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Certification of Spiritual Care Practitioners in Health – a joint project

Date Posted: 13-May-2019

Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) and Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) have undertaken a joint project to identify the process and requirements for certification of spiritual care practitioners working in health.

You would know that eligibility for membership of Spiritual Care Australia has been the industry benchmark for employment of spiritual care practitioners, chaplains and pastoral care workers.  However, there is no standardised, mandatory process of professional recognition to ensure that only competent professionals are employed.  Such certification would objectively assess a person wanting to work as a spiritual care practitioner against agreed standards.

SHV and SCA appointed Michelle Morgan as Project Worker to conduct a literature review and mapping process to measure what is happening in spiritual care in Australia against what is happening in other countries and in similar health-related professions in Australia.  The report from this project has led to several provisional recommendations for certification and the process to grant it. A consultation process is currently underway, and a provisional report will be ready for discussion at the upcoming Spiritual Care Australia conference – another great reason to register now for the conference!

If you want to know more you can contact Cheryl Holmes ceo@spiritualhealth.org.au.

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