The Chaplain Assistant provides emotional and spiritual support, guidance and counseling to patients, families, significant others and members of the healthcare team.
Provides emotional and spiritual support, guidance and counseling to patients, families and significant others by referral from physicians, nurses, volunteers, and other members of the healthcare team.
Works within a multi-faith context.
Provides emotional and spiritual support, guidance and counseling to other members of the healthcare team when requested by the individuals.
Supports staff and volunteers through difficult and traumatic care-related situations. Provides personal guidance through times of crisis and/or refers staff appropriately to other caregivers within the hospital, the Employee Assistance Program, or the wider faith community (based upon staff preference).
Understands other faiths, cultures and spiritualties.
Exercises initiative and professional judgment within the prescribed areas of responsibility and authority.
Works collaboratively with social workers, volunteers and other Medical Center staff in establishing priorities for assessing patient/family/significant other/staff needs; planning and implementing interventions; and subsequently evaluating the effectiveness of the interventions.
Encourages and enables them to visit members of their communities when patients/families/significant others indicate a desire for this.
Interfaces with faith community leaders to maintain a bond with the Medical Center in meeting the spiritual needs of our patients.
Serves as an active member of assigned Medical Center committees such as the Palliative Care Committee, Ethics Committee and Home Health Hospice Committees.
Participates in appropriate spiritually-based conferences and patient-focused activities in the community.
Serves as a teacher to other members of the healthcare team and volunteers in understanding how to meet the needs of patients of varied faiths, cultures and spiritualties.
Adheres to the code of professional ethics.
Department Specific Competencies
72-semester-hour graduate theological degree from an accredited school.
;Completion of one year residency in Pastoral Ministry from a recognized faith denomination.
Number of Years Experience Type of Experience
Completion of one year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education equal to 1000 hrs/2 of 4 CPE Units Standards for a BCC.
;Endorsement by a recognized denomination from Committee of Ministry (COM).
;24 BCC competencies completed in 2 CPE Units, inclusive all related to pastoral functioning, for a paper review.
;Submit three names/organizations for references.
License / Certification Requirements
Certified Chaplain by the College of Chaplains (experience may not be substituted for degree)