( The Board Certification credential is for chaplains who have completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Non-CPE candidates must complete a different application for the Certified Professional Chaplain (CPC) credential. Go here for more information and an application for CPC).
The World Spiritual Health Organization (WSHO) is the premier organization for exceptional chaplains who are consummate professionals in spiritual care and counseling, and whose personal and professional lives demonstrate superior character, competence and compassion within an interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary context. WSHO CPE programs and training curricula are unique, contemporary, and “tested and proven” over years of experience and praxis in the field.
WSHO asserts that professional competency in itself is insufficient, and must always be built upon the foundation of character and compassion.
Chaplains who are board certified through WSHO represent the highest standards of professional chaplaincy anywhere in the world. Employers, and even clients, are pleased to learn that our standards attract only the highest quality chaplains. For instance, WSHO chaplains not only undergo a rigorous board certification process that incorporates personal character, professional competence and skillful compassion, but also go through an extensive background check to ensure WSHO chaplains are bondable.
We also believe credibility comes through accountability, and in order to maintain quality assurance in WSHO, our board certified chaplains must also successfully pass an annual review process supervised by WSHO leaders in order to retain their board certification credential.
To keep our chaplains on ‘the cutting edge’ of effective ministry and care, and to avoid compassion fatigue, as well as to meet ongoing professional needs and interests, our board certified chaplains are encouraged to form and to meet regularly in WSHO chapters throughout the world. In these WSHO chapters, chaplains benefit from maintaining support, camaraderie, peer consultation and accountability to and for one another similar to a “battle-buddy system.”
WSHO boldly espouses correct principles over political correctness. We believe in doing what is right and standing up for truth, freedom, mercy and justice. We vigilantly guard against pride, pharisaism, cronyism and corruption, and diligently protect, through policy and practice, against secularized and/or clinical bureaucracy devoid of principled values and accountability.
“All to the glory of God.”
We intentionally put all things spiritual first and foremost in what we do as noted in our WSHO mission statement: “Spirituality: Where it is alive, sustain it. Where it is dormant, revive it; Where it is absent, invite it.”
To be a board certified Professional Chaplain by WSHO is indicative of chaplaincy at its very best. To be considered, please complete application and provide all documentation required.