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Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training


  • The Sewanee Inn Sewanee, Tennessee United States (map)

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy, laypersons, professionals, first-responders, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this three-day disaster chaplaincy training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer as a disaster chaplain in their own community, or with NDIN and its partners nationwide. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best-practices during disasters.

This curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites and within their own communities. It is comprised of six four-hour sessions over three days, covering religious literacy and competency, disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.

FEMA’s IS 100 course on the Incident Command System must be completed prior to this training.

The training is divided into two parts. The first, Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters, is a religious literacy and competency course focused on why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies.

The second part prepares clergy, laypersons, religious leaders, professionals, or spiritual care providers to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings, or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community, or professional institution. Led by a team from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, participants learn about disaster response operations, spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Space is limited and the training will fill up fast, so register today. CEUs are also available.