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Professional Level Chaplain

To qualify for Professional Level you must meet the following training and experience level:

1. At least 4 years experience field related

2. Level 3 Basic Chaplain Training from UGST or its equivalent *

3. In addition, you must take or be actively seeking to complete two of the following:

§ Crisis Intervention - level II

§ Conflict Management - level II

§ Unexpected Death Notification - level II

4. All applicants must be a licensed ministers or have the following:

§ A Christian Workers license designated as a chaplain from their local assembly with 5-years experience field related

§ If you are not the pastor of your local assembly then you must have a signed endorsement letter from your pastor

5. Must have completed two of the following FEMA courses

§ Incident Management

§ Operational Planning

§ Disaster Logistics

§ Service to Victims

§ Continuity Programs

§ Public Disaster Communications

§ Integrated Preparedness

§ Hazard Mitigation

6. Must have completed level one of CISM and within one more year level two CISM training

Level one CISM

§ Nature of Stress / Traumatic Stress

§ Types of Critical Incidents

§ CISM Team Structure

§ On-Scene Support Services

§ Mobilization / Demobilization

§ Group Debriefing (CISD)

§ Defusing

§ Facilitative Listening Skills

§ Spousal / Significant Other Support

§ Individual Intervention

§ Referral Options and Peer Limitations

§ Helping The Helper

§ Confidentiality Issues

Completion of a Basic CISM course is pre-requisite for attendance CISM level 2 (some times called CISD)

Level 2 CISM (CISD)

§ Traumatic Stress / Stress Management

§ Nature of Post-Traumatic Syndromes and PTSD

§ Signs and Symptoms of PTSD / Responding to PTSD in Others / Referral

§ Rationale for CISM / Why CISD Works / Role in Prevention of PTSD

§ CISD vs. Psychotherapy

§ Current Thinking on CISM

§ Best Practices / Lessons Learned from CISM

§ Difficult Debriefings: Line of Duty Death / Symbolic / Multiple Incident / Disasters

§ Preserving CISM Team Members

§ Comprehensive CISM Approach

Basic Chaplain Course Level III taught by UGST Title

"Introduction to Community Chaplaincy III"

Note: Level III is still in the development stage, acceptable crossover training for this course will be Basic Level International Conference of Police Chaplain (ICPC) training of PCE two units (Pastoral Chaplain Education which is Hospital and Hospice training)

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Director of Occupational Chaplains:  John D Putnam
Director Emeritus:  William Dillon

Administrative Asst.:

Brandi Hood -

Phone: (800) 755-8492

Mail to:

Occupational Chaplains Assoc.

PO Box 1532

Saltillo, MS 38866

OCA is an endorsed project of the UPCI in the Office of Education and Endorsements 

36 Research Park Court, Weldon, Spring MO 63304