Our Chaplain Interns and Residents learn by serving as hospital chaplains at Kaiser Permanente facilities and then sharing and reflecting upon their experiences with their supervisor and fellow cohort members.
Each chaplain-in-training is assigned to units and departments that provide opportunities to experience a variety of care settings with unique ministry challenges. In Vallejo and Vacaville they provide rotating 24-hour on-call coverage and get an opportunity to become skilled in facing crises and meeting unanticipated immediate needs. Working beside board-certified clinical chaplains they provide clinical pastoral care to in-patients and their loved ones, to out-patients, as well as to staff members.
The principal learning is at the bedside. However, Chaplain Interns and Residents also meet as a cohort group with a clinical supervisor to share case conferences, for didactic seminars, and for a small group relations seminar. There is also a regularly scheduled hour-long, one-on-one session with the clinical supervisor that is devoted to the trainee’s own unique interests and particular situation.