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Professional Chaplaincy: Its Role And Importance In Health Care





Researched and produced by the Association of Professional Chaplains, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, The Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, The National Association of Catholic Chaplains and The National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Edited by Larry VandeCreek DMin and Laurel Burton ThD. Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.



Introduction

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Section I
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The Meaning and Practice of Spiritual Care

This first section describes spirit as a natural dimension of all persons and defines the nature of spiritual care. With the basic premise that attention to spirituality is intrinsic to healthcare, the paper establishes their relationship and outlines the various environments in which care is provided.

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Section II
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Who Provides Spiritual Care?

Professional chaplains provide spiritual care. This section describes their education, skill and certification.

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SECTION III
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The Functions and Activities of Professional Chaplains

This section delineates the typical activities of professional chaplains within healthcare settings, focusing on their care of persons and their participation in healthcare teams.

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Section IV
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The Benefits of Spiritual Care Provided by Professional Chaplains

The materials here describe how professional chaplains benefit healthcare patients and their families, staff members, employing organizations, and communities.

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References
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