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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: 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: September 16, 2014

Title of Event: Ethics Grand Rounds

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Sponsor: Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Institue for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin

Presented by Deborah Mesirow Kasle JD MA, the objectives of the event are:
1. Articulate the differences between advance health care planning and completion of a living will or health care power of attorney.
2. Identify one of each- legal, emotional, and cultural- barrier to completing an advance directive

To register, visit

Date: September 17, 2014; October 10, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 14, 2014

Title of Event: Fall 2014 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

Location: East Lansing, MI or Online

Sponsor: Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University

Designing for Diffusion and Ethical Considerations
James W. Dearing, PhD
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12-1 pm

Integrity in Translational Research
Jason Scott Robert, PhD
Friday, October 10, 2014, 12-1 pm

Decision-making in Pediatric Oncology: Who Really Decides?
Bradd Hemker, MD
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12-1 pm

“How long do I have, Doc?” Ethical Issues in Prognostication for Older Adults
Alexander Smith, MD, MS, MPH
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12-1 pm

These lectures are free and will be recorded if you are unable to watch live.

For more information, visit Fall 2014 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

Date: September 18, 2014

Title of Event: The Essential Role of Spirituality in Clinical Care: A Whole-Person Model of Care

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Sponsor: Medica College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society

Presented by Christina Puchalski MD MS. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail

Date: September 20, 2014

Title of Event: Association of Professional Chaplains Texas North Annual Education Day and Gathering

Location: Dallas, TX

Sponsor: The Texas-North APC chaplains

Presentations will include:
  • Support for Families and Staff in a Time of Crisis presented by Rev. Judit Crilley BCC, Chaplain Stacey Merlin BCC and Dr. Jessica Mitchell PhD
  • Compassion Fatigue presented by Rev. Kathy Dickson BCC
  • Broken Heart Syndrome presented by Dr. Stewart Cloer PhD
  • Palliative Care presented by Rev. Dr. Marci Pounders BCC
  • The Use of Godly Play in the Pediatric In Patient Psychiatric Setting presented by Ryan Campbell MTS BCC
Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch.

For more information, contact Rev. Gina Biddle at 469.235.3805 or

Date: October 4, 2014

Title of Event: Association of Professional Chaplains Texas South Annual Education Day and Gathering

Location: San Antonio, TX

Sponsor: The Texas-South APC chaplains

Presentations will include:
  • Post Traumatic Model of Growth presented by Remington Johnson
  • Spiritual Assessment presented by Mark Elder
  • I Don't Have Time for This: Spiritual Care at the End of Life - My Own presented by Sherron Hughes-Tremper
  • Whispering Hope presented by Virgil Fry
  • Up Down Realtionships presented by Edgar Henning
Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch.

For information, contact Sandy Londa at

Date: October 5-7, 2014

Title of Event: 2014 Wisconsin Chaplaincy Association Fall Conference

Location: Green Lake, WI

Sponsor: Wisconsin Chaplaincy Association

The theme of the conference is Substance Abuse. The WCA board wanted to offer a hands-on, practical conference to inform and equip chaplains to deal with this, and are delighted to welcome two outstanding plenary presenters to the gathering.

Rev. Joe Herzanek, the author of the book “Why Don’t They Just Quit?” Chaplain Joe has been in recovery for many years. His insights as an addict, his personal experiences and work as a corrections chaplain, bring a practical approach to alcoholism/drug abuse to the table. Also,  Dr. Alan Wilson, a retired psychotherapist, who will offer a clinical view of substance abuse and give us some hand-on counsel on how to approach the subject. You will be interested in his thoughts on “harm reduction” as an intervention for substance abuse.

For more information, visit:

Date: October 7 & 8, 2014

Title of Event: Caresharing with Music: Transformative Techniques and Tools for the Memory Loss Community

Location: Anaheim, CA

Sponsor: California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging

Judith-Kate Friedman, founder of Songwriting Works™, explores the role music plays in extending quality of life, communication and cognition for persons living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.  She offers techniques for increasing interactivity, social engagement, shared meaning and relationship building in ways that enhance vitality, creativity and dignity.  Participants will receive practical tools and programming ideas for building friendships and relationships through song by using melody, narrative, rhythm, rhyme and movement to enhance communication across generations and cognitive difference.  They will be empowered to be 'musical instigators" bringing 'the medicine of music' to those who need it most.'

For more information, visit or

Date: October 10, 2014

Title of Event: Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Research Day

Location: Cleveland, OH

Sponsor: Cleveland Clinic Department of Bioethics

There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required.

For more information on Bioethcs Research Day, e-mail

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.