Spiritual Care Grand Rounds


SCA’s Spiritual Care Grand Rounds are 90-minute educational pre-recorded webinars from experts with learning objectives that can be applied immediately to one’s professional practice. Each curriculum covers important aspects of relevant topics. 


SCA’s Spiritual Care Grand Rounds are for chaplains, community clergy, physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals involved in the spiritual-related needs of patients, their families, and staff in the range of health care settings, prisons, work, and in the community at large.


After purchasing your desired Spiritual Care Grand Round(s), you will be able to access the recorded video via Vimeo. Any standard video player on a computer will work. SCA members do not have to pay for Spiritual Care Grand Rounds. They are a complimentary benefit as part of their SCA membership.

Continuing Education Hours:

When indicated, some Spiritual Care Grand Rounds receive approximately 1.5 CEUs and a certificate of completion. Some are eligible for CNEs as well.

For More Information: 

Please contact Cindy Melero at: cmelero@spiritualcareassociation.org.

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Spiritual & Emotional Support for Individuals Living w/Personality Disorder

This webinar will educate professionals of multiple disciplines on ways of offering effective spiritual and emotional support to those living with personality disorders. An emphasis will be placed particularly on Borderline Personality Disorder. Origins of the disorder will be discussed along the unique spiritual and emotional needs that typically accompany living with these disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on creating effective interventions and avoiding therapeutic pitfalls in the offering of care.

Providing Spiritual Care to the LGBTQ+ Community

When asked the question, “How would you provide spiritual care to someone who is gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning, or gender non-conforming?” many chaplains respond by saying “The same way I would with any other person.” This may be an attempt to demonstrate that the chaplain has no desire to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. What that response fails to recognize is all of the ways that sexual orientation and gender identity shape not only the patient’s history and experience with health care, but also what they need from the care experience now. This is particularly true for spiritual care since many LGTBQ+ individuals live with deep wounds around matters of faith, belief. community and practice.

This webinar will stimulate self-awareness, help to build competency around spiritual care assessment and intervention with the LGTBQ+ community, and provide guidelines for inclusive language and effective advocacy.

Advocating for Spiritual Care Leadership in Hospice

In the post COVID era, spiritual care delivery has proven beneficial to patients, families, and front-line healthcare providers. As the negative stressors continue to rise, the need for a compassionate and caring presence becomes all the more apparent. However, there is a lack of Chaplaincy representation at the highest organizational levels.
This panel discussion will explore the concept of the Chief Spiritual Officer (CSO), the need for spiritual care leadership both in hospice and generally, and the challenges of such a position.
We will examine how best to define the CSO, the qualifications for assuming a spiritual leadership role, and how this impacts advocating for spiritual care delivery in hospice and other organizational structures. Takeaways from this discussion will include ways for the CSO to advocate for hospice chaplains and the reasons why spiritual care leadership is vitally important.

Spiritual Care in An Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Intended for anyone in academia or the helping professions, this webinar benefits those seeking to provide spiritual care to African American hospital patients, counseling clients, church congregants and parishioners, military veterans, or returning service members.

Working with Less than Perfect: Spiritual Dynamics in Aging

This workshop highlights gratitude, trust, resilience, simplicity, reconciliation & critical conversations as elements in “good enough” aging. They make up the bigger picture not only for those in elderhood, but also for those personally and professionally involved in their lives.

Trauma, Resilience and Recovery in Unprecedented Times

Not only are we living in a time of pandemic, we are also living in a time of civil unrest, heightened anxiety and political division that seems to permeate most if not all areas of our lives! These are the things that we know! What we may not know is how to cope with these ongoing events or really how much of what is happening “out there” is really affecting our internal process and ability to find grounding and safety in our everyday lives. Giving ourselves permission to feel out of our ordinary can be a gift that will support and enhance our resilience and our recovery as we integrate what is into what will be! Join us as we delve into this conversation!

The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion and the Challenge of Caring

At the completion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List the key features and causes of burnout, compassion fatigue and moral distress and self-assess on these dimensions.
  • Identify strategies for strengthening resilience and stress-related personal and professional growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify techniques for maintaining emotional balance and empathic attunement in counseling for grief, trauma, and life-limiting illness.

Let's talk about EMS Chaplaincy

This webinar will:

  • Survey the history of Emergency Medical Services and its relationship to the broader contexts of health care and public safety.
  • Describe models of EMS chaplaincy
  • Provide practical tips and strategies for providing chaplaincy support to frontline paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers.

What do I Say Now?

This webinar will offer practical interventions, including words to use, that deepen connection, ease difficult emotions and move the conversation forward.

Chaplaincy in Times of Crisis – Part 1: Lessons from the Front Lines – NYC 9/11

To many, the current COVID-19 crisis feels a lot like 9/11 and after- especially in NYC. Many parallels. do exist that drove the course of chaplaincy care then and should drive it now. In this webinar, two chaplains who worked in Manhattan on 9/11 and after will discuss some of the lessons we learned then that can benefit our work in this crisis.

Chaplaincy in Times of Crisis – Part 2: Lessons from Chaplains in the Field – Can we find Grace in Zoom?

Chaplain Directors are faced with challenges for delivery of services that no one could have anticipated.

“Is chaplaincy possible over videoconference? How do we communicate compassion through a small screen? Telechaplaincy has been opened up by a change in regulations and necessity brought about by COVID-19.

Carl Magruder, BCC, has been using Zoom telechaplaincy for the last five years with ResolutionCare. He will engage your questions while sharing simple tips and tricks to help you provide soulful pastoral care for patients and families who are now only accessible by telecare.”

Chaplaincy in Times of Crisis – Part 3: Lessons from Chaplains in the Field – Chaplain Directors Continue this Conversation

Chaplain Directors are faced with challenges for delivery of services that no one could have anticipated.
This webinar continues the discussion with several veteran Chaplain Directors that will discuss how they are dealing with issues such as staffing, EOL care, the need to do much or all of their work by telechaplaincy, delivery of sacraments, and staff care.

Chaplaincy in Times of Crisis – Part 4: Lessons from Chaplains in the Field – Psychological First Aid for Religious Professionals

Several years ago the federal government through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) published a manual of material for religious professionals looking to use Psychological First Aid. While this intervention was not developed for the current kind of crisis, it has much to say about it that is helpful.
The presenter, who was one of the developers of the manual will present a summary of the manual’s content as applies to the current crisis.

Social Determinants of Health: What Role Can Faith Communities Play?

  • The learner will gain knowledge of the historical role of the church related to SDOH and their impact on spiritual care.
  • The Learner will acknowledge a greater understanding of health ministry and/or FCN program and how it supports and grows current work being done by the local church along with impact on individual(s) health and wellbeing.
  • The Learner will acknowledge inspiration to re-think SDOH and how the learner/church has ability to improve SDOH outcomes in their ministry.

The Dynamics of Death and Dying

Hospice chaplains are exposed to a disproportionate amount of suffering and death. In order to be a calming presence for those who are dying and their families, it is important to understand what is involved in the dying process and how it affects us as care providers.

This webcast is appropriate both for those who are new to hospice work as well as those who are more seasoned and will challenge participants to:

  • reflect on their own experiences of death and how that impacts their work.
  • understand the different pathways to dying and death and how this influences the patient and family experience.
  • recognize the importance of bereavement support and understand the grief process.

How DID You Decide Wh o To See Today??

 Spiritual screening identifies someone as having a higher potential for spiritual need than any random person we might encounter.

  • Screening tools do not identify spiritual distress, spiritual need or spiritual injury – they point toward the potential for these. Just as a fever and a rash might signal a need for medical intervention, so to isolation, grief or feeling abandoned by God signal a need for professional spiritual or religious care.
  • Screening for spiritual need is not done by chaplains, but by members of the IDT.

When the potential for spiritual distress/need/injury is uncovered and a referral to chaplaincy is made, the chaplain makes a professional assessment and determines a ‘spiritual diagnosis’ based on standardized criteria. The chaplain reports that diagnosis to the IDT, and it is incorporated into the patient’s plan of care SO THAT it reflects the full picture of the patient’s values, life experiences, expectations for care and treatment.

Chaplaincy Articles: How to Find, Read, and Apply Them

Evidence-based best practice is what is supposed to guide all aspects of healthcare. When it comes to chaplaincy and spiritual care, there is an explosion of growth in relevant articles that can and should inform our daily practice as spiritual care specialists.

This workshop discusses why it is important to consistently be looking for articles, how to go about those searches, and what to do when you have found some articles that seem relevant to your practice.

SAFE-ing Black Patients Matters: How Chaplains Can Utilize the SAFER-R Model to Limit Code Grey and Public Safety Calls on African American Patients and Families

This presentation will show how chaplains can build trust with medical staff and employ the SAFE-R Model as a pastoral intervention to lessen Public Safety and Code Grey calls specifically on African American patients and families.

Superheroes to the Rescue!

Joseph Campbell states in his Power of Myth that the mythologies of modern culture are found in pop culture. The Hero with a thousand faces today is the Superhero with a thousand faces fighting evil in all forms. Many patients find comfort in telling, reading or experiencing superhero stories. Window cleaners who dress up as superheroes when they work on a Children’s hospital put a smile on the face of terminally ill children. In addition, Science Fiction Movies make up more than 1/3 of the best-selling movies in this decade. Increasingly, today’s culture uses Superhero stories as a frame of reference (sacred texts).

The presentation will demonstrate the power of superhero stories as tools for meaning making. It will introduce two of the mythologies from fantasy and science fiction and illustrate how these help patients in their struggle to find meaning.

Pastoral Care In Israel

A brief overview of pastoral care in Israel (similarities and differences with USA; brief history and trends) plus (since one of the distinctive facets is a focus on texts, both for the caregiver’s own enrichment and as a tool to use with patients and families), a text study on Elisha and the Oil: Finding Resources Within – II Kings Chapter 4

Self-Compassion: A Key Element of Self-Care for Clinical Chaplains

How can clinical chaplains care for others when they are faced with their own personal/professional challenges? It is the primary charge of the clinical chaplain to be present with persons who are engulfed by spiritual suffering affected by the realities that constitute his or her hospitalization. In this way, self-compassion is fundamental to the clinical chaplain who is compelled to demonstrate compassion daily.

The Watch: Chaos, Crisis and Inner Strength for Faith Leaders

This webinar will cover these topics:

  • Describe the effect of acute or chronic stress or vulnerability on the inner reservoir in caregivers.
  • Discuss the paradox that exists with faith leaders and other caregivers regarding self-care and reliance on others.
  • Explain the importance of watching out for other caregivers and allowing them to care for you in moments of crisis, chaos or change.

The Current Status, Models, and Future of Outpatient Palliative Care

Dr. Rabow will describe the current status of outpatient palliative care in the United States and consider some of the most important trends in this key area which aligns the health care value patients seek and health systems need.

“Beyond Pain, Yoga, and the Hollow Smile: Navigating Secondary Trauma and Self-Care with Knowledge and without Guilt.”

Spiritual Caregivers routinely encounter others in moments of pain, struggle, and recovery. In this webinar, the nature and effects of secondary trauma are explored, and practical guidance is offered in developing a plan of self-care that speaks to the individual needs of caregivers as they address the stress of life and vicarious traumatization.

Sights, Scents, and Sounds: Communicating with People Living with Dementia

If you have been assigned patients with end-stage dementia, you know the challenge of communicating with them. Rich Behers almost gave up on chaplaincy after his first day of visiting patients with dementia in a long-term facility. What we will explore is a method that is proven to enhance communication with this population of patients. Also, Rich will share with you an exciting research project launching in January of 2019.

Chaplain to the Invisible Industry of Shipping

There are 430 seafarer missions around the world primarily staffed by volunteers, in Philadelphia, the Seamen’s Church Institute began serving seafarers in 1843, 175 years later much has changed. This webinar will explain the history of these seafarer missions and why they continue to be relevant and necessary for the seafarer.

“What in the world is Coordinated Universal Time?”

As a Professional chaplain you must often take methodical, carefully calibrated action to stay on top of all the initiatives you are responsible for. Doing this consistently is a challenge, but that’s what it means to be an action-oriented chaplain. Action oriented chaplains not only yield better outcomes for those they serve, but they also enjoy high credibility with their organization’s executive team. This hands-on webinar will offer a project management methodology to help you stay emotionally centered and on-target with your projects.

Self-Care: Combating Secondary Traumatization, Burnout and other Workplace Hazards

An exploration of the potential emotional effects of engaging in work with marginalized and traumatized populations on care givers. A discussion of the varied manifestations of vicarious trauma will lead to a discussion of ways of combating these effects on the programmatic/structural and personal/emotional domains.

The National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition: Summary, Synthesis, and Integration into Chaplaincy Programs and Practices

In recent years, palliative care has expanded into new settings and is being offered by various types of organizations, such as health systems, office practices, cancer centers, dialysis units, home health agencies, hospices, long-term care providers, social services organizations and more. While this move has improved access to palliative care for all people with serious illnesses, it has brought challenges in how quality palliative care principles and best practices can be developed and integrated.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Medical Ethics (But Were Afraid To Ask)

In a rapidly changing and complicated medical environment ethical conundrum never dreamed about occur with alarming intensity. This webinar will outline how ethical boundaries are tested and stretched. It will also point to how all of us, not only professional ethicists, must be involved in medical ethics. This is especially true for chaplains.

Multicultural Issues in Service Provision

We will discuss working across and among cultures in ways that consider multiple reference group identities and the look closely at the interactive nature of forming and facilitating relationships. Assumptions of similarity will be considered in addition to navigating cultural difference; and the ways in which cultural identities become salient will be explored.

The Role of Religious Beliefs in End of Life Care

This presentation will examine the Role of Religious Beliefs in End of Life Care through a review of several studies which examine this issue. This research review will touch on subjects such as:

  • The views of clergy regarding ethical controversies in end of life care.
  • The role of religious beliefs in conflicts over life-sustaining treatment.
  • Some possible reasons why research shows that patients reporting high spiritual support from their religious communities experience surprising end of life outcomes.

The role of the treatment team in providing spiritual care, both generalist and specialist, in end of life scenarios will also be explored.

Spiritual Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

People with Intellectual Disabilities are marginalized by society, underserved by spiritual communities, and neglected in most pastoral care approaches. This webinar provides an overview of a spiritual care approach designed for people with Intellectual Disabilities.

Faith Community Nurses: Providing Intentional Care of the Spirit

This interactive presentation promotes best-practice healthcare by exploring the integration of the intentional care of the spirit provided through the specialty practice of faith community nursing as a complimentary component of mainstream nursing and chaplaincy in various healthcare settings. A review of the interaction of faith and health throughout history, a description of the specialty practice including development, multi-religion and global perspectives, current Scope & Standards of practice, and how faith community nurses work in partnership with other healthcare and spiritual care providers will be explored.

Addressing End-of-Life Issues with Patients and Families

Addressing End-of-Life Issues with Patients and Families describes the complexity of concerns patients and families face when confronted with mortality as well as the integral role of the Chaplain in providing support during this liminal time. What do we say to families sitting at the brink of death with a loved one? How do we engage the distress of medical clinicians who seem at their wit’s end to get the family to “make a decision”? How do we as Chaplains navigate the thin ice between what a family or patient wants when it differs from the medical consensus? This webinar will address these and many other questions that arise during end-of-life in a hospital setting.

Broadening the Reach of Staff Support: Promoting Staff Resilience in Stressful Situations

The RISE (Resilience in Stressful Events) Team was developed in a 1000-bed hospital to offer timely, non-judgmental support to staff who have experienced physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual distress in the wake of an unexpected patient-related event. This webinar will illustrate interdisciplinary collaboration which began with a “good idea” and then developed into a 24/7 peer support program, including standardized, consistent training for peer responders. Strategies will be offered for the professional chaplain who assesses need for this type staff support in their own setting.

Clinical, Spiritual, Existential, and Pragmatic Issues in Supporting Patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

About half of the 5.7 million people in America who develop the disease will die within five years. The disease trajectory for these patients is riddled with uncertainty and rebounds, which complicate the emotions and spiritual support needed for their wellbeing. Webinar participants will learn to understand the important clinical indicators of CHF so that they can better assist patients in navigating the disease with a special focus on the spiritual, existential and pragmatic issues commonly seen in patients with CHF.

Ancient Spiritual Practices in Modern Times for Wellbeing: Mantram Repetition Program

Dr. Bormann will present an overview of the theory, practice, and research on the Mantram Repetition Program, an evidence-based set of spiritual, portable, mindful strategies for symptom and stress management. Mantram is an inconspicuous, easily-used method that teaches people to intentionally slow down thoughts and to practice one-pointed attention by silently repeating a self-selected mantra, a word or phrase with a spiritual meaning

Quality Improvement: Best Practices in Designing and Documenting the Spiritual Plan of Care

Help solidify the chaplain’s place at the table with other hospice professionals. Using this methodology in your charting will enhance spiritual care and support of your patients and families.

The Courage to be a Chaplain

It can be a struggle for chaplains to keep focused on the truth of who they are and what they can provide in the face of politics, ignorance and presumptions around the role of spirituality in health care. How can chaplains rise up to their own truth and speak out from that place of authenticity and courage.

Protecting the Soul of Spiritual Care

In this transatlantic webinar, the two chaplains talk about the merits and shortcomings of an outcomes-oriented approach to spiritual care.

“I Never Know What to Say:” Interdisciplinary Team Enhancing Communication Skills through End-of-Life Simulations with Medical Residents

Using simulation for medical resident training on communicating with a family around the death of a child. The team includes two physicians, advance practice nurse and child life specialist. The team has presented at two international symposiums.

Chaplaincy-Based Advance Care Planning: Partnering to Reduce Readmission Rates

Research shows that strategic Advance Care Planning can in fact help reduce readmission rates, increase use of palliative care and hospice, and reduce patient and family suffering. This webinar will explore specific strategies to use the tool created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to develop workflow and processes specific to patients at high risk for re-admission, and to empower chaplains to become strategic partners and true collaborators in effecting necessary change.

Chaplaincy Volunteers: How to Develop and Maintain an Effective Program

Expanding the reach of chaplaincy without pulling on the purse strings is on every director’s mind. Engaging volunteers can be the answer: however, for this approach to work, effective programs need to be developed which meet the needs of the organizational setting and the patients served. In addition, volunteers need to have comprehensive training in order to function within their identified duties as an extension of the chaplaincy department.

Communicating Spirituality to Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia

Learn how to use a multi-sensory intervention with music, art, photographs and other imagery that helps these patients experience spirituality in their own way.

Nurse-Provided Spiritual Care: Practices and Perspectives

Nurses are not only the largest health care workforce, but they are also the clinicians on the “front lines.” Although nurses are the most frequent professionals to make chaplain referrals, they also pride themselves for offering patients holistic care that assesses and addresses spirituality. Learn how to recognize how nurses’ spiritual care perspectives and practices can impact collaboration with chaplains and other health care professionals.

Musical Medicine: The Perfect Energy Medicine

For 25 years, Dr. Jonas has been practicing music medicine in hospitals and private practice to help patients reduce pain and spiritual distress. Her webinar explores how and why this works and new uses of sound for healing within the five bodies of consciousness.

Exiles in America: An Odyssey of Trauma, Recovery, and Wholeness

Great strides are being made to incorporate spirituality into the healing process, but for those who have experienced trauma there is a continued reluctance within the military and our society to aggressively engage the moral “woundedness” of warriors from a spiritual dimension. This webinar will draw on the developmental, behavioral and spiritual paradigms of the moral and spiritual concussion of the soul.

Taking a Seat at the Interdisciplinary Table

Chaplains bring a new voice to the health care table; a voice of collaboration, courage and competence. While we continue to advocate for and empower hope in patients and families, that same voice can encourage, guide and enhance the team dynamic toward a more holistic and authentic process.

Providing Spiritual Care According to Disease Process

Cancer, dementia, heart disease or other illnesses create different kinds of spiritual distress. Understanding how the disease process effects the patient, allows the chaplain to provide the most effective spiritual care for each individual. 

Providing for the Needs of the Muslim Patient and Family

Muslims are one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. health care system. This webinar will enable the medical staff and other caregivers, especially the chaplain, to engage patients and families around health care issues such as palliative care treatment, DNR orders, hospice care, end-of-life support, and procedures following death. Learn how the Muslim Halal diet can be accommodated in the health care setting and how to work with patient during Ramadan, a month of fasting and forgiveness when Muslims avoid drinking and eating during the daylight hours.

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain

Individuals with chronic pain express their pain as life-limiting and researchers have identified spirituality as an active coping process that can affect various health outcomes. Yet spirituality has not been included as an active treatment component within psychotherapy groups for chronic pain patients. Learn to identify strands of spiritual and psychological aspects of chronic pain, examine and practice a transdisciplinary methodology for support and healing.

Moving Towards Excellence in Spiritual Care in a Value-Added World

The performance of health care chaplains is increasingly measured against yardsticks like “excellence” and “value added.” But what do these concepts look like for spiritual care? How do we get our department’s practice to this standard? This webinar presents evidence-based strategies for identifying excellence and value added in our individual setting and moving our department to this standard.

Integrating Pet Therapy Into Spiritual Care

Pet therapy can be a valuable addition to the spiritual care tool kit to help patients and their families and staff make the connections they need with themselves and one another.

When seriously ill young patients are unable to communicate with their human caretakers, the opposite often happens when a therapy dog enters the room. Learn how therapy dog Kayla helps Lynch establish the trust and rapport that is so important in spiritual care; and how Kayla helps her connect with pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients—some of whom are not reachable any other way.

Exploring the Rub between Spirituality and Religion through Metaphor in CPE

To build a profession rooted in human spirituality in a diverse world we need to understand the basis for connecting spiritually with persons of different religions or spiritual expressions. This ability is critical to developing a core belief and understanding of why interfaith spiritual care is uniquely effective with patients/clients.

Discover a tangible means of exploring shared spiritual experience without violating personal religious beliefs by integrating two metaphors in such a way as to stimulate interpersonal exploration of spirituality and reduce the anxiety that can arise when realizing your own spirituality may be quite variant from someone of your own tradition while being surprisingly similar to someone of a different faith. Such understanding of interfaith tradition becomes pivotal for providing contextual spiritual are to patients/clients from various faith backgrounds and spiritual orientations.

Is Surrender the Same as Giving Up? Having the Goal of Care Conversation

In the hospital, where people are often described as “battling” their disease, the term “surrender” is seldom encountered but the phrase “giving up” is and it usually carries less than honorable connotations. When the doctor advises the family that aggressive care is pointless, learn how the chaplain can conduct the goal of care conversation. How to help patients and families find some comfort and meaning by journeying with them in the process of reimagining their goals and guiding them towards surrender.

Implementing a Spiritual Care Tool

  • By utilizing current, successful studies
  • Learn how to replicate the work to benchmark against them

Determine how to interpret the data and read the results

Theory and Practice of Quality Improvement in Chaplaincy

  • Describe the basic theory supporting evaluation, quality improvement, and implementation
  • Identify opportunities for quality improvement projects within their own organizations
  • Advocate for quality improvement within their clinical teams

Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy Webinar Learn or Refresh Your Knowledge

  • Understand the importance of documentation as an essential part of chaplaincy care.
  • Articulate the components to be included in chaplaincy documentation.
  • Incorporate best practices in documentation into daily practice to communicate the work of the chaplain to other interdisciplinary professionals.

Spiritual Care Symposium Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: From Crisis to Confidence

The HealthCare Chaplaincy’s July Spiritual Care Symposium addressed social and clinical issues for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. A client-centered approach was presented as an important factor in providing spiritual support, and issues of power and control, faith-based training and interventions were addressed. Aids and other tools were also offered for identifying and properly addressing the mental and emotional aftermath of violence. Key takeaways from the symposium included information on:

  • Domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, locally and nationally
  • How to partner with provider organizations to create networking opportunities that will lead to better integrated care
  • Tools for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

The Symposium is offered in two parts (two videos):

Part 1
Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence
Part 2
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Assault


  • The multiple cultural, psychological, social, neurochemical and existential factors that converge to create the decision to suicide.
  • What may be done to best provide care for those struggling to decide whether to live or die.
  • How to help those who survive someone lost to suicide.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Spiritual Care

The Rev. George Handzo, BCC,CSSB co-authored the only comprehensive handbook on spiritual care for persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injury, which are increasingly recognized as significant U.S. health problems. This is especially true among veterans of combat – many of whom receive their health care in civilian facilities rather than the Veterans Administration. While much work has been done in the treatment of physical and psychosocial symptoms, little has been published on spiritual interventions with this population. The Rev. Handzo presents best practices.

Research in Spiritual and Chaplaincy Care — A Global Perspective on a New Field

The need for spiritual care in health care is global; hence the need for research to understand how spiritual care can best be integrated into the health care enterprise. This presentation will describe the global context for research in spiritual care in health care and how that context might shape research in this new field.

  • Describe the global issues that generate a need for spiritual care in health care
  • Discuss the major challenges to, and opportunities for, spiritual care research globally
  • Identify research questions that impact important spiritual care issues locally and globally

The Role of Research in Building a New Discipline: Lessons from Those Who Have Done It

This session will focus on the challenges of developing a research program and evidence base for interventions that depend on patient-reported outcomes of their symptoms. Medicine has long favored physician observations as being more accurate.

The barriers are difficult in areas that are regarded as “too soft for real data,” and research in spirituality faces these issues.

  • Examine the development of a research base in psycho-oncology
  • Identify the common barriers to research in “soft science” areas, as well as supports
  • Apply practical suggestions for future efforts in research and training in this area

Caregiver Outlook: An Evidence-Based Intervention for the Chaplain Toolkit

Research shows caregivers with a higher sense of meaning report lower subjective caregiver burden. In palliative care, two important tasks of the caregiver role are preparation and completion, which include reviewing one’s life, addressing relationship conflicts and forgiveness, and identifying wisdom gained and future goals. These tasks are crucial to patient and family definitions of quality and central to the goals and skills of health care chaplaincy.

  • Analyze the feasibility and acceptability of a manual intervention to improve the well-being of caregivers Analyze.
  • the feasibility and acceptability of a manual intervention for chaplains
  • Integrate such an intervention with spiritual assessment and other approaches to chaplaincy and spiritual care.

What do I do? Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in ICU Palliative Care

Advocate Health Care has undertaken a new approach to creating an inventory of chaplain activities by conducting a mixed-method exploration of chaplain thought and language. We will present a new taxonomy of chaplaincy interventions, methods and intended effects. The workshop will also explain how this taxonomy was developed and the opportunities it provides for chaplains to better describe what they do.

  • Use this new taxonomy to envision patient-centered outcomes-based chaplaincy and chaplaincy training Organize patient-centered, outcomes-based spiritual care plans using the new taxonomy.
  • Apply this new knowledge to connect chaplaincy work with research methodology.
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