The recently updated program is open to college students who want to study and earn their chaplaincy accreditation simultaneously. The course is conducted in collaboration with Oklahoma Christian University.
For more information, visit https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/chaplains
The NSCA’s updated training course coincides with a study published by the National Library of Medicine about the effect of spiritual guidance on mental health. According to the report, having a solid spiritual and moral foundation helps people with mental health issues overcome their challenges easily. Further, the report states that spiritual advisors like chaplains, ministers, or priests give individuals a safe space to vent, which is essential for emotional stability.
College students who sign up for the NSCA’s training program have the unique opportunity to change the lives of children and teenagers. As school chaplains, they can relate to the struggles of the youth better than parents or teachers do since they are trained in counseling and spiritual guidance.
Trainees who are college students will be recommended to take either a 48-hour course or the one-year program. The 48-hour course is for Level Two trainees who have experience teaching or working with a youth group. The one-year program is for Level Three trainees who don’t have prior experience.
Level Two trainees earn one college credit or three CEU credits upon completion. In contrast, Level Three trainees get one-year college credit which will be counted towards their bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
More details can be found at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/schools
NSCA trains chaplains to use prayer and scripture in every piece of advice they give to the youth. However, this does not mean that they can only be chaplains to Catholics or Christians because while they use the Bible as the foundation for their teachings, they can also translate the universal values within the Bible into ideas that any religion can relate to.
The NSCA believes that there is a lack of spiritual care and moral direction in schools. Because of this, they started their chaplaincy training program, which encourages more people to bring God and prayer back into the school system. With proper guidance, the association aims to create generation upon generation of upright citizens who stay true to their morals and beliefs, whatever challenges they might face in the future.
More information is available at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org
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