Palliative care chaplains are specially trained and skilled. In completing my own educational work, I concentrated in pastoral skills related to loss and bereavement, family systems, and religious and cultural diversity. During and following my 3 year Master’s program, I held 3 internships (totaling 13 months), and will be completing my 4th CPE Unit in August, which equals 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education and 1200 hours of direct pastoral/spiritual care of patients, families, and staff. To engage in the formal certification process requires an additional 18-24 months of intensive reflection and writing in preparation to prove and defend the 29 competencies.
Learn more about Pam Hallmark on the Chaplain Residents page.