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September 2018 Vol. 20 No. 6

APC and NACC Revise Palliative Care & Hospice Advanced Certification
APC and NACC have recently announced important updates to the Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification (previously known as the Hospice and Palliative Care Certification).  In addition to a slight revision of the name to more accurately reflect the nature of the certification and its role in the profession of chaplaincy, the path to achieving this advanced certification has been updated and revised.  Those seeking this advanced certification now have two paths to choose from when pursuing the certification as well as a more streamlined process for demonstrating the relevant competencies. 
You can read more about the Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification on the BCCI website Here.


Transforming Chaplaincy Now Accepting Grant Applications
The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and Transforming Chaplaincy recognize the central role of research in advancing the profession of health care chaplaincy. Advancing chaplaincy research requires multiple initiatives. An important next initiative is to support chaplains who are interested in doing research related to their work. To help advance research, APC and Transforming Chaplaincy are pleased to announce pilot grants for chaplaincy research. Two types of grants are available: a consultation grant and a pilot project grant. One grant of each type will be awarded in 2018. Learn More

Membership Renewal and C.E. Records Submissions begin October 2018

As Fall approaches, APC is starting to prepare for our annual dues cycle which is slated to begin in mid September of 2018.  Later this month APC office will begin to issue annual dues renewal invoices as well as BCCI Fee invoices.  APC members do not need to make any payments now; however, members should take this time to log into their member profile to ensure their information is up-to-date and accurate before the renewal process begins in September. In addition we encourage all members to keep an eye out for future emails related to your APC membership. ..Read More 

Call for Volunteers for APC State Leadership Position and Committees

As our 2017-18 membership year closes, APC would like to remind you that there several ways for you to get more involved with your professional association as a Volunteer Leader.  APC is currently looking for volunteers in a number of important areas including State Representatives, State Continuing Education Chairs, as well as Committees and Task-forces.  As a volunteer with APC, you will have opportunities to meet new people and actively participate in your organization. We’re looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and diverse perspectives. In exchange for your time and support, you will develop leadership skills that will benefit you professionally and personally...Read More

Update on APC Membership Satisfaction Survey (Part 2)

APC’s revised Strategic Funding Initiative program is just one example of how the results of the survey are being utilized to offer new or improved services. Survey respondents identified research and furthering the profession as key reasons why they belong to the association and the APC board used this information to initiate a program.  The aim of the Strategic Funding Initiative is to review the amount of reserve funds each year and when possible award money to initiatives that look to improve the profession while also advancing the mission, vision and values of the association. Since being approved by the APC board, the strategic fund has allocated more than $35,000 in funding to individuals and groups who are performing important research for the profession.  Some of these funds have been used to support Transforming Chaplaincy Pilot Grants which you can learn more about in this edition of the Forum...Read More

CSU Announces January2019 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy"

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for a new cohort for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" beginning January 23, 2019.  APC would like to remind our members that they receive a 10% discount on their registration by using the promo code.  This code is restricted to members only and you must log-into the member page to receive it.

Visit the CSU Institute for Palliative Care page to learn more about this exciting course.


Empathy: How it helps and how it hurts
by Stephen Dietrich, BCC

The purpose of this paper is to explore the power of story-telling, to demonstrate how empathy can help and how it can hurt a chaplain’s effectiveness, to uncover some of the ways we fail to understand those in our care, and to suggest how professional chaplains can address these issues. 
Empathy can be transformative
The inspiration for this paper came from an online article in the New York Magazine called, “Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Mind?” (Miller, 2016).  The author begins the story with introductions:  He, Todd Underwood (a gun merchant), auctioned off the pistol that killed Trayvon Martin.  She, Carolyn Tuft, watched her child die in a mass shooting.  “Can they change each other’s minds about guns?”...Read More

A Pilgrimage of Self-Renewal: The Camino de Santiago, Part One

by Chaplain Mark LaRocca-Pitts, BCC

The Camino de Santiago is a 500-mile pilgrimage route running across northern Spain from France to Santiago de Compostela. For nearly 1200 years, Christian pilgrims have made pilgrimage to Santiago where tradition adheres the bones of Saint James, the apostle of Jesus, are buried. Today, over 300,000 people from all religious and spiritual traditions and from all over the world make their way to Santiago each year. I was privileged and blessed to make this pilgrimage this past spring, 2018. If you are looking for a self-care experience that will change your life, I highly recommend this pilgrimage or one like it. Our work as chaplains can significantly drain our inner resources over time and making a pilgrimage can go a long way toward replenishing those resources...Read More

2018 Fall Chaplain Symposium - Spiritual Assessment: From Theory to Practice
Hosted by the Association of Professional Chaplains® (APC®), all chaplains and spiritual caregivers are invited to the symposium on Thursday, October 18, 2018. This year's symposium features four leading experts who will delve into issues and provide solutions in their 90-minute sessions around the theme of "Spiritual Assessment: From Theory to Practice." 

Spiritual Assessment and the Competencies for Professional Chaplains
Jana Troutman-Miller MA BCC

The Background to Spiritual Assessment: History, Terms, and Examples
Mark LaRocca-Pitts PhD MDiv BCC

Assessment: From a Chat to the Chart
Brent Peery DMin BCC

Developing Evidence-Based Spiritual Assessment
George Fitchett PhD DMin BCC 

To learn more about the topics being discussed and to register to attend (online or in-person) please visit the 2018 Fall Chaplain Symposium event page for additional details.

Celebrating National Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week?  Share your Ideas!
October 21-27, 2018

National Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week is quickly approaching and APC would like your help in spreading the word about this important time of year.  Pastoral Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.

APC is asking our members and readers to help us and your colleagues by sharing what it is that your organization does to celebrate, honor, and recognize the work of spiritual caregivers in your institutions.  Head over to the Association of Professional Chaplains Facebook discussion group to share and collaborate with your colleagues.  Our hope is that through thoughtful sharing, we can continue to grow this week of celebration and share some of the best ideas in future issues of the APC Forum.  We look forward to seeing your ideas!    

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference September 2018:

Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande (New York:  Picador Books, 2014, 287 pages, hardcover, softcover, Ebook, Audiobook, Audio CD)

Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir
Sally Quinn (New York, New York: Harper One, 2017, 416 pages, hardcover, softcover, Ebook, MP3 CD, Audiobook)

A Matter of Life and Death:  60 Voices Share Their Wisdom
Rosalind Bradley (London and Philadelphia:  Jessica Kingsley, 2016, softcover, Ebook)

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by Ron Shackelford




APC extends our sympathy to the family and friends of members who have died. Memorials are listed on the website in alphabetical order by last name.

Chaplain Eugene A. Charsky, HLRBCC
Fr. Joseph H. Determan, HLRBCC
Rev. Robert "Bob" Eades, BCC
Rev. Roland L. "Skip" Getman, BCC
Rev. Samuel A. Holmes, HRBCC
Rev. Shari D. Reynolds

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