"Humane Studies & Leadership" AMI Chaplain Program
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Please note ~ all programs must be completed within 12 months. If this is not possible please contact our office for other arrangements.
CHAPLAIN Ordained Professional - Management
This is the course recommended for those wishing a more extensive knowledge of Animal Ministry, however, this course is geared toward those who are in the capacity of an Ordained Faith Professional (any faith), and head of, or in a management position of a Congregation, Church, Temple or other faith organization, serving all life. Meaning, a faith professional associated with an organized religious group dedicated to serving the Animal Kingdom, through their own organization ~ wanting to provide animal ministry to their organization ~ someone who would like to add a deeper dimension to their personal and professional education in animal ministry.
Within this curriculum you will be required to complete a set of twenty-one (21) lessons and a Final Thesis, along with required reading, viewing and listening of several products required for course completion. Most lessons will be sent within 2-7 days upon receipt of the previous lesson answers.Please note you can find most, if not all books and CDs at your local library; it is not necessary to purchase them; and the DVD is free from the HSUS. A list of all additional required products will be sent to you along with your first lesson.
Prerequisite: proof of ordination credentials, employment status and/or association with any related organization
Lesson One ~ Life Review: Intro ~ What led you to decide to pursue Animal Ministry
Lesson Two ~ World Religions: A basic primer of all faiths. Required reading (overview) "Religion for Dummies"
Lesson Three ~ Confidentiality: Understanding your role as confidante
Lesson Four~ Listening: How to listen to others. Required reading "Every Living Thing" by Cynthia Rylant
Lesson Five~ Safe Haven: Providing a safe environment for yourself and those in need
Lesson Six~ Animal Communication:How to communicate. Required reading: TBA
Lesson Seven~ Loss: What it means. Required reading "A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis
Lesson Eight~ Grief: What are the stages and coping mechanisms. Required reading "Cat Heaven" "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant
Lesson Nine ~ Stress & Networking: Awareness and release of; knowing when to provide outside resources
Lesson Ten ~ Giving Assistance & Understanding Closure: Knowing what to do and when to have closure
Lesson Eleven ~ Healing: For others and yourself
Lesson Twelve ~ Animal Ministry for the Elderly & Seniors: Understanding the unique care needed
Lesson Thirteen~ Ethics: Humane Practices & Doing What Needs to be Done. Required reading "Dominion & Stewardship" by Palmetto Family Council; "Eating Mercifully" DVD by the HSUS; "The Bond" by Wayne Pacelle; "From Baghdad, With Love" by Lt. Colonel Jay Kopelman
Lesson Fourteen ~ How Much is Enough ~ How Far is Too Far? Determining your life practices. Required Reading: "Suffering Eyes" by Francene Neumann
Lesson Fifteen ~ Animal Ministry Principles: Determining your personal moral standards
Lesson Sixteen ~ What is the soul: Determining what that means
Lesson Seventeen~ What are Ceremonies & Sacred Rituals: Non-denomination, sacred, spiritual, religious, healing; end-of-life, welcoming. Required CD "Spiritus" by Patrick Bernard; "Quiet Christmas" CD by David Miller
Lesson Eighteen~ Designing your Chaplainship
Lesson Nineteen ~ HBO® Movie Night! How Far Would You Go & Why? Required viewing of "Taking Chance"
Lesson Twenty ~ Your role in Animal Chaplaincy. Stepping Into Your Dream ~ Required CDs "Your Heart's Song" & "Mobius West" by the Monroe Institute