The organization’s recent expansion gives schools the ability to hire a chaplain to provide counsel, prayer, and spiritual care to staff, students, and their families. Chaplains certified by the National School Chaplain Association go through comprehensive training to learn how to provide spiritual and emotional support without promoting a particular religious group, preaching, or proselytizing.
Interested parties can learn more at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/
With public educators’ job dissatisfaction at an all-time high, the NSCA’s recent expansion is designed to foster a more productive and supportive school culture.
Chaplains are meant to work at the intersection of spirituality and mental health; they can serve as a nonjudgmental confidant for students and staff members to talk to about concerns or emotional distress. Especially for those who feel conflicted about seeking traditional therapy, chaplains can help students and staff members work through feelings of anxiety, isolation, and depression.
More information can be found at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/chaplains/
The NSCA trains its chaplains to have empathy while maintaining strong emotional stability. The organization’s chaplains have proven to increase graduation rates by up to 37%, improve teacher retention and school safety, and increase students’ respect for authority. Schools that have incorporated an NSCA-certified chaplain into their staff have also reported a drop in teen pregnancies by up to 80%, decreased violence, bullying, and disciplinary issues, and a 36% reduction in dropouts.
About National School Chaplain Association
NSCA is the world’s largest provider of certified school chaplains, having certified over 27,000 chaplains in 23 countries. The organization’s vision is “to equip schools and chaplains to serve the spiritual needs of PK-12 students, staff, and their families”. NSCA’s school chaplain certification program has grown by 7000% in the last five years.
“Children are lost, left to figure out complex issues alone,” said one spokesperson for the organization. “It’s why the suicide rate, mental illness, drug use, and other destructive behaviors are at an all-time high. Yet, when chaplains enter a school, they share peace, strength, love, and hope. They provide students with the spiritual care they need to overcome tragedies and hardships to fulfill their dreams and destiny.”
Interested parties can learn more and contact the National School Chaplain Association by visiting https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/schools/
National School Chaplain Association
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