Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition Formation and Certification 2021 Offerings

The NACC is offering several formation options for Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition (CPMC) constituents to introduce or provide programs for the Pathways. Below, we share several offerings for the coming months. More will be offered throughout 2021.

Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition Sponsored by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Foundational Pathway Requirements: (minimum of 30 hours formation)

  • Academic preparation
    • 16 hours of the formation using CPMC Prison Ministry 101 with accompanying reflection booklets
  • Clinical preparation
    • 8 hours of reflection with an assigned mentor/supervisor to review reflection questions from the webinars and process the experiences in jail/prisons/detention centers, reentry, families of prisoners, parish-based restorative justice work
  • Ministry experience
    • At least 6 hours of mentoring in multiple settings aimed to help discern understanding and comfort level for the ministry.
  • Endorsements
    • Pastor or his delegate such as a deacon or pastoral associate
    • Mentor
    • A person from a ministerial/correctional setting

FORMATION OFFERINGS

For Diocesean Directors of Prison and Pastoral Care Ministries Programs:

Below, we share several offerings for the coming months. More will be offered throughout 2021.

1)  If your diocese needs a more extensive introduction to all the components of the Foundational Pathway program with your facilitators becoming familiar with the components, after which you can further prepare your own facilitators/mentors, then:

May 18, 2021, 12:00-3:00 pm Central Time:

We offer this 3-hour program for diocesan or parish directors of correctional ministry and representatives of potential facilitators/mentors. The program will include an introduction to the content and method of the Foundational Pathway’s six-session formation program, as well as, prepare facilitators and mentors for their specific roles in leading this program. This 3-hour introduction program fee is $60 per line. Register here for this program.

Register for the May 18, 2021 program

2

If your diocese needs more support from outside the diocese to offer this program, then:

If you need NACC/CPMC personnel, rather than your diocesan personnel to offer this program, then we can also facilitate a specific diocese Foundational Pathway program for the six 1 hour synchronous ZOOM sessions. We will work with you to set the dates and times. The fee for this program is $1,200 (limit of 12-15 participants). Contact [email protected] for more information on this program.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Foundational Pathway Requirements: (minimum of 30 hours formation)

  • Academic preparation
    • 16 hours of the formation using CPMC Prison Ministry 101 with accompanying reflection booklets
  • Clinical preparation
    • 8 hours of reflection with an assigned mentor/supervisor to review reflection questions from the webinars and process the experiences in jail/prisons/detention centers, reentry, families of prisoners, parish-based restorative justice work
  • Ministry experience
    • At least 6 hours of mentoring in multiple settings aimed to help discern understanding and comfort level for the ministry.
  • Endorsements
    • Pastor or his delegate such as a deacon or pastoral associate
    • Mentor
    • A person from a ministerial/correctional setting

FORMATION OFFERINGS

For individuals who want to participate in this Foundational Pathway program, we have two offerings:

1

If you are an individual who wants to participate in the NACC/CPMC Foundational Pathway program

The CPMC/NACC Foundational Pathway formation program is intended to be made available through your diocese. However, if your diocese does not have it yet, or if you are an individual working in correctional ministry or one who is beginning correctional ministry, you could, as an individual, take this CPMC/NACC Foundational Pathway Program. This program consists of six one-hour facilitated synchronous ZOOM sessions with expected readings and preparation between sessions. The first six-week sessions will begin in April 2021. The fee for the program is $150 per person. It will need a minimum of 10 persons to hold the program with a limit of 15 participants. Register here to apply.  No fee is required until acceptance into the program. You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

 

Register here to apply for this program

 

2
 

General Introduction to Pastoral Care
April 13, 2021, 2:00 pm central time.

One 90 minute formation webinar on an introduction to pastoral care ministry. This is intended for those who are interested or just beginning a pastoral care ministry in prison settings. It will focus on pastoral care as a ministry of the Church, who one is as a pastoral care ministry, and some fundamentals of being a listening presence and accompanying another person. Presenters are David Lichter, DMin, NACC Executive Director NACC, and Judith Talvacchia, MDiv, BCC, spiritual and retreat director. This will be recorded for future use for parishes/dioceses as a primer for pastoral care. The fee is $30 per line. The fee is $30 per line. You can have many individuals participate on this one line. You can register here for this program (please note: this link will take you to the NACC website to register).

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Intensive Pathway Requirements: (minimum of 80 hours of Pastoral Care Program formation)

  • Academic preparation
    • 20 hours of continuing education in pastoral theology, catechesis, evangelization related to the specific ministry chosen (for example, catechesis, bible study, extraordinary minister of eucharist, etc.)
  • Clinical preparation
  • Ministry experience
    • One year’s ministerial experience, a portion in a correctional setting.
    • At least 24 hours of mentoring in multiple settings aimed to help discern the best setting for the gifts brought to the ministry.
  • Endorsements
    • Local ordinary / or his delegate such as a pastor
    • Clinical Supervisor/Mentor
    • A person from a ministerial/correctional setting

Who can apply? What do I need?

  • Be an employee or volunteer who is actively involved in Catholic jail and prison ministry.
  • An endorsement by an individual’s Diocesan Office is required.
  • College degree preferred, but not required.
  • Completion of ministry foundational/introductory program and listed online CPMC webinars.
  • Be a VolunteerProfessional, or Student of NACC.
  • Payment of $75 per month.
  • Complete program application. (Applications will be accepted until April 22 or until all positions are filled. Class size will be limited to 16 participants.
 

FORMATION OFFERINGS

 

The second formation pathway, the intensive pathway, offers an extended Pastoral Care Education program based on Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) components and structures. This program will be held on Wednesdays, starting May 12, 2021 through February 23, 2022, and consist of two 4-hour meetings monthly. Learn more about this program.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Leadership/Specialization Pathway Requirements:

  • Academic preparation
    • Bachelor Degree in theology, divinity, pastoral ministry, spirituality
    • Or 40 hours of continuing education in theology with a college degree
    • Minimum 12 semester hours in criminal justice-related counseling, psychology, or related field at bachelor or master’s level
  • Clinical preparation
    • 1 CPE-like clinical/formation experience in criminal justice-related setting(s) (hours in jail/prisons/detention centers, reentry, families of prisoners, parish-based restorative justice work).
    • 1 CPE unit in any clinical setting.
  • Ministry experience
    • Two years of ministerial experience, a portion in a correctional setting.
  • Endorsements
    • Local ordinary
    • Clinical Supervisor/Mentor
    • A person from a ministerial/correctional setting