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    Monday, April 23, 2018

    7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Registration & CEU Sign-In

    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Welcome and Opening Reflection

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Keynote Address

    Spirituality and Meaning in the Context of Relationship-Centered Care
    Michael W. Rabow, M.D., FAAHPM

    10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Networking Break & Exhibits

    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Plenary Session

    I Hear You Saying You Need Leaders
    Robert Kidd, BCC,
    System Director, Spiritual Care and Values Integration, The Methodist Hospital

    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Networking Luncheon, Exhibits & Poster Session

    Formal Poster Session Part I: 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    The Feasibility of Clinical Assessment Tools in Professional Health Care by Clinical Chaplains

    Bethany Turner, MA, MC, Ed.D. Regional Co-Lead Spiritual Care, Kaiser Permanente

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    The Chaplain’s Role in Leading Patient-Centered Family Meetings

    Jennifer Dill, MDiv, BCC, Brenda Neil, MSN, AGP, Teny Henry Gomez, M.D., Anson Pham, M.D., Greenville Health System

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Creating Connections

    Linda Golding, MA, BCC, Staff Chaplain, Patricia Punzalan, MA, EN, NE-BC, Patient Care Director, New York Presbyterian Hospital Spiritual Care Generalist-N

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Spiritual Play: A Contribution to Pediatric Spiritual Assessment

    Paul Nash, MA, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Center for Pediatric Spiritual Care

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Integrating Spirituality into a Medical School Curriculum through a Surgeon/Chaplain Partnership

    David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE, Director of Education, Susan Lerner, M.D. Center for Spirituality and Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    End of Life Care in the ICU and Sacred Violence: The Scapegoat Mechanism at Work

    John DiLeo, M.Ed., Ed.S., MDiv, North Florida Regional Medical Center Spiritual Care Generalist-SW

    3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Networking Break & Exhibits

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Developing and Objective Religious and Spiritual Assessment Tool

    Ahmend Aboabat, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Consultant, King Fahad Medical City

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    The Outcome Measures of Presence and Other Chaplaincy Puzzles

    Alison Brody Alpert, DMin, LCSW, BCC Spiritual Care Generalist-SW

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Religious Cultural and Spiritual Support of Muslims and the Islamic Community on Palliative Care

    Al Hajji Iman Yusuf Hasan, BCC, Staff Chaplain, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network-N/SW Spiritual Care Generalist-N/SW

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Our Veterans: Spiritual Issues at the End of Life

    Penny Phillips, MA, MDiv, BCC, Chaplain, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital Hospice & Palliative Care Center

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Ambiguous Loss: A Spiritual Assessment Tool

    Linda Golding, MA, BCC, Staff Chaplain, New York Presbyterian Hospital

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    The Impact of Faith and Culture on Medical Decision-Making: Barriers to Advance Care Planning

    Jim Kraft, MTh, Director of Advance Care Planning, Henry Ford Health System, Spiritual Care Generalist N/SW

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    President’s Reception

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Registration & CEU Sign-In

    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Welcome, Renewal Ceremony and Pioneer & ESCA Award Presentations

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Plenary Session

    Spiritual Care In Palliative Care: An Overview of Recent Evidence and Directions for Future Research Lucy Selman, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Bristol

    10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Networking Break & Exhibits

    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Plenary Session

    12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Networking Luncheon, Exhibits & Poster Session Formal Poster Session: 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Technology on the Religious & Spiritual Counseling (Tahoor as EX)

    Anas AlShedokhi, Religious and Spiritual Counselor, King Fahad Medical City

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    A DACUM Occupational Analysis of Health Care Chaplains in NYC and the Implications for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)-The Major Tasks

    Rev. Dr. Warren E. Wyrostek, MDiv, M.Ed, Ed.D., Valdosta State University

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Advance Care Patients: Do We Know Their Spiritual Care Needs: A Chaplain’s Quandary

    Saneta Maiko, Ph.D., MS, STM, Research Chaplain/Fellow, Alexa Torke, M.D., MS, et al, Indiana University School of Medicine

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Promoting Staff Well-Being and Success: A Work-Life Balance Team Initiative

    Bill Cooper, MDiv, Staff Chaplain, Spiritual Care Services, Jill DeVries, RN-BC, Jim Burns, MA, Sanford USD, Medical Center, Sioux Falls

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    From What’s Wrong With You? To What’s Happening to You? Re-Framing Spiritual Care Through a Trauma-Informed Lens

    David Hottinger, MDiv, Manager, Spiritual Care Department, Hennepin County Medical Center Spiritual Care Generalist-N

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Integrity Formation: An Integrative Protocol Addressing Moral Distress for Interdisciplinary Professionals

    Kate Hoffman, MRE, MSW, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, Nancy Markham Bugbee, PsyD-c, MBA, BCCC, Mary Ann Van Buskirk, MDiv, MA, LMFT, Institute For Life & Care Spiritual Care Generalist-SW

    3:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Networking Break & Exhibits

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Introduction to Labyrinth Walks: Meeting Spiritual Needs in a Changing Culture

    Elizabeth Conley, MDiv, Staff Chaplain, Noelle Andrew MDiv, BCC, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Chaplaincy Without Walls: Partnerships for Spiritual Care in the Community

    Malcolm L. Marler, Ph.D., DMin, BCC, Director of Pastoral Care, University of Alabama Birmingham Medicine

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Surfing the Gray Wave: Spiritual and Practical Responses to the Aging of America

    Marci Pounders, Ph.D., BCC (Retired), Episcopal Church of the Ascension (Dallas)

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Providing Spiritual Care for Those Seeking Medical Assistance in Dying: Our Experiences of Ethical, Spiritual and Practical Struggles

    Linda Miller, MA, BCC, CRPO, CASC, Clinical Chaplain, Kathryn Howe, MTh, CRPO, CASC, Michael Kekewich, MA, The Ottawa Hospital

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    The ABC’s of Ministering to the Orthodox/Hassidic Jewish Patient in the Hospital Setting

    Rabbi Ralph Kreger, BCC, Staff Chaplain, New York Presbyterian Hospital Spiritual Care Generalist-N/SW

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Caring Choices-Advance Care Planning (ACP) for Family Residents and a System

    Michael Johnston, MA, MDiv, DMin, Director of Spiritual Care, Valerie Johnston, Ph.D., Melody Franks, M.D., Mata Young, M.D., Amanda Davis, M.D., Hillary Weill, M.D., AnMed Health Spiritual Care Generalist-N/SW

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Networking SCA Membership Reception (SCA Members Only)

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Registration & CEU Sign-In

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Networking Breakfast & Exhibits

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    SCA Membership Breakfast (SCA Members Only)

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Breath-Centered, Adaptive Coping Interventions in Telehealth Chaplaincy Care

    Judy Fleischman, MA, MDiv, BCC, Clinical Consultant, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (New 2018 editions)

    Gwynn Sullivan, MSN, Project Director, National Consensus Project, National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care, George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB, Director, Health Services Research & Quality, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, Member, BCP Steering Committee, Sue Wintz, MDiv, BCC, Director, of Education, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, Member, NCP Workgroup Spiritual Care Generalist-N/SW

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Sparking an Awakening

    Rich Behers, DMin, BCC, CFHPC, Spiritual Care Program Manager, Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    The Complementary Catalytic Healing Role of the Chaplain

    Doug Longstaffe, BRS, BED, MDiv, STM, Vancouver General Hospital

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Science Fiction as Spiritual Reflection

    Jonna Garvin, MDiv, MS, BCC, Spiritual Care Consultant

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Balancing Hope in Miracles with Biomedical Decision-Making at the End of Life

    Kelly Arora, Ph.D., Co-Director, Master of Sciences in Palliative Care, Allied Health Professionals, John Wesely Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Spiritual Care, University of Colorado Scholl of Medicine Iliff School of Theology Spiritual Care Generalist-N/SW

    10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
    Networking Break & Exhibits

    10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    Plenary Session

    12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
    Closing Remarks


  • Webcast Open or Close

    The webcast provides an excellent opportunity to engage your entire staff or multiple members of an organization who might not otherwise be able to attend or conference in-person. Registering for webcast facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge while minimizing cost and travel time.


    What is included?
    The real-time broadcast of keynote and all plenary sessions and selected workshops (selected workshops will be chosen one month prior to conference, renewal ceremony, and pioneer award presentation.


    Technical Requirements and Information

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    • It is recommended you need at least 3MBs, for viewing webcast
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    Conference 1

  • Pre-Conference Intensives Open or Close

    Sunday, April 22, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive A:

    Advance Care Planning

    Respecting Choices® First Steps: Advance Care Planning

    Intensive Summary:

    Respecting Choices is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model of advance care planning (ACP) that creates a healthcare culture of person-centered; care that honors an individual’s goals and values for current and futures healthcare. Effective advance care planning can better ensure that patients receive medical management that matches their identified goals.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps advance care planning (ACP) conversations
    • Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps ACP conversations for adults with chronic illness
    • Construct strategies to communicate the plan, including the completion of an advance directive document
    • Examine ACP Facilitator’s role in implementing three key systems for ACP effectiveness
    • Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP conversations through role-play activities



    Sunday, April 22, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive B:

    Building a Successful Chaplaincy Department:

    Growing Spiritual Care in Times of Scarcity- Experience of Those Who Have Done It.

    Intensive Summary:

    Despite the mounting evidence for the benefits of spiritual care to patients and caregivers, and to the goals of the institution, chaplains are often unable to take advantage of these opportunities and grow their services. This four hour workshop will equip chaplains to assess the opportunities for growing spiritual care in their institutions and successfully advocate for the increased integration of spiritual care. Participants are encouraged to bring success stories and project ideas they would like to implement in their own institutions.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Examine the current evidence for the integration of spiritual care and chaplaincy care.
    • Describe best practice programs that benefit patients and add value to institutional practice.
    • Summarize the process for assessing the opportunities for increased spiritual care in their institutions and develop plans to take advantage of them.



    Sunday, April 22, 2018     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive C:

    Board Certification Preparatory Course

    What Do I Have To Do To Get Certified and Employed?

    Intensive Summary:

    Competition for good health care chaplaincy jobs is increasing with many more qualified candidates in the market place. While certification is critical to success in finding a good position, it is by far not the only measure that employers look for. Unlike some other disciplines, many chaplaincy training programs do not focus on preparing chaplains for the health care job market. This four hour workshop will focus on what aspiring and current chaplains can do to improve their chances of success in both the certification process and the job market.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Compare and choose the training and continuing education programs that will best position them for success and leverage those programs to their maximum advantage.
    • Prepare themselves to increase their chances for success in whatever certification process they choose to enter.
    • Analyze job opportunities, prepare, and integrate ways to maximize their chances of both getting the job and succeeding in the job once hired.
  • Call for Posters Open or Close

    Overview: HealthCare Chaplaincy’s Network’s 5th annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference continues its tradition of offering poster sessions as a great opportunity for interactive presentation of emerging ideas, late-breaking results, experiences and challenges on spiritual care topics. Poster sessions are informal and highly interactive, and allow authors and participants to engage in comprehensive discussions about the presented work from which new collaborations, ideas and solutions can emerge.

    The annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference is the preeminent professional education and networking event for the multiple health care disciplines that provide spiritual care ─ chaplains, social workers, nurses, doctors, educators, community clergy, and more. All presentations are focused on the crucial objective of advancing the integration of spiritual care in health care.

    Submission Process: Proposals should include a title and a description of how your poster relates to the theme. Abstracts can be up to 500 words. Posters are a visual medium, so please provide some information about how your poster will convey information visually. If your poster includes data, be sure to explain in your abstract how the data was gathered and evaluated. Because HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ evaluates only the abstract in its decision, ensure that it clearly conveys the purpose of your poster presentation. Email all submissions to Kim Punter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Proposals must include:
    Problem Action Taken
    Outcomes/Data Institution/Organization
    Contact Name, Email Address, and Telephone

    Notification: The deadline for submission is February 26, 2018. Submissions selected for development of a full poster session will be notified during the week of March 5, 2018.

    Registration: All expenses, including registration for the conference and overnight stays, is the responsibility of the presenting author(s). There is a special group rate at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel for conference attendees that expires on April 2, 2018. Information on making a hotel reservation can be found here.

    Important Dates and Times: Poster presentations will take place on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Dimensions: Poster board surface area is 4 feet high x 6 feet wide.