POST GRADUATE CHAPLAINCY STUDY
Keywords:chaplaincy, education, healthcare
In the changing world of Healthcare Chaplaincy there is no doubting the increase in whole time-chaplaincy appointments. Recent discussions with the Scottish Executive show a commitment to chaplaincy training: at least one full-time training officer is not far away. As chaplaincy develops we are moving into a world where appraisal, clinical supervision, and professional development are the norm. In palliative care in particular new chaplains are being appointed on the understanding there will be a commitment (on both parties) to further professional study. The choice of courses for such study is limited, though what is around would seem to be of good quality. Three courses that are available are appraised by recent graduates who give us an insiders view of the courses, the costs, and the commitment involved.