Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Chambersburg Hospital will be offering a free course designed to teach active laypersons and local pastors how to deliver pastoral care effectively in health care settings.

Participants who successfully complete the diploma-level course requirements will have the opportunity to become certified as a Pastoral Caregiver.

The course, held at Chambersburg Hospital, 112 North Seventh Street, is comprised of nine consecutive weekly sessions that will begin on Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017, from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and will be held each following Tuesday for a total of nine consecutive weeks. The course concludes with a one-day off-campus retreat that will be held on a Saturday during the month of May.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  1. Biblical and theological foundation of pastoral care
  2. Pastoral care of hospital patients
  3. The use of scripture, prayer and religious rituals
  4. Pastoral conversation and communication with compassion
  5. Pastoral care of children and youth
  6. Pastoral care of adult patients
  7. Pastoral care of grieving persons
  8. Ethical issues related to spiritual and emotional concerns

Participants are responsible for purchasing the course books, and in exchange for the free training, participants are asked to commit to a visitation period of three hours a week for six months to practice what they learned. Face to face supervision is required.

The deadline to register for the course is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. For more information or to register, please contact Beth Shetter Ray at (717) 262-4526 or bshetter@summithealth.org