Training

Our Schedule

Applicants to Karuna Care Education are accepted
on a first-come, first-served basis.
The last day to enroll in the Spring 2020 semester:
March 24, 2020

Spring 2020 Semester

12 weeks: April 7–June 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 – Last day to enroll in Spring semester.

March 30, 2020 – Deadline for all paperwork and tuition payments.

April 7, 2020 – Spring semester begins.

June 24, 2020 – Spring semester ends

June 25–July 13, 2020 – Break

Summer 2020 Semester

12 weeks: July 14–Sep 29, 2020

June 30, 2020 – Last day to enroll in Summer semester.

July 7, 2019 – Deadline for all paperwork and tuition payments.

June 14, 2019 – Summer semester begins.

September 29, 2020 – Summer semester ends.

Spring 2021 Semester -To Be Announced. 

Each 12-week semester will include

1. A compassionate care practicum (minimum 4 hours per week) in an institution that provides help to suffering people, such as a hospital, hospice, prison, airport chapel, college campus, assisted living home, airport chapel, religious organization, homeless shelter, psychiatric hospital, or a similar setting.
2. Twelve weekly 2-hour peer group sessions, using Zoom video-conferencing.
3. Ten weekly reflection papers (a maximum of 1–2 pages each).
4. Six written case studies, to be critiqued by peers and Training Supervisor.
5. A minimum of two case-study presentations over the twelve weeks, to be discussed during Zoom sessions. (The actual number of required case studies will be determined by the number of students in the peer group.)
6. Twelve 30-minute individual consultation sessions with the Training Supervisor.
7. A “Theology of Suffering” reflection paper.
8.  A special project.
9.  3–4 hours per week of required reading.
10. Study of compassionate care theory through behavioral science presentations, watching video clips, live didactics, etc.
11. A mid-unit evaluation.
12. A final self-evaluation.

Breakdown of education hours
per semester

1.        24 hours: 2 hours/week for online peer group sessions.
2.        8 hours: 30 minutes/week for individual consultation with Training Supervisor.
3.        48 hours (minimum): 4 hours/week for practicum at hospital, hospice, prison, or other setting..
4.        12 hours: 2 hours each week over the semester for case studies.
5.        45 hours: 2.5 hours weekly for reading, presentations, and videos.
6.        13 hours: approximately 1 hr weekly for writing journal reflections, “Theology of Suffering” paper, and the special project.
Total education time per semester: a minimum of 150 hours.

Application

At the start of the semester, KCE students will identify personal and spiritual learning goals to which they will commit for the entire semester. They are expected to submit weekly journal reflections, case studies, and theological reflection papers that demonstrate progress toward their goals. Students will also be expected to submit to their Training Supervisor and peer group both a mid-unit and a final evaluation of their learning process, and will receive feedback about their progress from both student peers and Training Supervisor. KCE Training Supervisors will provide each student a final evaluation of his or her learning process, identifying strengths and limitations in the student’s compassionate care practices and offering suggestions for improvement toward greater competence.

KCE students are required to provide a minimum of 4 hours per week of practical ministry in a setting of their choosing where they can engage in continual pastoral care conversations with suffering people. This may be in a hospital, hospice, assisted living home, prison, psychiatric hospital, orphanage, or other setting. Students will keep a log of their pastoral visits and write assessments of the spiritual and emotional concerns of those who receive their care. Students will also submit 6 case studies to their Training Supervisor and student peer group for analysis.

Testimonies

“Ramhhoru dasi has a unique combination of assets to provide Karuna Care’s much needed resource within our devotee communities – namely, she has decades of experience in the professional world of counseling, along with decades of experience interacting within our ISKCON society and its leadership. I am absolutely confident that her gift to our devotional community will have a dramatic impact on improving the quality of care and attention given to our members.” 

Romapada Swami,
ACBSP, ISKCON initiating Spiritual Master
GBC Member

“I’m grateful, as one of Rambhoru Brinkman’s students, for her guiding gentle smile that saw me through challenging and transforming moments of my life. I appreciated her dedication and commitment  to the well-being of each student no matter their race, color, gender or background.”

Stephanie Ramos
Former Student

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