The Spiritual Care Minister assists the patient and their family in coping with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs in time of illness and/or stress. Provides an atmosphere of concern and recognition of the dignity of the human person in the light of the gospel of Christ. Helps preserve a patient-centered attitude of care. Gives the patient an opportunity to verbalize feelings regarding their illness, assesses needs and documents interventions. Promotes a team approach with other disciplines.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in Theology or related religious field is required.
Master’s degree from an accredited program in Theology or related religious field is preferred.
One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education is required.
Two units of Clinical Pastoral Education is preferred.
The appointment of priests and deacons to the pastoral care staff of a Catholic institution must have the explicit approval or confirmation of the local bishop in collaboration with the administration of the institution.
Certifications, Licenses and Registrations Board Certification by the NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains), APC (Association of Professional Chaplains), or NAJC (Neshama: Associate of Jewish Chaplains) is preferred.