Department of Patient Counseling Mission

Provide clinical education for pastoral care professionals as well as other health care providers in the spiritual care of patients and families within an interdisciplinary context.

In pursuit of this mission, specific objectives are:

  • To teach care and education in a manner that is theologically/philosophically aware and cognizant of current theories and skills in caring for people in crisis.
  • To work collaboratively with other disciplines and to advocate for care that restores and preserves spiritual health for all people as an integral part of their comprehensive care and wellbeing.
  • To provide sensitive and competent pastoral care to patients, families, and staff in which the dignity of culture and the experience of each individual is valued.
  • To promote a supportive environment of a caring community in which to develop students who are in the professional formation process.
  • To promote the advancement of research literacy and evidence-based practice for health care chaplaincy.
  • To invest in the community through clinical and educational partnerships.