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Leadership Formation
Continuing Formation for leaders of Catholic organisations is essential if the identity, mission and core values that underpin the operation of the organisations are to be sustained. It is the leaders of Catholic organisations above all, who will provide organisations with a clear sense of their identity and leaders themselves with new knowledge, inspiration and support to lead their organisations in uncertain times.
MISSION INSPIRED LEADERSHIP:  Orientation for Leaders and Board Directors in Catholic social services

2018 Professional Development Program over four evenings - 5.30 for 6.00 – 8.30pm, on 19 April, 17 May, 21 June and 19 July 2018.

Building on the insights of Pope Francis, the Forums will provide a valuable opportunity to reflect deeply on the relationship leaders have with the Gospel and the mission of their own organisation, and its relationship to the broader social services sector.  Click here for details.

1. Ministry Leadership Program
Catholic Health Australia, in collaboration with Catholic Social Services Australia, is offering this formation program for Executive Leaders of Catholic ministries across Australia.  Commencing in July 2017, the program will engage a cohort of up to 40 executives in a two year program through a series of residential sessions, backed up by between-session support for learning integration and transfer. The Ministry Leadership Program is a comprehensive, focused and deep adult learning experience addressing leadership of a Catholic ministry. It will link professional expertise with contemporary business and organisational best practice and provides a unique formation context for existing and emerging leaders.

The program content is shaped around the core concerns of the Catholic tradition expressed in health, aged care and social services. These are vocation, heritage, spirituality, responding to suffering, Catholic social teaching and care for the poor, whole person care, values integration, ethics, discernment and decision-making, and collaboration with Church.  The residential sessions of the program will be conducted in the Dandenongs, Melbourne.
Click here for more information about this exciting new Ministry Leadership Program. 

2. Mary Aikenhead Ministries: Leadership Framework Formation of the Heart, a comprehensive framework for leadership development at every level of the organisation: www.maryaikenheadministries.com.au

3. Edmund Rice Education Australia: Especially Break Every Yoke for Leaders in the Edmund Rice tradition and the ‘refresher’ for leaders, www.erea.edu.au/formation-identity

Accredited Courses:

4. Australian Catholic University offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture. Click here for details. This program is for managers in Catholic community services, as well as health and education. 
Course graduate Ian Grisold, CEO of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne, says:

The course provided a wonderful foundation on which to base actions and decisions every day. For those more challenging decisions it also provided a framework using the mission, vision and values of my Catholic organisation. Fred Chaney challenged me – ‘There is no point in being a Catholic hospital without being truly Catholic’. I am a leader of a Catholic Hospital and proud of it.
ACU has collaboratively developed for 2018 Leadership For Mission- a specialised leadership program for women in the Catholic Church. Click here for further information.
5. SENTIR, a Jesuit-inspired ecumenical branch of the University of Divinity, offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Spirituality and Organisational Practice). This is for staff, volunteers etc who want to integrate spirituality, their personal leadership roles and organisational transformation. Click here for further information. 

Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work. Click for our Reconciliation Vision
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