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December 2018 Vol. 20 No. 8

A Message from the APC President...
by APC President Ronald C. Oliver PhD MBA BCC

APC has enjoyed another good year…Of course this success didn’t “just happen” – it was created and chiseled into existence by the hard and creative work of many…  Please join me in celebrating and thanking…

  • The 352 chaplains that completed their BCC this year!
  • The more than 700 members that served on 375 certification committees
  • The 12 members of the BCCI Certification Commission
  • The 13 members of APC’s five governing committees and the 36 members of our seven operational committees.
  • More than 50 members who serve on task forces, commissions, and coalitions to build and maintain the practical practice structures to ensure APC’s perspective shapes the profession...Read More


Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. - News and Updates

The following are important updates regarding BCCI and Certification:

  • The Fall application deadline for certification closed on November 13, 2018.  The BCCI Certification Department received 119 applications for certification.  These applications are now being reviewed by the office to ensure all materials have been submitted and are accurate before scheduling the next set of certification interview meetings.
  • If you are able and interested to serve on a Certification Committee in Orlando, FL on June 18 and/or June 19, please Volunteer! BCCI does NOT reimburse travel for interviews at conference. BCCI will reimburse hotel and meals per the information found on the online volunteer form HERE.  These certification committees take place... Read More


NEW Resource: 2018 Chaplain Compensation Custom Survey Report
APC Members are invited to access the NEW 2018 Chaplain Compensation Custom Survey Report.  This report is free to APC members and those institutions that participated in the survey.  Non-members can purchase a copy of the report in the APC store.  Learn more about this survey and how to access this important resource.

Study: Experiences of LGBT Patients and Families in Hospice and Palliative Care

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has a long history of experiencing discrimination and stigma in many arenas, including health care and social services. We are conducting a research study to learn about the experiences of LGBT persons and their family and friends with palliative care and hospice programs. The goal of this study is to the ways in which their care...Read More


2018 Continuing Education Summaries are Due January 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, APC would like to remind our certified chaplains that Continuing Education (CE) summaries are due into the APC/BCCI office by January 31, 2019.  To read more about Continuing Education or for copies of the needed forms, please visit the BCCI website HERE.


2019 APC Annual Conference: Plenary Speakers Announced

Visit the 2019 Plenary Speakers to learn about the speaker line-up!


A Pilgrimage of Self-Renewal: The Camino de Santiago, Part Two
by Mark LaRocca-Pitts PhD BCC

One of the greatest blessings of the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile pilgrimage route through Northern Spain, is the community of fellow pilgrims. Everyone who walks the Camino walks it for their own reason, but we all walk it together. I met people from every continent except Antarctica and from a multitude of countries across the world. For days on end you see these same people as we all walk the same path, but at our own paces. We all know that we are there for each other—another way in which “the Camino provides”—and slowly as our paths cross repeatedly...Read More 

Is the Chaplain an Underutilized Resource in the Decedent Care Process and Organ, Tissue and Eye Recovery
by John Ruiz M.Div BCC 

This study began with a simple question. Is it possible to verify the contributions of the chaplain in the decedent care process? Nationally it is very rare for the spiritual care department to oversee the decedent care process. Being in a spiritual care department that has overseen the process for the past 14 years we wanted to explore this question. It soon became clear that verifying these contributions would be very difficult. As a result, we decided to examine the rate of organ, tissue and eye recovery as a way of exploring this question. The following contains the findings of the study...Read More



2018 National Consensus Project: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition, whether heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can make all the difference in how they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments...Read More

The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care

 APC is excited to have colaborated with our Strategic Partners to bring our members and the healthcare community the resource "The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care."  Please help us by sharing this page with your colleagues and spreading the word about this important contribution to the ongoing conversation on the role of chaplains and spiritual care providers.  You can learn more about his publication in our Resources.

CSU's January 2019 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" Closing Soon...

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.


Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference December 2018:

A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy
John Caperon, Andrew Todd, and James Walters, eds. (Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018, 178 pages, paperback, Ebook)

Critically Loved:  A Bible Study for Parents of Chronically and Chronically Ill Children
TyiaLynn Mikels (Little Elm, Texas:  Electio Publishing, 2018, 91 pages, softcover)

The God Problem – How a Godless Cosmos Creates
Howard Bloom (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2014, 708 pages, softcover, hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook)

Night Comes: Death, imagination, and the Last Things
Dale C. Allison (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016, 174 pages, softcover, Kindle)

Prayer Seeds: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth
Joyce Rupp (Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, 2017, 205 pages, paperback, eBook)

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