2019 annual conference

6th Annual

Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference

May 20-22, 2019 | Myrtle Beach, SC


Myrtle Beach

Don’t miss the go-to conference on Spiritual Care

Join your peers at the 6th Annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference® to learn and exchange ideas from some of the most influential leaders in the spiritual care arena and make new relationships with people and organizations that will help you achieve new levels of success in providing compassionate whole person care.

Caring for the Human Spirit Conference® is the premier international forum for cutting-edge topics to enhance multidisciplinary teams in spiritual care. The conference is designed to provide spiritual care providers with the skills, best practices, research, that can advance your career and improve optimal care for those in need.

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For the Agenda and a full list of Workshops, click here

Call for Posters

2019 Keynote & Plenary Line Up

Monday, May 20, 2019

9:00 a.m – 10:30 p.m.



Dr. Kathleen Foley, M.D.

Attending Neurologist Emeritus
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Presenting: Advancing Spiritual Care through Palliative Care Globally: Opportunities and Challenges

11:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.



Dr. Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. FPCN, CHPN.

Director & Professor Nursing Research & Education
City of Hope

Presenting: NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines - Impact on Care for the Spirit

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

9:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m.



Dr. J. Brian Cassel, Ph.D.

Palliative Care Research Director
Virginia Commonwealth University

Presenting: Blending humanistic and economic outcomes to make the case for spiritual care

11:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.



Cheryl Holmes, OAM

Chief Executive Officer
Spiritual Health Victoria

Presenting: The Spiritual Care Profession: Mandated or obsolete?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Panel Discussion

11:00 a.m – 12:30 a.m.

The Role of the Chaplain in Palliative Care - Panel


The Rev. Karen Ballard, BCC

Former Director of Chaplaincy Services

Akron Children's Hospital


Chaplain Sarah Byrne-Martelli, BCC


Massachusetts General Hospital


Rev. Dr. Malcolm Marler, BCC

Sr. Director of Pastoral Care, UAB MEDICINE

University of Alabama-Birmingham

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Conference Daily Activities

The three day event will consist of one keynote address, four plenaries and more than 30 workshops of which attendees will select six. The program includes, breakfast and lunch, ample opportunities for networking, visiting exhibit booths and reviewing scientific posters.

Full Conference Registration fee includes, breakfast for 3 days, lunch for 2 days as well as the President’s Reception on Monday evening. Learn more here or by going to the agenda tab above.

  • 30 workshops to choose from
  • Specialty tracks for social workers and nurses
  • Medical professional can earn CME credits
  • Preconference intensives - (hyper link page)
  • Chapel and Prayer services
  • Exhibitor and poster presentations
  • Special discount pricing for SCA Members
  • SCA, BCC, APBCC Award Ceremony
  • Complimentary chair massages
  • Chaplin renewal of commitment ceremony
  • Continue education credits (hyperlink)
  • Free Parking

Conference CEUs

2019 Caring for the Human Spirit 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


NEW! We are pleased to welcome our partner, the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation (CSCPF), who will be hosting their annual gathering during the Caring for the Human Spirit Conference.

Participants of the CSCPF Gathering will have full access to the entire Caring for the Human Spirit Conference at no additional cost! Register here. 

If you are a CSCPF member and have questions, please contact Barbara A. McGuire - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conference Registration

Rate after January 31, 2019:
$475 (Chaplains); $575 (Non-Chaplains)

One-Day Rate:
$250/day (Chaplains); $290/day (Non-Chaplains)
Group Discounts available, see our website for more details.

*Spiritual Care Association (SCA) members receive a discount, click here to learn more. (You must log in to view the discounted rates)

** For a full list of Conference Registration Fees, click here.

Accommodations and Reservation Information

Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
2101 N Oak St,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

To receive a discounted conference rate of $139 per night, please make your hotel reservation before April 19, 2019. This rate will be honored for hotel stays between Sunday, May 19 and Tuesday May 22nd. Please note that all rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes.

To book your reservation over the phone please call 888-627-8203 and ask for the Caring for the Human Spirit room block or Group ID # 6242.

To book your reservation on line please use the link below:


Can’t attend in person

Virtual Conference/Webcast

$800 per site ($600 per site for SCA members)

The real-time broadcast will include keynote and plenary presentations and select workshops. HCCN will select one workshop per series to broadcast. The broadcast is available in English.

*Ability to earn up to 15.5 CEUs via long distance learning
*Not all workshops will be webcast and recorded

The Webcast provide an excellent opportunity to engage entire staff or multiple members of an organization who might not otherwise be able to attend and facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge while minimizing cost and travel time.

Please note the workshops that will be webcast below:

A6. The Words We Use: Bridging the Gap Between Medical and Spiritual Care with Confidence, Respect, and Compassion
B6. Creating a Value Based Work Environment That Nourishes the Soul
C2. Hope, another four letter word, going from miracle to transcendent resilience
D1. Meaning Making in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
E3. Finding Meaning Without God: Spiritual Care for the Nonbeliever

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