Welcome to the
Shaw Chaplaincy Institute


for Spiritual Care + Compassionate Leadership


 

Welcome to the
Shaw Chaplaincy Institute


For Spiritual Care + Compassionate Leadership


Bring spirituality into your work

Bring spirituality
into your work



A World Poised for Healing


The Shaw Chaplaincy Institute for Spiritual Care + Compassionate Leadership (SCI) is a multicultural, interpersonal and interfaith education program that provides opportunities for intellectual and inspirational development for religious leaders, spiritual care specialists, clinicians, and other professionals who have interest as a spiritual “generalist,” or other service-oriented vocations.


We aspire to be an educational beacon of the rich and luminous spiritual forces that permeate the lives of millions of people. We educate and nurture the formation of spiritual care leaders and spiritually interested learners empowered to engage the emotional, spiritual, physical, intellectual and moral needs of all people. All Institute programs foster an understanding of how caring practices are expressed across cultures and religious traditions, and contribute to multiple dimensions of interreligious thought, faith, life and witness in the world.


 
 
 
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Graduate interfaith theological education for a wide range of contexts and professions.

Graduate interfaith theological education for a wide range of contexts and professions.


The Institute’s curriculum advances spiritual care and compassionate leadership with courses that explore the history of health care, professional and biomedical ethics, research literacy, preaching and pastoral care, trauma and grief, social justice, and spiritual practices world wide. In recognition of the social structures, web of connections, interdisciplinary and faith traditions represented in sociopolitical life and community, we place curricular concepts in the context of real-life situations where service-learning connects students to a community of service.

 
 
 
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Academic
Programs


Academic and experiential programs for further development of spiritual care and compassionate leadership skills—from master’s degree concentrations to continuing education.


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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)


Shaw Chaplaincy Institute is the only ACPE-accredited center offering a full CPE program on a seminary campus, with a fully endowed chair to ensure the longevity of the program. SCI is accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE programs.


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Community
Engagement


Students choose a care context that that stresses service-learning, which may be on or off campus, public or hidden, to develop an in-depth awareness of themselves and others.


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“The people of God need skilled, caring professionals who know how to facilitate groups, engage suffering, understand trauma and grief and their complex socio-cultural roots, care for the dying, and bring real transformation and healing to such situations.”

Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Shaw Family Chair for Clinical Pastoral Education,

CPE Supervisor, Director of Shaw Chaplaincy Institute



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“One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Totally transformative. I will be back to complete more units of this Clinical Pastoral Program. I recommend it for everyone!”

Andrea Hall-Miller, RN, MA
Hospital Nursing Supervisor, ordained minister and Certified Fitness Nurse Coach



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“The Chaplaincy Concentration offered me the opportunity to take the critical thinking skills, honed within the MDiv curriculum, and apply them to accessing the spiritual needs of people, their families, and their communities. The coursework of the concentration bettered my CPE applications and continues to enhance my ministry today. The concentration encouraged me to reflect on my own formation as a clergy person and expanded my vision of chaplaincy beyond individual encounters to recognizing chaplaincy as a ministry to the systems that shape and mis-shape our lives.”

Bentley Stewart, MDiv
Pastor (Interim) Christian Church of Vacaville


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In this world poised for healing, do you feel called to bring compassionate presence to others? Get in touch with your questions, and I’ll be very happy to help you explore ways in which the Shaw Chaplaincy Institute is able to help you bring your whole self into service.

- Rev. Paul Gaffney,
Program Manager of Education, Community Relations and Spiritual Care Services


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