What I Learned on the Psych Ward, Before Becoming a Rabbi

As a student chaplain I was terrified to be assigned to the psych ward, but this time, as a rabbi, I couldn't get there fast enough.

When, as a student chaplain, I signed up for a unit on Clinical Pastoral Education, I was assigned to three units: intensive care, pediatrics and the psych ward. The first two opportunities were exactly what I was looking for; the third one terrified me.