Spiritual care extenders will be trained through the Spiritual Care Department to provide emotional and spiritual support for people of all faiths.
In an effort to better serve patients and their families, USA Health has created a new volunteer role within the Spiritual Care Department to provide emotional and spiritual support for people of all faiths.
The volunteers will be called spiritual care extenders and will be trained for their role through the Spiritual Care Department, said Chaplain Kim Crawford Meeks, department manager. “We enthusiastically welcome individuals who have specific ministry experience or education, have completed at least one unit from a Clinical Pastoral Education program, or are currently enrolled in an education program with a focus on spiritual and/or emotional care of others,” she said.
All spiritual care extenders must complete a 48-hour Pastoral Care Education program through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, or have at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, and complete a training program provided by the USA Health Spiritual Care Department.
As with all volunteers at USA Health, spiritual care extenders are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. Hours will vary based on the needs of the department and the availability of volunteers.