WRMC Chaplain Earns Certification

WRMC Chaplain D.L. "Doc' Spurlin

Batesville, Ark.— D. L. "Doc” Spurlin, Pastoral Care Chaplain at White River Medical Center, has recently become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). As a Clinical Trauma Professional, Spurlin provides emotional and psychological after-care for patients, families, and staff in times of crisis, stress, and trauma. 

To acquire the base level certification of CCTP, the applicant must complete a five step course. Upon completion, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the history of trauma and learn the identifiers of traumatic stress in adults and children and how to treat it.

“While I already have a background in crisis work and training in stress and crisis management, this credential will enable me to provide more competent, quality, professional aftercare for patients and family members who find themselves in traumatic situations.  It also allows me to better support our staff in the aftermath of the critical incident, stress, and trauma situations they work with,” said Spurlin.

Spurlin holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Counseling, Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Administration and Pastoral Care, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Guidance (emphasis in Marriage and Family). He is certified in Behavioral Analysis, Licensed Pastoral Counselor, Certified Prevention Consultant, Certified Relationship Specialist and a Certified Prevention Ethicist.  He is a member of the Arkansas Prevention Certification Board, where he is involved with other preventionists  in setting state and national standards, providing training, and administering the Board exam for professionals in the prevention field.

In 2009, Spurlin was awarded the prestigious Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACMC-III, designation by the Academy of Certified Chaplains.  Earning an appointment to the Academy of Certified Chaplain demonstrates true dedication to chaplaincy and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. 

Spurlin joined WRMC in December 2008 as Chaplain. His duties include providing spiritual, emotional and social support to patients, families and staff.  He offers support services and referral resources to patients and staff in marriage and family issues as well as addiction issues.  Spurlin also offers assistance to patients, family and staff in grief recovery and conflict resolution.

Spurlin supervises The Chaplain Services’ Teddy Bear Ministry, which uses stuffed toys to bring comfort to pediatric patients being treated at WRMC.  The Ministry accepts new stuffed toys as well as monetary contributions to be used for the purchase of stuffed toys. 

WRMC is a 240-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.