How To Become Certified As A Chaplain

From Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
Many people have asked me and other members of the Chaplaincy Commission and RAA presidium how to become a chaplain, where to find chaplaincy positions and so on. Often, I have heard from other rabbis that there are programs that train someone in a matter of days to become chaplains. But Chaplains are Spiritual Care Specialists and the training is much more rigorous: 1600 hours of clinical and classroom training to qualify to get a job to work and an additional 2000 hours to be eligible for certification as a chaplain. Many positions require a chaplain to complete Clinical Pastoral Education -CPE training. Although there can be settings with different requirements, I’m sharing a broad overview.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

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