Clinical Chaplaincy

Post Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Chaplaincy & Counselling  (FCCC)

Healthcare | Counselling | Palliative Care



Launch of the FCCC programme by Dr J.V Peter, Director of CMC, Vellore

Clinical Chaplaincy

A clinical chaplaincy is an integrated approach to improving the quality of life by facilitating relevant healthcare and counselling initiatives. This involves the physical, emotional and spiritual health of people towards healing and wholeness through empowerment and networking.

To know more about
Fellowship Programme in Clinical Chaplaincy Programme

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  • Annual Course Fees for the programme: Rs. 39,900
  • University fees Rs 15,000
  • Working Student Scholarship is available at Rs.6600 per month for six months
  • Minimum Qualification: Graduation
  • Age limit: 45  years

FCC residents ready for their clinical posting

Post Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Chaplaincy & Counselling 

FCCC is a one-year residential programme intended to train men and women to become chaplains with basic clinical and counselling skills. The training includes classroom learning, clinical area posting, event management and various chaplaincy functions in a hospital setting. It also includes visiting NGOs, Mission trips and exposure to relevant biblical foundations. The basic qualification for this fellowship programme is any graduation. Preference will be given to candidates sponsored by institutions. Having theological training or experience in any ministry will be an added advantage.


Dr Samuel Meshack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong – MOU Signing

Recognition of the programme

Post Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Chaplaincy & Counselling  (FCCC) is a one-year residential programme conducted at Bangalore Baptist Hospital in association with Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong.  Martin Luther Christian University was created by Act No. 11 of 2005 of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya and is recognized under University Grant Commission Act, 1956 under Section 2(f). The University is empowered to grant degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act.

Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) is a 400-bed multispeciality hospital that embodies quality with compassion and is governed by Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. BBH is the first mission hospital in the country to have met national quality standards (NABH and NABL) of excellence in healthcare. BBH started as an outpatient clinic in the mid-sixties by the Southern Baptist Convention and evolved into an 80-bed general hospital which was formally opened on 15 January 1973.

With an experienced, well-qualified team of over 300 doctors (full-time, visiting and PGs) and a passionate workforce of more than 1,200 staff, BBH is committed to providing high-quality care using the latest technology and medical advances in vogue. BBH stands for the vision “Healing and Wholeness in the spirit of Jesus Christ”. Please visit for more details

Dr Samuel Meshack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, MLCU visit the FCCC residents

Role of Clinical Chaplains

Clinical Chaplains facilitate, empower and network various healthcare initiatives to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the community. Clinical Chaplains are committed to improving the quality of life so that people may experience Healing and Wholeness.

Clinical Chaplains are trained to facilitate

  • Counselling support
  • Healthcare support and networking
  • Chaplaincy support
  • Community empowerment initiatives
  • Training and Development Programmes
  • Introduction and development of NGOs
 Subjects taught in Clinical Chaplaincy Fellowship Programme.

  • Basic clinical skills
  • Counselling and crisis management skills
  • Biblical foundations of healing and wholeness
  • Community leadership skills
  • Management of organizations
Training Methodology – In hospital

  • Classroom sessions
  • Clinical area posting
  • Emergency patient service co-ordination
  • Patient relations and grievance handling
  • Fundraising events
Training Methodology – In community

  • Healthcare camps/ voluntary initiatives
  • NGO/Institution visit
  • Networking initiatives
  • Mission trips


Pioneer Batch Graduation Ceremony 2023

  • Admission Qualification:  Any Degree. Age Limit:50 years
  • Commencement of the programme: 1st September 2022
  • Stipend:  Monthly stipend will be available for six months during the hospital posting period.
  • Subsidized food will be available. Hostel facilities will be provided subject to availability

Course structure

Basics of Healthcare Services

  • First Aid and Emergency Medical Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Hospital Organization, patient care services and operation of basic medical equipment
  • Food Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Health Education, Communication, Public Relations and Public Health
  • Basic Concepts of Health & Disease and Medical Terminology.

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Psycho-Analysis
  • Crisis Care and Counseling
  • Marriage Enrichment and Marriage Crises Counseling
  • Counselling the Addicts and HIV/AIDS Infected.
  • Ministry to the Differently Abled Persons.
Community leadership

  • The essence of a leader
  • The mission of a leader
The Biblical Foundations

  • Health and Healing
  • The Healing Ministry
NGO Management

  • Training and development
  • Networking and Partnerships
  • Volunteer Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • NGO Management
Expected job profile of a qualified Clinical Chaplain

Clinical Chaplains may take up appropriate responsibilities in the following settings

  1. In Hospitals as Clinical Chaplains
  2. In organizations/institutions/Schools/NGOs as Clinical Chaplains
  3. Churches/Parishes to co-ordinate health and healing initiatives
  4. Set up own initiatives as NGOs/Projects etc… to facilitate bringing healing and wholeness
Palliative Care

  • Pain management
  • Empowerment of  families
  • Rural and Urban Palliative Care management
In Hospital settings – Role of a Clinical Chaplain

General Functions:-

  1. Lead/coordinate various events
  2. Staff Counselling
  3. Lead Devotions/Studies/Group discussions
  4. Organize fundraising events
  5. Represent the organization in the Public Relations area
  6. Conduct fellowship meeting
  7. Assisting Funeral services
  8. Active role in the palliative care team
  9. Active role in the Community outreach team
  10. Develop volunteers
  11. Relevant training programmes

Patient care-related functions:-

  1. First aid – Minor cuts and bruises, cold and hot burns, bites and stings, drowning, shock, fractures, seizures, gastric issues-  First aid kit- preparing and teaching how to prepare
  2. Triaging – Checking vitals, Assist in CPR
  3. Basic life support (BLS)
  4. Assist in patient registration
  5. Patient Counselling
  6. Socioeconomic assessment of patients
  7. Patient and caregiver relations development
  8. Management of patient relatives and caregiver relations
  9. Organ/blood donation coordination
  10. Camps and campaigns in the organization and in the community
  11. Emergency/Casualty department front desk management
  12. Crowd management
  13. Disaster Management and evacuation
  14. Patient education on basic healthcare
  15. Inpatient care coordination with patient and caregivers
  16. Guest relations and reception
  17. Basic tests – Glucometer, ECG
  18. Diet advice – Balanced diet
  19. Basic Diet counselling -Foods to consume and to avoid for common medical conditions like diabetes mellitus, anaemia, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases,


In non-hospital setting – Role of Clinical Chaplain

  1. Starting an NGO focussing on Physical, Emotional and Spiritual aspects of health.
  2. Work with an existing NGO/Church/School/Project
  3. Run a Health check-up & Counselling Centre (HCC) in the community
  4. Conduct Camps/Campaigns
  5. Eldercare – Facilitate healthcare
  6. Eldercare – Provide emotional and spiritual support
  7. Counselling
  8. Palliative care


To know more about
Fellowship Programme in Clinical Chaplaincy Programme

Register Here 

  • Annual Course Fees for the programme: Rs. 39,600
  • University fees Rs 15,000
  • Working Student Scholarship is available at Rs.6000 per month for six months
  • Minimum Qualification: Graduation
  • Age limit: 45  years


Being a part of an NGO

Community Outreach

Fellowship Meeting

Meeting a social need

Janapriya Clinic – FCC Initiative

Community Outreach

Hope for the homeless

Teaching an underprivileged child

Health check-ups in the Community

Akshara Kiran – Educational Needs

Fund Raising Initiative by FCC