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Oncology Chaplaincy Fellowship

Curriculum at a Glance

Clinical experience will be the core component of this program. Provision of spiritual care to patients, family members and staff will occur throughout the hospital, Cancer Institute and home and inpatient hospice, which will provide immersion into the full spectrum of the oncology experience.


Develop Comprehension of the Context of Oncology Chaplaincy

  • Acquire a broad understanding of the field of oncology: diagnoses, prognoses, technologies, treatments, side effects and follow-up
  • Develop a working knowledge of the medical model and the scope of practice of various health care professionals on the oncology care team
  • Articulate a solid comprehension of existential and theological issues raised by oncology for patients and their families/supporters

Tailor Care to Disease Progression

  • Develop research literacy and ability to appropriately apply findings to professional chaplaincy practice for oncology patients and their family/supporters
  • Refine ability to develop and maintain relationships of trust and spiritual presence facilitating spiritualassessments, meaning making conversations and appropriate spiritual interventions to promote spiritual growth and wellbeing throughout the oncology disease process
  • Provide care to patients and their family/supporters in various contexts (outpatient/inpatient, curative/palliative/ hospice and treatment/survivorship).

Utilize a Systems Approach

  • Utilize a systems perspective to understand the experience of the person with cancer as well as the systems working with the person
  • Cultivate systems for support of patient and family members
  • Extend the impact of the chaplain role within interdisciplinary team by identifying and weakening restraining forces to taking up various aspects of one’s professional role.

Develop Proficiency with Ethical, Moral & Legal Issues in Oncology

  • Incorporate a working knowledge of the ethical, moral and legal issues inherent in oncology care
  • Demonstrate maintaining one’s integrity and authenticity in professional practice during the process of assistingothers in moral and ethical care decisions
  • Articulate challenging areas of sensitivity and awareness in oncology care
  • Facilitate ethical decision-making for patients and families of diverse populations

Improve Chaplaincy Care Processes

  • Evaluate current practices
  • Develop process improvements that can be evaluated for effectiveness
  • Utilize leadership skills to implement process improvements

Personal & Professional Growth

  • Identify & maintain effective self-care strategies in the midst of intense ministry
  • Utilize action/reflection model to guide professional development
  • Integrate personal theology/spirituality, theoretical understandings and professional practice


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