordinator in an employed (waged) capacity and is appropriate for practitioners who work at the ‘member’ level as indicated in the SCA Standards of Practice (2014).

Criteria: Applicants for this level of membership must demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  • Completion of a training program in supervised pastoral practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of studies in faith development/religion/theology and/or a recognised philosophy of human thought
  • Evidence of studies in how people establish spiritual meaning and purpose through their faith, philosophy, religion and theology.

Fee: $135.00 per annum Join Now


Member (Unwaged) level is open to all who work in spiritual care and is appropriate for practitioners working under the supervision of a coordinator in a voluntary (un-waged) capacity and is appropriate for practitioners who work at the ‘member’ level as indicated in the SCA Standards of Practice (2014).

Criteria: Applicants for this level of membership must demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  • Completion of a training program in supervised pastoral practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of studies in faith development/religion/theology and/or a recognised philosophy of human thought
  • Evidence of studies in how people establish spiritual meaning and purpose through their faith, philosophy, religion and theology.

Fee: $70.00 per annum  Join Now


 

Certified level is open to all who work in spiritual care and is the basic requirement for those who work professionally in this field. This level is appropriate for practitioners who work at the ‘Certified’ level as indicated in the SCA Standards of Practice (2014).

Criteria: Applicants for this level of membership must demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  • A qualification in religious studies or theology at tertiary level. e.g. Bachelor of Theology, and credentials demonstrating formation in a faith tradition. or
  • A degree in another discipline and a Graduate Diploma in theology/religious/pastoral or human care studies
  • Supervised training in providing spiritual care (equivalent to one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education)
  • 200 hours of spiritual care placement that has been supervised by an experienced spiritual care practitioner
  • 60 hours of reflection on the placement and spiritual care practice – this could be in forms such as a journal, verbatim, blogs, workshop presentations
  • 60 hours of peer group engagement within a spiritual or pastoral care practice setting with a qualified and/or accredited supervisor
  • 10 hours of one-to-one professional supervision with a qualified and/or accredited supervisor

Fee: $ 270.00 per annum  Join Now


 

Certified Advanced level is open to all who work professionally in spiritual care and indicates a high level of qualification and experience in the field. This level is appropriate for practitioners who work at the ‘Certified Advanced’ level as indicated in the SCA Standards of Practice (2014).

Criteria: In addition to the requirements for CERTIFIED MEMBER applicants at CERTIFIED ADVANCED MEMBER level will also need to demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  • Postgraduate studies e.g. Graduate Diploma, Masters, Doctorate
  • 5 years experience working in the spiritual care field
  • Supervised training in providing spiritual care (equivalent to two units of Clinical Pastoral Education)
  • 400 hours of spiritual care placement that has been supervised by an experienced spiritual care practitioner
  • 120 hours of reflection on the placement and spiritual care practice – this could be in forms such as a journal, verbatim, blogs, workshop presentations
  • 120 hours of peer group engagement within a spiritual or pastoral care practice setting with a qualified and/or accredited supervisor
  • 20 hours of one-to-one professional supervision with a qualified and/or accredited supervisor

Fee: $ 270.00 per annum  Join Now


 
Associate Membership level in Spiritual Care Australia is open to those who have an interest in or commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through spiritual care and are not eligible for any other designated class of membership.

Criteria: An interest in or commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care.

Information required: Please provide evidence of your interest in or commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care.

Fee: $ 70.00 per annum   Join Now


 
Associate Student membership level in Spiritual Care Australia is open to those who are studying or training for a career in spiritual care.

Criteria: Evidence of enrolment in a recognised training program e.g. Clinical Pastoral Education, theology, religious or pastoral studies.

Information required: Attach relevant documents that indicate your enrolment in a recognised training program.

Fee: $ 70.00 per annum   Join Now


 
Retired Membership level in Spiritual Care Australia is open to those who are no longer active in spiritual care, who wish to remain involved with SCA and have previously been a member.

Information required: Evidence of previous membership in SCA. (Please provide previous membership number)

 

Fee: $ 70.00 per annum   Join Now 


 
Organisational Membership level of Spiritual Care Australia is open to any organisation that has an interest in or commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through spiritual care.


Criteria:

  • Evidence of an interest in or commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care.
  • Evidence that the objects and purposes of SCA are supported.

Information required: Please attach relevant documents that indicate your organisation’s commitment to promoting, encouraging or assisting wellbeing through chaplaincy, pastoral and spiritual care. This may be a Mission Statement or Strategic Plan.

Fee: $ 650.00 per annum   Join Now  


              

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