Pastoral Skills for Defence - BH503

Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre
4 days - residential

About this course

This course combines both the Listening Skills for Leaders course and the Understanding Loss and Bereavement course.  It is a brief, solution focused model of active listening and offers, in a very practical way the broad knowledge and basic practise of listening skills.

You will be encouraged to engage with your personal experiences of loss and bereavement and as a result this course can be quite emotionally challenging.

What you will learn

You will learn:
  • an understanding of listening in the wider context of communication skills
  • an awareness of the barriers that inhibit effective interaction
  • the art of active listening
  • the art of asking questions
  • how to end conversations appropriately
  • the processes, emotions and tasks of mourning
  • other forms of grief
  • to better understand the issues in dealing with bereavement and loss within the Services
  • to better understand funerals

How will this course help my career?

The development of listening skills and effective facilitation will enable you to develop your personal and professional confidence and thus improve your performance and resilience in the workplace and elsewhere

An enhanced understanding of loss and bereavement will develop personal resilience and increase your ability to not only manage yourself but those you encounter, lead or command in any sphere of life.

Security and restrictions

No one who has suffered a bereavement within 6 months of the start of the course should attend due to the content.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Internationals
  • Military

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

The course is not assessed but day 4 will evidence the formative development of participants through role-play exercises using active listening skills in a range of scenarios.