Certification in Public Safety Chaplaincy
Public Safety Chaplaincy Training Program
SCLEAP entered into partnership with Lenoir Rhyne University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for South Carolina in 2016 in order to develop a comprehensive training program for those who wished to serve as Chaplains in the field of Public Safety. Building on the work of ICPC and other similar organizations, this ecumenical program seeks to train not only those serving as volunteer chaplains in Public Safety Agencies, it seeks to provide a starting place for those seeking to enter fulltime chaplaincy service with Fire, EMS, Police and/or Communications.
As of May 2020, two cohorts have completed the 18 month training program. Contact information is provided below if you would like to speak with a recent graduate. Also below you will see a sample of topics covered, a sample bibliography of course texts and a brief bio-sketch of Dr. Tony Everett.
The next block of training we will offer will be a 21-week online Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Extended Unit focusing on Public Safety Chaplaincy. Normally CPE is taught in a hospital context. This ACPE-certified unit will be completely focused on Public Safety Chaplaincy. It will include 100 classroom hours of training on public safety chaplaincy issues and 300 clinical hours connected to public safety chaplaincy service. For more information on this emerging training call the offices of SCLEAP. The classroom portion will be online each Monday from 1pm to 5pm. The course dates are January 4, 2021 – May 24, 2021.
Only 8 slots will be available in this extended unit. Cost: $1500.00
Points of Contact:
The Rev. Ginger Garfield. PhD
Professor of Theology
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
J. Eric Skidmore
South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program
2501 Heyward Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29205
PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPLAINCY COHORT #1
January 2016-July 2017
P. O. Box 1250
Elgin, SC 29045
Agency: Richland Co. SO
DURHAM, AMOS L.
8045 Howard Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Agency: Spartanburg Co. SO
120 Lakeworth Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Agency: USC Law Enforcement and Safety
120 Lakeworth Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Cell: 803-397-6012 (personal)
Agency: SLED (Ret.)
1525 Lorick Avenue
Columbia, SC 29203
4150 J. Reuben Long Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Agency: Horry County SO
1015 2nd Avenue S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Agency: North Myrtle Beach DPS
ST. JOHN, PAUL
525 Shelton Drive
Columbia, SC 29212
Agency: Richland County SO (Ret.)
442 Winstaire Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPLAINCY COHORT #2
JANUARY 2019 – May 2020
109 Bartram Street
Lexington, SC 29072
Cell:803-528-1953 (home, personal cell)
Agency:Division of Law Enforcement & Safety (USC PD)
P.O. Box 2174
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Agency:City of Spartanburg Police Department
101 Fair Ridge Way
Lyman, SC 29365
Agency:Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department
WILLIAM C. McLeod
688 Twinflower Street
Little River, SC 29566
Agency:North Myrtle Beach DPS
200 S. Jackson Street
Kingstree, SC 29556
Work:843-355-9321, Ext. 4607
Agency:Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office
1800 York Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
Agency: Lexington County Sheriff’s Office
Sample Topics Covered
In addition to the first six months focused on Pastoral Theology taught by Dr. Tony Everett, the following topics where discussed in class:
Sample of topics covered in the first cohort (2016-2017)
1. Domestic Violence
2. Local public safety chaplaincy formation
3. Marriage and Family Therapist: presentation on relationships
4. Addiction and Recovery presentation by police officer
5. Addiction Presentation by Psychologist from Richland Hosp.
6. Chaplaincy Ethics
7. Divorce Law
8. Grief, Mourning and Bereavement
9. Administration and Interpretation of PAI
10. Anger Issues/Medication Overview
11. Fitness for Duty Protocol and Process
12. Trauma, Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
13. Depression, Suicide and Substance Abuse
14. Child Abuse and Family Violence
15. Overview on Mental Illness
16. Presentation on Church and State
17. Employment Issues within a Law Enforcement Agency
18. Training on Genogram Construction and Interpretation
19. Field Trip to Virginia Tech to review Mass Casualty (2 full days)
Additional Topics Added in Second Cohort (2019-2020)
20. Community Relations and Peace Making Work - Walter Atkinson, Senior Conciliation Specialist, United States Department of Justice- Community Relations Service
21. FBI Victim/Witness Work - Pamela P. Gregory, Victim Specialist
FBI Columbia Division
22. Field Trip to Charleston SC to review two mass casualty events – Sofa Superstore Fire (9 firefighters killed) and Mother Emmanuel (9 church members killed) Met with Law Enforcement, Coroner, SCDMH, Chaplains, US Attorney’s Office, Firefighters, Pastor of MEAME) Visited site of church shooting and site of fire. (2 full days)
23. Overview of Motivational Interviewing – Rhonda Dinovo, LMSW, Head of MSW program at USC.
24. Overview of most common mental health issues for Public Safety-Dr. Ryan Leahy, MD.
25. Overview of Sleep Issues and Sleep Medicine – Dr. Sark Derdarian, MD.
26. Overview of Large Metro PD Chaplaincy Program
Sample of Possible New Offerings: Getting Sued, Post Deployment Issues for Deployed Cops, Workplace Issues (sexual harassment, other), Positive Psychology and Wellness, Stress Management, Teaching by SCDMH on Care of Public Safety Personnel (FIRST Clinic, EMDR, Addiction Treatment Facilities, Referral Resources), ICS courses100, 100b, 508, 700, others…..
Sample Bibliography of Course Texts.
Suffering and the Search for Meaning by Richard Rice
Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Exp. Edition with CD)
The Wall of Separation by William Ramsey (local printing)
Outside the Gates by Robert Crick
The Search for Compassion by Andrew Purves
Pastor as Person by Gary L. Harbaugh
Act of God/Active God by Gary L. Harbaugh
The Revelation of God in Human Suffering by Wayne Oates
Genograms by Emily Marlin
Prehospital Behavioral Emergencies and Crisis Response
(Estimated cost of these texts (used) on Amazon: +/- $150.00)
The Rev. Dr. Daryl S. Everett
Dewey F. Beam Professor of Pastoral Care
Dr. Everett earned his undergraduate degree from Youngstown University, his M.Div., from Hamma School of Theology (now part of Trinity Lutheran Seminary) and his Th.D., Boston University School of Theology.
Prior to coming to LTSS Dr. Everett was a parish pastor in Ohio. He has also served as the director of a community mental health center in New York.
His current research interests focus on integrating biblical insights and contemporary challenges of leadership in congregational ministry. He often serves the South Carolina Synod as an interim pastor, working especially with congregations that have experienced some degree of discord.
Away from seminary, Dr. Everett enjoys sports, body surfing, and ballroom dancing with his wife, Judy. Dr. Everett retired from LTSS in 2013 and teaches the Pastoral Theology and the Capstone Courses in the Public Safety Chaplaincy Certification Course.