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Chaplain training on offer

Published on February 20, 2018 3:18PM

An overview of what it takes to be a hospital chaplain will be offered on Monday, Feb. 26, in Newport, as Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital hosts a Q&A on its new accredited training program.

Led by Chaplain Doug Hollums, the session will run from 3 to 4 pm, with participants meeting in the chapel, just inside the hospital’s Abbey Street entrance.

The Clinical Pastoral Education program begins Thursday, April 12, at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. This first session will last for 24 weeks.

The program is an interfaith program and participants do not need to be ordained. Participants must have a basic college education, must be an active participant in their respective faith group and have a letter of reference from that group.

The program will offer professional and theological training through supervised clinical ministry. Participants will gain the skills, increased confidence and competence to support people dealing with difficult life issues. While students in this program 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.

For more information on program details and costs, contact Hollums at 541-574-4751, or email dhollums@samhealth.org.

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