I’m just adding this as food for thought This may or may not be relevant, but I share it for your consideration. I used to be responsible for services provided by a christian based community service organisation. The Uniting Church has a strong Chaplaincy component. I struggled with this in so far, as I was responsible for client services, and often felt that the Chaplains would ‘over-reach’. Staff were subject to high Standards and responsibilities, and I was very particular ensuring the professional competence of practitioners.
I always found it a struggle, when supervising the Chaplains, in trying to ascertain their level of competence in certain issues. Note, the majority of programs were delivering mental health services, a few of which had statutory responsibilities attached.
It may just be worthwhile to clarify, what is meant by chaplaincy, the spheres of influence etc. It may just be that in my case the local chaplaincy education and Synod responsible for it, may have had very wide reaching expectations of chaplaincy, and that others are more restricted to the area of spirituality. Eg in this case spirituality was deemed to cover basically everything… to the extent that the Chaplains were wanting full access to client files and service planning, and to participate in staff meetings with the same powers of decision making as the psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists etc. who had all received additional training re mental health. I would have been a lot more comfortable if the Chaplains had just wanted to consult and provide spiritual perspectives for consideration. They did of course have the facilities to see whom-so-ever wished to see them and participate in a range of spiritual activities. What I am alluding to here in their assuming an inherent role in every aspect of service delivery.
Anyway - just something to think about. The nature of the chaplaincy training, the skills learned and the possibility of applying them in certain situations.
Sadhu for your aspirations! May they be realised