HDS 2936

Clinical Chaplaincy: Interfaith Caregiving Skills and Practice

Chris Berlin


Healthcare chaplaincy is a specialized, unique field of ministry that is continuing to increase in demand in clinical settings such as hospitals and hospice centers. This course will address the theory and practice of clinical chaplaincy in hospitals and focus on developing the skills necessary for providing effective interfaith care and spiritual counseling in the medical setting. Course content will include readings, group discussions, and counseling practice, and will emphasize five main areas of clinical chaplaincy: 1) counseling intervention skills, 2) interfaith spiritual care and end-of-life support, 3) ethics in the medical context, 4) clinical standards and due diligence in the institution, and 5) self-care. Prerequisite: Spiritual Care and Counseling, HDS 2927, or equivalent.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Wed 4pm-6pm
Andover Hall Room 102

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
Language Course Designation(s) None