SCA Membership is a vital resource for health care professionals, clergy and organizations


SCA Learning Center with evidence-based curriculum


SCA Board Certification and Credentialing for Chaplains

Making Spiritual Care a Priority

The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.


HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Clinical Pastoral Education Program    


NEW White Paper entitled Spiritual Care and Physicians: Understanding Spirituality in Medical Practice       


Important Facts About the Spiritual Care Association    


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Membership Is Open to:

All individuals and organizations committed to the delivery of optimal spiritual care, as a vital component of whole person care and the overall patient experience. We offer three categories of membership:

Health Care Professionals, including but not limited to

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Patient Advocates
  • Administrators
  • Volunteers

Community Clergy and Religious Leaders

Organizations and Institutions

What SCA Offers Members

Engages and offers education to multiple interest groups so more people in need receive effective spiritual care
Opens access to new evidence-based knowledge base: Online Learning Center
Provides valuable resources to contribute significantly to career development
Creates a powerful voice for spiritual care
Offers new paths for chaplaincy credentialing and board certification


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Annual Conference

The annual membership gathering of the Spiritual Care Association takes place each year during the Caring for the Human Spirit Conference®, presented by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. This interdisciplinary, international conference is a transformative professional experience for nurses, social workers, chaplains, doctors, clergy, administrators and other professionals. SCA members receive special member pricing to attend this conference.

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2018 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

NEW! Chaplaincy Management Training Program

4-month program for current or aspiring directors of chaplaincy departments
Gain the knowledge and experiential tools to lead successful chaplaincy departments
Next cohort begins January 2018. Registration now open.
Successful candidates will receive the Chaplaincy Management Certificate


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CPE logo

With, you can obtain much of your training online-from wherever you are. CPE is offered by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN). HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is accredited by the Institute of Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT), a Candidate for Accreditation by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

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Gain a Powerful Voice for Advocacy

SCA is leading the grassroots, national and global, multidisciplinary advocacy effort that:

Is uniting the voices of individual and organizational members to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care so that more people receive the help they need
Empowers chaplains
Gives chaplains a seat “at the table” when major decisions are being made about policy and reimbursement for inpatient, outpatient and home care
Thanks chaplains and other involved members of the interdisciplinary health care team for their extraordinary work by creating and publicizing the new annual Spiritual Care Day
(May 10)
Sign Petition: Tell Congress That 'Spiritual Care Matters'


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Chaplain Credentialing and Certification

Credentialed Chaplain: Anyone currently working as a chaplain but is not board certified and meets SCA’s requirements merits the title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC)
Board Certified Chaplain: SCA offers two paths to Board Certification


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