Common Standards

The membership of the participating groups represents over 10,000 members who currently serve as chaplains, pastoral counselors, and clinical pastoral educators in specialized settings as varied as healthcare, counseling centres, prisons or the military. The complete documents and information about each of the collaborating groups can be found on the following websites:

Foundational Documents

These documents are four foundational documents affirmed by the constituent boards of the Council on Collaboration on November 7, 2004 in Portland, Maine. Collectively, these documents establish a unified voice on what it means to be a professional pastoral care provider, pastoral counselor or educator. The four documents are:

For more information on the foundations of professional pastoral care see “Professional Chaplaincy: Its Role and Importance in Healthcare”  (2001)