Honoring The Spirit Through Loving Care And Service
San Francisco General Hospital is a unique environment in which to learn: a busy county hospital that maintains a daily census of over 500 patients, providing medical services regardless of economic status. Many of the patients we serve are socially and economically marginalized, homeless, suffer from mental illness or substance abuse, or are victims of trauma or violence.
Current Education Programs
Ministry Intensive Training (MIT)
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 - Thursday, 28 February 2013
The purpose of the MIT program is to introduce students to the work of hospital chaplaincy and to assist them in developing their professional ministry competencies. To this end the program focuses on two primary areas of learning: Spiritual/Pastoral Care Competence and Pastoral Formation. The MIT program includes the following methods of learning: clinical coverage (direct patient care), reflection with peer group, didactic seminars and written assignments, learning contract/goal setting and individual supervisory sessions. The “clinical method” of learning, pastoral action followed by pastoral reflection, is foundational to the program.
Program sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Students will spend an additional 20 hours outside of the group sessions offering direct patient care (to be scheduled at their convenience in consultation with Sojourn staff). Students will receive a total of 120 hours of training divided between direct patient care and supervised reflection.
Field Education Internship
Sojourn is a learning site affiliated with seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union. Field Education Internships are tailored to seminary students wishing to complete their field education or internship in a chaplaincy setting. Interns receive training in providing pastoral care to those facing illness, medical crisis or end-of-life and they work closely with on-site mentors who offer regular feedback and support. Students develop a formal learning covenant and work on specific learning goals. Students will have the opportunity to experience the diverse community of SFGH and will receive education on specific aspects of hospital chaplaincy ministry including grief support, facilitation of ritual, and active listening skills. Sojourn works actively with field education program leaders to assure that our internship program fulfills academic requirements.