Now more than ever, communities across the United States are facing unprecedented natural and human-caused disasters. Spiritual first-aid is an essential part of response and recovery, and volunteer chaplains are on the front lines in delivering disaster human service operations and disaster site operations.
The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, July 15–17, 2019. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. 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 best practices in disaster spiritual care.
Laypersons and clergy of all faiths are welcome to attend, pending the requirements listed below. Ordination as clergy or any other professional certification are not required.
Participants at our August, 2018 training.
Participants must be endorsed for this training by the senior religious leader who has jurisdiction over their ministry; or a credentialed religious caregiver or leader; or the senior executive to which they report; or registrants must currently serve as a chaplain. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may register using their agency affiliation. Registrants must provide a signed endorsement to complete registration (PDFs preferred).
This course is compliant with National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) training. Registrants must complete FEMA IS 100 training to attend. It also complies with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.
For more information, contact the Beecken Center via e-mail, or call 800-722-1974. The training will commence at 8:15 a.m. (CST) on Monday, July 15, and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Download a schedule here.
Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and all training materials. Lodging is not included. A discounted room rate will be available for a small block of rooms at the Sewanee Inn on a first-come, first-served basis. Details will be sent with your registration confirmation. For nearby accommodations other than the Sewanee Inn, visit our accommodations page.
The training will commence at 8:15 a.m. (CST) on Monday, July 15, and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Download a schedule here.
Prior to the training, all participants must complete FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) training.