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What is the best training for becoming a hirable chaplain? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective chaplain?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

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Gregory A. Perry, BCC

83 months ago

Board Certification by one of the national certifying organizations is the standard. It reflects the trainings incumbent for being a hirable chaplain.

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Jeff in Bothell, Washington

83 months ago

What about education. What is the best degree to get to become a chaplain? do you need a psychology degree, an mfcc?

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Chaplain Virginia in Sacramento, California

76 months ago

To be professional chaplain, one must be oard Certified by a recognizable national certifying agency(two main groups: ww.nacc.org or www.professionalchaplains.org. Certification requires an advanced degree in pastoral ministry, theology, divinity. Chaplains do not need to become psychologists,social worker, or any other health care professional. Although chaplains work on the interdisciplinary health care team and must have extensive knowledge about various health care professions, they are NOT the same as social workers, discharge planners, or psychologists. They are specialists in the spirituality of health care. A good undergraduate degree might be in any of the human services. A professional chaplain is not the same as a retired minister, or a pastor of a congregation. She needs the required Clinical Pastoral Education for board certification. Without these credentials, one might want to become a VOLUNTEER chaplain assistant, or a friendly visitor. Chaplains are serious about being an integral part of the health care team, and this requires professional standards! It's important to understand that health care chaplains work for a designated hospital or health care system, and not for a church.

Peace and all goodness,
Virginia Carreiro, M.A. Pastoral Ministry, B.C.C., N.A.C.C.

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Mary Burks-Price in Louisville, Kentucky

75 months ago

Host said: What is the best training for becoming a hirable chaplain? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective chaplain?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

Virginai Carreiro gave a great answer and I would also refer you to acpe.edu. The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is the organization that provides the training necesary to be board certified as a chaplain. There are ACPE training centers throughout the United States.

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Jackie in Schaumburg, Illinois

74 months ago

What about if one is finishing their year of residency and is not yet certified but eligible? I am in this situation now. What are some next steps for me to take to find a job? Is a second year of residency necessary?

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