Exploring a career in chaplaincy or spiritual care? Supporting individuals as they grow, change and face life’s challenges can be very rewarding.
It’s important to think about several questions from the outset. Where do you want to work? What training will you need? How do you feel about working with people from a range of backgrounds?
There are many credentialing bodies and no commonly agreed-upon criteria for training but here is an overview of what is required in some roles When it comes to training, some 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 based on ordination or some other classification within a faith tradition.
To learn more explore the Lab’s resources on degree programs, endorsing organizations, clinical training organizations, and more. Be sure to also check out the Lab’s series Field Guide for Aspiring Chaplains. If you would like to be connected to current chaplains for a brief conversation about entering the profession, email us at email@example.com.