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Links To Other Pastoral Care Organizations

Spiritual Care Collaborative

The Spiritual Care Collaborative (SCC) was formed to provide a common voice for professional pastoral care, counseling and education organizations in the United States and Canada. Our goal is to speak with a unified voice as clinically trained, qualified pastoral/spiritual caregivers who serve as chaplains, pastoral educators and counselors in specialized settings including hospitals and other healthcare organizations, military, prisons, and the business workplace.

The Oates Institute

With the leadership of Dr. James Hyde and a small group of professionals touched by the life of Wayne Oates, the Wayne E. Oates Institute was incorporated in 1993 in order to carry forward the heritage embodied in Wayne Oates' life and ministry.

In a day when professional, organizational, and religious boundaries are being redrawn, the Oates Institute provides a safe space where those from religious, health care, social work, and various therapeutic perspectives may learn from each other through dialogue and educational opportunities that promote collaborative, compassionate and comprehensive care.

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The Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. (JPCP) is an independent publishing organization established and supported by various pastoral care organizations. Its mission is to enhance the pastoral arts and sciences by publishing a journal and related materials and by providing communication services in the areas of pastoral care, counseling, and education.

Reflective Practice now has their own website:

The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) is an interfaith, professional, pastoral care association of providers of pastoral care endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in physical, mental, spiritual or mental need in diverse settings.

Phone: (847) 240-1014;   Fax: (847) 240-1015

The Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE) is a Canadian national multifaith organization which is committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in pastoral care and pastoral counseling in Canada.

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) is a professional association for certified chaplains and clinical pastoral educators who participate in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. We provide standards, certification, education, advocacy and professional development for our members in service to the Church and society.

Phone: (414) 483-4898; Fax: (414) 483-6712.


National Association of Jewish Chaplains

The NAJC mission is to enhance the kedusha of Jewish Chaplains in order that they may provide quality Jewish, religious, and spiritual care.  

NAJC is a professional organization for Rabbis, Cantors, and other Jewish professionals functioning as Jewish Chaplains in hospitals, nursing homes and geriatric centers, hospice, psychiatric facilities, correctional centers, and the military. In addition to offering collegial support to and professional certification of Jewish Chaplains, NAJC provides conferences and ongoing resources to its members to foster services to and resources for the Jewish and general community on issues of pastoral and spiritual care based on Jewish traditions and values.

The New York Board of Rabbis

The New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) is the largest inter-denominational body of its kind in the world with close to 700 members consisting of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis.  The NYBR's chaplaincy web page is designed to provide chaplains, CPE Supervisors and CPE students, of all faith traditions in a variety of institutions, easy access to Jewish literature for use within their chaplaincy locations. 


COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings

A network of professional organizations, institutions, and faith communities that promotes and supports collaboration among its membership and is the collective voice of advocacy to a variety of publics on behalf of the network.

International Council of Pastoral Care and Counselling

The Council serves as a 'web-like' network of people elected at each International Congress every four years to help.  Promote the reflective practice of Pastoral Care and Counselling throughout the world. Inform, educate and inspire practitioners of Pastoral Care and Counselling in every place. Enable practitioners to be in touch with each other and to learn from good practice wherever it occurs.


European Network for Health Care Chaplaincy

The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy consists of representatives from Churches, Faiths and National Associations.

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The German Society for Pastoral Psychology (DGfP) is an association of pastoral ministers and CPE Supervisors in Germany who provide pastoral care, pastoral education and pastoral supervision for Deutschland {Germany}.  The website ["Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Pastoralpsychologie"] is in the German language. 




The society has about 180 members in 30 countries.

  European Council for Pastoral Care and Counseling (ECPCC)

National Institute of Business and Industrial Chaplains (NIBIC)

NIBIC helps establish academic and professional criteria for the practice of this specialized ministry. NIBIC's goal is for every person providing pastoral care, counseling, and consultation in workplace settings to meet these professional standards.



The Pediatric Chaplains Network began in 1995 as an informal gathering of pediatric chaplains that met in conjunction with the Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH) annual conference. The Network was officially organized in 1997 and was received as an affiliate organization of ACCH at that time.  In December of 1999, the PCN was received as a member organization in the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS). Chaplains from a variety of children’s health care facilities and organizations are members of the Network. Each year the PCN sponsors a Chaplains Forum designed to offer chaplains an opportunity to share ideas and hear presentations that will enhance their ministry.


American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a resource to hospitals and other healthcare settings interested in developing palliative care programs. CAPC is a national initiative supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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Last Chapters - Partnership for Caring

Last Chapters offers a collection of inspiring stories and video interviews of people who are facing death or chronic illness.  These stories shed light on a range of issues about quality of life, including: spirituality, talking about dying, managing pain, care giving, coming to terms with grief and more.  The Last Chapters Forum is a discussion board where site visitors can comment on featured stories and share their own experiences, concerns and encouragement. The site provides a variety of resources as well as ideas for individual action to improve end-of-life care. 

Plain Views

PlainViews is an e-newsletter created to promote dialogue among chaplains and other spiritual care providers on issues of Professional Practice, Advocacy, Education & Research, and Spiritual Development. PlainViews is published on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

  American Correctional Chaplains Association

The American Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA), an affiliate of the American Correctional Association (ACA), serves as a professional organization for pastoral care personnel in the corrections field, and provides a network for the sharing of information and resources amongst its members and with corrections administrators.


The Military Chaplains Association of the USA

The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America (MCA), headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C., serves as the professional support organization for military chaplaincy in the U.S.


National VA Chaplain Center

The mission of the National Chaplain Center is to empower Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains in the achievement of excellence in meeting the spiritual healthcare needs of Veterans.


US Air Force Chaplain Service

The US Air Force Chaplain Service Web Site is dedicated to providing broad and diverse information and resources for your Chaplain Service mission and ministry.


The John Templeton Foundation

Established in 1987 by renowned international investor, Sir John Templeton, to encourage a fresh appreciation of the critical importance---for all peoples and cultures---of the moral and spiritual dimensions of life. The Templeton Foundation seeks to act as a critical catalyst for progress, especially by supporting studies which demonstrate the benefits of an open, humble and progressive approach to learning in these areas.


The Mental Health Chaplaincy

Located in Seattle, Washington, The Mental Health Chaplaincy assists with referrals, provides consultation, and gives presentations to foster understanding of mental illness and the spiritual journey.

The Society for Pastoral Theology

The Society is primarily concerned with teaching, research, and publication in pastoral theology, and with the critical and imaginative practice of pastoral care and counseling. They welcome all who have an academic or professional interest in pastoral theology as a discipline regardless of religious affiliation or professional identity.


The Association of Practical Theology

The purpose of the Association of Practical Theology (APT) is to promote critical discourse that integrates theological reflection and practice.


Association for Theological Field Education

ATFE is the source of resources, relationships and education for theological field educators.  


Society for Spirituality, Theology & Health

The Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health is a multidisciplinary network committed to intellectual engagement, collaboration among members, and support and encouragement for research. This membership society is open to all persons interested in spirituality, theology and health.

  Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Pastoral Care Week

The celebration of Pastoral Care Week every October provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries.

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