Our spiritual care visitor training is geared towards individuals who want to learn the art of being a healing presence through basic skills of active listening. Other topics include the role of faith, sacrament and prayer in spiritual care; psychological first aid; ministry to the cognitively impaired; spiritual screening; advance directives; cultural diversity; serious illness, death, & loss; and how to lead spirituality groups.
The intended audience for our spiritual care training program is faith community leaders who want to brush up on their skills and lay leaders who want to learn how to support members of their faith community in times of transition and change. Graduates have found it to be very empowering and a very meaningful way to increase their capacity as volunteers.
This training has been approved by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s Commission on Ministry for persons in the vocational diaconal track. It is also approved for persons in the Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) who are in ministry preparation. Many of our alumni have gone on to discern a call to ordained ministry, engaged in clinical pastoral education (CPE), gone to seminary, or went all the way towards becoming a board certified chaplain (having a master’s degree from an accredited seminary, completing 4 units of CPE, and completing 2,000 hours of ministry).
Currently, the class is held seasonally for 10 weeks at various locations throughout Chicagoland. To complete the course and graduate, a student can only miss 2 of the 10 class sessions. Students also self-select a field site for 2 hours of volunteer work each week, concurrent with the training. Plans are moving forward to begin an online version in 2019.
If you are interested, contact us at 312.563.4825 or email Tommy Rogers at Thomas_Rogers@rush.edu.