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Curriculum for Chaplain Certification and Credentialing

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Following the announcement of the new Spiritual Care Association (SCA) two weeks ago, many Board Certified Chaplains have said they will obtain Board Certification from SCA by providing the required documentation of their certification. Other chaplains who are not Board Certified have said they will pursue the BCC or Credentialing process through SCA.

A key requirement for those seeking status as a newly Board Certified or Credentialed chaplain is proof of their competency through SCA's assessment, which consists of the new online test of evidence-based scope of practice plus demonstration through either a simulated patient experience or one or more verbatims.

Chaplains have asked, "In addition to my clinical training, clinical experience and education, what is the curriculum to prepare me for this assessment of my competency?"

The curriculum consists of one credit or the equivalent in at least three of the following areas: a) quality improvement b) research c) spiritual assessment, care planning, and documentation d) cultural competency/inclusion e) end of life f) grief/bereavement g) ethics h) religious faith systems i) communication or j) basic pathophysiology.

These courses can be pursued in two ways - either through SCA's Online Learning Center OR Master's level studies through another institution of higher education.

In addition, to help candidates prepare for testing, SCA will provide test preparation modules for those who apply to become newly BCC or Credentialed.

I extend an open invitation to all chaplaincy education providers to incorporate content from the SCA Online Learning Center as didactics into their programs. Special arrangements can be made for students to participate. I welcome a conversation. Please contact me at info@SpiritualCareAssociation.org.

We welcome your comments and questions at info@SpiritualCareAssociation.org.

Peace & Blessings!

Eric Hall Signature

Rev. Eric J. Hall
President & CEO
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and Spiritual Care Association

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