Location: San Antonio

There is online course work prior to and after weekend workshops BEFORE course completion certificate is issued.

Weekend One: 
July 23, Thursday,  6-9:30p
July 24, Friday, 6-9:30p
July 25, Saturday, 9-7p

Weekend Two:
July 30, Thursday,  6-9:30p
July 31, Friday, 6-9:30p
Aug 1, Saturday, 9-7p

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Course Purpose

The Practical Chaplaincy foundational course is designed to train, equip and empower the faith community to expand the pastoral reach to those in need and to help others navigate the storms of life with the Ministry of Purpose, Presence, Peace by providing S.A.C.R.E.D. C.A.R.E.  These core skills are the skills of a Chaplain.

Course Facilitator(s)
Sr. Chaplain Ken Schlenker, MDiv | Denise Joy Thompson, MSW, Ret. LTC, USAF

CAREForce provides organizational development, training, and practical response to individuals and organizations in crisis. Trained chaplains working within a triad of care consisting of mental health, peer support and chaplains, provide physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual support following a critical incident.

Topics Covered

  • Pre Course Work
  • Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • Ministry of Purpose, Presence & Peace (MP3)
  • Chaplains in Sacred & Secular Organizations
  • Creating Personal Strengths Resiliency
  • Selfcare is a Necessity
  • Chaplaincy Core Values
  • Chaplaincy Methodologies


  • Legal Aspects of Chaplaincy
  • Chaplain Canon of Ethics
  • SACRED CARE Communication
  • Understanding Stress & Stress Management
  • Crisis Intervention a Key Role of the Chaplain
  • Preparing for the Terrible Ten
  • Death Notification: Supporting the Survivors


  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention
  • Grief, Bereavement & Mourning
  • The Chaplain Role in Funerals
  • Officiating a Wedding
  • Case Study Analysis
  • Application and Demonstration
  • Post Course Assessment

Affiliate Partners

Adam Davis Ministries
Armed Forces Mission
Calvary Steel Ministries
Cassidy Joined for Hope
Clinical Pastoral Education International Coach Alliance
Counseling Team International
Grace Center for Spiritual Development
Grace School of Theology
Integrative Recovery
International Conference of Police Chaplains
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Joyful Child Foundation
Living Shield Ministries
National Council for Behavioral Health
Reflective Life Media
Remembrance Project
Seeking Hope
Stronger Alliance

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