If you’re wondering how you can help make your local schools safer, National School Chaplain Association (866-939-6292) offers an accredited school chaplains training program, now with an emphasis on counseling techniques, conflict resolution skills, and school safety protocols.
If you're like most people, you may feel horrified at the constant threat of violence in American schools.
It's easy to feel like the problems are too big to be solved - but there's hope! As an NSCA-certified school chaplain, you can be part of the solution.
The NSCA certification program is perfect if you want to serve the spiritual needs of students in your community while embracing a respectful, non-denominational, compassionate, holistic approach to student well-being.
As concerns about school safety continue to rise in the United States in the wake of numerous mass shootings, the school chaplains training program focuses on equipping you with student counseling and conflict resolution skills as part of crisis prevention.
Recent data from the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education Gun Violence Archive shows that most mass shootings in schools were planned in advance and could have been prevented with early interventions, explains the organization. As therapy services in schools often carry a stigma for students, your role as a school chaplain will be less formal and you can help troubled students get mental health assistance in a non-threatening, accessible way. “The number one reason to hire a school chaplain is school safety,” says a NSCA representative. “A chaplain can be the last line of defense, and as a National School Chaplain Association chaplain, you'll be trained to recognize school safety issues and take steps to help create safer learning environments.”
As part of the student counseling portion of the NSCA training program, you'll be trained to support students with anxiety or depression, provide a holistic, non-judgmental approach to healthcare that includes spiritual beliefs, and offer some reprieve for over-burdened teachers and other mental health professionals in a school setting.
You'll also learn conflict resolution skills and ways in which to diffuse high-tension situations involving students, as well as techniques to intervene in potentially dangerous situations.
The NSCA Chaplains Certification Course is 8 weeks long and is accredited through Oral Roberts University. It includes basic First Aid training, as well as an Active Shooter and Personality Threat Assessment component.
With rolling admission, you can start the online training program at any time, and NSCA professionals are available to offer support and answer any questions you may have.
Start taking action to support safety in your local schools today with the chaplains certification program from NSCA!
Find more details about the program at https://campuschaplains.org/