The Spiritual Care Department at The UVM Medical Center offers a six or eight week training program twice yearly (Spring and Fall) for people interested in providing spiritual care to patients in hospitals, convalescent homes, nursing homes, or private homes.
The sessions are two hours, once a week, with some reading, and suggested activities.
This program is offered by the Spiritual Care Department at The UVM Medical Center as a service to the community.
Overview of Program - listening and communicating
Spirituality of suffering
Prayer for healing
Spirituality of Eucharist - role play
Death, Dying, Grief and Loss
Important points in visiting - ministry to the minister
Tour of Hospital
Evaluation and commissioning
Since all Spiritual Care volunteers are part of The UVM Medical Center Volunteer Department, an hour and a half orientation is provided, as well as the training.
If you desire to be a Pastoral Volunteer, you will need to write an essay of no more than two pages, stating your motivation for doing this, as well as presenting a letter from your pastor stating that he/she is aware of your desire to be a Pastoral Volunteer here at The UVM Medical Center.
If your intention is to volunteer as a Eucharistic Minister for the Catholic Church, the diocese requires an essay of no more than two pages, stating your appreciation of the Eucharist. You will also need a letter from your pastor stating that he/she is aware you will be a Eucharist Minister here at The UVM Medical Center.
This course is coordinated by Sr. Karen Pozniak, SND de N, MA. Sister Karen is Chaplain Educator here at TheUVM Medical Center.
For more information, please contact Sr. Karen Pozniak at 802-847-6537.