Crisis, Trauma, and First Response Specialization Course for Board Certified and Credentialed Chaplains

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Crisis, Trauma, and First Response Specialization Course for Board Certified and Credentialed Chaplains

Course Author:
The Rev. Sue Wintz, M.Div., BCC

The Rev. William R. Greaver
The Rev. Marcos A. Miranda



Course Description:

This course is designed for those interested in the specialized work as a board certified or credentialed chaplain within a first response team. Its purpose is to provide participants with advance level skills and knowledge needed in order to respond to those people who have been impacted by an emergency or a disaster. This course will assist participants in preparing for the certification or credentialing process including the required standardized knowledge test. To demonstrate competency.


Learning Objectives include:

  • Articulate the academic and training requirements required of board certified chaplains
  • Discuss the processes of board certification and chaplain credentialing
  • Identify the importance of a professional chaplain’s code of ethics and its impact upon practice
  • Articulate the benefits of spirituality and spiritual well-being
  • Explain spiritual distress and how it is manifested and measured
  • Define cultural competency and cultural humility as it is applied in first response Chaplaincy
  • Summarize varying cultural practices relating to the end of life and the first response chaplain’s role in supporting persons, families, and the emergency/disaster response team
  • Articulate and apply a plan to develop collaborative relationships with community cultural, spiritual, and religious leaders
  • Identify the principles of effective group communication and various roles and norms in a group communication process
  • Summarize the elements of nonviolent communication
  • Understand and describe the concept of negotiation
  • Describe the history of chaplaincy and spiritual assessment and its influence on current demands for evidence-based and outcome-oriented practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of currently accepted models of spiritual assessment and apply the models appropriately with clients and families within the required timeframe of setting
  • Summarize best practice for chaplaincy and spiritual care documentation
  • Describe the process of short-term counseling appropriate in the first response setting and methods of application
  • Define appropriate supportive responses to traumatic events so that patients, families, and staff can manage the situation and respond appropriately
  • Articulate the process of Psychological First Aid
  • Understand the conflicts that can occur following a death with family/family of choice, and associated communities and articulate appropriate interventions
  • Articulate the role of spiritual, religious or existential support, practices, and cultural norms in coping, dying and after death care of the body
  • Summarize advance care planning documents and their use
  • Identify the impact of grief, mourning, bereavement, anticipatory grief, complicated grief, disenfranchised grief on spiritual, emotional, and/or existential issues and the provision of chaplaincy care
  • Describe mental illness, the various types of illness associated with it, and articulate the chaplain’s role in responding to mental health issues
  • Describe the appropriate procedures and best practices in death notification
  • Identify the steps in responding to a potential suicide attempt
  • Articulate the guidelines for spiritual care as stated by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
  • Explain the phases of a disaster, the emotional and spiritual responses persons may experience, and appropriate chaplaincy interventions
  • Describe a typical command structure within a first response setting and the typical roles and responsibilities of team members, including the chaplain
  • Summarize the role of the chaplain when there is a line of duty injury or death or a first responder suicide
  • Identify coping strategies that a first response chaplain can teach and empower team members in coping with compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Explain Critical Incident Debriefing and its pros and cons as a tool for reduction of stress



  1. Professional Chaplains, Certificate Chaplains, Spiritual Care Generalists, and Spiritual Care of Persons
  2. Cultural Competence, Inclusion, and Vulnerable Populations
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Spiritual Assessment and Documentation
  5. Counseling Skills
  6. Dying and Death
  7. Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  8. Emergency and Crisis Incidents
  9. Natural and Human-Caused Disasters
  10. First Responder Specific Issues