Rock Chaplaincy Training: Spiritual and Psychological First-Aid

Thursday, February 22, 2024 —
Saturday, February 24, 2024


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD  (6:00 PM - 9:15 PM)

  • You must attend all sessions (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) to receive certification
  • Pre-Registration is required.
Course Description:

Research validates that the help and support people receive in times of crisis matters. Providing effective emotional and spiritual care to individuals, families, and communities in difficult times is critical and can help promote resiliency and recovery. This 14-hour course endeavors to build helping skills and a better understanding of the unique role of the crisis responder and trains participants in the fundamental principles of spiritual and psychological first aid (SPFA). Care provided in SPFA may be defined as a practical, compassionate and supportive presence designed to mitigate acute distress, assess needs, provide essential supportive care, and link with other support systems as needed for ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental health care.

Targeted participants will be trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, crisis responders, and individuals who desire to enhance their skills in providing SPFA to survivors of loss, disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis settings.

Course Takeaways: 
  • Define the essential elements of connecting and communicating with people in crisis 
  • Prepare survivors to understand commonly experienced psychological/ behavioral reactions and the process of recovery 
  • Demonstrate essential interventions to help stabilize and protect people in crisis 
  • Create a safe environment that facilitates effective listening and crisis communication 
  • Link survivors with existing community support services and develop an ongoing care plan. 
  • Demonstrate skills for assessing spiritual and emotional needs of individuals in crisis 
  • Utilize a spiritual assessment framework to identify ways to help an individual draw on spiritual and religious resources to cope and foster resiliency 
  • And more!

Instructor: Mickey Stonier, PhD Certified Crisis Services Specialist

Dr. Stonier serves as Chaplain for the Coronado and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, San Diego Harbor Police Department, Office of Emergency Services and other public and private agencies.


$95 Per Person

Payment by Check, Venmo, or Credit Card. (Note: No refunds after February 12th)

  • Venmo: Chaplain-Fund
  • Check: Chaplain Fund, 5140 Park Rim Dr. San Diego, CA 92117
  • Credit Card: Email to arrange credit card payment.

Register by email to: Dr. Mickey Stonier at

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Thursday · February 22, 2024 — Saturday · February 24, 2024
Rock Church Pt. Loma 2277 Rosecrans St. 92106

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