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Protestant Chaplain (9922)

Protestant Chaplain

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: XT60
  • Class Code: 9922
  • Established: 05/24/1957
  • Revised: 01/08/1980
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to provide spiritual and moral guidance to State institution residents; to conduct Protestant religious services; to provide pastoral care; to give instruction; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Interviews and counsels mental patients, juvenile or adult offenders, or Veterans Home members on ethical and moral problems and spiritual matters; prepares and conducts Protestant religious services, and administers the Sacraments and other Protestant religious rites as needed by institution residents; organizes and instructs classes in Protestant religion, ethics, and sacred music; cooperates with other staff members in carrying out the institution treatment program; supervises the arranging of programs conducted in the institution by visiting religious and allied groups; assists in problems involving welfare agencies where family help is needed; visits the sick; works with residents in their group and club activities; counsels with families on problems involved in rehabilitation; explains and interprets the institution's religious program to community groups; serves, when designated, as a member of or consultant to the institution classification committee.

Minimum Qualifications

Currently ordained, duly accredited by, and in good standing with a nationally recognized Protestant denomination. and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a minimum of 12 semester units in counseling, psychology or a related field. and Either one or a combination of the following:


1. Completion of twelve months or four quarters of full-time resident clinical pastoral education certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. or


2. Completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time supervised clinical or field training in pastoral care, social work, psychology, counseling and guidance, or other related fields. (Full-time graduate study, beyond graduation from college if in counseling, psychology, or a related field may be substituted for a maximum of six months of the clinical pastoral education or one year of the supervised clinical or field training on the basis of one year of graduate study for three months of clinical pastoral education or one year of graduate study for six months of supervised clinical or field training.) and Experience: Two years of experience following ordination in one or a combination of the following:


1. As a chaplain in the armed services, or in a public or private institution. or


2. As either a minister or assistant minister of a church, or as a missionary. or


3. As an ordained minister, in a specialized field, such as church and community, counseling, guidance or education.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Human development, particularly of aberrant behavior and the elements of emotional maturity; purposes of mental and correctional institutions; methods of rehabilitation.


Ability to: Provide Protestant religious services and instruction in ethics, religion, and sacred music; counsel institution residents and their families on moral and ethical problems; establish rapport with institution residents from a variety of denominational backgrounds; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated aptitude for working effectively with the socially abnormal; interest in the welfare and spiritual needs of institution residents; emotional stability; firmness; patience; self-control; tact; neat personal appearance; good judgment in moral, ethical, and religious matters.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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