2019 annual conference

Pre-Conference Session: Sunday, May 19

Receive 7 CEU Contact hours
Seats Are Limited

Gundersen Lutheran Respecting Choices® First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Training Internationally recognized, evidence-based model that creates a culture of person-centered care.

  • Learn the skills to facilitate foundation Advance Care Planning discussions with any adult
  • Allows any member of the interdisciplinary health care team to engage earlier in the patient care process
  • Cost is $375, includes online courses to be completed in advance and on-site at the Caring for the Human Spirit® in Myrtle Beach


Meet Your Instructor


Jim holds a B.A. in Missiology and a Masters of Theology. He is the supervising Chaplain at both Henry Ford Macomb and West Bloomfield Hospitals in metro Detroit. He is a Certified Advance Care Planner and Certified Advance Care Facilitator Trainer in both First and Last Steps Planning. He currently leads the Advance Care Planning Initiative for the Henry Ford Health System.


We are excited to announce the addition of multi-discipline plenaries and workshops, plus special tracks for Nurses, Social Workers and long distance learning. NOTE: This program is will be approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 15+ continuing education contact hours.



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

Title: Pulling Back the Curtain on Chaplaincy Certification

Workshop Summary:

The workshop will cover the general chaplaincy certification requirements and processes that all associations generally follow while focusing on the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Spiritual Care Association (SCA).

Learning Objective 1: Participants will know the basic requirements and processes for board certification for chaplaincy in North America irrespective of certifying association

Learning Objective 2: Participants will be able to compare and contrast the certification requirements and processes of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association in relationship to their own needs and qualifications.

Learning Objective 3: Participants will be able to apply tested strategies for being successfully certified as a healthcare chaplain


Nursing contact hours for this conference are provided by the Westberg Institute, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider #018071520.


  • Nurse-Provided Spiritual Care: Practices and Perspectives
  • Intentional Care of the Spirit: The Practice of Faith Community Nursing

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

Nurses and Social Workers

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


  • A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain: A Clinical Psychologist and a Chaplain Work Together
  • Developing a Volunteer Chaplaincy Program in a Rural Health Care Organization