Guest Editorial by: By Danny Tomlinson
Editor’s Note: This is an article written by the author for his hospital to introduce staff to chaplains and their work.
The chaplain is a professional and participates as an integral component of the multi-disciplinary team within the healthcare or institutional setting. Not all chaplains are board certified, but all chaplains are expected to provide care at the level of a board certified chaplain.
A board certified chaplain (BCC) has completed a minimum of a master’s degree in theology or a related discipline, completed a minimum of 12 months of intensive clinical experience called Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) which is supervised by a person certified by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, has completed a minimum of 2000 clinical hours beyond the 12 months of clinical experience, and has written substantial material and been examined by a certification committee in the areas of: The Theory of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Identity and Conduct, Pastoral Competencies, and Professional Competencies. In order to maintain certification, a chaplain must gain 50 hours of continuing education per year, and complete a peer review every five years. [Read more…]