The Seminary Student Program accepts students from Memphis Theological Seminary, Harding Graduate School of Religion, Jacksonville Theological Seminary and other theological training facilities. These students will utilize multiple avenues of learning to expand proficiency in clinical pastoral care.  Learning opportunities include the practice of ministry in a clinical setting, supervision, self-reflection and classroom presentations.  The students have the opportunity to develop, practice, and access their pastoral care gifts and abilities; increase their capacity to reflect theologically on specific pastoral care encounters; and give and receive support and feedback from peers in a group setting.  The Seminary students also have an opportunity to clarify their self-understanding as a pastoral caregiver, obtain guidance in ministry from their supervisor, and acquire an in-depth exposure to pastoral care in a healthcare setting.

Commitment

The Seminary Students are asked to participate in Regional One Health’s pastoral care ministry through our 14-week Pastoral Care Practicum class. The Seminary students are asked to commit to a minimum of five (5) hours per week—3.5 hours visiting patients and 1.5 hours of class work.  Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their pastoral care experiences, while receiving guidance and mentorship from their supervisor.  The students will report to and be supervised by the Manager of Pastoral Care or a designated Staff Chaplain.

Qualifications

Seminary Students participating in the program must be a current student at an approved theological seminary and must be recommended by a seminary faculty member. As with all volunteer opportunities here at Regional One Health, after all application materials are completed and submitted, each applicant must pass a background check, complete tuberculosis screening and immunization review, and attend a Volunteer Orientation.

Application

If you are interested in completing a Supervised Clinical Pastoral Care Practicum at Regional One Health or recommending a Seminary Student, please contact Chaplain Wanda Gardner-Slater at wslater@regionalonehealth.org or 901.545.7194.