New degree aimed at chaplains helping PTSD

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A Denver seminary is offering a master’s degree for military chaplains aimed at helping them assist servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Iliff (EYE’-liff) School of Theology said Monday that classes for its new master’s in pastoral and spiritual care begin in August.

Iliff spokeswoman Greta Gloven says the program is designed for military chaplains who already hold a master of divinity degree. She says civilian pastors would be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to PTSD, study topics will include the impact of war on pastoral care for families, pastoral responses to substance abuse and physical and sexual violence, crisis intervention and pastoral care in death and grief.

Iliff is affiliated with the United Methodist Church but describes itself as an ecumenical and inter-religious school.