2017 annual conference

Social workers can enhance their spiritual care knowledge and skills to help clients who are experiencing spiritual distress by earning a Certificate as a Spiritual Care Generalist from the expert in clinical care and professional education ─ the 55 year old nonprofit HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

The first step is to attend this 4th annual multi-disciplinary, international conference. Past year attendees have described the conference as a transformative professional education experience.

NOTE: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886745162-4726) for 15 continuing education contact hours.




Earn a Certificate as a Spiritual Care Generalist
(Valid for 2 Years)


To earn the certificate you must:

  1. Attend in-person at the conference: the keynote and all plenary sessions and 3 specialty workshops for social workers.
  2. Within 6 months after the conclusion of the conference, successfully complete the online course “What We Hear and Say: Spiritual Assessment and Documentation authored by Brent Peery, BCC. (The $495 cost for this course is waived for social workers attending the conference in person and seeking this certificate).

Conference Key Facts

Keynote Speaker

Roshl Joan Jiko Halifax, Ph.D.
Founder, Upaya Zen Center and Institute
Presenting: Perspectives on Compassion: An Essential Practice in Chaplaincy

Plenary Speakers

Deborah B. Marin, M.D.
Blumenthal Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Spirituality and Health, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Presenting: What Does Multidisciplinary Compassionate Care Look Like?

The Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, M.Div, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care, Advocate Health Care
Presenting: Chaplains in Healthcare: Do We Make a Difference?

Shane Sinclair, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cancer Care Research Professorship, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
Presenting: A Compassionate Practice: Toward a Patient-Orientated and Clinically Relevant-Evidence Based Approach

Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., CPXP
President, The Beryl Institute
Presenting: Patient Experience: A Movement of Spirit at the Heart of Healthcare

Two Required Workshops for Social Workers

  • An Introduction to the Comprehensive Psycho-Spiritual Clinical Interview
  • The G Word: Exploring the Clinical Relevance of Religion and Spirituality in Oncology Social Work Practice

Plus Choose One From These Workshops

  • Teaching Compassionate Communication to Health Care Professionals
  • Providing Spiritual Care According to Disease Process

Conference Daily Activities

This three-day event will consist of one keynote address, four plenaries, and more than 30 workshops. (The workshop track for social workers is described above and you can choose two other workshops in addition.)  The program includes breakfast and lunch, and ample opportunities for networking, visiting exhibit booths and reviewing scientific posters.

Full Conference Registration fee includes breakfast for three days, lunch for two days, and the President’s Reception on Monday evening. Learn more here or by going to the agenda tab above.

Conference Registration Rates for Social Workers

*Early Bird* rate through February 18, 2017:
$480 for one individual attendee
Group rate (minimum of two attendees): $450 for each individual

Rate after February 18, 2017:

$550 for one individual attendee
Group rate (minimum of two attendees): $525 for each individual

To earn the Certificate as a Spiritual Care Generalist, a social worker must attend all three days. However, if a social worker wishes to attend for one or two days, the single day rate is $250 for one individual attendee and the single day rate for Groups (minimum of two attendees) is $235 for each individual.

Daily Hotel Room Rate
$199 + State and Local Taxes
Learn more about the venue here


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