ChaplainsA chaplain is typically a member of the clergy serving a group of people or institution, such as a hospital, who are not organized as a mission or church. Chaplains are clinically trained health care professionals that are certified by a national pastoral care organization. They provide spiritual and emotional support and care to all patients, their families, and staff employed by the organization.
Chaplains can be attached to emergency services agencies, educational institutions like universities and colleges, private clubs, scout troops, ships, hospitals, prisons, the military and on occasion private companies and corporations. Chaplains also serve in hospice programs and retirement centers.
Many hospitals and hospices employ chaplains to assist with the spiritual needs of patients, families and staff. In the United States, healthcare chaplains are typically educated through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and may be certified by one of the following organizations: International Chaplains Association, The Association of Professional Chaplains, The National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or The National Association of Jewish Chaplains.