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APCTM has not reviewed the content of these courses. Inclusion in this list does not imply APCTM endorsement or recommendation. However, these courses may count as continuing education (CE) credit. See APC'sTM continuing education guidelines for details.
  • Individual educational events are listed below by date.
  • Serial & Ongoing continuing education opportunities are listed at the bottom of the page.


For Association of Professional ChaplainsTM events, see APC Event Calendar

Date: September 22, 2015 and March 24, 2015

Title: Cultivating Comppasionate Presence and Caring for Others, Caring for Self

Location: Online

Sponsor: Rigpa's Spiritual Care Program

Cultivating Compassionate Presence
Patients want to feel truly heard and cared for by those who accompany them. This 7-week online course helps professionals:
• Cultivate presence and foster awareness
• prevent burnout, and
• enhance professional skills and competencies.

Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves
Caring for others professionally is different from caring for a friend or loved one. In this course, you will learn contemplative resources to:
• Enhance an inner sense of wellbeing and confidence while staying present with an open heart.
• Strengthen resilience to prevent stress and to heal exhaustion.
• Understand and heal difficult relationships.
Contact us at

Date: September 18, 2015

Title: Fall 2015 APCTM Retreat

Location: Carol Joy and Holling Center, Ashland, NE

Sponsor: APCTM Nebraska Chaplains

Relax and be renewed with other chaplains as we take in the fall colors. Enjoy fellowship spiritual reflecton and dialogue about meaningful issues during this one-day retreat from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Presentations include "Supporting the Roles of Chaplains/NORS Staff During Organ Donation," by NORS Robin Higley and staff; and "Perinatal Death from a Clinical, Personal and Theological Perspective," by Tom Backer, chaplain and CPE supervisor. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $40, payable by check made out to John Brewer (APC Neb. Retreat). Mail to: IMC-PC - attn: John Brewer; 6901 N. 72nd St. Suite 1327; Omaha, NE 68122.

Date: September 24-25, 2015

Title: Annual Retreat 2015, "Embracing Ritual - Sacred and Secular"

Location: Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, VA

Sponsor: Virginia Chaplains Association

Join colleagues for the Virginia Chaplains Association annual retreat. Thursday night lodging and meals are included in the registration fee. For information, visit

Date: September 28, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Title: Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program

Location: Online learning with residential retreat near Ithica, NY

Sponsor: Rigpa's Spiritual Care

This innovative course combines 15 weeks of online learning with an 8-day residential retreat near Ithaca, New York. It offers the unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, and brings together best practices of hospice and palliative care with authentic and practical contemplative methods to:
• Strengthen knowledge and skills to respond effectively to patient and family needs.
• Encourage personal and professional growth and more authentic communication.
• Enhance one’s capacity to manage difficult situations and strengthen resilience through mindfulness, mediation and other contemplative practices.

Please visit our website or contact us at for more information.

Date: October 6, 2015

Title: 2015 APCTM Chaplain Symposium, "Sustaining Organizations through Staff Resilience"

Location: Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, AZ, or Online

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM

For more information, visit

Date: October 15- 21, 2015

Title of Event: 2015 International Congress for Pastoral Care and Counseling

Location: San Francisco, CA

Sponsor: International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling

ICPCC 2015 will focus on "Spiritual Care in the Global Village," from interfaith, intercultural and high-tech perspectives.

Engaging speakers include:

Allan Boesak—a model of radical reconciliation and leader of South Africa’s United Democratic Front.

Lisa Merriweather, Asst. Professor at UNC Charlotte and a scholar of intercultural communication;

Professor Ingrid Mattson, first and only woman president of the Islamic Society of North America and initiator of the Christian-Jewish, and Muslim program at Hartford Seminary;

Dr. Linda Graham, author and workshop leader on connection, connectivity and virtual reality;

Dr. Daniel Louw and Dr. David Ito, president and vice-president of ICPCC.

In addition to the numerous workshops, the congress will include the traditional intercultural Small Groups. The opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones begins with the opening reception. Additional leisure and social times include walks along the bay shoreline, exploring neighboring Burlingame, dinner on the bay, and easy access to the rich resources of San Francisco.

Online registration will be available November 1, 2014 at the ICPCC website:

Date: October 15-17, 2015

Title of Event: 16th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive

Location: Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, TX

Sponsor: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

All members of the hospice and palliative care team and community stakeholders are encouraged to participate. The conference will offer basic, intermediate and advanced education sessions that will address a wide variety of hospice and palliative care topics.

For information, visit

Date: October 18-20, 2015

Title of Event: 2015 Wisconsin Chaplaincy Association Fall Conference

Location: Heidel House, Green Lake, WI

Sponsor: Wisconsin Chaplaincy Association

For the first time in the history of the WCA Fall Conference, our 2015 offering will be a true retreat. The WCA encourages everyone to attend the full conference and not just one portion of it. Every session will build off the previous one. Attending only part of the conference will not give you the full benefit that our facilitators desire for you. The theme of the conference is "Contemplative Practices: Nurturing Wholeness In Yourself & Those You Serve." For information, visit

Date: November 5, 2015

Title of Event: 6th Annual Faith Conference on End-of-Life Care

Location: Nashville, TN

Sponsor: Alive Hospice

This year's conference will feature general sessions and breakout sessions. Presentations will include: Interfaith Panel on End-of-Life Care; Best Practices in Memory Care; Spiritual Healing in Hospice Care; Caring for the Caregiver; The Language of Dying: What to Say, What Not to Say; Using One's VA Pension to Pay for Caregiving; Grief Counseling; and Ethical and Legal Issues in Advance Care Planning. The Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham will present a keynote address, On Showing Up: Caring Well for Persons of All Faiths, Belief Systems and Cultures. Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

For information, visit

Date: April 22-25, 2016

Title of Event: 2016 NACC National Conference

Location: Chicago Marriott near Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Plenary speakers for the 2016 conference will be: George Fitchett DMin PhD, a professor and the director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Brother Loughlan Sofield ST, a missionary servant of the Most Holy Trinity and currently the director of the community’s Senior Ministry house; Carol Taylor PhD RN, a senior clinical scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a Professor of Medicine and Nursing; and C. Vanessa White DMin is assistant professor of spirituality and ministry, director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies and the director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union.

For information, visit

Date: June 23-26, 2016

Title of Event: 2016 APCTM Annual Conference

Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM

The theme of the 2016 conference is "Together @ the Table: Chaplains as Strategic Partners." For information, visit the 2016 APCTM Annual Conference webpage.

Date: November 2-4, 2016

Title of Event: NHPCO 17th Clinical Team Conference

Location: Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

Sponsor: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Education programs and pre-conference seminars begin October 31 and the main conference begins November 2. For information, visit

Date: June 22-25, 2017

Title: 2017 APCTM Annual Conference

Location: Houston, TX

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM

Further details will be announced on the APCTM website,

Serial & Ongoing Continuing Education Opportunities

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: ACPE Academy for Continuing Education Webinars

Location: Online

Sponsor: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Live and pre-recorded webinars are available.

For information, visit

Date: Ongoing 

Title of Event: APCTM Professional Chaplaincy Webinar Recordings

Location: Webinar Recordings

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM 

Webinar recordings include handouts of presentation slides and materials, plus an MP3 audio recording of the 90-minute presentation 

For a complete listing of all available Webinar recordings and to purchase, visit the APC store. 

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: The Case for Standards of Practice: Do Professional Chaplains Practice What They Preach?

Location: Online

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM

The Association of Professional ChaplainsTM is proud to provide a free viewing of the video of this plenary session, which was presented at the 2010 APCTM Annual Conference by Rev. George Handzo BCC and Rev. Paul Derrickson BCC. It describes the importance of standards of practice in chaplaincy as a crucial step in the development of the profession. In addition, it provides background information on the process of drafting the standards of practice for professional chaplains in acute care and discusses the significance of these standards. The discussion also includes audience questions and feedback, as well as an overview of how APC is working toward SOPs in other chaplain specialties.

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute complimentary webinars

Sponsor: Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

Each month, CTRI offers a complimentary webinar on a topic relating to crisis and trauma. The monthly webinar may be accessed at the following link:

Date: Various

Title: Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence Live! Webinars

Sponsor: American Hospital Association

HPOE Live! Webinars offers education on topics of interest to hospital professionals. Some may be of interest to chaplains. All are free of charge but require advanced registration. They are always 60 minutes in duration unless otherwise noted. This page is updated as more webinars are confirmed.


Date: Ongoing 

Title of Event: Internet-based Education on End-of-life Issues for Mental Health Providers

Sponsor: American Psychological Association Office on AIDS 

An Internet-based, interactive, continuing education program on end-of-life issues for mental health providers. This program offers 10 two-hour modules. Topics included are: Overview of Death and Dying in America, Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Distress Near End of Life, Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cognitive Changes, Grief and Bereavement, Spirituality Issues, Understanding and Supporting Family Caregivers, Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Law and Ethics associated with End-of-Life Care, and Advance Directives and Other End of Life Decisions. 

Date: Ongoing 

Title of Event: Joining Forces online educational video series 


Sponsor: HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education 

Through the Joining Forces education curricula, chaplains, medical professionals and other caregivers across the nation can receive free training online on how to deal with the physical, spiritual and emotional health issues facing our nation’s troops as they return home from service. The Web site,, houses the four-part video series which addresses the most common issues our returning soldiers face, including challenges of reintegration, a general overview of health care issues faced by returning military, mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as links to a variety of other resources.The Association of Professional Chaplains is a partner in this program, which is endorsed by General Colin Powell.

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: Multilingual Core Curriculum in Psycho-Oncology Online lectures

IPOS presents this online lecture series of 10 free webcasts, funded by the European School of Oncology (ESO). Topics range from "Loss, Grief and Bereavement" to "Distress Management in Cancer."

Please click on the link below to view the webcasts.

Date: Various

Title of Event: NACC webinars

Location: Online

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

To register for audio conferences go to

For questions regarding NACC webinars, please contact Andris Kursietis (

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate Course

Location: Online

Sponsor: HealthCare Chaplaincy and The California State University Institute for Palliative Care

HealthCare Chaplaincy and The California State University Institute for Palliative Care are offering an online course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities and elsewhere.
The nine-week curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and practice built on the applicable areas of the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality.

The course runs for nine weeks and is offered at various times throughout the year. The curriculum is based on interactive, text-based modules that are faculty-led and collaborative. All who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. For information, visit

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: Spiritual Care Champions series, Ethics Champions series

Location: Online

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains & Catholic Health East

For a schedule of the latest Spiritual Care Champions teleseminar series, Ethics Champions teleseminar  series and to purchase a yearly subscription, visit

Date: Ongoing

Title of Event: "Spotlight on the IOM Report: Dying in America: What is the hospice and palliative care community's role in prioritization and implementation?"

Location: online

Sponsor: National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

Complimentary 90-minute recording of 12/11/14 webinar presentation.