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Training Opportunities May/June 2021


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In view of the unprecedented demand there has been for our training modules, the Foundation Modules which we ran in February/March have been fully subscribed.  With this in mind, we have now scheduled additional modules as follows:

am modules run from 10:00am to 12:00 (noon) and pm modules run from 1:15pm to 3:15pm

May/June dates are:

6th May:  Thinking Theologically in a Secular world (am) - Workshop

How do we think theologically in today's society? How do we apply Christian principles in workplace situations?  What resources do we use to shape our theology? We discuss how we can think theologically using the pastoral or theological cycle using examples from today’s secular and multi-faith workplaces. We also consider WPCS’ Code of Good Practice.

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6th May:   Conflict in the Workplace (pm) - Workshop

‘A serious incompatibility between two or more opinions, principles, or interests; struggle for power, property, etc.; strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that result in angry argument’. Even dictionaries conflict when defining conflict! Conflict isn’t always bad, it can be a sign that people care. However, conflict always involves change, creating emotional disturbance. The first task in any conflict situation is to reduce emotional arousal levels so that all involved feel sufficiently safe and secure to consider other than their own position. This module will help you recognise conflict in the workplace; identify causes; respond appropriately and employ calming, deflection and reconciliatory techniques.

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13th May:   An Introduction to Work Place Chaplaincy (am) - Foundation

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?

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13th May:   An introduction to Active Listening (pm) - Foundation

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.

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 20th May:  Engaging in Organisational Cultures (am) - Foundation

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.
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 20th May:  Confidentiality and Safeguarding (pm) - Foundation
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.
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3rd June:  Building Resilience in the Workplace (PM) - 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.

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10th June:   Responding Well to Difficult Questions (am) - Workshop

Have you ever felt it was difficult to give a brief answer to someone about what you believe? How do Chaplains give good answers to workers who have challenging questions about life? In this module we consider how we can discuss with workers their deeply held views which may be very different from our own, while maintaining honesty and integrity, allowing the questioner to feel valued and avoiding damaging arguments.

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10th June: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (pm) - Workshop

What do these words mean in our society and workplaces today? In this module we explore what these words mean in different workplace contexts and how we address them as Chaplains. How do people in the workplace discriminate and what can Chaplains do to mitigate its impact? We look at how Chaplains can support Equality and Diversity policies and also examine our own awareness of personal assumptions, attitudes and prejudices. What does the Equality Act 2010 say?

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