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)


Spiritual Care Resources App


SCA is proud to launch the Spiritual Care Resources app designed by chaplains for chaplains! This app is a valuable resource for healthcare chaplains, first responder chaplains, and hospice and palliative care chaplains. Have the best spiritual care resources available at your fingerprints. The app can be downloaded directly from the App Store or from Google Play. You can also access the desktop version from


Google Play

SCA News Update

SCA Proudly Launches Mobile App Built by Chaplains for Chaplains with the Latest and Best Practices and Research in Spiritual Care.... and it's free for all SCA Members    

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

  • Spiritual Care
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Psychospiritual Counseling

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

Program for current or aspiring directors of chaplaincy departments
Gain the knowledge and experiential tools to lead successful chaplaincy departments
Self-guided. Learn at your own pace
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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