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Welcome to the 2nd half of our Chaplain's Essentials training level one . Here you will learn about PTSD and how to minister to those effected. During this journey you may find deep memories evoked within yourself that you have subconsciously buried. These are unresolved traumas that have laid hidden, even from your conscious mind. They are hidden reefs that cause the chaplain to shy away from areas that others need help with, so we deal with our own reefs to be better able to deal with other's reefs.
Then you will also learn about the chaplain's role in public worship. You will experience advice about giving invocations and benedictions at public meetings. What to do when you attend religious and civil functions, and how to focus spiritual care on attendees and participants. You will find this segment to be filled with valuable information.
The chaplain becomes many things, a reconciler, a sustainer, a healer, and many other things. In another session you will begin to understand the vast area of influence that a chaplain ministry has.
In the segment "Importance of Ethic and Professionalism" you will learn that as a chaplain there will arise disagreements between the way you believe things should be done, and with the rules of the place you serve. Each organization has its own rules and regulations, no matter if it is a hospital/hospice, a police/fire department or a corporation. How do you handle your disagreements?
Then we have a nuts and bolts lesson in which you will learn about the many stills that you will need to learn to be an effective chaplain. Anyone can call themselves a chaplain but far fewer can really do the work of a chaplain.
And finally the lesson that you have been looking for, the last one. In this lesson you will be challenged with the question "Is chaplaincy for me?" Hard, straight forward questions that make you look square in the face and help you determined if you have what it takes to be a chaplain. It will ask you, "Do you believe God is calling you into the work of a chaplain?"
So much to teach and so little time to do so! It is our pleasure to be of service to you and the ministry that you will be a great blessing in.
Under the direction of Dr. Sidney L. Poe, OCA's Director of Education, we have a team of trainers. Joining Dr. Poe is OCA's Director William Dillon, Hospice Chaplain Mel Reddy, and Police Chaplain Brandon Bluford