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Here’s how the new Spiritual Care Association is Strengthening the Chaplaincy Profession With new Certification Standards

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The formation of the Spiritual Care Association (SCA), announced this past week, is aimed at modernizing, standardizing, growing and unifying the profession of chaplaincy and field of spiritual care -- for the benefit of health care settings, providers, and, most of all, patients and their families. 

Through our new credentialing and certification process for chaplains, we are opening up the field to include capable and competent chaplains, and we are significantly raising the bar for certification. We will accomplish this through education based on research (evidence) and testing based on knowledge, demonstration of clinical competencies, and skills.

Currently, more than a dozen chaplaincy groups within the U.S. offer varying education/training, research, certification and accreditation. It is time for standardization and objective certification.

SCA's innovative approach to chaplain training, credentialing, certification, and continued education incorporates the desires and issues raised by those of you in the field and thought leaders over decades, and:

  1. Provides education and a required knowledge base founded in the latest research. It will build over time as more research unfolds.
  2. Brings chaplaincy to the level of training and demonstrated clinical competencies required by other professional disciplines, including doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists. SCA's credentialing and certification responds to the need for training to be tested, and relies on standardized testing and a standardized patient encounter to demonstrate clinical competency, knowledge base, and best practices.
  3. Opens professional chaplaincy to all capable and competent individuals, who can now enter the field through various pathways while ultimately demonstrating the required degree of knowledge and competency. By providing pathways for credentialing and certification that focus on knowledge and demonstration of skills, those who have been unable to meet the outdated and rigid requirements that do not consider culture, belief tradition, geographical location, age, and financial resources will now be able to be trained, credentialed or certified, and continually educated to provide the best care for those whom they serve.
  4. Commits itself to continually evolve as further evidence becomes available in the fields of chaplaincy training, practice, and education. 

SCA can take spiritual care to its next phase of growth in a structured and professional route. We invite you to learn more about SCA at www.SpiritualCareAssociation.org. We welcome your comments and questions at info@spiritualcareassociation.org, and we look forward to your participation. 


Rev. Eric J. Hall

President & CEO

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and Spiritual Care Association





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