International Hindu University offers several intensive programs for training Hindu chaplains worldwide.
All offerings are online through virtual classrooms which facilitate live discussions and student participation.
These training programs along with the CPE training facilities Board Certified Chaplaincy (BCC) for the candidate.
A. Masters of Hindu Philosophy, with chaplaincy focus: This 30 Cr. hour program will prepare a participant with basic studies in six areas: Hindu Traditions (6 credits), language and Scriptures (3 credits), Communication and Counseling (9 credits). Interfaith Studies (3 credits), Specialty Trainings in Hindu Ceremonies or Chaplaincy areas of interest (3 credits), and Field Practice (3 credits), to be done in a health facility and also in a Hindu community, or the larger community.
B. Associate Hindu Chaplain certification: a chaplaincy choice for those serving in specific fields already, professionally or within a Hindu community. This 18 Cr. hour program would include credits in all six areas of the masters’ of divinity study. Field Practice could focus in any area of chaplaincy and or at a Hindu community.
C. Certificate for Volunteer Hindu Chaplain: This 6 Cr hour program consists of two basic courses.
1. Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy
2. Hindu chaplaincy: Listening and Communication Skills
Other Connections: International Hindu University will also coordinate with Clinical Pastoral Education programs to assist IHU students in becoming full Board Certified Chaplains through the Association of Professional Chaplains. All certified chaplains need 4 CPE credits and 800 hours of study and field experience to be certified. There are also papers on the person’s spiritual beliefs, their own growth as professionals, and more. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, with members of the extensive Hindu community, have developed and endorsement body (HREB-Hindu Religious Endorsement Body) to recommend all future Hindu chaplains for certification.
Swami Sarvaananda, PhD, BCC WHO serves as the Founding Dean of HUA’s School of Divinity, is seen here outside LOTUS: the Light Of The Universe Shrine to all faiths located on the Ashram grounds.