May 11, 2018

Getting Started as a Chaplain

Exploring a career in chaplaincy or spiritual care? It’s important to think about several questions from the outset. Where do you want to work? What does that institution require in terms of training? How do you feel about working with people from a range of backgrounds?

There are many credentialing bodies and no commonly agreed on criteria for training; here’s just one exampleSome institutions offer degree programs in chaplaincy, while others offer chaplaincy specializations (similar to “minors” in undergraduate education) or certificates. Other institutions offer recognition to chaplains on the basis of ordination or some other classification within a faith tradition. Take a moment to explore the resources the Lab provides, including information on degree programs, endorsing organizations, clinical training organizations, and more.