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NCJ Number: 156107 Find in a Library
Title: Changing Role of Today's Chaplain
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1995)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): T Fewell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As the correctional system has changed, the role of the prison chaplain has shifted from a church model to a clinical model, in which chaplains often have experience in substance abuse treatment, family counseling, and hospital or hospice chaplaincy.
Abstract: This new model of chaplaincy provides the institution with a budget-saving measure; paid chaplains can collaborate with volunteer clergy as well as with other professional clinicians. The new model is suitable for privatization because it meets the private company's demand to provide for the spiritual needs of inmates while keeping the company out of the religion business. A chaplain who manages a team of volunteers can meet the constitutionally guaranteed religious needs of all inmates. Chaplains trained in the clinical model can participate in a facility's therapeutic community, an approach proven to reduce recidivism. Finally, the clinical model encourages inmates' individual expression of spirituality.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Chaplains; Counseling in correctional settings; Prison management
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