Norwalk Hospital (NH) is a 366-bed, acute care community teaching hospital with 500+ physicians and 2,000 staff. Since 2001, NH has been a highly regarded training site for chaplains in clinical settings. However, NH recognizes that the special skills needed to serve the incarcerated are not adequately addressed through its (or any other) program.
To fill this gap, NH will establish the nation’s first accredited, post-graduate level pastoral clinical training site for chaplains in a correctional setting through a unique collaboration with CT Department of Corrections and funding from The Tow Foundation. The project will support the clinical training needs of current CT prison chaplains, increase the pool of prison chaplains in training at local seminaries and, via distance learning, increase the national pool of professional prison chaplains. This one-of-a-kind project is breaking new ground in pastoral education and in corrections and is strongly supported by both. It is anticipated that this could be the model for similar partnerships elsewhere.