2017 Chaplain Training Program

Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center
Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi

The Chaplain Training Program is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of differing ministries within the Chaplaincy. Both active Chaplains and those contemplating the Chaplaincy are invited to attend. You are strongly encouraged to relay the contents of this announcement, not only to your agency’s Chaplain, but include other Chaplains, or Ministers involved with any component of your area’s Emergency Response Mechanism, plus Industry and Community Action Programs. It is strongly suggested--if possible-- that the Senior Executive of any agency take part in this training and accompany the attendees selected. With the Senior Executive’s support, a Chaplain’s effectiveness can be greatly increased.

Training is focused on providing experienced based guidance to enhance a Chaplain’s capabilities and interaction with broad scale issues confronting Law Enforcement and other groups who face related issues within their community. All faiths are welcome to attend. “Suggested” guidelines and considerations for establishing a Chaplain Program, or enhancing already existing Chaplain Programs are included. Valid instruction is founded on: the individual professional training and/or Ministerial Certification of our staff.  Further, each staff member has an established background, encompassing a wide variety of Chaplain Programs. No attempt is made to supplant or replace any existing local, state, national, or international association offering similar training. It remains the responsibility of the agency or entity utilizing the services of the attendees to establish their own certification requirements, standards, policies and procedures. Factual and special considerations existing within the many jurisdictions and environments represented by attendees are recognized and respected.

Ultimately, the hope exists a close association may be established between all involved, as both staff and attendees continue to support each other and advance the professional skills of all Chaplains. In terms of long term goals, with the assistance of the Blue Mountain College Staff, we will seek to identify additional resources for advanced educational programs and hopefully create a formal internship program with Blue Mountain College.

Our Chaplain Training Program will explore numerous inter-related aspects of the overall Chaplaincy mission. Our duty is to help attendees more completely understand the vibrant interaction, existing in the life of an active Chaplain within their respective communities.

The original Basic Chaplain Training Program, developed by the Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center in 2012 has been enhanced from a 20-hour course to a 36-hour course, divided into 9 sessions of 4 hours each. Classes will be taught 1 month apart on the 4th Thursday of each month. This approach assists attendees in establishing a standardized training date for planning their schedules. This scheduling also minimizes the time attendees will be away from their own responsibilities and precludes having added costs for meals and lodging. There is no cost for the training. Lunches will be available at a nominal fee for those who wish to dine together in the BMC Cafeteria. Training Certificates will be issued for each class session. In event, an individual missed a session during any previous Chaplain Training, it is possible to “make up” that missed session during the new training cycle.

Classroom Location

Blue Mountain College is located in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, immediately West of Highway 15. That location is in Northeast Mississippi, 15 miles North of U.S Highway 78 and 23 miles South of U.S. Highway 72.  Additional information and a campus map may be found on the Blue Mountain web-site at www.bmc.edu. Select the campus map tab.

Our classroom is on the Blue Mountain College Campus in the new Education Building, 203 West Mill Street, Downtown Blue Mountain, Ms. As you turn West off Highway 15 in Blue Mountain, on to West Mill Street, you will cross the railroad track and the Education Building is located immediately to the Right. Parking is readily available near the Education Building.

Sessions 1 and 2

February 23, 2017 (Session 1)
March 23, 2017 (Session 2)

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(A total of 8 hours, for Sessions 1, 2, with 4 hours each session)

Primary Instructor: Roger McGrew

Course Content

Establishing a Chaplain Program-- Biblical and theological backgrounds for a Chaplain-- Duties of the Law Enforcement and First Responder Chaplain (detailed coverage of the number and variety of roles a Chaplain must fulfill are discussed)—The wide variety of emotional, family, physical and psychological issues involved--Ethics, Confidentiality, Available Resources—General Operational Guidelines, Policies and Procedures---In short, how to create a Chaplain Program and make it work effectively, based on Roger’s personal experiences as a serving Church Minister and his role as a Law Enforcement Chaplain, for over 30 years—He has worked with a multitude of law enforcement agencies, along with first responders in handling a broad range of issues and actual operations, particularly in those involving life and death decisions.

Session 3

April 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 3 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Chris Shelton

Course Content

Chris has served with Law Enforcement and Emergency Services (particularly with Communications and 911 Operations) in the Southaven/Desoto County, Ms. area. In that position, held for many years he has seen crisis situations as a functioning member of these departments, as well as a Chaplain and Minister. He will cover the wide range of critical situations, as well as routine duties which a Chaplain has to handle. The sheer volume of these incidents gives him a broad base of experience to draw upon and share with attendees. He particularly will discuss the human toll on all involved, to include victims, and their families plus families of both responders and Chaplains. Additional focus will be directed toward handling several of the hardest situations to encounter—that being the death of officers in action and suicides.

Session 4

May 25, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 4 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Josh Hodum

Course Content

Josh actively serves as a Pastor in Corinth, Ms., as well as administering the Chaplain Program at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility in Corinth, Ms. He is also the Alcorn County Deputy Coroner and has active Community Service Projects, dealing closely with the local court system. From these varying roles, Josh will explore the added Chaplain opportunities which exist outside the normal pastorate and his experiences in handling them, as well as preparing new and serving Chaplains for these unique roles.

Session 5

June 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 5 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Curtis Pennington

Course Content

Curtis is one of those men with a range of experiences having value to any studying the broad field of the Chaplaincy. He is a Retired Army First Sgt., Minister, Police Officer, Sheriff’s Department Officer and serving Chaplain. His emphasis has been on developing Street Programs to directly address young people and study evolving trends, plus teach others about the necessity of how to engage in effective communications with those you need to interact with. He stresses the fact that Law Enforcement is a Public Service Organization and as such must interact with and attempt to understand, while serving the needs of that community. He covers, in depth, how Agencies must meet and address criticism, while seeking to create a mutually respectful attitude for a peaceful solution to problems which can plague cities in today’s world.

Session 6

July 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 6 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Bobby Capps

Course Content

Bobby has daily involvement in the Community Ministry as Pastor of Crosswind Ministries, Corinth, Ms. His dedicated commitment to those struggling with restoring their lives to being successful and functioning members of their families and the communities- offers an opportunity to present critical considerations, necessary to the understanding of an overall field Chaplaincy Program. While in itself, the Chaplaincy can be a virtually single career field- when attempting to brief new and/or potential Chaplains on the variety of necessary interactions and resources—understanding direct Community Action Ministries must not be neglected. The basic concerns and suggested courses of action in these major programs will be covered. The vital elements of setting up these ministries from a legal and financially responsible viewpoint are covered.

Session 7

August 24, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 7 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Sean McMackin

Course Content

Sean’s background is in the Air Force, as an enlisted man and later as an Officer (Major) in the Army Chaplaincy. He has also served as a Church Minister. His service in a Combat Theater gives him added insights into dealing with returning troops’ concerns and issues in transitioning again to civilian life. Those issues uniquely related to these fields will be examined, as only one could-- who has experienced the challenges confronted within these environments. The mindset and knowledge required which are peculiar to these areas of concentration, present special issues and will be discussed in detail. Sean’s professional involvement in these important areas provide an opportunity to discuss interactions necessary between law enforcement and first responders. In the future, these areas may require additional specialized and advanced training as our veterans return. Since the previous training in 2015, Sean has added an important area to his presentation focusing on the suicide risks faced by our troops, both abroad and upon returning home. Suicide’s impact will be discussed as it relates to the veteran, his family, the community and the military services themselves.

Session 8

September 28, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 8 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Ricardo Clayton

Course Content

Ricardo, a Chaplain and active participant in programs to reduce: drug trafficking, juvenile criminal activity plus gang activity, serves as Chief of Police in the Meridian, Ms. Public School System. Beyond the job responsibilities, Ricardo has a heart for saving vulnerable youth from a life in crime. He has repeatedly instituted programs to change these “At Risk Youth” to favorably alter the course of their lives. Without his intervention, many would be destined for prison. In addition to the human considerations for Chaplains, Ricardo will present a program which will detail what Gangs are; how they are structured, and how they operate.

Session 9

October 26, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Session 9 consists of 4 hours)

Primary Instructor: Shalotta Sharp

Course Content

This session will cover Crimes against the Elderly, Sexual Assaults and a newly evolving series of training sessions for recovering individuals wherein they are taught to recognize and identify fully: why and how they many times created the situations they have found themselves in. In short, how can Chaplains help them begin and continue their own internal recovery?

This training is made possible through the Mississippi Coalition of Sexual Assaults Program and the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.

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