Full Job Description
A Pine Rest chaplain resident provides emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and employees regarding their personal, religious, or philosophical needs in accordance with Pine Rest’s mission and values. Our chaplain residents participate in three units of CPE over the course of a year and provide spiritual care on an individual, group or class level. Mature in their faith, they are compassionate about serving individuals that are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. As members of an interdisciplinary treatment teams, our chaplain residents provide support and input for the holistic care of the persons served. As employees experience work stress and emotional fatigue, associate chaplains offer supportive care so employees can continue to work effectively. Chaplain residents are able to relate to a wide range of ages, faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Specific duties and areas of responsibility for this position shall be defined by the department manager or director.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide spiritual comfort through individual and group prayer and scripture reading, share devotional readings/thoughts, music, communion, and meet individual spiritual needs.
Respect cultural and ethnic diversity, yet keep our Christian foundational values and Christian identity.
Conduct Sunday worship services Sunday’s.
Comfortable with assisting patients and residents with their spiritual needs. Part of this process is performing spiritual assessments and providing spiritual care based upon the assessments, and memorial/funeral services for patients or residents who pass away. Memorial services have been interactive in the past, allowing grieving staff and residents a chance to speak informally at the service. There is also prayer, music, and a message of hope.
Participate in the following trainings to assist with various behavioral and medical procedures.
Lead group. Demonstrate creativity in designing a theme for each group and providing. Ability to adapt to different cognitive and communication levels so the spiritual care needs can be suited for the individual program.
Limited documentation of the visit is helpful to provide the staff with insight into the spiritual needs of the patients or residents for continuity of care.
Documents in the Electronic Charting software summaries of individual and group ministry with patients, according to Pastoral Services Department standards.
Must maintain annual training and demonstrate competency in the required programmatic training.
Performs other duties or functions as assigned.
May supervise worship leaders and/or worship accompanists.
Education, Training, and Experience:
Knowledge of theology, spiritual development, and pastoral counseling at a level normally acquired through completion of a Master's of Divinity degree or equivalent training at an accredited theological seminary or school.
One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education training.
Endorsement as a Chaplain by one’s denomination of faith group preferred.
Specific skills, knowledge, and abilities:
Ability to provide care/service within the scope of: Holding a conviction to express Christ’s love and compassion to recipients of services, coworkers, and surrounding communities through integrity, stewardship, empowerment, the promotion of diversity, and professional excellence.
Ability to provide cultural competent care with a wide range of individuals in a diverse community setting.
Experience and passion for working with the developmentally disabled population preferred. It will be important that the chaplain have a desire to learn about and develop relationships with people with disabilities.
A warm, inviting, compassionate character is desirable. Someone with continuous improvement of spiritual care in an environment of compassionate care. Relationship based care is key.
Embraces the Pine Rest mission, has strength of character, resilience and an ability to be a team player with the staff and supervisors.
Advanced interpersonal skills necessary in order to effectively communicate with patients, families and employees and teach classes to a diversity of patients.
Analytical skills necessary in order to assess spiritual needs of patients and provide appropriate pastoral care.
Requires physical and emotional stamina to deal with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients.
Hearing, visual acuity, manual dexterity, motor coordination, strength and endurance are required to keep oneself safe if a patient becomes physically agitated.
Moderate computer software knowledge and skill required for record-keeping.