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; advance directives; cultural diversity; and serious illness, death, & loss.

The intended audience for Spiritual Care Visitor Training is that person who wishes to hone their spiritual care skills and 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.

Participants gather for an innovative one-day retreat which will include a time of spiritual reflection, followed by workshops that will explore how to be an “active listener” and the particular concerns of providing spiritual care with those who are dying. This is followed by a series of 7 online modules and active, supervised participation in field work serving in a pastoral care role.

Each applicant pays the $50 application fee regardless of group size.

Regular Tuition fee $325 (1-4 from single organization)

We offer group discounts for participating:

~25% discount $250 (5-9 attendees from single organization)

~40% discount $200 (10+ attendees from single organization)

For more information and questions, contact Kim Lessner at 312-563-4825 or Kim_Lessner@rush.edu.