What SCA Offers Members

  1. Engages and unites multiple interest groups so more people in need receive effective spiritual care
  2. Opens access to new evidence-based knowledge base: Online Learning Center
  3. Offers new paths for chaplaincy credentialing, board certification, and clinical pastoral education
  4. Provides valuable resources to contribute significantly to career development
  5. Creates a powerful voice for spiritual care
  6. Join the 1,300+ professionals that have already joined SCA!

 

SCA Offers 3 Types of Membership:

  1. Health Care Professionals For all Health Care Professionals committed to the delivery of optimal spiritual care, as a vital component of whole person care and the overall patient experience, including but not limited to
    • Nurses
    • Social Workers
    • Chaplains
    • Physicians
    • Patient Advocates
    • Administrators o Volunteers
  2. Community Clergy and Religious Leaders
  3. Organizations and Institutions

Health Care Professionals

  • While professional chaplains are the spiritual care specialists on the interdisciplinary health care team, there is growing recognition that delivery of spiritual care requires the participation of all members of the team.
  • SCA delivers for health care professionals a unique and comprehensive combination of benefits: evidence-based education in the Learning Center, Spiritual Care Grand Rounds webinars, the online resource and community of The Chaplain Connection, publications and updates, a powerful voice for spiritual care advocacy, and more.
  • Annual Membership Fee: $95 (non-refundable)


Annual Benefits

  • The Chaplain Connection – Online Resource Center & Community
  • Discounted Price for Online Professional Education Courses
  • 3 Free Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Webinars Annually
  • Discounted Registration for Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference
  • Electronic Subscription to Journal of HealthCare Chaplaincy
  • Subscription to Caring for the Human Spirit® Magazine
  • Monthly Spiritual Care Updates
  • Membership Directory
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Online Membership Dashboard
  • A powerful voice for spiritual care advocacy

 

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Clergy and Religious Leaders

  • Community clergy and religious leaders are often unprepared to provide spiritual care to individuals with chronic disease and/or nearing the end of life because this training is largely missing from seminary education.
  • There are more than 350,000 spiritual leaders and community clergy in the U.S. The time is now to enlist their full participation in providing spiritual care.

RESEARCH EVIDENCE

From Clergy:

  • Although 94 percent of clergy report making visits to people at the end of life, only 60 percent are very comfortable making these visits. (Source: “Questions and Answers about Americans’ Religion,” Gallup 2007)
  • Two out of three clergy indicate a desire to receive and provide education to tend to the seriously ill or dying. (Source: Duke Institute on Care at the End-of-Life survey, 2007)

From Patients They Serve:

  • 83 percent of survey respondents indicated that their faith would be most important to them in facing long-term illness and end of life. (Source: Faith & Health Care, Transforming Lives and Communities through Health and Wellness–One Person at a Time, Henry Ford Health System, 2012)
  • Almost 70 percent of patients felt their spiritual leaders were not prepared at all or very little to help them face the practical issues surrounding death. (Source: Ibid)
  • 42 percent of those facing life-terminating illness report little or no support of spiritual needs from their religious community. (Source: Balboni TA 2007, 25.555ff)

* Annual Membership Fee: $50 (non-refundable).

 

Annual Benefits

  • Discounted Price for Online Professional Education Courses
  • 2 Free Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Webinars Annually
  • Subscription to Caring for the Human Spirit® Magazine
  • Monthly Spiritual Care Updates • Membership Directory
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Online Membership Dashboard
  • A voice for spiritual care advocacy

 

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Organizations and Institutions

  • Complements or supports your mission and objectives
  • Gives you access to high-value resources and benefits, including:
    • $50 discount on each online professional education course – applicable to all W-2 employees ($145 fee per course for members vs. $345 for non-members)
    • No charge for one exhibit booth at the annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference ($500-$750 value)
  • Offers communications opportunities about your programs to SCA’s diverse membership
  • Provides a venue to become part of the grassroots, national and global, multidisciplinary advocacy effort to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care
  • “Alliances are bound to become an increasingly important organizational strategy for nonprofits. The potential for inter-institutional cooperation to create joint gains and greater social value is enormous.” (Source: James Austin, “Strategic Alliances,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2003)
  • Annual Membership Fee: $500 (non-refundable). This low annual membership fee offers a value that can be unlimited with the discounted member pricing on online professional education courses for all W-2 employees

 

Annual Benefits

  • Discounted Online Professional Education Courses - applicable to all W-2 employees
  • One exhibit booth at the Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference
  • Subscription to Caring for the Human Spirit® Magazine
  • Monthly Spiritual Care Updates
  • Membership Directory
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Online Membership Dashboard
  • A voice for spiritual care advocacy Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please click here for SCA's Membership Terms and Conditions.

Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please click here for SCA's Membership Terms and Conditions.

 

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The Chaplain Connection®

Join the largest online network of chaplains worldwide


Caring for the Human Spirit® magazine

The unique magazine dedicated to advancing the integration of spiritual care in health care


Spiritual Care Grand Rounds


Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference