Public Safety Chaplaincy is the work of providing pastoral care and support to employees of first responder agencies and their families, as well as to victims of related public safety incidents. Many public safety chaplains work as volunteers, though some departments have paid chaplain positions. The public safety chaplain should be a person who experiences a call to this particular ministry of service and sacrifice, offering themselves as a source of support to women and men whose daily work is often stressful and rigorous emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
The certification in Public Safety Chaplaincy is designed to provide a thorough course of training for those desiring to serve as a public safety chaplain. The curriculum covers the breadth and depth of the topics and issues encountered in the field by the public safety chaplain. It is well-suited for those already serving as chaplains and those who have experienced a call to this ministry, but are not yet connected with an agency.
The curriculum includes six modules. Each module involves coursework to be completed at home, including reading and writing. Students are also expected to attend three monthly class meetings.
- Foundations 1: The Office of Public Safety Chaplain
- Foundations 2: Pastoral Theology and Issues in Public Safety Chaplaincy
- Issues and Answers in Public Safety Chaplaincy (suffering, death, evil, grief, crisis, suicide, etc.)
- Crisis Intervention, Stress Management, Recovery and Resilience
- Clinical and Professional Perspectives
- Capstone Course
Coursework is offered in a hybrid distance learning and classroom setting over a period of 18 consecutive months. Students are expected to complete assigned reading and writing on their own in preparation for monthly class sessions held on campus at the seminary in Columbia, S.C.
All students in the cohort are required to attend the monthly class sessions that begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Saturday afternoon. Students who successfully complete the training program will receive a certificate of completion. Coursework will reflect the academic rigor and theological depth consistent with an Association of Theological Schools accredited seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. However, courses are not graduate level and are not transferable credits for seminary. Courses are unrelated to licensure or ordination as a public safety chaplain.
Please carefully review all application requirements. In addition to a completed and signed application form, applicants must submit the following items.
An application will be complete and ready for review when all items are received.
Following the submission of all application materials, applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with the admission panel.
For more information about this program, contact Rev. Antoinette Gaboton-Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chaplain Eric Skidmore at email@example.com or 803.206.8961.