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.

The SCA Difference


The Spiritual Care Association is the International Leader for all Spiritual Care Providers

As the Spiritual Care Association continues to grow and expand, we continue to offer our members with highly-specialized services tailored to their particular industry. Through the SCA Divisions, we are able to provide our members a platform to network among themselves and access their specialized member benefits.

HCCN Chaplains
First Responders

Social Workers

Corporate Chaplain


SCA Membership is a vital resource for professionals, clergy and organizations interested in spiritual care


SCA Learning Center with evidence-based curriculum


Nationally Recognized Chaplaincy Certification: Advanced Practice Board Certification (APBCC), Board Certification (BCC) and Credentialing (CC)

Caring to the Human Spirit Conference


Light a candle to memorialize those whose lives have been claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to pay tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of health care professionals who have given their lives in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here.




Spiritual Care Resources During this Pandemic

  • Chaplaincy in the Time of COVID-19 Guide for Chaplains
  • Four-part Webinar Series: Chaplaincy in Times of Crisis - Lessons from the Front Lines
  • Pre-Recorded Webinar: Strategies for Spiritual Caregivers Dealing with the Chaos of Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Threats

Click here to access all these resources.

SCA News Update

Check out some of the Institutions where SCA Board Certified Chaplains are currently employed    

SCA Announces New Member Benefit: SCA Communities of Chaplains     

Read SCA: Myth vs. Fact    

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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Spiritual Care Association - Join Us

Membership Is Open to:

All individuals and organizations committed to the delivery of optimal spiritual care, as a vital component of whole person care. We offer three categories of membership, with specialized sub-categories:

Professional Membership

With the following sub-categories:

  • Health Care Chaplains
  • First Responder Chaplains
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • E.M.S. Chaplains
  • Military Chaplains
  • Corrections Chaplains
  • Corporate Chaplains

Clergy Membership

For Community Clergy and Religious Leaders

Organizational Membership

For Organizations and Institutions


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SCA University of Theology and Spirituality

Offering Quality Online Degree Programs

  • Ministry and Chaplaincy
  • Multi-faith Studies
  • Spiritual Care
  • Religious Education
  • Spiritual Direction

The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality was created to help ministry professionals, chaplains, nurses, social workers, first responders, and others to advance their spiritual training and earn their degrees.

Click here to learn more.


Spiritual Care Resources

Social Workers




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 September 2019. Registration now open.
Successful candidates will receive the Chaplaincy Management Certificate


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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
Advanced Board Certified Chaplain: The APBCC represents a significantly higher bar than any other BCC process


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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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