Samaritan hospitals in Newport and Lincoln City are offering a new training program to prepare participants for a career as a hospital chaplain.
The new Clinical Pastoral Education program, which begins in January, is open to people of all faith backgrounds. Participants do not need to be ordained.
The program will offer professional and theological training through supervised clinical ministry, allowing participants to gain the skills, increased confidence and competence to support people dealing with difficult life issues. While students will train in a clinical setting, the education and training will prepare them to serve as a chaplain in all fields, not just the medical industry.
Training is done in four, 12-week sessions of 400 hours each. Students will learn through in-class seminars, peer group interaction and field placement.
The winter session begins Thursday, Jan. 25.
To learn more about the program, including costs and schedule, contact the Chaplain Services department at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital at 541-574-4751.