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This 100-hour course (one year) will use proven integrative medicine therapies to enhance the integration of chaplaincy skills for Board-Certified Chaplains and experienced chaplains who work in healthcare.


  • Session One: October 12 and 13 2017
  • Session Two: September 13 and 14 2018

In Session One, attendees will learn the nuances and intricacies of:

  • Healing touch
  • Mindfulness
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Aromatherapy
  • Breath prayer
  • Massage therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Holistic care in trauma
  • Evidence-based practice

Session One also covers how to use these therapies in direct ministry with patients and make referrals to other qualified specialists. Session Two covers more integrative healing therapies, and includes presentations to a peer group.

Up to 20 students can be accommodated in the Integrative Chaplain Certificate Course. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline is August 15, 2017.

Participant Requirements

Board-Certified Chaplains are to complete all modules and demonstrate skills in five of the modalities listed below.

Session One: October 12 and 13, 2017 – 16 hours
Session Two: September 13 and 14, 2018 – 16 hours

Learning Modalities

  • Healing Presence
  • Breath Work/Breath Prayer
  • Labyrinth/Meditation
  • Mind Body/Guided Imagery
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Hands-on Healing
  • Art and Music Therapy
  • Massage/Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy/Anointing

Learning Modalities

  • Integrative Healing and Chaplaincy Applications
  • Demonstration of Best Practices
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate Award Ceremony
Online Course Modules – 30 Hours
  • 7 Hindrances to Effective Spiritual care
  • A Theology of Administration
  • Aromatherapy Use in Spiritual Care
  • Breath Prayer
  • Code Lavender
  • Compassion Fatigue: It’s Time To Talk
  • Ecclesiogenic Depression
  • Faith Factors in Research
  • Finding Your Purpose
  • Guided Imagery For Spiritual Guidance and Healing
  • Healing and Humor
  • Healing Presence
  • Healing Visions at End of Life
  • Inspiration and Healing
  • Integrative Chaplaincy for the Future
  • Opening the Gift of Healing Touch
  • Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy: Care of Souls
  • Power of Meditation
  • Religious Ideation
  • Servant Leadership
  • Simple Uses of Reflexology
  • Spiritual Assessment
  • Spirituality and Healing
  • The Art of Delegating Stress
  • The Crisis of Grief
  • The Four Agreements
  • The Harmony of Singing
  • The Power of Religious Resources For Healing
  • The Process of Forgiveness
  • The Wisdom of Intuition Through Spiritual Direction
Total Time Commitment
12 months = 100 hours
  • On-site sessions - 32 hours
  • Online modules - 30 hours
  • Case presentations - 24 hours (12 case reports of 1-3 pages each)
  • Video preparation - 8 hours
  • Mentor consultation - 6 hours

$900 – The course fee includes four days of sessions, mentoring, online course work, breakfast and lunch during workshops.

Travel, overnight stays and other expenses are the responsibilities of the attendees. 

Sessions will take place at:

Hilton Charlotte | University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262

David Carl David Carl

Chaplain David E. Carl is Executive Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church who has served in chaplaincy for 40 years.

David is certified as a Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. He has served in leadership positions for both of these national organizations and received the prestigious Anton T. Boisen Award from the Association of Mental Health Clergy in 1998 for his creative leadership in the field of religion and mental health.

David remains active on the Atrium Health Institutional Review Board, Ethics Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and Patient Experience.

For more information, contact Rev. David Carl by phone at 704-355-3361 or by email.

Contact Information

Atrium Health, Department of Spiritual Care and Education
PO Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861

Fax: 704-355-1073
Email: Atrium Health Pastoral Care and Education

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