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 2018 Fall Chaplain Symposium Recordings
"Spiritual Assessment: From Theory to Practice." Four 90-minute presentations The symposium program qualifies for 6.0 CE hours for maintenance of BCCI certification. One and a half (1.5) of those hours may be counted under Methodology 8, Research $195/member; $235/nonmember
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On October, 18, 2018 The Fall Symposium was hosted at the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL.


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

Doing a spiritual assessment is central to the work of the professional board-certified chaplain. Determining which spiritual assessment tool to use, however, can be challenging. After briefly reviewing the history of spiritual assessment, we will examine the key words and definitions related to spiritual assessment to develop a working definition of spirituality. Using this definition, we will examine and evaluate various tools and models used for spiritual histories/assessments in our literature to determine strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate settings. This session will then conclude with a more detailed examination and application of the Four F?s Tool for Spiritual Assessment.

Assessment: A Multi-use Tool
Sara Hester MDiv MSW MBA BCC

Please note that this was a last-minute addition, a description is unavailable at this time.

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

Many professional chaplains practice unconscious assessment in their work. Being intentional and aware of our assessments enhances our contributions to care recipient wellness. This presentation will outline a conversational chaplaincy assessment model useful for all levels of chaplaincy expertise. We will also discuss and examine examples of how chaplains can effectively communicate their assessments through their documentation.

Developing Evidence-Based Spiritual Assessment
George Fitchett PhD DMin BCC

The presentation will describe three major limitations in current approaches to spiritual assessment. The first is that most published models for spiritual assessment were designed to be used in multiple clinical contexts; a ?one size fits all? approach. The second limitation is that most models for spiritual assessment are based on narrative. Many chaplains prefer a ?conversational approach? to spiritual assessment and have been uncomfortable with models that ?attempt to measure or quantify spirituality, religiosity, or spiritual injury? (Lewis, 2002). The third limitation is the lack of a standard, evidence-based approach to spiritual assessment in any clinical context. Most chaplains use their own model for spiritual assessment or one developed in their local spiritual care department, what we call ?local models? for spiritual assessment. The presentation will describe the development of a quantified assessment of spiritual needs for use in palliative care that attempts to address these limitations.