SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer a program for training community clergy and lay persons in the tools needed for effective ministry to the sick. The program is built around 10 weeks of clinical and classroom learning, beginning Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and meeting each Tuesday through July 14, 2015.
Classes are taught by Chaplain Jana Long. The initial meeting will focus on introductions/orientation to the Medical Center. Consecutive meetings will include lectures and presentations. There is also a 20 hour patient visitation experience in addition to the 30 hours of classroom time. The course includes required readings as well as some written assignments.
Students will share in group and individual supervision as part of their experience. At the conclusion of the experience, they will receive a certificate of completion. This training is the first step for chaplaincy, and will open other options for additional training.
To enroll in the program, those interested may obtain a packet at the Volunteer Office at PRMC or from the hospital web site (www.peninsula.org). Under the careers tab at the top of the homepage, select PLUS Volunteers, then Basic Chaplain Course and the application. Application forms must be mailed in or returned to the PLUS Volunteers office, and please check “Basic Chaplain Program” on the form. If selected, you’ll be contacted by PRMC inviting you to join the class.
There is a fee of $100 for the 10 week program which covers handouts, textbooks, snacks and a graduation meal. Those completing the course will also be eligible to join the volunteer clergy at PRMC through the Pastoral Care Department.
If you have questions, please call Joyce LeCates or Debora Musser in the Pastoral Care office at PRMC at 410-543-7202.