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Professional Development Courses

MCYM short courses offer quality training for personal, ministerial and professional development

Training Skills  2017 dates TBC

This course is designed to give participants the skills they need to facilitate training in a variety of settings and to take responsibility for overseeing training in their context. It will consider theoretical approaches to adult learning, including learning styles and accommodating a range of methods and approaches. It will explore the whole training process from identifying needs to design, delivery and evaluation and provide opportunities for practical skills development. Participants have the additional option of gaining Education and Training accreditation, although the fee structure for this option may be slightly different.

Chaplaincy with children and young people  27 Feb - 2 March 2017

This course will cover basic skills in chaplaincy and key aspects of chaplaincy, including religious, spiritual and pastoral care in a range of contexts of school, college, young offenders and hospital . It will consider the history and theological basis of chaplaincy and engage in exploring various models of chaplaincy from a theoretical and practical perspective. We will use a range of interactive learning approaches to reflect on chaplaincy in context and develop skills relevant to ministry with.

Religious Education  24-27 April 2017

This course considers the role of RE in the school curriculum, its cultural and theology issues and its impact upon the emotional and spiritual development of young people. It considers the history of RE, curriculum content, policy issues and the place of RE within schools. It explores the role of the school and the youth and community worker within the RE curriculum.
Participants develop their skills in planning and delivering programmes appropriate to a range of learners in school and youth work settings. The course incorporates various engaging learning strategies, including discussion, group activities, student-led work and skills practice in context.


These four day courses all include:

  • Practical skills development
  • Theoretical underpinning
  • Theological engagement
  • Practical application for children's, schools and youth workers.

The material is appropriate for use within Christian or secular contexts and within a range of church and community settings.  

All of our short courses are validated by Staffordshire University and are worth 15 credits at level 4 (year 1 undergraduate) or level 7 (Masters).

Prices per course:

Course with accreditation at Levels 4 or 7: £300
Attendance, lunch and learning materials for whole course without accreditation: £250

Discounted Rate for MCYM Graduates, Tutors & Agencies:
Course with accreditation at Levels 4 or 7: £tbc
Attendance, lunch and learning materials for whole course without accreditation: £tbc

For more information please contact Gill Benson, Administrator on 0115 968 3222 or by email.