Thought for Today --- An Imperative for the Chaplaincy Profession
Other health care disciplines utilize evidence-based tools as a framework for care. Increasingly, all services are being judged ---- and funded ---- by the value of what they add to the system with value defined as Quality/Cost. In the U.S., the major quality goals are known as the "triple aims": improved medical outcomes, reduced cost, and patient satisfaction. Applying evidence-based tools must be an imperative for the chaplaincy profession to be on par with other health care professions.
Summer/Fall Catalogue of Spiritual Care Educational Offerings
Keeping with the above thought, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and the Spiritual Care Association (SCA), HCCN's affiliate that is a multidisciplinary professional membership organization, have a wide range of educational offerings to enhance your professional practice and to advance the field of spiritual care.
Evidence-based knowledge informs these offerings, and will continue to be the foundation for those that we introduce in the future.
Rev. Eric J. Hall
President & CEO
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and
Spiritual Care Association
SUMMER/FALL CATALOGUE OF
SPIRITUAL CARE EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS
|July 20th Deadline: Last Call to Apply for the New Spiritual Care Fellowship in Palliative Care
SCA will begin offering a Spiritual Care Fellowship in Palliative Care for board certified chaplains currently working in a hospice or palliative care setting. It is designed to increase competencies and best practices in caring for people who are seriously or chronically ill, and their caregivers, at a time when palliative care is expanding rapidly in the U.S. It will be offered twice per year, beginning in September and January, with four to eight selectively-chosen participants in each cohort. The deadline for the first session is July 20th.
- The year-long fellowship is an online, cohort-based program built upon an academically rigorous and best practice-informed curriculum.
- Upon completion, fellows will demonstrate competency in intermediate or advance-level practice according to the competency guidelines for professional chaplains who provide palliative and end-of life care.
- The educational program will prepare fellows for specialty certification in palliative/hospice care by certifying bodies, including SCA.
- Each fellow will be supervised by a board certified hospice and palliative care chaplain and interdisciplinary team member/on-site supervisor, and participate in weekly, live video conferencing classroom sessions.
- Learning activities include simulated patient/family interaction role-play, interdisciplinary team building exercises, case presentations, journal article and book reviews, an interdisciplinary team presentation, a quality improvement project, and a publication-ready capstone project.
- The program was developed by HCCN and is being made available through SCA.
|July 28th: Webinar on What Patients Want & How a Patient-Centered Approach to Care Delivers
As part of HCCN's ongoing series of continuing education webinars, we will be offering a webinar on "What Patients Want & How a Patient-Centered Approach to Care Delivers" on July 28th. Our presenter is Sara Guastello, Director of Knowledge Management of Planetree, a global leader in advancing patient-centered care.
The webinar qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours, and is intended for health care chaplains, health care providers, and other interested professionals. It will take place from 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET.
|September 14th: New Sessions Starting for Online Chaplaincy Palliative Care Certificate Courses (Fundamentals and Advanced Levels)
Two more sessions will begin on September 14th of HCCN's popular palliative care certificate courses offered in conjunction with California State University Institute for Palliative Care. The online courses are available at two different levels: fundamentals and advanced.
The fundamentals course is ideal for board certified and non-board certified chaplains as well as other care providers interested in spirituality practice in palliative care.
The advanced course is ideal for:
- Chaplains who have completed the fundamentals course who want to build upon that knowledge base and continue to develop their skills to improve patient outcomes.
- Board certified chaplains wishing to enhance preparation for a specialty certification from a professional chaplaincy association.
- Department directors who meet the course requirements and desire to build upon their expertise and contributions to the palliative care team.
More than 700 chaplains and other spiritual care providers to date have completed and highly praised these certificate courses. For instance, one student said: "I believe future students will be amazed by the new skills they will have gained by the completion of the course. I am one of them."
September 15th Deadline: Reduced Fee Offer to Take New Online Test of Chaplaincy Care Knowledge
HCCN is offering all board certified chaplains the opportunity to take, through its SCA affiliate, the online test of knowledge and understanding of evidence-based chaplaincy scope of practice, and receive the test prep materials ─ at a significantly reduced cost for a limited time.
The regular full cost for the test prep materials and the online test is $570.
HCCN will pay three-quarters of the cost. Your price for a limited time: $150.
This purchase offer expires September 15, 2016.
When you pass the test, you will receive a certificate that attests that you have demonstrated knowledge in chaplaincy, based on the latest evidence and an objective assessment. This helps standardize and modernize the profession.
To take advantage of this limited-time offer:
- You do NOT have to be a SCA member.
- You do NOT have to give up your board certification from another chaplaincy certifying organizaition.
Why is HCCN making this offer?
We believe it elevates and adds credibility to professional chaplaincy, contributes to improvement in the delivery of spiritual care, and demonstrates value by:
- Providing an objective assessment of a chaplain's knowledge of the first evidence-based chaplaincy scope of practice developed by a multidisciplinary, international panel of experts.
- Evolving chaplaincy similar to how other health care professions regularly adjust their standards based on emerging research, the growing complexity of health care, and other factors.
The Test ---- What and Why?
- This type of test is standard practice in medicine, nursing, and other health care disciplines ---- putting chaplaincy on par with colleagues.
- It is being developed using subject matter experts and the most rigorous standards, and will be able to be scored objectively.
- The knowledge to be tested will be made public, thus allowing chaplains to fully prepare without any uncertainty about the content to be tested. For example, modules in the test include health care ethics, basics of world religious/spiritual systems, and spiritual assessment models.
- An individual chaplain's test results are confidential.
The test and prep materials will be available this September. We will inform you when they become available, and you can take the test any time after that.
before September 15th to take advantage of this offer.
|Online Learning Centers Adds 11th Course: "When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Introduction to Spiritual Care at the End of Life"
SCA has added its latest course to the Spiritual Care Association Online Learning Center ---- raising to 11 the number of courses that are currently available.
The latest course is entitled "When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Introduction to Spiritual Care at the End of Life." This course is intended for those who are new to, unfamiliar with, or wish to learn more about end-of-life issues in order to inform their care for all persons. It discusses various aspects of end-of-life care, including the dying process and physiological changes, advance care planning, conflicts that may occur between dying persons and families, palliative care, and hospice. It will also identify Issues of emotional and spiritual, religious and existential distress, as well as appropriate interventions, cultural, religious, spiritual and existential practices, and care of the family. (Course author: The Rev. Sue Wintz, M.Div., BCC ─ 35 hours & 1 Credit)
All courses in the Online Learning Center are based on the new, standardized evidence-based scope of practice and evidence-based quality indicators developed by two interdisciplinary panels of experts, convened by HCCN, from the fields of chaplaincy, medicine, nursing, psychotherapy, palliative care, social work, research and policy in the U.S. and overseas. These courses are for chaplains and other spiritual care providers, and other types of health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses and social workers.
|Subscribe to PlainViews --- The Monthly Preeminent Online Professional Journal
PlainViews is a monthly publication that provides a place for professional chaplains and other care providers to find, present and discuss information in accordance with the publication's mission to translate knowledge and skills into effective chaplaincy practice and care for the human spirit.
Issues include research articles, clinical experiences, and current events along with regular features, such as News and Journal Watch, and Ask the Chaplain, a brief interview on issues we need to address.
Here's a typical comment from a subscriber: "I wish that I had more time during my professional day to read, but always find the time for PlainViews because it is relevant and helpful to my work."
|Train Volunteers With Popular Manual
Expanding the reach of chaplaincy while managing the budget is on every director's mind. Engaging lay or clergy volunteers can be one tactic; however, for this approach to work, effective volunteers require baseline training. That's why HCCN created a comprehensive chaplaincy volunteer training manual, "Chaplaincy Care: Volunteer Training Manual," for use in any health care setting.
Here's a representative comment about the manual from one director: "I am going to be running a volunteer pastoral care training program. I love the Chaplaincy Care Volunteer Training Manual. It's clear, succinct and fabulous. We serve a wide variety of faiths, so this is perfect."
|Read the Latest Edition of Caring for the Human Spirit Magazine
The current issue (spring/summer 2016) of HCCN's Caring for the Human Spirit Magazine includes a special section on grief, with articles that can help chaplains and other health care providers in their provision of high-quality spiritual care. The biannual magazine educates and informs its readership of the latest evidence-based best practices, skills, and other developments in the spiritual care field, to enhance whole person care ---- body, mind and spirit.
The latest issue also looks at:
- Talking to Kids About Death & Dying
- Game-Changer: Evidence-Based Quality Indicators
- Spritual Care Can Drive Patient Experience
- Jewish Hospital's Hybrid Spiritual Care Model
- How New Depression Screening Guidelines Impact Chaplains
- Palliative Care Progress in Mongolia
Complementing the print and online editions of the magazine, HCCN's website includes video interviews with some of the authors in which they expand upon their article topics. The next issue (fall 2016/winter 2017) will be published in late October.
Registration Will Open in the Fall for Fourth Annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference ---- March 13-15, 2017
Registration will open in the fall for HCCN's fourth annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference ---- a content-rich scientific and educational event that will take place in Chicago on March 13-15, 2017.
As in the past, the 2017 conference ---- also available via webcast ---- will present first-class speakers and workshops focusing on the integration of spiritual care in health care. The first three conferences have been great successes, drawing a diverse audience of chaplains, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, researchers, administrators, students and others from around the world.
Beth Delaney, a nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing, said of this year's conference: "As a nurse practitioner who cares for cancer patients, my nurse research partner and I found attending the Caring for the Human Spirit conference provided a forum for 'like-minded' health care individuals to form a community of inquiry, where learning and supporting one another encourage all of us to continually strive to improve the care for one of the most unique characteristics of all humans ... the spirit."
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