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

For Association of Professional ChaplainsTM events, see the  APC Event Calendar

Date: February 16, 2016 -- May 10, 2016

Title of Event: A Biblical Approach to Mental Health

Location: Online

Sponsor: UIC Department of Psychiatry, Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning & Leadership

Taught by Dr. Kalman J. Kaplan, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Paul Cantz, clinical assistant professor of psychology, the integrative 12-week course provides a serious dialogue between religious and secular psychological and psychiatric thought. The online format of the course provides opportunities for multimedia presentations, group projects and discussion, individual assignments and personal reflection - geared to the lifestyle of busy professionals. The course will compare Greek and biblical narratives regarding God, nature and the individual, men and women, parents and children, siblings, self and other, cycle vs. development, body and soul, suicide and suicide-prevention, and a tragic vs. hopeful outlook on life.

For more information, visit

Date: April 11 - 15, 2016

Title of Event: Intensive Bioethics Course

Location: Houston, TX

Sponsor: Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

This intensive course will provide a take home skill-set and the strategies to address common ethical problems and dilemmas in medicine.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
• Identify ethical challenges arising in patient care.
• Develop ethically reasoned and practical strategies for addressing these ethical challenges.
• Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these strategies in particular cases.
• Formulate interdisciplinary plans for appropriately managing these ethical challenges.

This program ultimately seeks to best position health professionals and clinical ethicists to respond effectively to difficult ethical challenges in today’s complex health care system.

Course participants will receive diverse and well-rounded training from nationally recognized experts in bioethics, who are heavily involved with national clinical ethics initiatives and training. The course will be taught by faculty in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and leadership of the biomedical ethics program at Houston Methodist. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is one of the oldest bioethics programs in the country and has one of the largest clinical ethics programs that services adult, pediatric, private and public hospital systems.

For information, visit

Date: April 13, 2016

Title of Event: MD/DC Association of Professional Chaplains Meeting, "Staff Support: Not an Option!" A panel discussion for and by chaplains

Location: Kittamaqundi Community Church, Columbia, MD

Sponsor: MD/DC APC Chaplains

Chaplains intuitively know the power of being present with staff members in distress or crisis. Our discussion will focus on the intentional establishment and nurture of staff relationships in our various ministry settings. Together we will review signs of compassion fatigue in staff, consider strategies for initiating dialogue with staff in distress, including establishment of supportive relationships, and explore pastoral interventions for staff in crisis. Panel will include Chaplains Roosevelt Brown (Capt USN, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital), Dennis Dupont (Spring Grove Hospital Center), Diane E. Hugger (Capital Caring Palliative Care and Counseling), and Matt Norvell (Johns Hopkins Children’s Center), with Chaplain Leslie Benfield (Mercy Medical Center) serving as moderator. All chaplains are welcome, including those certified by other professional groups, students, volunteers, CPE educators and those considering APC board certification. RSVP by April 8, 2016 to Rhonda Cooper at 410-502-1500 or

Date: April 19-29, 2016

Title of Event: Mindfulness and Spirituality online international symposium

Location: Online

Sponsor: Oates Institute

Listen LIVE to presentations and participate in Q&A sessions featuring the following speakers:

Father Richard Rohr OFM, Franciscan Priest, “Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer”, globally recognized ecumenical teacher in Christian mysticism and the author of many books.
Glenn Hinson PhD, “Mindfulness Practices in the Christian Tradition: What Have I Learned from Thomas Merton and Douglas Steere, a Quaker”, a scholar and author of A Serious Call to A Contemplative Lifestyle
Tenzin Kiyosaki, Hospice Chaplain, “Buddhist Mindfulness and Contemplation”, a former practicing Buddhist nun for 27 years, ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and currently a lay practitioner
Eric McCollum PhD LCSW LMFT
, “Mindfulness for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals”, author of the book, Mindfulness and the Therapist
Peter Buecker MD, “Mindfulness as a Path to Inner Peace”, studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, established Meditation MD and is in the process of completing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine
Father Joe Mitchell CP, “The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation”, President of the Earth & Spirit Center, Louisville, KY

For more information or to register, 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: April 22-25, 2016

Title of Event: 2016 NACC National Conference LIVE STREAMING

Location: Internet

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

For those of you who cannot attend the NACC conference in person, NACC has arranged for live streaming via Internet of the plenary speakers, along with the opening prayer session. These sessions will also be recorded and the recordings made available to you after the event.

The sessions that will be the subject of live streaming are:
  • Friday, April 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm: Conference Welcome/Opening Prayer and Remembrance of Deceased NACC Members
  • Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm: Do Not Quench the Spirit: Being Open to the Spirit that Transforms, Renews and Gives Hope in Today's World, by C. Vanessa White, MTS, DMin
  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:15 am: Resilience: Returning to God, by Brother Loughlan Sofield, ST, BA, MA
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 8:45 am: Evidence-Based Chaplaincy Care: Transforming Our Practice, by George Fitchett, DMin, PhD
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am: Hope and Good Dying: What Do Chaplains Have to Offer When Cure is “Off the Table”?, by Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN
Please note that all times listed are Central Time. NACC does NOT offer separate registration for individual events, this is a package deal that encompasses all the events listed below. NACC offers 7 CEH’s (1.75 hours per plenary session).

To view the streamed sessions requires a computer with Internet access.

To register, visit the NACC website.

Date: June 1-5, 2016

Title of Event: ENHCC 2016 14th Consultation

Location: Debrecen, Hungary

Sponsor: European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy

The ENHCC conference in Eastern Hungary will offer the opportunity to meet, share and work together from different countries, views, and cultural and demnominational experiences to improve health care chaplaincy. The topic of the consultation will be, "Advancing Care of the Soul: Sharing Best Practice to Promote Spiritual Health." The conference will take place in the Reformed College and accommodations will be at the Centrum Hotel. 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: August 15-19, 2015

Title of Event: Five-day Summer Research Course on Religion, Spirituality and Health

Location: Durham, NC

Sponsor: Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health

Duke will be hosting a summer research course on August 15-19, 2016. This course will focus on how to conduct research on religion, spirituality and health, and how to develop an academic career in this area, and compresses training material that was previously taught during the Duke post-doctoral fellowship (which was discontinued in 2010). Leading religion-health researchers from Duke, Yale and Johns Hopkins will give presentations. There will also be time to discuss individual research projects with them if desired. Participants will each have 30 minutes one-on-one with Dr. Koenig and 30 minutes with another mentor of their choice (early registration will assure one of these mentorship spots). The course is recommended for researchers early in their career, for seasoned researchers wishing to shift their work into spirituality and health, as well as for undergraduate and graduate students or others considering research in this area. Those more generally interested in spirituality and health will also find this workshop useful, as the course covers a lot of material on the subject applicable to laypersons. This is the 13th year the workshop is being offered, with over 700 attendees over the years.

Because of the intense nature of this training, spaces in the workshop are limited to only about 20-25 participants. Duke is 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 information, visit

Date: October 6, 2016

Title of Event: 2016 Chaplain Symposium

Location: Online and Schaumburg, IL

Sponsor: Association of Professional ChaplainsTM

The one-day symposium will be streamed live to participating audiences nationwiide. It will also be presented to a small audience in Schaumburg, IL. For information, visit

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: Creating Caring Communities through Bikkur Holim

Location: Online - free course

Sponsor: The Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

This free self-paced online course is suitable for individuals and groups. It offers the opportunity to engage with carefully selected resources and texts from both the Jewish tradition and contemporary approaches to caring for individuals and communities in need. Featuring case scenarios and role play exercises, this program also offers opportunities to build critical listening skills and participate in guided reflection. Participants will gain knowledge of Jewish language, tradition and values related to bikkur holim, including its spiritual, psychological and communal basis. Acquire competence in providing bikkur holim and confidence to serve as leaders of effective and sustainable congregation-based bikkur holim committees. The course was developed through the support of The Covenant Foundation. To access the course, visit

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: 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 and audioconferences

Location: Online

Sponsor: National Association of Catholic Chaplains

To view a list of upcoming webinars and audioconferences, or to register, visit

For questions, 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.