Fellowship in Oncology Chaplaincy
Located in the beautiful Northwest, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) unites three internationally renowned cancer care and research institutions—Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medical Center (UWMC), and Seattle Children’s. It is one of twenty-one National Comprehensive Cancer Network centers in the nation.
The Department of Chaplaincy at SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, and research-informed spiritual and religious care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UWMC) and outpatient (at SCCA). We are a department of six chaplains regularly providing chaplaincy care.
The chaplains are responsible for the outpatient care at Seattle Cancer Alliance where nearly 50,000 patient visits occur each year and for about 90 inpatients with a cancer diagnosis at UWMC.
The SCCA offers a year-long Fellowship in Oncology Chaplaincy beginning the Monday after Labor Day each year. The clinical responsibilities are primarily with inpatient and outpatient adult general oncology and blood and marrow transplant populations.
Utilizing the resources of both the chaplains and the academic/research health care setting, the education possibilities include both clinical and theological learning as well as learning about the scientific and ethical dimensions of cancer research and treatment. One will experience excellent educational opportunities in oncology chaplaincy and outpatient chaplaincy as well as complete 1500 hours that should contribute toward one’s one year experience requirement for certification. (Please verify with one’s certifying body.)
The four foci of the Fellowship include
- Clinical practice
- Theological and critical reflection
- Spiritual formation/growth
The program seeks detail-oriented persons who function well in complex contexts and want to be stretched and grow clinically, intellectually, and spiritually. The minimal objective requirements for the Fellowship are a master degree in theological studies (e.g., M. Div.), four units of CPE, ordination/commissioning for ministry, and religious group endorsement for chaplaincy, i.e., certification eligible.
Applications are received in the spring of each year. Please watch the Association of Professional Chaplains website’s “Job Opportunities” (www.professionalchaplains.org).
For more information and to apply (cover letter including learning style and preliminary goals/expectations, resume, verbatim and analysis), please contact The Reverend Stephen King, Ph.D., 206-288-1099; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Resources used in the fellowship program.