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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: 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: May 6-9, 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: April 29, 2015

Title of Event: The Longest Loss: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Location: Alexian Brothers Medical Center

Sponsor: Alexian Brothers Hospice and Hospice Foundation of America

When the diagnosis is Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, grief doesn't wait for death. Grieving can begin in the doctor's office when patients and families receive confirmation of illness. Over a span of what may be a decade, multiple losses associated with Alzheimer's disease or dementia become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends. Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and discussion, experts will idenatify how medical and social service professionals can help patients, families and themselves cope with the loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses. Registration required by April 20, 2015. Call 1-866-253-9426.

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: July 28 - August 1, 2015

Title of Event: 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology

Location: Washington, DC

Sponsors: International Psycho-Oncology Society and American Psychosocial Oncology Society

The theme of the conference is "From National to Global: Implementing the Standard of Psychosocial Care in Oncology." The sponsors anticipate 800-1,000 psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, oncologists, chaplains, researchers, administrators, students and patient advocates from around the world will participate in the conference. Abstracts for presentations at the conference will be accepted until February 2, 2015.

For information, visit

Date: August 10-14, 2015

Title of Event: Duke Spirituality & Health Workshops

Location: Durham, NC

Sponsor: Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health

Registration is open for Duke's five-day summer research workshop. There will be one workshop this year, so space is limted. Each workshop compresses material presented in Duke's past 12-month post-doctoral fellowship into five days and includes specific training on how to conduct research on religion, spirituality and health. Partial tuition scholarships are being offered 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 members of other professional societies.

For 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:

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: 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.

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

To register for audio conferences go to

For questions regarding audio conferences, please contact Jeanine Annunziato (

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.