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The conference Education Subcommittee has selected over 40 workshops, that will be offered over four different time slots during this year's conference. These educational sessions offer a breadth of topics while not sacrificing depth of content.

This year’s conference presenters are among the foremost experts in research, clinical expertise, evidence-based best practices, diversity and professionalism within the field of chaplaincy.


Please click on the date links below for session details.

FR1.02 - Designing and Validating Spiritual Care Surveys by Using Qualitative & Quantitative Methods
Session Full
Presented by: Tia Jamir PhD BCC & Kristina Hyrkas PhD LicNSc MNSc RN

In the field of spiritual care, current spiritual visits primarily document patient's spiritual history and/or seek an initial assessment of patient needs for spiritual care. Today, there are no rigorously validated instruments which seek to address patients' experiences, pertaining to aspects of spiritual care during hospitalization. This presentation discusses the design, development and validation process of a self-administered survey using qualitative (i.e. grounded theory) and quantitative methods. This survey will also help other interdisciplinary team members to track the patient experiences (i.e. the spiritual aspects of care) and determine their value to patients and institution.

FR1.03 - Chaplains Providing Dignity Therapy in Out-patient Palliative Care
Presented by: George Fitchett DMin PhD BCC, Diana Wilkie PhD RN FAAN, Rev. Debra Hepburn CISM/CISD & Rev. Andrew McRae

Dignity Therapy (DT) was developed to foster dignity, quality of life, and existential and spiritual well-being among people with serious illness or near the end-of-life. The DT interview is transcribed and becomes a Generativity Document expressing key lessons learned from life and words for family and loved ones. This workshop will share the experiences of chaplains providing DT in the context of an NIH-funded study of DT in the context of out-patient palliative care.

FR1.04 - Post Secular Spirituality: Perceptions of Humanist, Liberal Religious and Unaffiliated Chaplains
Session Full
Presented by: Dr. Froukje Pitstra PhD, Dr. Carmen Schuhmann PhD & Annelieke Damen MA

Spirituality is a central notion in chaplaincy, yet it is a concept that is notoriously hard to define. For chaplains in post secular societies, working with patients of all kinds of religious and non-religious backgrounds, having a clear understanding of spirituality as a dimension in the lives of all people seems crucial. In this workshop, first findings of a research project are presented in which notions of spirituality according to humanist, liberal religious, and non-affiliated chaplains in the Netherlands are explored. These findings are discussed in relation to the question of what is the role and place of chaplaincy in a changing world.

FR1.05 - Ministry in the Midst of Personal Grief
Session Full
Presented by: Sara Hester MDiv MSW MBA BCC & Jennifer Casstevens-Lopez MDiv BCC

People in ministry and other caring professions experience losses in their personal lives. The interaction between personal grief and professional caregiving is complicated, can be overwhelming and has both positive and negative aspects. This seminar will look at the overlap and ways to care for self and others in the midst of grief.

FR1.06 - Helpful & Missing from Palliative Chaplain Progress Notes: Findings - 7 Palliative Team Focus Groups
Presented by: Paul Galchutt MDiv BCC

Most of us write spiritual assessment progress notes without really knowing what our non-chaplain interdisciplinary partners want to know regarding our chaplaincy encounters with patients and families. While the palliative care chaplain is regarded as the spiritual specialist, interdisciplinary palliative partners are also obligated to address spirituality as generalists. In other words, they are invested. We want them to keep coming back to our notes. This presentation will report on the findings from seven palliative care team focus groups asking the original research question, what content is most helpful as well as missing from a chaplain’s spiritual assessment progress note.

FR1.07 - Expanding Code Lavender Systemically
Session Full
Presented by: David Carl MDiv BCC

Through the collaboration of key stakeholders, a program has been designed to help 64,000+ teammates across 44 hospitals and 900+ care locations in NC, SC, and GA recognize the gravity of Compassion Fatigue/Burnout which can create disease in self, dysfunction in teammate engagement, and injure direct patient care. Atrium Health chaplain leaders serve as catalysts to not only identify the problem but also what antidotes are readily available. To do so meant going "outside the lines" of our discipline to partner with physicians, nurse leadership, emergency management services, security, EAP, Lean Sensei's, With demands and stress in healthcare ever on the increase, to expand the traditional boundaries of chaplains to promote self-care with teammates is critical.

FR1.08 - Understanding and Applying the New NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care
Presented by: Margie Atkinson DMin BCC

Spirituality is recognized as a fundamental aspect of compassionate, patient and family-centered palliative care. Recently published in October of 2017, the National Consensus Project's 4th Edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines greatly expand on the previous editions. With an overarching goal to improve access to quality palliative care for all people with serious illness, regardless of setting, diagnosis, prognosis, or age, this workshop will focus on the expansion of Domain 5: Spiritual, Religious, and Existential Aspects of Care including the role of the professional chaplain and how to utilize the guidelines to improve access to spiritual care across care settings.

FR1.09 - Expanding the Boundaries: What elders have to teach us about health care, aging, and life.
Presented by: Daniel Duggan MDiv BCC

Elders teach us how to be with them, and how to create community where all are valued. The contemporary medical model does not hold a view of aging that supports elders being the author of their lives and health care. Participants will have a chance to 1) reflect on spiritual assessment that involves both the chaplain and elders exploring what elders want and need, 2) expand the chaplain's boundaries of understanding, care, and skills that help elders be the authors of their lives, and 3) see how what we learn from elders applies to all people in community.

FR1.10 - Beyond Room to Room: A Modern Approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy
Session Full
Presented by: Jennifer Cobb MDiv MBA BCC

In many healthcare organizations, there are far more patients than the chaplain can ever hope to see. So how do you decide who gets seen and who doesn't? Is it better to visit one patient several times or as many patients as possible once? Chaplains have a highly specialized role within the overall healthcare team. In a classic article, Mark LaRocca-Pitts compared chaplains to hospitalists. However, when you can't get to everyone, what do you do? We'll explore a few common approaches to this dilemma and the research that supports each one. Our system has chosen to liken the chaplain to intensivists or cardiologists -- focused care for those with the most acute risk of spiritual distress. At the end of this session, you'll have the information to decide which approach makes the most sense for your organization's needs and will be prepared to engage champions from other disciplines to help you advance the model of your choosing.

FR1.11 - From Inpatient to Outpatient: Expanding the Role of Chaplaincy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Presented by: Clio Pavlantos MDiv BCC, Brian Kelly MDiv & Robyn Tsesarsky

Workshop will present chaplaincies in three stages of development at three very different MSKCC outpatient facilities: an outpatient chaplaincy for women with breast cancer that will be five years old in 2019; an outpatient chaplaincy that will be a year and a half old in 2019, serving a more diverse facility with a much larger population, including a patient care team clinic for advanced neurology cancer patients; and a chaplaincy for day surgery patients that will be a year old in the summer of 2019. The presentation will reflect the range of adaptation and innovation demanded by each facility and the different paths taken in establishing outpatient chaplaincy.

FR1.12 - Effects of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: USSOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family
Presented by: MSG Howard Crosby MBA, CPT James Anderson PhD & Chaplain CPT Chase Wilhelm

The United States Special Operations Command has undertaken various research projects to assess the holistic impact of the Religious Support Team interactions on the US Service members. The workshop will discuss the key findings from the Needs Assessment Survey (n=+12,000) and the Chaplaincy evidence-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention project.


SA1.01 - The Art of Self Care: How to Cultivate Creative Practice for Yourself and Your Community
Session Full
Presented by: Saundra Shanti BCC

Participants will experience two forms of creative practice. The first is 30 minutes and includes reading a poem and doing a small painting. This provides an example of what can be offered in a small group, such as a Physicians' Creative Practice Lunch. In the second practice, chaplains will make touchstones that can be shared with patients or loved ones. I will demonstrate step by step how to design micro art studios that can be placed throughout their institutions, inviting entire organizations to create together. Lastly we will discuss the process of collaboration across disciplines that makes this endeavor possible.

SA1.02 - Meeting Your Hindu and Buddhist Patients, What to Know
Presented by: Seigan Ed Glassing BFA & Joseph Caruso BA

In this presentation, a Hindu and Buddhist chaplain team up to cover the basics on both traditions that were born from the Indian subcontinent. It will teach chaplains unfamiliar with, or who might not have met Hindu or Buddhist patients', the most important things to know before stepping into their room. We will review the main tenets, key philosophy and practices of Hinduism and Buddhism, teach practical skills on mantras, use of images and setting up a small shrine for your patient. Lastly, we will address end-of-life issues, with time at the end for question and answers. This presentation will give you confidence as a chaplain and offer you skills in ministering to your Hindu and Buddhist patients.

SA1.03 - Expanding Competency: Providing Spiritual Care to the Veteran
Presented by: Brynn White MDiv & Jennifer Wortmann PhD

Non-VA chaplains often feel ill-equipped to offer spiritual care to Veterans. Veteran culture is unique in that Veterans face special challenges that many civilians do not in the private sector, presenting specialized opportunities for pastoral care. Service members who separate from the military can experience various mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and higher rates of addiction and homelessness than the general public. To provide professional, appropriate pastoral care to Veterans seeking care in the private sector, the pastoral care provider must be educated on issues relevant to Veteran culture.

SA1.04 - Religious, Cultural and Spiritual support of Muslims and the Islamic Community on Palliative Care
Presented by: Imam Yusuf Hasan BCC

Islam is one of the fasting growing religions in America; therefore, Muslims are one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. health care system. They bring a mixture of religious, cultural and spiritual concerns to the health care institutions, yet many health care providers, including chaplains and social workers are unfamiliar and ill equipped to meet the needs of this diverse population. This workshop will provide broad, high-quality information that will enable the medical staff and other caregivers, especially chaplains and social workers, to engage Muslim patients, families and community around health care treatment, DNR orders, hospice care and end-of-life support and will address what Islam says about health care-related issues and how the health care team including chaplains and social workers, can address this group's needs and concerns.

SA1.05 - Beyond the Terms: LGBTQ+ Spiritual Care
Presented by: Lindsey Briggs MDiv

This session provides a deeper understanding of culturally effective care for LGBTQ+ patients. Participants will explore how LGBTQ+ people may conceptualize love, relationships, gender roles, and family differently from their straight and cis counterparts through a video and time of reflection. Participants will discuss possible responses by chaplains to case studies on 4 topics: 1) Hospital Discrimination of a Transgender Woman, 2) Integrating Faith and Sexuality, 3) Queer Youth in Crisis, 4) A Lesbian Couple Grieves their Miscarriage. Participants will also practice using gender neutral pronouns.

SA1.06 - Building Nurse-Chaplain Partnerships in the Acute Care Hospital - A Study of Nurse-Chaplain Collaboration
Presented by: Jeffery Murphy BCC & Mary Stewart PhD RN

Despite accreditation requirements and evidence promoting integration of patients’ spirituality into their healthcare, spiritual needs of hospitalized patients often go unmet. Nurses are well-positioned to incorporate a patient’s religion/spiritual needs into clinical care. Our research aims to identify what chaplains deem as effective ways to partner with nurses to assure that spiritual needs of patients in acute care hospitals are met. Specific attention will be given to opportunities where chaplains can help nurses gain confidence and competence in integrating the patient’s religion/spirituality into routine care.

SA1.07 - Transforming Chaplaincy Roundtable: A Review of the Emerging Research in the Field
Session Full
Presented by: Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC, Dirk Labuschagne MDiv & Petra Sprik MDiv BCC

This workshop will provide an opportunity for the Transforming Chaplaincy Fellows (Cohort 2) to share their experiences and knowledge in the emerging field of research and clinical practice as it relates to chaplaincy.

SA1.08 - Spiritual Care and Abortion
Presented by: Joshua Andrzejewski MDiv MS BCC & Sonyia Elder BSN RN-C IBCLC LCCE GC-C

Abortion and spiritual care have a complex relationship – patients may feel rejected by their faith community, medical service providers may not understand the kinds of spiritual needs families have, and chaplains may feel awkward inserting themselves into a politically/theologically charged situation. Despite all this, there are a variety of spiritual needs that families may face when experiencing perinatal loss. Collaboration with a Family Planning Team can afford chaplains an opportunity to meet families where they are, provide spiritual care that is sensitive to the family’s perception of the experience, and acknowledge the family’s emotional and spiritual needs.

SA1.09 - Using Guided Imagery as a Spiritual Care Intervention for Symptom Management
Presented by: Adrian Duckett MDiv BCC & Tracy Fasolino PhD FNP ACHPN RN

Approximately 5.7 million adults in the US have heart failure, with many of these individuals reporting unrelieved symptoms, such as shortness of breath, leading to diminished quality of life. There is increased interest in linking spirituality and physical well-being. Therefore, the purpose of this research study was to explore the role of guided imagery on shortness of breath and spiritual peace in patients with known heart failure. Utilizing convenience sampling, a pre- and post-interventional study was completed with 48 patients enrolled. The study was unable to prove an impact on spiritual peace; however, data results demonstrated a reduction in shortness of breath with the intervention.

SA1.10 - Rethinking Chaplaincy in the Ambulatory Setting
Presented by: Brian Stoltey MDiv BCC

In considering community-based chaplaincy, we often think about reaching particular patient populations and receiving reimbursements to fund spiritual care. However, venturing 'outside the lines' of the inpatient setting requires new thoughts. Specifically, how relationships with staff and physicians drive chaplain outcomes. This interactive session will provide participants an opportunity to engage their ministry creatively. We will grapple with the purpose and function of clinic-based chaplaincy. With a focus on multi-site, ambulatory settings, we will celebrate the opportunities for meaningful ministry to staff and care providers, consider metrics for evaluating our work and create a ‘beyond the boundaries’ approach to chaplaincy.

SA1.11 - Trauma Transformed: Reframing Spiritual Care through a Trauma Informed Lens
Session Full
Presented by: Rev. David Hottinger MDiv

Significant research, including the adverse childhood experience studies, has demonstrated the far-reaching and long-lasting impact of trauma on physical, psychological and spiritual health. In failing to recognize this impact, health care systems repeatedly place bandages on what are much-deeper emotional and spiritual wounds. At best, health systems treat symptoms of trauma at a superficial level; at worst, they further traumatize patients and families with policies and protocols that fail to promote safety, trust, and long-term healing. Counteracting this trend are emerging best practices known as trauma-informed care. These best practices call for organizational and clinical changes that have the potential to improve patient engagement, health outcomes, and provider and staff wellness. The workshop will introduce the main principles of trauma-informed care, using a case study of Hennepin County Medical Center (a Level One Trauma Center in downtown Minneapolis) and HCMC’s journey to adopt trauma-informed practices to care for victims of violence and promote staff resiliency.


SA2.01 - Assessing and Reimagining Chaplaincy Education: A Report on the Transforming Chaplaincy-ACPE Study
Session Full
Presented by: George Fitchett PhD BCC, Wendy Cadge PhD, Beth Stroud PhD, Sandra Katz DMin, Joseph Perez MDiv BCC & Amy Greene DMin

The Transforming Chaplaincy-ACPE Luce Foundation-funded study, “Assessing and Reimagining Chaplaincy Education,” will be nearing completion in June 2019. Its key features include mapping chaplaincy programs in theological schools, describing the variation in ACPE clinical programs, and exploring ways academic and clinical programs might coordinate in order to prepare more effective chaplains and strengthen the field of spiritual care. The study team will present key findings, a panel of chaplaincy leaders representing the Strategic Partners will respond, and time will be reserved for open discussion about future directions for chaplaincy education.

SA2.02 - Healing as A Process of Cosmic Creation
Presented by: Steven Spidell DMin BCC (Ret)

Expand the boundaries of our clinical spiritual care practice by understanding that healing can go beyond “recovery” to “creation.” Drawing on the insights of Howard Bloom in "The God Problem – How a Godless Cosmos Creates” this presentation will apply the creative powers of reality itself to the human capacity not only to survive illness and stress but also to experience the emergence of something new within a person’s self-understanding, experience and possibilities.

SA2.03 - Beyond Hospital Walls: Chaplaincy Wherever Patients Encounter the Organization
Presented by: Jennifer Cobb MDiv MBA BCC

Modern healthcare organizations are increasingly focused on attracting consumers/patients. Initiatives in many systems include clinics staffed by employed physicians, urgent care centers, ambulatory infusion and cancer centers, population health initiatives, and value- or risk-based contracting. As healthcare moves beyond the walls of the hospital, chaplains have the potential for an increased range of care. This workshop will explore how to determine appropriate patient populations for intentional care outside of the hospital and ways to connect with those patients.

SA2.04 - Evidence-Based Chaplaincy and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Training and Practice in the Veterans Health Administration
Session Full
Presented by: Jennifer Wortmann PhD, Paul Dordal MDiv & Gretchen Hulse MDiv NCC BCC

Two chaplains and one psychologist from VA will present aims and outcomes of national initiatives to foster evidence-based and collaborative care and highlight strong practices that evolved from these efforts. In a learning collaborative model, teams of mental health and chaplain providers employed systems redesign principles to improve their clinical care, and a training program facilitated chaplains' use of evidence-based practice principles and integration with mental health providers. We feature the development of collaborative relationships and group curricula that apply principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Problem-Solving Training (PST), which are deepened by a focus on spiritual care.

SA2.05 - Success Requires More than Hard Work and Talent…Is it Politics, Advocacy or Both?
Presented by: Ronald Oliver PhD MBA BCC & Jackie Ward MDiv BCC

The workshop will utilize the books by Kathleen Kelley Reardon, "It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough" and, "The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle". There is little in chaplaincy training that prepares chaplains for the politics of a business environment. In fact, there’s not even much training for the politics inherent in a community of faith. Fortunately, chaplains are better equipped for politics than they may assume as politics is fundamentally relational, empathic, intentional, and assessment driven. This workshop will reframe typical chaplaincy skills for use and advocacy tools in the secular business of environment.

SA2.06 - Atypical spiritual resources as community health assets: Results of legacy interviews with cancer patients
Presented by: Beba Tata MPH

The workshop is based on a secondary analysis of spiritual life review interviews conducted by board certified chaplains with 45 participants with cancer, enrolled in the Hear My Voice pilot study. It will review participants’ experiences of living with cancer and identify themes in their interviews related to the use of spiritual resources. It will highlight findings of 17 participants, 30-55 years and explore their use of private and public spiritual resources facilitating coping and wellbeing. Participants will practice using the interview questions and have an opportunity to discuss application of spiritual legacy development to their personal and work settings.

SA2.07 - On Demand Spiritual Care with Congestive Heart Failure Patients
Presented by: Dr. Beth Muehlhausen PhD MDiv BCC & David Peacock MTS BCC

Ascension Health (AH) has developed "On Demand Spiritual Care" which uses technologies and methods that connect people across physical distances in order to provide spiritual care in all settings across the continuum of care. This workshop will share findings from the first AH system-wide spiritual care research project (5 states/6 hospitals) designed to learn how chaplain interventions using on demand technologies affected the religious/spiritual (r/s) struggles facing patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Researchers will share findings regarding the r/s struggles facing CHF patients. We will share feedback from chaplains who "met" with patients regularly over 6-months in terms of what worked/didn't while providing care. Implications for spiritual care departments will be discussed.

SA2.08 - Expanding the Arms of Grace- Staff Support after Loss, Stress, Grief and Emotional Trauma
Session Full
Presented by: Rev. Elizabeth Boatwright DMin BCC-PCHAC & Anna Nikitina MDiv BBC

This interactive workshop is designed to assist the chaplain who needs tools to manage both the day to day stress of medical professionals working in a hospital or professionals in an institutional setting along with special tools for extraordinary incidents (suicide, multiple deaths in a short span of time, violent behavior in families or patients, emotional family or staff interaction and loss). Using role play, film, interactive exercises and lecture, the participant will gather a new inventory of exercises and programming and then decide which programming would be appropriate for their individual setting.

SA2.09 - Spiritual Care: In-patient Substance Abuse Facility
Presented by: Dr. Ramona Joseph DMin BCC

This educational opportunity will present the role of the chaplain in the non-acute substance abuse facility. A comparison will be made by the presenter based on her clinical experience in medical centers as a CPE intern, resident, PRN chaplain and staff chaplain vs. the more counseling aspect of chaplaincy during the 30-days a patient resides in the substance abuse facility. Comparisons will be made in the presentation how chaplains in a medical center meet and assess patients vs. how patients are assigned in the substance abuse facility, and the resulting eight or more 60-minute sessions with each patient, scheduled by the chaplain in an office as opposed to bedside. The presentation will demonstrate how spiritual treatment plans are made by the chaplain to help the patient sustain their sobriety using either a deity or a higher power. Finally, the educational opportunity will address the challenges to spiritual care in a substance abuse facility along with the rewards of said spiritual care.

SA2.10 - Interdisciplinary Rounds in Different Contexts: Meaning, Approaches and Strategies
Presented by: Jay Fulton MDiv MA BCC, Rebecca Yarrison PhD HEC-C, Jocelyn Shaw MDiv & Theresa Hood MDiv BCC

Part 1: DIY Interdisciplinary Rounds: Challenges, Strategies and How to Build Your Own
Integrating into care teams is critically important to meeting the needs of patients, families and staff, but there are a variety of challenges to building the necessary relationships. The presenters will discuss the lessons learned from their initial attempts to meet this need before describing interdisciplinary rounds, a successful relationship-fostering program that has grown from a single unit to 6 units in 2 hospitals. After discussing ongoing challenges and strategies for success, participants will use a tool provided by the presenters to design their own interdisciplinary rounds for use at their institutions.

Part 2: Compassion Rounds in the NICU
Families in the NICU environment encounter a complex range of emotional and spiritual experiences in the context of their child's hospitalization. Ministering to their psycho-social-spiritual concerns is the privilege of all members of the healthcare team. Compassion Rounds has been developed as an opportunity for chaplains, physicians, and other clinicians to provide whole-person care in a collaborative manner. These Rounds also provide the opportunity for future research on the impact of such care, which will be explored. Physicians who have been involved in these Rounds will share their perspective on how the experience has enriched their care for families and patients.

SA2.11 - A Sacred Trust
Presented by: Rev. Mary Ann Koffenberger BCC & Rev. Ed Koffenberger MA

This workshop extends the work of the FaithTrust Institute by focusing upon the unique challenges presented in chaplaincy. Through interactive and experiential vignettes, participants will be encouraged to examine the boundaries inherent in chaplaincy work within the health care system. Appropriate relationships with patients and their families as well as hospital staff will be explored. Please bring your curiosity and sense of humor.


SU1.01 - John O'Donohue: "A Celtic Pilgrimage" for Chaplains Own Spiritual Journey and Ministry
Session Full
Presented by: Fr. Chris Ponnet

John O'Donohue was an Irish/Celtic mystic/theologian who wrote many works including “To Bless the Space Between Us”. We will use his works as a way to share moments of quiet reflection, small group integrational sharing and ritualize the use of his work in various settings. John continues to call us to the larger, the grandeur, the divine in our lives and affirms the CPE tradition of attentive listening to the Divine, our own journeys and the journey story of whose whom we are BLESSED to sit and listen. John died about 10 years ago and is buried on the beautiful West Coast of Ireland.

SU1.02 - Chaplaincy in a Secular Age: How to Take Care of ‘Non-religious’ Patients
Session Full
Presented by: Dr. Carmen Schuhmann PhD & Annelieke Damen MA

As the religious landscape in the West is rapidly changing, several chaplains feel the need to develop adequate and convincing language to explain the relevance of their work and its unique contribution to the care for all patients. In this workshop, we draw from philosophical rather than theological thought in order to introduce a fresh, inclusive perspective on chaplaincy, aimed at including all people, irrespective of their worldview, as potential receivers of chaplaincy care. We discuss implications of this perspective for chaplaincy practice, in particular with respect to caring for ‘non-religious’ patients.

SU1.03 - Collaborative Staff Care in the NICU
Presented by: Chaplain Sheryl Allston MDiv BCC

This workshop is designed to interact with one another in soul-tending with NICU staff. Discussing the stressors and challenges such as burn-out and moral injury will bring insights into how chaplains as part of the interdisciplinary team can support and collaborate with staff in offering opportunities for reflection, for affirmation and for healing.

SU1.04 - Spirit Alive: Providing Pastoral Care for Persons with Dementia
Session Full
Presented by: Rev. Alisha Tatem MDiv

Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the cognitive changes that occur throughout the stages of dementia, and the aspects of self that remain despite these changes. Participants will be introduced to an innovative model of pastoral care developed by Phoebe Ministries, Spirit Alive, that seeks to meet the spiritual needs of persons with mid-to-late stage dementia.

SU1.05 - Caring for Survivors of Domestic Violence: You Can Make a Difference
Presented by: Kristin Godlin MDiv STM MPH BCC

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience violence by an intimate partner. While many of them will seek medical care, few will receive evidence-based interventions by trained chaplains. This session will examine the research surrounding domestic violence, the ways in which women use religion to cope with violence, and the ways in which chaplains can intervene to help the survivors they serve.

SU1.06 - Creating a Culture of Care: Lessons from Interdisciplinary Hospice Research
Presented by: Rev. Suzan McCrystal MDiv BCC & Kate Dean-Haidet PhD RN PMHCNS-BC

Compassionate presence relies on caregiver wellbeing and resilience. As moral distress rises in rapidly changing hospice settings, interventions are needed to support clinician wellbeing. This presentation describes a two-year research project that taught holistic practices for self/other care to interdisciplinary hospice team members. Quantitative results suggest that resiliency improved. Qualitative narrative data reflects change on individual and cultural levels. We discuss inquiry in spiritual care, especially for answering questions that emerge about caring relation and identity as a caring person. Chaplains are ideally suited for doing this research that contributes to creating and sustaining morally habitable communities of care.

SU1.07 - Grace Notes: Feasibility of a Spirituality Intervention for Clients with Acquired Brain Injury
Presented by: Chaplain Peggy Thompson MFA MDiv BCC

Adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) experience many losses associated with their condition. As a result, they often turn to matters of faith and spirituality to help them cope and redefine lives of meaning. Because there are no evidence-based interventions for this population, we developed a thirteen-session curriculum called Grace Notes to help ABI clients address their spiritual concerns. In this presentation, I will report on the findings from a preliminary feasibility study in which we evaluated implement ability, acceptability, transferability, and preliminary impact of Grace Notes and offer participants the opportunity to use Grace Notes tools.

SU1.08 - Chaplains in Charge of Advance Care Planning
Presented by: Russell Davis PhD & Rev. Alice Tremaine MDiv BCC

When Chaplains are in charge of Advance Care Planning (ACP) for their institution they often take on new roles as program administrators. Chaplains who lead ACP programs may experience both deep satisfaction and identity conflicts and stress. This workshop will give an introduction to an in-depth ACP conversational model (Respecting Choices) and discuss the agony and the ecstasy of creating and sustaining an effective Advance Care Planning consultation service (in-patient and/or out-patient).

SU1.09 - The God Who Sees: Affirming Dignity in Patient-Centered Care
Presented by: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hulford, DMin, BCC

Based off my Doctorate of Ministry project, this session will address the role of dignity in chaplaincy care. It will look at the specifics of what is dignity and how to elevate dignity in the patient-centered care environment. Time will be taken to discuss how dignity is perceived by staff and patients, how dignity can impact staff satisfaction and the care environment. Dignity Therapy is a tool that can help chaplains frame their daily patient visits in a way that creates sacred moments for the chaplain, patients and staff.

SU1.10 - Organizing Annual Chaplain Pastoral Care Conferences & Networks Locally
Presented by: Deacon Dianna Wentz MAR BCC

Do you work as a solo chaplain in your service area? Or, are you one a few APC BCC chaplains in your community? Is Pastoral Care not really high on the radar of your health care or work-related system? Would you like to find ways of increasing the visibility of chaplaincy for your stake holders? This workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to address these concerns by examining a case study of the development of an annual pastoral care conference rooted in one health care system but including attendees and presenters from a myriad of professional and educational settings. See how the Annual UPMC Chaplains (& friends) Pastoral Care Conference continues into its 6th year and how you can replicate the model where you serve.

SU1.11 - Critical Incident Stress Management: Impact of Research & Education Upon Utilization & Effectiveness
Presented by: Phillip Wiechart MDiv BCC & Julie Herrema MSN RN

Spectrum Health includes a Level 1 Trauma Center, Heart Center, Children's Hospital, 14 Regional Hospitals, numerous primary care offices with 31,000 employees. Chaplains have led and coordinated an organization wide effort to provide Critical Incident Stress Management to staff since July 2014 with impressive results. Leaders of our children’s hospital recognized an opportunity to raise awareness among staff about this valuable resource with a pilot study including measuring Professional Quality of Life, providing CISM education, and measuring quality of CISM interventions. This presentation will share the results of this study that took place between May 2018-September 2018.