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APC has not reviewed the content of these courses. Inclusion in this list does not imply APC endorsement or recommendation. However, these courses may count as continuing education (CE) credit. See APC's 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 Chaplains events, see APC Event Calendar

Date: July 17, 2014

Title of Event: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault "From Crisis to Confidence"

Location: New York City, NY

Sponsor: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, co-sponsored by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains

There will be two keynote addresses made by Juanito Vargas LMSW Associate Vice President Community Programs & Hotlines, Safe Horizon, Inc.

Keynote address 1 - The Client-Centered Approach to Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence

This presentation will encompass a brief overview of the evolution of the domestic violence services field. It will focus upon the prevalence and dynamics of abusive intimate partner relationships. It will inform regarding the resources available to survivors of domestic violence, impediments faced by survivors of domestic violence and culminate with an exposition of the rationale for adhering to a client-centered approach to working with survivors of domestic violence.
Keynote address 2 - Working with Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault
This presentation will provide information about the prevalence of rape and sexual assault. It will define what constitutes sexual assault and will review some best practices for working with survivors of sexual assault. It will seek to dispel certain myths encountered within the field and will focus upon the emotional and practical considerations to be attended to when working with survivors of rape and sexual assault

To register, click here.

Date: July 23 - 26, 2014

Tilte of Event: Spirituality and Health Summer Institute

Location: Washington, DC

Sponsor: School of Medicine & Health Sciences - The George Washington University

Discuss evidence for spiritual care and compassionate presence, the tools to bring spirituality to the forefront of clinical care, and the roles of members of the interdisciplinary team.

Participate in experiential learning, including large- and small-group case-based discussions and treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary teams with standardized patients.

For more information, visit

Date: August 11-15, 2014

Title of Event: Duke Spirituality & Health Workshops

Location: Durham, NC

Sponsor: Duke University

Each workshop compresses material presented in Duke University’s past 12-month post-doctoral fellowship into five days, and specific training on how to conduct research on religion, spirituality and health can be obtained from researchers active in the field for over 25 years. Duke recommends these courses for researchers early in their career and for seasoned researchers wishing to shift their work into spirituality and health, as well as for graduate students, undergraduate students or others considering research in this area. It also appropriate for those more generally interested in spirituality and health, as presenters will cover a lot of material on this subject applicable to laypersons. This is the 11th year the workshop is being offered, with over 600 attendees over the years.

Every workshop held thus far has been oversubscribed, so it is important to register early. We are offering partial tuition SCHOLARSHIPS for those with serious financial hardships and in academic positions with potential for conducting research in this area. Tuition discounts are also available for APC members and for members of other professional societies (for those not applying for a scholarship).

For more information, contact Harold G Koenig MD at, or visit

Date: September 14-19, 2014

Title of Event: International Seminar: Mennorode (NED)

Location: Netherlands

Sponsor: sipcc

Theme: The other Religion and Tradition as Blessing – Exploring spiritual potentials for care and counselling

The aim of this Seminar is to explore the helpful resources of religions, faith communities, cultures and spiritual traditions and to use their creative powers for care and counselling. We want to show that unfamiliar religions and spiritual traditions are typically not dangerous and destructive. On the contrary, they have positive effects on communities and on the way individuals can cope with what befalls them in their lives – in short, they are a blessing. We will also critically reflect on fundamentalist social, political and spiritual trends.

For more information, visit

Date: October 4, 2014

Title of Event: South Texas APC Gathering in San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, TX

Sponsor: South Texas Chaplains

Please join your colleagues for the South Texas APC Gathering in San Antonio. The event features educational presentations throughout the day with opportunities for networking and fellowship. The event is free to chaplains and will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, TX. For information, contact Sandy Londa at

Date: October 27-30, 2014

Title of Event: Increasing Your Cultural Competencies: Using the Action- Reflection- Action Model

Location: Hunt, TX

Sponsor: The chaplains of the Department of Aging and Disabilities Services (DADS) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

This is the 4th year for the workshop to be held at Mo Ranch, located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, nestled in the heart of the Texas hill country. This year’s presenter is Rev. Sam Naidoo MDiv ACPE Supervisor. Registration deadline is October 13, 2014

To register, call 800.460.4401

Date: January 26 - 29, 2015

Title of Event: Hope and Resilience: Innovative and Interdisciplinary Spiritual Care

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Sponsor: National Association of Jewish Chaplains

The goal of Spiritual Care is to provide people with tools to encounter and face life's challenges. The language of spirituality and meaning making, which is fostered within the interdisciplinary team by the spiritual care professional, offers deeper respect and opportunity for hope for people in times of struggle.  Collaborative approaches to spiritual support are responsive to the need for holistic care that incorporates an understanding of each person’s unique challenge.  At this year's international collaborative conference, we aim to advance the conversation regarding interdisciplinary support systems and indentifying new and creative approaches to sharing with colleagues across professional lines.

For more information, visit

Date: March 6-9, 2015

Title of Event: NACC 2015 50th Anniversary Conference

Alexandria, VA

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Please mark your calendars for the 2015 NACC 50th Anniversary Conference to be held Friday, March 6th to Monday, March 9th, 2015. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, near Reagan Airport, Alexandria, VA.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Visit

Date: April 20 - 22, 2015

Title of Event: 2015 Caring for the Spirit Conference

Location: Orlando, FL

Sponsor: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Keynote speakers include:

Liliana De Lima MHA
Executive Editor
International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care
Houston, TX

Betty Ferrell PhD MA FAAN FPCN
Director and Professor, Nursing Research and Education
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

George Handzo MA BCC
Director, Health Services Research and Quality
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
New York, NY

Christina Puchalski MD FACP
Founder and Director
The George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish)
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Lucy Selman BA MPhil PhD
Cicely Saunders International Faculty Scholar, BuildCARE
Cicely Saunders Institute
King's College
London, UK

John Swinton BD PhD RMN RNMD
Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care
King's College
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland

For more information, visit

Date: April 25 - May 2, 2015

Title of Event: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education 2015 Annual Conference

Location: Atlanta, GA

Sponsor: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

ATL2015: Making Your Connection

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
April 25-May 2, 2015

For more information, visit

Date: June 4 - 7, 2015

Title of Event: 2015 APC Annual Conference

Location: Louisville, KY

Sponsor: Association of Professional Chaplains

Information will be posted as it becomes available. Visit

Date: October 15- 21, 2015

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

Location: San Francisco, CA

Sponsor: ICPCC

The 10th annual Congress will attempt to share the impact of IPCC’s unique resources with the many world-wide concerns it has for providing faith-based care - individually and socially. The program goal is to focus on interfaith, intercultural, and high-tech themes and innovations in technology that influence the theories and practices of our care.

For more information, visit

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: APC Professional Chaplaincy Webinar Recordings

Location: Webinar Recordings

Sponsor: Association of Professional Chaplains 

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: 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 audio conferences

Location: Telephone conference

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care – Frequently Asked Questions on Beginning and End of Life
Presented by Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, OFM, Ph.D.
Thursdays, November 7, 2013 and November 14, 2013 – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time

These audio conferences will address the frequently asked questions of both Beginning and End of Life issues as
related to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Chaplaincy Ministry in the Light of Vatican II
Presented by Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D.
Thursdays, December 5, 2013 and December 12, 2013 – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time

On October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council with a call to engage the world positively,
to look forward, and to find new ways of sharing the faith with others. Key to this renewal would be the laity. One of the remarkable fruits of the council’s renewed vision has been the rise of professional forms of lay ministry—a development that has had a deep impact on the entire field of Catholic chaplaincy. We gather by audio conference to discuss the legacy of Vatican II and the implications of the council for our work as Catholic chaplains.

To register for these audio conferences go to

For questions regarding audio conferences, please contact Jeanine Annunziato (

Date: Various

Title of Event: NACC local gatherings

Location: Telephone conference

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Please mark your calendars for the following NACC local gatherings:

• Saturday, November 2, 2013, Brockton, MA. See details.
• Saturday, November 9, 2013, Seattle, WA. See details.
• Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Washington D.C. See details.
• Saturday, December 7, 2013, Seattle, WA. Details to come

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: Professional Chaplaincy Education: "Professional Chaplaincy and Patient Satisfaction"

Location: Online recording

Sponsor: Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH)


  • I Patient Satisfaction from Hospital Leadership's Perspective- Objectives, Methods, and Standards for Increasing Patient Satisfaction. Dr. Pinckey McIlwain MD VP Quality & Performance Improvements, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
  • II Patient Rounds by Managers and Chaplains. Glenda McDonald BCC, Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • III HCAHPS and Chaplaincy. Spiritual Care Department Manager, Bill Bross BCC, The Methodist Sugarland Hospital
  • IV "Should Chaplains Care about Patient Satisfaction?" Chad Hawkins BCC, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
  • V Group Discussion
 The recordings of these sessions may be viewed at the following link: 

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

Location: Online

Sponsor: Association of Professional Chaplains

The Association of Professional Chaplains is proud to provide a free viewing of the video of this plenary session, which was presented at the 2010 APC 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.