Spiritual Care Visitor Program

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What is the spiritual care visitor training program?

Our spiritual care visitor training program is geared towards individuals that want to learn the art of being a healing presence through basic skills of active listening; the role of faith, sacrament and prayer in spiritual care; psychological first aid; ministry to the cognitively impaired; addiction; spiritual screening; advance directives; cultural diversity; serious illness, death, & loss; and how to lead spirituality groups.

The intended audience for our spiritual care training program are faith community leaders who want to brush up on their skills and lay leaders who want to learn how to support members of their faith community in times of transition and change.  It has been approved by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s Commission on Ministry for persons in the vocational diaconal track.  It is also approved for persons in the Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) who are in ministry preparation.  Many of our alumni have gone on to discern a call to ordained ministry, engaged in clinical pastoral education (CPE), gone to seminary, or went all the way towards becoming a board certified chaplain (having a master’s degree from an accredited seminary, completing 4 units of CPE, and completing 2,000 hours of ministry).

Currently, the class is held each Spring and Fall for 10 weeks 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at various locations throughout Chicagoland.  To complete the course and graduate, a student can only miss 2 of the 10 class sessions.

Bishop Anderson House is in the beginning stages of developing a hybrid model of the course that will encompass two all-day retreats (one at the beginning, another at the end) with online modules to complete in between.  We are hoping to launch this in 2018.

We host two terms; February through May and September through December. The Fall 2017 Program is hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, Illinois.

If you are interested, contact us at 312.563.4824 or email Tommy Rogers at Thomas_Rogers@rush.edu.