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Institutional chaplaincy
« on: June 22, 2018, 02:32:23 PM »
Does anyone here have any experience with institutional chaplaincy — i.e. working in a pastoral role with people in prisons, hospitals, hospices, mental health facilities, high stress public sector jobs, etc.?

Though the input of clergy is appreciated, I'd like to hear about the experience from laymen as well. Gebre has mentioned his work in prisons before, and I wonder if anyone else has similar stories in their background.

Likewise, how does one go about getting certified to do that kind of work? I know the different settings might dictate different paths, but I assume there's some guidance toward an endorsement process beyond "get CPE hours."

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Re: Institutional chaplaincy
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 02:37:45 PM »
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Re: Institutional chaplaincy
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 09:36:32 AM »
In Canada, it includes:
a) a theology degree
b) letter of approval from your church
c) completion of 4 required units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

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Re: Institutional chaplaincy
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 10:34:15 AM »
Does anyone here have any experience with institutional chaplaincy — i.e. working in a pastoral role with people in prisons, hospitals, hospices, mental health facilities, high stress public sector jobs, etc.?

Though the input of clergy is appreciated, I'd like to hear about the experience from laymen as well. Gebre has mentioned his work in prisons before, and I wonder if anyone else has similar stories in their background.

Likewise, how does one go about getting certified to do that kind of work? I know the different settings might dictate different paths, but I assume there's some guidance toward an endorsement process beyond "get CPE hours."

My sister and brother-in-law are hospital chaplains.

Certification and endorsement are two different processes.  CPE is the way to go for certification (although there are other parallel programs for those who feel that the CPE program is too ecumenical for their preferences).  Endorsement by a local jurisdiction (speaking for the Orthodox) will include CPE, verification of employment at an appropriate facility / program, recommendations from the local priest and hierarch. 

There are overseers for institutional chaplaincy (Met. Nicholas of Detroit is the one for the GOA handling medical; Met. Isaiah handles (handled?) military chaplains) who then review the applications based on (a) jurisdiction's internal regs, and (b) appropriate state/local statutes, and then authorize the commissioning (which finalizes the endorsement). 

Commissioning can take place at the end of Liturgy or outside it, takes 2-3 minutes.
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