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Focus on Practical Ways to Integrate Spirituality and Compassion into Healthcare

The 6th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute at the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWISH) will take place in Washington DC July 23 -26, 2014. 

For those interested in working with a diverse group of professionals across disciplines including physicians, chaplains, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, administrators, and educators, this is an excellent learning opportunity.

The summer institute is co-directed by Christina Puchalski MD and George Handzo MDiv BCC.  With a “hands-on” approach, this year’s institute has the following goals:

·         Discuss evidence for spiritual care and compassionate presence, the tools to bring spirituality to the forefront of clinical care, and the roles of members of the interdisciplinary team.

·         Participate in experiential learning, including large- and small-group case discussions and treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary tams with standardized patients.

Speakers include:

·         Christina Puchalski, MD, Co-Director

·         George Handzo, MDiv, BCC, Co-Director

·         William Breitbart, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

·         Xavier Gomez-Batiste, MD, PhD, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain

·         Ewan Kelly, PhD, MD, NHS Education for Scotland, University of Edinburgh

·         Marvin Omar Delgado Guay, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center

·         Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

·         John Mullet, MDiv, BCC, St. Anthony’s Hospital/BayCare Health

·         Kevin Massey, MDiv, BCC, Advocate General Lutheran Hospital

·         Shane Sinclair, PhD, MDiv, University of Calgary, Canada

·         Jennifer Bires, MSW, George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates

·         Sermsak Lolak, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

GWISH is the first university-chartered institute for spirituality and health in the United States and is committed to education and clinical issues related to spirituality and health.  Its founder and director is Christina Puchalski MD.

Find details here.


9TH Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat:  The Art of Presence

Another learning opportunity sponsored by GWISH takes place annually in Assisi, Italy and is planned for August 14-20 this year.  The interdisciplinary retreat is designed to provide respite and renewal, reflection and nourishment, and to re-ignite one’s original call to serve others.  It will be held at a monastery in the heart of Assisi, providing sanctuary and a place of reflection with other professionals from around the world.

Retreat facilitators this year include:

·         Christina Puchalski MD – Physician, educator, and leader in spirituality and health

·         Michael Stillwater – Musical artist and educator

·         Doris Laesser Stillwater, Dipl. Psych. FH – Contemplative psychologist

·         Edward O’Donnell – Spiritual director and educator

The retreat leaders act as guides, drawing from their medical, psychological, spiritual, and artistic backgrounds to provide a learning environment integrating spirit, heart, mind, and body.  Participants will engage in individual and group work to learn practical tools to integrate into their personal and professional lives.

Topics include:

Awareness of the Call:  Relieving stress and understanding/renewing call to service

Awareness of the Sacred:  Ability to integrate contemplative practice into one’s life

Boundaries and Intimacy:  Practice attentive listening and setting boundaries in patient care

Compassionate Presence:  Learning, growing, and integrating the practice

Attending to Patient Spiritual Needs:  Integration of spiritual care in the clinical setting

Keeping the Call Alive:  Plan to integrate learnings from the retreat in one’s profession

Find details here.




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For those who wish that every ill person or caregiver in need of compassionate care receives it – whoever they are, whatever they believe -- please read important international call to action to educate & advocate for outcome oriented chaplaincy. Find open access article at link. http://bit.ly/1iB2J8R  


Hear why thousands have visited the new www.chaplainsonhand.org to find spiritual comfort bit.ly/SJ4a0j Please spread the word so more people in spiritual distress can take advantage of this free resource, including the ChatWithAChaplain and Submit A Prayer Request features.


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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Launches
ChaplainsOnHand.org and Chat With A Chaplain

New York, NY (April 3, 2014)‒A new website for online health care chaplain services launched today at the annual HealthCare Chaplaincy Network conference in New York. The new resources of ChaplainsOnHand.org provide counseling to anyone seeking help – regardless of religion or beliefs. This is the first service of its kind specifically geared to health care.

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Come to our free, informal, one-hour informational event: “HealthCare Chaplaincy and the Future of Health Care,” from 8:30am to 9:30am at our offices located at 65 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY (between Morris St & Rector St). 2014 dates are March 19, May 21, July 16, September 17, November 19. A light breakfast will be provided. To place your name on the guest list, please contact Michelle Nicholas at 212-644-1111, ext 135 or via email at mnicholas@healthcarechaplaincy.org.


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Huffington Post article by Eric J. Hall, President & CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network