Spiritual Care Australia 2020


Workshop and seminar presentations by SCA members and colleagues are an important and popular part of our national SCA Conference.

The SCA Conference Committee calls for submissions of abstracts for workshops or seminars that are relevant to one or more of the following streams planned for the 2020 Conference:  

  • Navigating the terrain 
    research in spiritual care practices, voluntary assisted dying, abortion laws, aged care reform, rituals
  • Companions along the way 
    supervision, Clinical Pastoral Education, working with teams, caring for the carer
  • Obstacles across the road 
    economic challenges and opportunities, complex trauma, mental health resourcing, moral and ethical challenges
  • Safe arrivals and departures 
    strategies and practices for self-care, stress, burn out, compassion fatigue, end of life care and a ‘good’ death 
  • Where to from here? 
    New understandings, emerging trends and models, innovation in spiritual care practices
  • Roads less travelled 
    General support of the conference theme 

What are you doing or learning or researching in your place that will help your colleagues as they turn their attention towards finding their way in the landscape of contemporary spiritual care?

Submissions will be welcome from all sectors of spiritual care such as aged care, community care, crisis / emergency, defence, education, general health care, mental health care, prisons, sports, etc.

The 2020 Conference encourages us to carefully consider the 'roads less travelled' - to explore and to consider which paths will lead us to provide best quality spiritual care. What is the importance of research and evidence?

As we travel into the spiritual care profession of the 21st century, what will help us find the roads we need to take? Workshops are part of the answer. Workshops and seminars open our minds. clear our vision, give us new language, and prepare us to try new paths. 
We encourage you to consider presenting a workshop or seminar at our 2020 conference. All workshops will be one hour in length and are expected to have some interactive elements to achieve their learning goals. Seminars will also be one hour in length and are expected to be less interactive.

Important information:

  • Submissions are due no later than close of business 27 November 2019. No exceptions will be made.
  • All abstracts for workshops or seminars must be submitted via the online portal. (See link below.)
  • All submissions will be acknowledged by email.
  • You will be advised if your submission has been successful or otherwise by email. Further instructions will then follow e.g. how to submit any PowerPoint presentations to be used.
  • All successful applicants are expected to register for and attend the SCA Conference on the day of their presentation at their own expense. No remuneration can be offered for workshop and seminar presenters.
  • In submitting a proposal you acknowledge that you, or your organisation, will pay your own registration, travel and accommodation costs.