The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to "recovery of the soul" and promoting competency in the clinical pastoral field.
Breakthrough, a website supporting ALS Therapy Alliance featured Julien Olivier, a CPSP Board Certified Clinical Chaplain.
Dr. Olivier is quoted:
"Palliative care is a service offered to people who have chronic illnesses and who need to focus on symptom and pain control, perhaps forsaking or delaying further curative attempts," said Julien Olivier, DMin, BCCC, Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care and Chaplain at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. "PALS could seek palliative care at any time, beginning with their diagnosis. An expert team helps patients and their families address coping skills, anxiety, use of assistive devices, necessary support services, end-of-life issues and more.
It is notable that Julien Olivier provided significant leadership enabling CPSP to launch CPSP's Clinical Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care providing an advanced certification for those working in the Hospice & Palliative Care field.
To read the full article, click here.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:28 PM
A small working group comprised of representatives of of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy met at LDS headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 6, 2013.
The purposes of the meeting were: to foster mutual understanding and trust, to discuss CPSP requirements for board certification of chaplains, and to discuss pathways toward fulfilling the customary MDiv certification requirement that is not part of the LDS tradition.
Recognizing that formation, preparation and training for ministry in the LDS faith is a lifelong process, the group also acknowledged the distinction between such ministry and clinical pastoral care and the profession of clinical chaplaincy.
The members of the group affirmed a desire for members of the LDS faith who feel called to pursue chaplaincy as a career path to do so on par with other professionals in this specialized ministry.
To this end, and in pursuit of professional excellence toward board certification for clinical chaplaincy, the working group affirmed by consensus that:
1) An MDiv degree, while of course always an option, should not be the only preferred option for LDS certification candidates. A good masters degree from an accredited institution in the social/behavioral sciences that includes the study of religion, or one related to religion with coursework in the human sciences, should be required as specified in the Standards. An exception might be made for candidates who can demonstrate equivalent graduate-level coursework equivalent to the approved masters degree.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:03 PM
The CPSP Leadership Team believes CPSP has succumbed too much to a linear approach to authority and accountability that characterizes so much of our lives generally in this culture.
Linear accountability is generally "top down" and is directive. Obviously, there are matters that must be dealt with in linear fashion. However, the Leadership Team believes CPSP is currently in need of more circularity in leadership. Assessments, judgements, and feedback need to be passed around for varied assessment and judgment rather than issued from on high. This, after all, is congruent with the philosophy of Chapter life in which no one is boss, but group life in which all voices are asked to contribute. Circularity is also more feminine in contrast to linear accountability, which suggests maleness.
The Leadership Team also notes that certain highly successful corporations, including medical systems, have moved toward a team approach and have considered it a more enlightened and more successful model.
There will be a call for working teams to address areas of concern in our community. Teams will be focused on team process that embraces creativity, imagination and innovation that emerges out of a deep passion and commitment for the particular work of the team and its relationships.
Committees will begin to work as teams. No longer will we use the term “committees”. It will be within nimble and dynamic teams where multiple voices are heard and consensus sought as these teams work to address matters that advances the unique mission of the CPSP Community within the clinical pastoral movement.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:31 PM
Have you made arrangements for the 2014 CPSP Plenary starting March 30 - April 2, 2014? If not, it is not too late.
The gathering of the CPSP Community for its 24th Annual Plenary will occur March 30 through April 2 at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $119, single or double, per night. Reserve your room online by clicking on this link: Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, or call 800-325-3535 or go to the Sheraton Oceanfront website.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 5:50 PM
Moral Injury Returning Veterans and What We Can Do for Soul Repair October 15, 2013 Schmieding Center 9AM - 3:30 PM Featuring Brite Divinity School’s Soul Repair Center Co-Directors Rita Brock, Ph.D. & Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. U.S. Army (retired)
This symposium was well attended by over 100 chaplains, CPE student interns, social workers, physicians, clergy and other interested individuals. It was a free symposium made possible by a a grant from the Auxiliary at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, Arkansas. CPSP Pastoral Care contact hours were provided by the Kansas City Diplomate Chapter. CJ Malone is the Executive Director and CPE Supervisor of the Institute. To review the symposium in its entirety and learn more about Brite’s Soul Repair Center visit www.nwacpe.org and www.britesoulrepair.org
Video Part I: "Moral Injury and Soul Repair" and Video Part II: "Work of Soul Repair" can be viewed by going to: http://nwacpe.org/?q=node/15
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:00 PM
The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) continues to support Survivors of Haiyan.
Relief efforts continue in the Philippines and donations are coming in a bit slower but none the less continue to arrive in the mail! A huge thanks to the Williamsburg Chapter ($400), Kansas City Chapter ($70), Feleti & Folola Ngan-Woo ($50), and Donald & Nancy Harris ($30). Your generosity will assist the survivors in gaining back some normalcy in their lives.
The hundreds of survivors that were moved to Manila are trying to find jobs, homes and simply to survive. Our CPSP colleagues continue to provide support in a multitude of areas especially in providing emotional support for survivors as well as those who are assisting the survivors.
We will continue to ask for your support as several of the CPSP – Philippines members are researching a long term project to assist in starting gardens for the survivors to plant and tend. (Give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for life)
Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:15 AM
A questioner asked: We want our patients to receive chaplain services and want to ensure that our patients are not proselytized. How can we do this?
The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) accredits Clinical Pastoral Education Training programs and certifies Board Certified Clinical Chaplains. We trust that the following would address some of the concerns about proselytization:
From the CPSP Code of Professional Ethics:
Colleagues, students, clients, parishioners, and patients deserve our respect. Therefore, members will not proselytize nor impose their own theologies on others. CPSP members will refrain from exploiting relationships or using them to their own advantage. Exploitation includes emotional, financial, sexual, and/or social gain. Records, evaluations, personal notes, and informational conversations will be kept confidential.
Competency in Pastoral Care/Counseling:
The basic requirements in CPSP for certification as Board Certified Clinical Chaplain:
1. The characterological make-up for ministry, including an ability to bond with others, an ability to give attention to others, and a tolerance for diverse religious traditions and values.
2. Basic self-understanding, so as to limit unconscious imposition of one’s own agenda on others.
3. Endorsement by a faith-group community to perform ministry.
4. 1600 hours of clinically supervised ministry or a year of Clinical Pastoral Training.
5. Continuing education and annual recertification.
6. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, which means three years of post-graduate academic study.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:20 PM
A new Accreditation Team has been convened following a request by the CPSP Leadership Team at their recent October 2013 meeting. CPSP past-president Francine Hernandez (New York, NY Chapter) was given the task of recruiting members of the reorganized committee, and Ted Taylor (Princeton, NJ Chapter) has accepted the role of Convener.
The Accreditation Team consists of the following individuals: David C. Baker (Baltimore, MD Chapter), David Berg (Chesapeake, MD Chapter), Cynthia Olson (Sacramento, CA Chapter), and Dwight Sweezy (Princeton, NJ Chapter).
Participating in the work of this new team is the Accreditation Manual Work Group, who were assigned the task of drafting a new accreditation document by the Leadership team prior to its October meeting in 2013. The work group is comprised of Al Carden (Jackson, MS Chapter), Roy Sanders (Kansas City, KS Chapter), and Dallas Speight (Ft. Belvoir, VA Chapter).
Together, the Accreditation Team and the Accreditation Work Group are organizing a more unified process for holding our Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs accountable to the highest standards of professionalism as we plan for neutral third-party recognition.
In early January 2014 members of the Accreditation Team will be contacting every chapter convener and/or supervisory diplomate to appraise current clinical training and supervisory training programs. The surveyors will be engaging the following issues:
• Verifying each diplomate’s basic contact information on record.
• Determining the names of training centers under the diplomate’s direction.
• Assessing the date(s) of each center’s last accreditation review.
• Documenting the names and training centers of any supervisors in training (SITs)under the care of each diplomate.
All supervisory diplomates are encouraged to assist our team by promptly replying to these brief survey questions.
A pre-conference workshop on this topic will precede this year’s CPSP Plenary. The workshop, held on Sunday, March 30, will be led by members of the m and the Accreditation Work Group. In the workshop we will review the results of the survey and engage our community in a discussion of a proposed accreditation process based on the appraised needs.
Thanks to all in the CPSP community for their support in this initiative. If there are any questions about the work of the accreditation team or manual work group please contact Ted Taylor, Accreditation Team Convener. .
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:21 AM
Over the Christmas break, several volunteers have flown into the devastated areas to deliver Christmas dinner to some of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers and CPSP trainees traveled with a military escort who provided security. Sleeping in tents as the areas where they are working have been reduced to ground zero. There is no running water, so they bring water to last the amount of days they are staying. As reported by Joyce Gray, CPSP Philippines National Coordinator, they are ‘basically working in jungle conditions’. She tells the volunteers and her trainees to ‘prepare for the worst’ as there is still no power or electricity.
Their goals have been to provide psychosocial intervention to the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport, provide gifts for the children, cook, prepare, and serve food in evacuation areas as well as for the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport.
Your generous donations, to date $2,235.00, have assisted these volunteers and trainees in their work. Thank you for your generosity, and for those who have not yet donated PLEASE consider sending in a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.
A special thanks to:
The Springdale Arkansas Chapter, Kansas City Metro Chapter, Karen Gallo, Anthony Testaverde, Donna & Larry Rooney, Robert Ricciardi, Frances Porter, Patti Berlinquette, Joan Shapiro, Harold Knox, Perry Miller, Sandy Baranello, Robert Rose, Peter Triolo, Nancy Marsh, Susan Annable, Maureen McGuire, Anne & Donald Mischke, Anawim Training Center & Trainees, Emeka Nwigwe, Charles Kirby, Susan James, and Middletown Society of Friends.
The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York (Barbara A. McGuire, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougal, Sergio Manna and Cesar Espineda) with the Philippines team stay committed to bringing help and healing to the survivors of typhoon Haiyan.
Please send donations to:
Barbara A. McGuire C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793
Thank you for your support!
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:52 PM
Growing a beard last Fall never felt so odd as when in shorts I walked along a beach. After all, one expects Santa at the North Pole, not on a Pacific beach. It then struck me
that I was not only growing a beard, but thinking like the old fellow.
Actors report getting into the characters they play, but I'm not an actor, just a retired editor and volunteer hospital chaplain. So I looked back on why had taken on the role.
I started growing my third beard after an off-duty Santa caught me sketching him in an Arizona restaurant. He pointed to my white hair and said that I could look good as Santa if I grew a beard like his. So I quit shaving, as I had done on two earlier occasions -- in my 20s to enter a cowboy beard contest and in my 40s when beards were in style as they again seem to be.
During its growth in Sterling, Colorado, a Santa named Larry asked support from the ministerial association of which I was secretary. Larry raised money for sick kids who wrote Christmas wish letters as well as for others needing help in our rural area. I joined him and other Santas at a summer parade and a sugar beet festival. It was jolly fun tossing candy from the back of an antique fire engine and meeting up with kids, friends, and neighbors on the courthouse square.
When my wife Pat and I moved to the Denver area Larry booked jobs for me at a nearby mall, and I visit patients at two hospitals, beard and all, including two Santas. Other patients, especially this time of year, ask me why the Santa beard? I now reply that finding Chaplain Santa in a hospital is no odder than finding him in walking shorts along a beach.
Domenic A. Fuccillo is a CPSP Clinical Chaplain in Littleton, Colorado.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:40 AM
A few months ago new Certification Process Outline was posted on the CPSP website. It appears some entering into the certification track are just becoming aware of the changes. I encourage those who plan to seek seek certification as well as training supervisors to be mindful of the changes.
Below are highlights of the more important changes:
Outside Reviewer: Previously referenced as the “Outside Consultant”, the Outside Reviewer is now appointed by the Certification Committee Representative, is NOT compensated for professional time, and is reimbursed for transportation costs by the CPSP Treasurer.
Review Fee: The 250.00 review fee was implemented at the 2013 Plenary to offset travel costs for Outside Reviewers. Previously, these costs were reimbursed by the candidate or the chapter and not the CPSP Treasurer. The former process had placed a higher burden on chapters in the west and in isolated areas.
Certification Documents: Certification documents are submitted prior to scheduling the formal review: Previously the Certification Committee received certification documents after the certification review. This had created several problems. First, A chapter representative’s failure to submit the facesheet and other supporting documents would often lead to candidates arriving at the Plenary expecting to receive a certificate having been told by the chapter and Outside Reviewer that they were recommended for ratification. Having no record of the review, an opportunity to review the documents, and prepare the certificates, these candidates would not receive their expected certificate. This change eliminates that problem. It also allows for a preliminary review by the Certification Committee and the Outside Reviewer and will prevent the scheduling of formal reviews in cases where the certification documents are not completed, the Standards for certification are not met, etc. Certification documents are to be submitted 60 days prior to the date of the anticipated certification review
Reciprocity: The new process includes language on the process of those who hold certifications with other cognate groups and who wish to be certified by CPSP via reciprocity.
In order to have sufficient time to prepare certificates, Certification reviews and Outside Reviewer reports must be submitted By March 1, 2014 for candidates who wish to receive a certification certificate at the 2014 Plenary.
It is the Certification's Team hope that these changes will enhance the certification process. Please contact your Chapter’s Certification Team Representative with any questions you may have concerning the Certification Process Outline.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:42 PM
The Reverend Dr. Trace Haythorn is now The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education's new Executive Director.
The CPSP leadership Team send Dr. Haythorn and the ACPE CPSP's best wishes and congratulations in the letter repainted below:
December 4, 2013
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
1549 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30035
Dear Dr. Haythorn:
On behalf of the membership of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy we offer you our congratulations as you fulfill your calling as the Executive Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. We welcome you and your leadership as you join with us in our common mission of advancing clinical pastoral education and training in a world of travail and spiritual flux but also with joy in fulfilling our mutual vocations.
CPSP Leadership Team:
Brian H. Childs, President
Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:49 PM
In the Fall of 2012, the Executive Committee appointed a task force to formulate new models for the future structure and governance of CPSP. Recently, after 12 months of work, the Governance Task Force completed its work and submitted its Report to the CPSP Executive Committee.
The Task Force was composed of both pastoral clinicians and diplomates who worked separately and together to produce this Report.
The Report offers three models of governance for the Executive Committee to consider:
Divisional Model: This model emphasizes the different roles, responsibilities and needs of diplomates and pastoral clinicians in CPSP. The Divisional model seeks to support the members in each of these professional groups and provides the structure to design specific programs to improve professional standards, ongoing training, chapter development, institutional accountability and certification process.
Regional Model: This integrated model shifts most of the daily operations of CPSP to regional operational and governance systems with the overall legal, and fiduciary functions of the organization as well as professional standards handled by an International Board of Directors. The Regional Model is designed to expand the capacity of the organization to manage growth while maintaining international standards of practice and our historic covenantal commitment to a relational philosophy.
Existing-Revised: This model keeps our historic CPSP structure while adding components which provide for elected representation, systems of accountability, and delineation of roles and responsibilities for diplomates and clinicians within the organization.
The Report also strongly recommends that the Executive Committee engage in a “Community/ Regional Listening” process to share information about governance and to receive feedback from CPSP members.
All Chapter Conveners have received an email from the CPSP Governance Task Force which contains a link to the full Report. Please ask your Convener for a copy of this link. All comments and feedback on this Report should be sent directly to members of the CPSP Executive Committee.
The members of the Governance Task Force have invested serious thought and an inspiring level of passion into this project. The members are to be commended for their determination, breadth of inquiry, and commitment to CPSP. We hope you will join us in appreciation of their efforts.
John Jeffery, Chair (April 2013 – October 2013)
Dallas Speight, Chair (October 2012 – March 2013)
Task Force Members:
Henry Huffernan (chair of Pastoral Clinician Task Force)
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:52 AM
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:49 PM
NCTS is a unique group. We meet twice a year. It's an opportunity to get together with a diverse representation of chaplains of all denominations and types of work places. It's also a chance to get away from it all and to spend quality time at a quality place. Old friends meet up and catch up.
New chaplains find a place where they can learn from their peers and find mentors who share their years of expertise, skills and knowledge. We always have a one of a kind professional development opportunities in a relaxed environment surrounded by the wonders of nature.
This past November 12 and 13 we met at a new facility, the San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ which is right on the Atlantic Ocean. It was large and had spacious views of the water to inspire us. We got to see the work they have had to do since being hit by hurricane Sandy. There were 60 people present and about a third were first time attendees.
Everyone had an opportunity to bring a case that they presented to their small group. With ten groups, feedback abounds and thumbnail reports give us all a chance to catch the jest and then seek out the presenter if it peaks our interest to learn more in a one on one conversation.
This time around the presentations were on the topic of mental health and were presented by long standing member, Dr. Dwight Sweezy, who just retired after 33 years at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. He presented in a style that gave insight to the population of people that we serve everyday in some way or another and could identify with in our experiences. He told us quips and quotes.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:12 PM
The gathering of the CPSP Community for its 24th Annual Plenary will occur March 30 through April 2, at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
A block of rooms has been re-served at a special rate of $119, single or double, per night. Reserve your room online today by clicking on this link: Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, or call 800-325-3535 or go to the Sheraton Oceanfront website.
Please download the 2014 CPSP Plenary Brochure listed below for detail information.
Make your reservations now!!
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:46 PM
Finding Our Way As Midwives
It seems to me that people who feel unsafe retreat to extremes. When uncertainty surrounds us, it is preferable to run to one end or the other, to have a wall against which you can put your back, to have a group whose identity and number can be a support. I don’t think I need to name the number of arenas in public life where this occurs—we are all too painfully aware of it. But what has surprised me is how pervasive such dynamics and divisions can be in chaplaincy.
Dividing Line: Presence or Surgery
While such a description of a very common divide in chaplaincy will no doubt be overly-reductionistic, the divide seems to go something like this—many chaplains view their work as primarily about presence, heart, and empathy. Then, some seem to think that supervisors care only about “surgery”, the head, and maintain a critical (or safe) distance.
More than being a struggle between two groups within our organization, it might be best understood as a struggle within each one of us. And yet it is easier to suspend the struggle and run to one camp or the other.
“I’m presense. I won’t fail. I’ve made sure of it by not taking risks. I don’t make interventions and lead the patient somewhere new because if I do, they might reject me.”
Or, “I’m a surgeon. I take risks, but the risk is really owned by the other person. I don’t get close enough to feel the pain of it myself. That’s why I keep the mask on.”
With presence alone and no intervention, we don’t risk failure. With surgery alone and no presence, we protect ourselves from feeling the failure. I want to propose that if we can offer anything prophetic as chaplains, it is a willingness to fail. And on these terms, both of these extremes fail.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:53 AM
Now "hear" this... The issue is not about getting too comfortable. The issue is so impressive upon our consciousness that we must ease into it and take a bit of a circuitous route.
Cyber technology and social media have conspired with some practical constraints to stimulate numerous changes in the practice of psychotherapy. Many people expect, or are prepared for, different dynamics from professional helpers than the usual 50 minute hour in an office that is rather emotionally plastic, even if the seating is wool and leather. There are movements to involve active computer interaction and diagnosis, as well as remote treatment, such as using Skype, etc. Insurance companies and clinical ethicists are striving to provide guidelines that are economically self serving and avoid undue liability. And of course, this is all in the name of providing the best care to patients and clients. Oh, Sigmund...
I have always delighted in the fact that he was born Sigismund Schlomo Freud. Just the sound of that name is stirring and evocative, and even joyful... As my own hearing has deteriorated a bit over the past several years, sounds are increasingly treasured. Over the years I wondered, as we often do, which sense I would rather be without, my sight or my hearing, and I usually concluded I would prefer to lose my hearing; I could not contemplate the question if the matter was considered a condition from birth. I then remember my first CPE supervisor, a man who had lost his sight as an adult and was a marvel to watch as he ministered throughout the large hospital where he was in charge of pastoral care.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:12 AM
UPDATE: Hundreds of survivors were moved to Manila, where the local churches are now overwhelmed. They quietly lament “we have lost everything”. There was a report of a woman whose family members survived Haiyan, the worst typhoon on record; but then later died from starvation. The little island they lived on was completely devastated and no help arrived in time to bring them food or water.
Our CPSP colleagues have been training chaplains in Baguio to be ready to go to Manila to provide support. The needs are endless.
Many generous donations have been coming in and we thank those who have already donated but we need additional support. Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.
The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York with the Philippines team is committed to bringing help and healing to our typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.
Relief For The Philippines
The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents' arms.
Haiyan was one of the most intense typhoons on record. This storm left catastrophic and unimaginable destruction behind.
The New Amsterdam Chapter is organizing a relief effort along side our CPSP Philippines colleagues. The CPSP Philippines will distribute funds collected along with non-perishable items to the places where they are most needed.
The New Amsterdam CPSP Chapter requests your assistance by donating canned goods, clothing, toiletry items (shampoo, medical supplies, etc.), along with cleaning supplies, learning materials for children, or monetary donations.
Please bring or mail clothing, and non perishable items to:
Barbara A. McGuire
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793
Question call: Barbara at:
All checks need to be made out to:
CPSP (Philippines Relief Fund)
Mail checks to:
C/O CPSP - Philippines Relief Fund
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793
All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.
The New Amsterdam Chapter:
Barbara A. McGuire, Cesar Espineda, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougall, Sergio Manna
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:49 AM
Clinical Chaplaincy is relational, neutral and non-judgmental. It is a patient centered approach in keeping with the person centered model as advocated by Carl Rogers, integrating the arts and sciences relative to psychodynamic theory in pastoral practice.
Around any illness is a collection of stories. The chaplain endeavors to be present to the patient as a fellow human being, as the patient’s stories unfold; bearing witness to the patient’s dilemma- not judging the patient for what they say or how they choose to express themselves. This narrative approach places the chaplain in the unique role as the interpreter of metaphors, assisting the patient in making the connections to their story.
At times these stories are confessional in nature, as a patient, through narrative seeks to reconcile themselves with the life that they have lived. At other times, the stories they relate represent more a review of their life inextricably interwoven with finishing the business of living.
Consequently, clinical chaplaincy is a patient centered narrative approach. Integral to that, is the patient’s family. Working with the stories that patients and families share, the clinical chaplain can begin to assess how the family approaches illness, and in particular, this hospitalization.
The Clinical Chaplain also assesses how the patient utilizes their religious experience or their philosophy of life as a means of support as they seek to come to terms with their diagnosis and its attendant ambiguities of living each day.
Extensive clinical training and a proactive integration of the social sciences, especially in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy is essential to the work of the Clinical Chaplain.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:25 AM