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Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of the Chief of Chaplains. The Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services 12August 2008 Ch, Lt Col Gerry McManus. Chaplain’s Role. “First Responder” (DoDI 6495.02, Enclosure 6) Pastoral Care/Counseling/Support

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Chaplain s role

Headquarters U.S. Air ForceOffice of the Chief of Chaplains

The Defense Task Force

on Sexual Assault

in the Military Services

12August 2008

Ch, Lt Col Gerry McManus


Chaplain s role

Chaplain’s Role

  • “First Responder” (DoDI 6495.02, Enclosure 6)

  • Pastoral Care/Counseling/Support

  • Promote sensitivity and understanding of the issues (Cultural/Religious issues)

  • Confidentiality/Privileged Communication

    A report to a chaplain is not “restricted,” but…

  • Source for Referrals


Initial training

Initial Training

Chaplains

  • Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell AFB, AL

  • Basic Chaplain Course (BCC)

  • CSI Faculty and SMEs from Air University

  • Ten hours of Training (incl Domestic Violence)

    • Dynamics of Sexual Assault, Legal issues, Pastoral Responses


Initial training1

Initial Training

Chaplain Assistants

  • Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell AFB, AL

  • Chaplain Assistant Apprentice Course (CAAC)

  • Maxwell AFB Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

  • Three hours of Training


Periodic refresher training

Periodic Refresher Training

Chapel Staffs

  • Annual refresher training provided by SARC

  • Biennial training in areas specific to Chaplain’s role

  • Training provided by Chaplain in coordination with SARC

  • HQ USAF/HC building standardized training/tracking package


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