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The Dewey Center for Chaplaincy at Charleston Southern University offers academic programming for students seeking to enter the chaplain ministry as well as training for current chaplains. CSU intends to provide support for the more than 60 forms of chaplaincy careers.

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International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Partnership

Critical incident stress can affect anyone, in any setting, at any time, and its affects — emotional, physical, and spiritual trauma can linger long after the event.  If left untreated, it can upend families and communities.  Most people are improperly trained, and even untrained, to prepare for and deal with the aftermath of a critical incident and to provide the support and services needed to allow healing to occur.  

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a method of helping first responders and others who have been involved in critical incidents that leave them emotionally and/or physically affected by those incidents.  CISM is a process that enables peers to help peers understand problems that might occur before, during and after an event.  This process also helps people prepare to continue to perform their services or in some cases return to a normal lifestyle.  The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that provides training and resources for individuals interested in becoming a part of a crisis management team, or for an organization that is dedicated to helping individuals or groups recover from incidents.

The mission of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation is to be the leader in providing education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to emergency responders, and other professions, organizations and communities worldwide.  To learn more about the ICISF, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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A Bachelor of Arts in chaplaincy ministry will help you be able to care for people better. This program, offering both a major and a minor for interested students, is a journey of learning how to minister to people in your life, church and community with practical tools and confidence..

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Ron Harvell

Director of the Dewey Center for Chaplaincy
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership