PATC   410. Basic Patient Counseling. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Provides an intensive course of study toward the development of pastoral skills in the hospital context. Assigns students to selected clinical areas with faculty supervision. Utilizes group process and individual supervision for the review of clinical material.

PATC   501. Introduction to Health Care Ministry. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 1 practicum hours. 1 credit. Introduces the student to the hospital environment through observation, reading and reflection. Taught jointly with seminary faculty. Required course for dual degree program.

PATC   510. Introduction to Patient Counseling. 3-5 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and optional clocked clinical hours. 3-5 credits. Introduces the student to the development and practice of spiritual care of patients and families. Includes case review and peer interaction. Assignment to the hospital is available to those seeking clinical pastoral education credit. Designed for the nonspecialist.

PATC   511. The Professional Caregiver. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours and 150 clocked clinical hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   510. Focuses upon development of professional identity and growth within the helping professions. Emphasizes the context of the health-care environment and its impact upon caregivers, patients and families. Includes practical application of theory. Incorporates the use of clinical material. Designed for the nonspecialist.

PATC   515. Basic Patient Counseling. 9 Hours.

7 lecture and 300 clinical clocked hours. 9 credits. Provides an intensive course of study toward the development of pastoral skills in the hospital context. Assigns students to select clinical areas with faculty supervision. Utilizes group process and individual supervision for the review of clinical material.

PATC   551. Selected Issues in Health Care. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credits. Exposes the student to a number of current trends and topics relevant to the contemporary U.S. health care delivery system. Content changes from semester to semester. Utilizes the expertise of hospital personnel.

PATC   592. Independent Study in Patient Counseling. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Provides opportunity to increase clinical and interpersonal skills in specialty areas through patient care, parallel reading and individual faculty supervision.

PATC   611. Theory and Practice of Patient Counseling I. 5 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 300 clocked clinical hours. 5 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   515 or equivalent. Emphasizes the theological foundations of pastoral care and counseling. Provides an in-depth examination of clinical material in a seminar setting.

PATC   612. Theory and Practice of Patient Counseling II. 5 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 300 clocked clinical hours. 5 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   515 or equivalent. Emphasizes psychological foundations of pastoral care and counseling. Provides an in-depth examination of clinical material in a seminar setting.

PATC   613. Group Process I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   515 or equivalent. Explores, in a small group setting, the dynamics common to group behavior. Reflects upon the use of group process learning. Utilizes an experiential method of learning.

PATC   614. Group Process II. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   515 or equivalent. Focuses upon the various theories of group process. Focuses upon application of theory to a variety of clinical and administrative settings. Utilizes an experiential method of learning.

PATC   615. Theory of Group Leadership. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   613 or 614. Explores various theories of group leadership. Provides opportunity to test skill development within a peer context.

PATC   617. Supervised Clinical Practice I. 5 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 300 clocked clinical hours. 5 credits. Prerequisites: PATC   611 and 612. Provides the opportunity to apply and practice pastoral care skills with patients and their families under faculty supervision. Emphasizes professional competence toward an integration of theological, psychological and sociological aspects of spiritual care in varied clinical contexts.

PATC   618. Supervised Clinical Practice II. 5 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 300 clocked clinical hours. 5 credits. May be repeated for a total of 10 credits. Prerequisites: PATC   611 and PATC   612. Provides the opportunity to apply and practice clinical skills in a pastoral care specialty under faculty supervision. Utilizes university and hospital personnel in specialty areas.

PATC   619. Spiritual and Social Integration Seminar. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. This course is a summary course required for persons in the dual-degree program. Provides in-depth reflection on the theological and social implications of ministry within the health-care environment. Course is taught jointly with seminary faculty.

PATC   620. Religious and Social Factors in Patient Counseling. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Provides an understanding of the theological and social factors related to hospitalization. Focuses on the use of ritual and tradition in caring for persons in crisis.

PATC   621. Care of the Dying. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Explores the spiritual and psychological dynamics associated with loss for patients and families. Offers special attention to the emotional and spiritual impact on caregivers that work with dying patients. Includes the use of clinical material within a group experience.

PATC   627. Living Well. 2-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 or 3 lecture hours. 2 or 3 credits. Focuses on the development, facilitation and leadership of support groups for bereaved families. Provides students the opportunity to increase interpersonal and clinical skills in supporting families who have experienced a significant death. Special attention is offered to the needs of children. Requires participation in "Living Well," a contracted component of VCU Health System's bereavement program that utilizes art and group discussion.

PATC   629. Spirituality and Aging. 2-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 or 3 lecture hours. 2 or 3 credits. Explores the spiritual, psychological and social dynamics associated with aging. Provides special attention to the spiritual and emotional impact on caregivers who work with aging patients. Crosslisted as: GRTY   629.

PATC   635. Clinical Ethics. 2-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2-3 credits. Applies the principles of biomedical and health-care ethics to a more informed understanding of ethical decision making in the clinical environment. Concerned with the identification, analysis and resolution of ethical problems that arise in planning for the care of patients. Emphasizes the ethical responsibilities of clinical and pastoral caregivers.

PATC   636. Professional Identity and Ethics. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Focuses on guidelines for professional ethics in the development and maintenance of professional and personal integrity, leadership ability and the enhancement of a congruency between spiritual, psychological and physical maturity.

PATC   639. Pastoral Care Management. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Surveys the theory and practice of pastoral-care management within the present health-care environment including personnel management, process improvement, benchmarking and qualitative research design. Taught cooperatively with hospital personnel.

PATC   640. Research Basics for Hospital Chaplains. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Provides an overview of research basics within the context of hospital chaplaincy. Emphasizes the methodological issues in health services research that involve hospital chaplains.

PATC   641. Evidence-based Inquiry for Hospital Chaplains. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisite: PATC   640. Provides an overview of data collection, data quality and data usage within the context of hospital chaplaincy. Emphasizes an understanding of the use of data by health services administrators in operational and strategic decisions and for performance improvement.

PATC   642. Developing and Presenting Chaplaincy Research. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisite: PATC   640. Provides an overview of how to analyze and present evidence-based project findings and recommendations within a hospital or academic environment. Emphasizes understanding different objectives and dissemination routes for evidence-based chaplaincy projects as well as demonstrating an understanding of dissemination of evidence-based project results to relevant audiences.

PATC   653. Patient Counseling Evaluation I. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 practicum hours. 4 credits. Focuses upon the theory and practice of case based education and clinical evaluation relevant for pastoral supervision. Observation of and reflection upon the work of ACPE supervisors are required.

PATC   654. Patient Counseling Evaluation II. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 practicum hours. 4 credits. Continues the theoretical and practical focus of PATC   653. Students move from observation to participation in clinical evaluation of pastoral care interns.

PATC   661. History of Pastoral Supervision. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Focuses on the history and development of clinical pastoral education as a movement. Exposes the student to theoretical basis of clinical pastoral education as established in professional and organizational standards.

PATC   663. Theory of Pastoral Supervision I. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Focuses on the literature in pastoral supervision. Emphasizes the applicability of educational and personality theory relevant for clinical pastoral education.

PATC   664. Theory of Pastoral Supervision II. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Focuses on the literature related to cultural and gender factors relevant for pastoral supervision.

PATC   665. Selected Topics in Pastoral Supervision. 2 Hours.

2 lecture hours. 2 credits. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Presents a variety of topics on supervisory theory and practice for persons seeking certification by the ACPE. Utilizes ACPE supervisors as well as university and local seminary faculty.

PATC   692. Independent Study in Pastoral Supervision. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Provides individual focus and direction of student readings in theories of pastoral supervision. Readings are selected from bibliography of the ACPE Certification Commission.

PATC   694. Advanced Clinical Pastoral Supervision. 7 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 15 practicum hours. 7 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   654. Advanced attention to integration of education and personality theories with theology. Includes the actual practice of supervision under faculty guidance. Restricted to individuals admitted to candidacy status in ACPE, Inc. May be repeated.

PATC   696. Intensive Supervisory Practicum. 9 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 18 practicum hours. 9 credits. Prerequisite: PATC   694. Provides opportunity for independent supervision of pastoral care interns with mentoring and evaluation by faculty. Utilizes ACPE supervisory personnel. Restricted to individuals admitted to candidacy status in ACPE. May be repeated.

PATC   697. Clinical Research. 1-5 Hours.

Semester course; 1-5 credits. May be repeated for a total of 5 credits. Provides the opportunity to test the practical application of research and process improvement methods within the clinical context. Encourages the development of collaborative and interdisciplinary project development.