Masters of Arts Chaplaincy Ministry (M.A.C.M.)

 

Masters of Arts Chaplaincy Ministry 46 Hour Professional Degree Course Description
  • 19701 Research Methodology and Thesis: 3 Credit hours and 1 Credit Hour for Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19822 Apologetics: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 18633 Ethics, Competence, and Professional Issues in Cross-Cultural Counseling: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19201 Logic and Systematic Thinking Theology Theory System: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Writing Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 18013 Human Learning and Communications Theory: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19000 Ombudsperson Cooperative Resolution and Mediation: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19142 Religious Mediation and Therapeutic Mediation: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19222 Hospice and Hospital Chaplains: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19225 Jail and Prison Chaplains: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19382 Marriage and Family Counseling: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab ( Total Credit Hours 4)

  • 19451 Long-Term Care Facility Chaplains: 3 Credit Hours and 1 Credit Hour Lab (Total Credit Hours-4)

  • 19901 Masters Research Thesis and Defense 6 Credit Hours or Comprehensive Examination

 

Mediation Credential
  • In class CEU 40 Basic Mediation Training clock hours

  • In class CEU 30 Hours of Marriage and Family clock hours

  • In class CEU   6  Hours of Texas BAR approved Ethics

                                                                                Total of 76 CEU

Texas mediation certification in Basic Mediation and Marriage and Family Mediation upon graduation and completion of the Masters program.

 

Chaplaincy Ministry

                The degree is a 46 credit hour program that may be completed in no less than six months and no more than four years. The Masters of Arts Chaplaincy Ministry (MACM) is designed for professionals actively engaged in mediation, counseling, fundamentals of Ombudsman and/or conflict resolution within the framework of Professional Ecumenical Counseling care and nurture. The Masters of Arts in Chaplaincy Ministry provides a multi-faith and multicultural professional competency experience. The knowledge and credentials as a mediator and prepares the Chaplin candidate to take the International Ombudsman Test.
                This course of study empowers chaplains to demonstrate quality outcomes to those whom they serve and to demonstrate the distinctive value of professional chaplaincy, which can be understood by external stakeholders. We collaborate with accrediting and hiring institutions, as well as other organizations with which we have a common interest, in order to promote professional chaplaincy. The Masters program stresses dignity and worth of all persons, faith as an essential dimension of comprehensiveness, Chaplaincy care communities, organizations and systems, professional competency and ethical practice

                This program blends on-campus residency sessions, online learning, and practical application in the student's home community to offer one of the best mediation programs in the country today. The program will allow you to develop and practice the skills you need to guide the conflict-resolution processes through face-to-face learning and field work in addition to online course work. Our program's strong theoretical foundation coupled with intensive hands-on experience will give you a solid grounding in the best practices in this important field.
                The Masters students will receive valuable education for professionals working in cognates of ministry including the various forms of mediation/Ombudsman such as working with the courts, family life programs, child care and juvenile facilities, health care institutions, professional organizations, chaplaincy programs, and in ecclesiastical settings. The program will allow you to be an effective and artful mediation practitioner immediately upon graduation.
                The Masters students will receive valuable education for professionals working in office of the Ombudsperson. This provides confidential and informal assistance in resolving conflicts and promotes fair and equitable treatment of all people. The course work will prepare the Ombudsperson to be an impartial, independent and confidential resource for professionally resolving issues. The Ombudsperson can also help to affect positive change by providing upward feedback on patterns of problems and complaints to appropriate senior officers of an organization. Students will learn the history and purpose of the Ombudsperson and how the mastery of applying skills learned can insure the individual's voice is heard to provide impartial attention to his or her concerns, as the Ombudsperson acts in the intermediary role, promoting fairness in the process.
                Professional mediators will find the program designed to enhance their work within the judicial system by elevating their professional status as peers among attorneys, judges, legislative administrators, and other members of the legal profession. Ministry professionals, whether serving in health care, ecclesiastical, judicial or educational institutions, will find their profile elevated, owing to the specialized training offered in this degree program.This program blends on-campus residency sessions, and practical application in the student's home community to offer one of the best mediation programs in the country today. The program will allow you to develop and practice the skills you need to guide the conflict-resolution processes through face-to-face learning and field work. Our program's strong theoretical foundation coupled with intensive hands-on experience will give you a solid grounding in the best practices in this important field.
                The Masters students will receive valuable education for professionals working in the field of ministry including the various forms of mediation such as working with the courts, family life programs, child care and juvenile facilities, health care institutions, professional organizations, chaplaincy programs, and in ecclesiastical settings. The program will allow each student to be an effective and artful mediation practitioner immediately upon graduation.
                Professional mediators students will find the program designed to enhance their work within the judicial system by elevating their professional status as peers among attorneys, judges, legislative administrators, and other members of the legal profession. Ministry professionals, whether serving in health care, ecclesiastical, judicial or educational institutions, will find their professional profile elevated.

 

What is Mediation?

                Mediation is one form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. It is widely used in family law cases in Texas. Mediation is a process where the parties to a dispute meet with a neutral trained facilitator, called a “mediator”, to try to resolve areas of conflict. The parties, their attorneys, if applicable, and the mediator discuss the goals of each party, the reality of each party’s position and explore possible solutions.
                The mediator facilitates the exchange of information and settlement alternatives between the parties. Mediation is characterized by a business-like, cooperative climate which sets the stage for constructive communication in the future. Accordingly, mediation is used extensively in family disputes, particularly those involving child custody issues.
                The mediator establishes and enforces procedures which are fair and even-handed and which provide all sides a chance to be heard. Mediation also provides an opportunity to express emotions or frustrations which may be blocking negotiations and to address these underlying concerns in a controlled environment. The mediator acts as an agent of reality helping parties think about their claims and ensuring that all parties participate in fashioning any settlement agreement

                The length of time needed for a mediation depends on the complexity of the dispute, the commitment and communication skills of the parties and the orientation or limitations of the mediator. Many disputes can be resolved in one mediation session of two to four hours; other cases may require multiple sessions.
                Mediation gives the parties more control than a trial, certainty on the result, saves trial costs, helps save the Court’s time, and is generally a friendlier process for the parties. Most clients prefer making their own decisions rather than leaving their fate to a judge who does not know them or their children. Another strong selling point of mediation is that the parties do not need to “air their dirty laundry” in a public forum.
                Mediators provide a safe and cooperative environment which encourages open and honest discussion. The mediator’s role is an impartial one, identifying issues, exploring underlying interests, suggesting options and balancing power. Mediators encourage the parties to put the past behind them and to focus on the present and future.
                Mediation is a confidential process. The mediator cannot be called as a witness at trial. If no settlement is reached, the mediator will notify the court but will not include any details. Most mediators destroy all notes taken at the end of mediation. No tape recorders are allowed at mediation. No Service of Process (subpoenas, summons, citations, writs, etc.) is allowed at or near the mediation site.

 

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