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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:47 pm 
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Zen Healthcare in the 21st Century

December 14, 2009
Posted by Philip Ryan in : Buddhism & Health
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The New York Times reported on the much-needed hospital chaplaincy work of monks from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. The piece sheds light on the increasing need for chaplaincy work in hospitals, where resources are stretched very thin and bedside care isn’t what it used to be (if it ever was.)

Wendy Cadge, a sociologist at Brandeis University who is writing a book about hospital chaplaincy called “Paging God,” said data on the value of chaplains was slim.

“But people think chaplains are really helpful around end-of-life issues and increasingly complex ethical decisions,” she said, including organ donations, living wills and do-not-resuscitate orders.

“Chaplains do a lot to help reduce anxieties,” she added. “One study says patients and families who see a chaplain are more satisfied with their care.”

Religious services cannot be paid for with taxpayer money, so hospitals generally pony up themselves. The overall cost is tiny and the chaplain’s value is well understood. The piece is worth reading in full—it’s short.

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The Buddhist Chaplaincy program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel as Buddhist practitioners working in the field of professional chaplaincy. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to engage in spiritual care and counseling work and become properly trained and certified professionals. The program incorporates the requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) by offering 75 semester hours that cover the nine core educational areas specified by the APC. By the end of their training, students will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

Knowledge and application of Buddhist values;
Knowledge of the religions of the world;
An understanding of how society, culture, language and customs influence religious belief;
Knowledge of best practices in clinical settings;
Ability to engage in critical, scholarly analysis of religious beliefs and practices;
Ability to facilitate and construct opportunities for inter-religious collaboration;
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