Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland Blog

Autumn 21 Chaplaincy Training Programme

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WPCS is pleased to announce our diet of training modules for this autumn.

We had significant interest in our training in the first half of this year with thirty people attending each of our sessions.  The outcome being that over twenty people have completed all their foundation sessions, and are moving on to become volunteer workplace chaplains.

We aim to provide interactive and engaging sessions that will explore workplace chaplaincy ministry, and how the skills and abilities you already have can be exercised in this context.

If you would like to talk to someone to find out more about workplace chaplaincy, setting up a local workplace chaplaincy, or to explore if this ministry is for you please contact either:

Andrew Gregg email:  phone: 07834 748129
Paul Wilson email:  phone: 07703 585987


You can book onto any of these  training modules by emailing, or using the eventbrite link provided.

Day Date Time Title EventBrite
Tues 28/09/2021 10:00-12.00 Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Book here!
Tues 28/09/2021 13:15-15:15 Active Listening Book here!
Tues 12/10/2021 10:00-12:00 Engaging in Organisational Cultures Book here!
Tues 12/10/2021 13:15-15:15 Trauma in the Workplace Book here!
Tues 26/10/2021 10:00-12.00 Confidentiality and Safeguarding Book here!
Tues 26/10/2021 13:15-15:15 Supporting People through Redundancy Book here!
Tues 09/11/2021 10:00-12:00 Building Resilience in the Workplace Book here!
Tues 09/11/2021 13.15-15:15 Bereavement Book here!
Thu 25/11/2021 10:00-12:00 Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Book here!



Who?  Why? What? How? 

If you want to know more about WPCS and you are interested in becoming a volunteer Chaplain, then this is for you! This introductory module helps you to understand the structures of WPCS and where you fit into the organisation. What is chaplaincy and what defines it from other arms of ministry and pastoral care?   What is the theological understanding of the purpose and functions of chaplaincy? What are some of the skills required? How might it fit into your local workplace community and church context?


There are many variations on ‘Active’ or ‘Effective’ listening.  It is important to recognise the unusual context in which many chaplains operate; in many cases this changes the dynamic of how a listening exercise is conducted. This module helps Chaplains to understand the dynamics of meaningful conversation, be aware of the barriers to good listening, promote good listening practice and identify what skills need to be strengthened.



Organisational Cultures or Dynamics are the way in which people in a large company or organisation behave and react to each other and this module aims to help you know more about how those individuals can be enabled to work more effectively together  – by oiling the cogs!  That’s a phrase often used to describe chaplaincy.  As chaplains we are not an additional part of an organisation’s ‘machinery’.  Nor are we an improvement on, or replacement for, any part of that machinery.  Rather we work with and between what already exists, enabling it to run smoothly, more efficiently and reducing friction.


Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of unusually stressful and often unexpected events that affect an individual’s sense of safety security and control.  This seminar aims to help you understand causes of and vulnerability to trauma; recognise symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma; recognise signs of unresolved trauma; and understand the role you can take in trauma support.  


What levels of confidentiality exist in workplaces and how do Chaplains apply confidentiality during workplace visits? Do staff have confidence in our confidentiality? This module explores 4 types of confidentiality Chaplains need to consider, the limits of confidentiality, the tools Chaplains use to build confidence in the workplace and the pitfalls which destroy it. We also examine how we apply our safeguarding policy in the workplace. 


Redundancy. Loss.  Hope?

What is redundancy and who is affected?  A sense of loss and bereavement for the individual and the organisation. How do we as Chaplains bring compassion, hope and practical support to those experiencing redundancy and to those that remain? The role of listening, resilience, signposting and pastoral care to all those affected.

BUILDING RESILIENCE in the Workplace - Foundation

Life is unpredictable!  We cannot control our environment.  No matter how well we plan, the unexpected will, at some point, happen.  This may be in the form of small daily events, such as a train drivers’ strike causing disruption to your journey, or major life events such as unexpected illness, death, unemployment etc.  This interactive training module is designed to help you identify individual and corporate resilience levels; differentiate between planning and crisis management; anticipate pinch points and influence positive outcomes; understand how to build resilience levels; understand and encourage motivation and positive reactions and recognise signs of dropping resilience levels.


We will all encounter people who have been bereaved, either after illness or more suddenly following a traumatic incident.  While the terms bereavement and grief are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss while grief is the reaction to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which a bond was formed.  This seminar will help you to understand the causes of bereavement; recognise its symptoms and effects; understand positive and negative interventions; be aware of possible preparation and understand corporate bereavement and possible interventions. 


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