SCA Membership Is a Vital Resource for:

For Health Care Professionals – Why Join and Membership Benefits and Value

  • 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.
  • “In the medical field we’ve got to teach people from all types of disciplines how to listen and engage people comfortably and care for them spiritually and emotionally.” Source: Malcolm Marler, D.Min., BCC, Director of Pastoral Care, UAB Medicine, in “The Critical Role of Spirituality in Patient Experience,” The Beryl Institute and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, 2015
  • SCA delivers for health care professionals a unique and comprehensive combination of benefits: evidence-based education in the Online 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.
  • Low $95 annual membership fee offers an annual value of more than $500.

Annual Benefits

  • The Chaplain Connection – Online Resource Center & Community
  • $200 Discount for Each Online Professional Education Course (excludes instructor-led courses)
  • 3 Free Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Webinars
  • 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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For Community Clergy and Religious Leaders – Why Join and Membership Benefits and Value

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)
  • Low $50 annual membership fee offers an annual value of more than $280.

Annual Benefits

  • $200 Discount for Each Online Professional Education Course (excludes instructor-led courses)
  • 2 Free Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Webinars
  • 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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For Organizations and Institutions – Why Join and Membership Benefits and Value

  • Complements or supports your mission and objectives
  • Gives you access to high-value resources and benefits, including:
    • $200 discount on each online professional education course – applicable to all W-2 employees ($295 fee per course for members vs. $495 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)
  • Low $500 annual membership fee offers an annual value that can be unlimited with the discounted member pricing on online professional education courses for all W-2 employees

Annual Benefits

  • $200 Discount for Each Online Professional Education Course (excludes instructor-led 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.

 

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More About SCA’s Membership Benefits

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