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Pastoral Care Services

Pastoral Counseling of Miami Valley Hospital has two (2) programs to enhance your professional effectiveness and personal growth. Please give the following opportunities your consideration for yourself, your pastoral staff or other interested persons. Both programs are 50-hour programs which begin September 2012 and end June 2013. The programs are based on an adult learning model which utilizes presentations by the participants of actual pastoral situations and reflection on those experiences with colleagues and other experienced professionals.

Pastoral Care Specialist Program (PCS)

This program helps persons develop advanced skills in pastoral care as well as integrating theology and spirituality within the context of daily ministry. The pastoral case presentations by the participants focus on processing challenging pastoral care situations and interactions.

Comments in praise of the PCS Program from this year’s students:

  • “I have learned how God can use me more effectively in caring for people.”
  • “My ministry has been enriched because I have personally been enriched.”
  • “The leaders created a setting where I could safely assess who I am in ministry and practice new skills for ministry.”

Chaplain Training In Institutional Setting

  • Program focused on developing skills related to providing spiritual care in the hospital setting.
  • Utilizes case presentations by participants for active reflective learning.
  • Thorough discussion of the book Hospital Ministry by Lawrence Holst.
  • Meets twice per month for 3 hours each session
  • Prerequisite: One (1) Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or graduate of the Pastoral Care Specialist Program (PCS).

If you, or someone you know, are interested in these opportunities for professional and personal development, please call (937) 208-6606 or email for more information.

The Reverend Dr. Steven A. Ingram, PCC-S
Pastoral Counseling Training Supervisor
Diplomate - American Association of Pastoral Counselors
saingram@MVH.org

Chaplaincy Services

Chaplains provide formal spiritual assessments. Pastoral care issues commonly addressed with the chaplain include:

  • Physical, emotional, and spiritual distress
  • Situational stresses
  • Sacramental needs
  • Medical concerns/decision making
  • Quality of life/living will
  • Death/dying concerns
  • Grief/loss issues
  • Reconciliation
  • Grief support/debriefing is provided as needed for hospital staff.

Chaplains work with healthcare team members contributing a spiritual dimension to the care-giving process.

Chaplains hold weekly devotions at the request of staff. Catholic Mass is celebrated as announced. Interfaith worship services and/or pastoral care events are planned for special congregations, community groups, and agencies.

Families of those who have died at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) are invited to a bi-monthly memorial service.  Attendance at these services varies between 25 and 125. Memorial services are also held, upon request, when a staff member dies.

Pastoral Education

Providing a wide variety of programs, the management team of the Department of Pastoral Care and Counseling staffs Pastoral Education. The educational programs of the department include:

  • Pastoral Care Specialist Program
  • Lay Ministries Training Program
  • Continuing education program for MVH volunteers and Eucharistic ministers
  • Various seminars and workshops offered throughout the year

These programs utilize a wide variety of clinical, religious, and community resources.  The educational components of these programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Didactic instruction
  • Clinical case conferences
  • Pastoral supervision
  • The action/reflection methods of learning
  • Require reading 

Participants range in age from approximately 22 years of age throughout adulthood. The primary customers of the Pastoral Education programs are:

  • Clergy
  • Counselors
  • Religious and seminary students
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Volunteer chaplains
  • Lay ministers
  • Nurses

Other customers include:

  • Hospital patients
  • Families, staff
  • Faith communities served by students
  • Clients seen by students
  • Community agencies

Admission to educational programs is based on the prospective student meeting the criteria for their respective program.

In general, prospective students are screened for:

  • Emotional maturity
  • Emotional availability
  • Willingness to learn
  • The ability to articulate personal and professional learning goals
  • An innate sense of caring for others

The schedule of educational programs is as follows:

  • Pastoral Care Specialist Program – September through May
  • Continuing education for volunteers and Eucharistic ministers – all 12 months

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