Upcoming Chaplain Training

Presented by the Southern California Chaplains’ Association (SCCA)

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Cost for a Continental breakfast and training at SCCA’S Regional Meetings:

  • No charge for members who have made their dues donation for the current year ending Dec. 31, 2017.
  • Guests at their first SCCA training are asked to donate $5.
  • Returning guests or members whose dues are not up to date will be charged $10. Members are welcome to update their dues at the door or via a check or PayPal today (button is at the bottom of the page).

A year’s membership is only $40 for this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This includes access to each of the training meetings held throughout the region, the Continental breakfast served at each training, fellowship with like-minded Chaplains, and information provided on the website.

Upcoming Chaplain Training

Presented by Other Groups

(in chronological order)

  • International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC)

    Annual Training Seminar (ATS):

2019 – Wichita, KS – July 22-26

The Annual Training Seminar (ATS) prepares law enforcement chaplains for their specialized work. ICPC offers credentials for chaplains: Basic, Senior, Master, Diplomate, and Fellow, so the twelve core courses for the Basic level are all offered at the ATS. Please see ICPC’s website linked above for more information (click on “Credentialing”).

Moreover, SCCA has earned the approval of ICPC for its training meetings to count as continuing education credits.

  • The Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC)

    “Offers resources for the Fire Chaplain to help build a relationship and ministry opportunity within the fire service.”

    The 2019 Annual FFC Conference in Cathedral City, CA (beside Palm Springs). The Conference is Oct 19-24, 2019.

    Visit their website for updates.

Links to Chaplaincy Opportunities

(in alphabetical order)

These are listings of ministry openings. If you’re interested in becoming a chaplain, these are good places to start asking questions. If you’re already a chaplain, we would suggest that you discuss this additional volunteer opportunity with your own department prior to applying for the additional chaplaincy work listed below.

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

    Currently recruiting to fill volunteer chaplain positions. A brief job description follows:

    • Minimum eight (8)-hour-per-month commitment for ride-a-longs and attendance at briefings and other unit activities, special events, and ceremonies, with preparation of monthly activity logs, reading of on-line monthly continuing education articles, and attendance at quarterly Chaplain training meetings
    • Ecclesiastically certified persons in good standing (i.e., licensed, ordained, etc.), endorsed for the law enforcement Chaplaincy by a recognized religious body
    • At least five (5) years experience in the ministry (previous law enforcement experience may substitute for some portion of ministry experience)
    • Required to function within an ecumenical, interdenominational framework when providing chaplain services
    • Finger print clearance, background investigation, and selection interview

    Contact Steve Sultan, Ph.D., Acting Director, Employee Support Services Bureau, LASD at 213.738.3500, or sesultan@lasd.org.

  • O’Connor Mortuary (South Orange County)

    Chaplains in the South Orange County area are needed from time to time to officiate at memorial services. Please email Patricia A. Kolstad, Director of Community Relations at patricia@oconnormortuary.com.

  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department

    OCSD Reserve Chaplain Program

      • Candidates pass oral interviews and background investigations prior to acceptance into the unit.
      • The OCSD 40-hour Chaplain Academy covers such topics as “Introduction to Law Enforcement Chaplaincy,” “Introduction to OCSD,” “Crisis Calls Training,” “Ministry to Law Enforcement Personnel,” “Ridealong Procedures and Field Operations,” “Weapons Familiarization,” and “Field Simulations.”

    To qualify for the position of Chaplain, candidates are required to be licensed, ordained, and credentialed for law enforcement chaplaincy, have at least one year’s counseling experience, and be in reasonably good health.

    • Chaplains are then assigned to a Field Training Chaplain and complete a three- to six-month probation period in patrol operations before being available to serve.
    • Call the Reserve Office (714) 566-2711.
  • Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries

    Helps bring hope to thousands of incarcerated youth by providing Chaplains to youth correctional facilities. If you feel that the Lord is calling you to serve as a Correctional Chaplain, Para-Chaplain or Institutional Volunteer, Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries would like to assist you in your training and placement.

  • Police Outreach

    Ministers to the police in Sudan (near Egypt), develops police chaplain programs, and trains officers in subjects such as officer safety, ethics, police management, community policing, and child protection. To begin to get a feel for the impact of the ministry, please watch a five-minute video: click here.

  • State Military Reserve Chaplain

    With almost all of the Chaplains for the California National Guard on deployment, there are shortages here at home. Volunteer one day a month to provide services to soldiers stationed locally.

Links to Other Chaplain Resources

(in alphabetical order)

  • The Charlie Sears Foundation

    “Inspired by retired Los Angeles Police Detective Charlie Sears’ strength and courage, it is our organization’s mission to provide financial assistance, physician referral and advocacy services to those law enforcement officers and firefighters diagnosed with brain cancer.” (from their website)

  • C.O.P.S.

    “Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.” (from their website)

  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

    “Provides peer counseling, training, and technical assistance for the families and coworkers of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. Some of their specific activities include developing and disseminating publications and reference materials for survivors and senior fire department managers and creating a public awareness strategy to promote the fire service and its critical role in public safety.”

  • Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program

    Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; firefighters; public rescue squads; ambulance crews; and chaplains of these departments may be eligible to receive death benefits under the Hometown Heroes Survivors’ Benefits Act following a death while on duty, under certain conditions. See the website linked above for specifics.

  • Ten-Four Ministries

    Gives practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community.

  • The Unforgettables Foundation (TUF)

    Fulfills the mission of providing families who have little or no financial resources modest financial assistance to help assure dignified final arrangements for their child.

  • Working Wardrobes

    Working Wardrobes empowers men, women, young adults and veterans overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. We provide career training, job placement assistance and wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect.

Literature suggestions:

  • The Work of the Chaplain 

    Co-authored by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack, this book uncovers the historical and biblical foundation for chaplaincy, and then explores the universal issues that chaplains face of accountability, privacy, personal ethics, spiritual assessment and self-care. It will hit home with you and enhance your role as a Chaplain.

  • Grief Resources” at O’Connor Mortuary

    Here you will find a library that contains a myriad of articles ranging from helping yourself through grief to helping caregivers, a list of support groups, an annotated list of books and other literature, online resources, downloadable grief brochures that are pamphlets providing educational information about handling different types of grief (baby, child, senior, holidays, etc.).46th