Jill Bowden

Rev. Jill M. Bowden, BCC, MDiv, MPA., Director, Chaplaincy Service., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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

Sarah Byrne
Peter Bertinelli

Sarah Byrne-Martelli, BCC., Chaplain, Beacon Hospice and Peter F. Martelli, PhD, MSPH., Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration, Sawyer School of Business

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

Sue Wintz

The Rev. Sue Wintz, M.Div. APBCC, BCC Director of Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the Director of Education for the Spiritual Care Association

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

Brent Perry

Brent Peery, DMin, BCC

Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy Webinar June 25 – Learn or Refresh Your Knowledge

  • Understand the historical and theoretical development of Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy
  • Articulate the components of Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy
  • Incorporate Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy into their daily practice

Juanito Vargas

Juanito Vargas, LMSW, Associate Vice President, Community Programs Hotlines, Safe Horizon, Inc.

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

Drew Slaby

Psychiatrist and epidemiologist Drew Slaby, MD, PhD, MPH, past president of the American Association of Suicidology


  • 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.

George Handzo

The Rev. George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB Director of Health Services Research and Quality

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.

Videos from Caring for the Human Spirit® First Annual Conference

These unique, motivating presentations will help all professionals understand, put into practice and enhance the evidence base of spiritual care in health care. Presented by leading experts and researchers in chaplaincy, oncology, and palliative care, their research results will help you develop your own solutions to specific issues and challenges.

Kathleen Foley

Kathleen Foley, MD

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

Jamie Holland

Jimmie C. Holland, MD

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

Annette Olsen

Duke University, Durham, NC
The Rev. Annette Olsen, MDiv, BSSW, IHC, BCC
Karen Steinhauser, PhD
Respondent: Dylan Smith, PhD

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

Research shows caregivers with 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

Kevin Massey

Advocate Health Care, Chicago, IL
The Rev. Marilyn Barnes, BCC
The Rev. Kevin Massey, BCC
Wm. Thomas Summerfelt, PhD
Respondent: Kenneth Pargament, PhD

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