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Documenting Advance Directives among Seriously-Ill Patients

 IRB Approval NMSU 12188

Hello Health Care Providers!

Advance directive education is important for all seriously ill patients. The purpose of this study is to assess health care providers’ views on educating patients about advance directives, especially those with life-threatening cancers.

We are interested in hearing from you because many barriers exist to engage patients in such complex discussions and because all providers are responsible for moving patient education forward. Examining providers' views is needed to clarify their motivation to educate patients and understand the limitations that hinder their ability to engage patients in advance care planning education. It is very important for us to understand the whole picture from all different providers, including physicians, nurses, and social workers.

Your participation in this survey will allow us to assess providers’ attitudes, knowledge, and practices about educated patients on advance directive to develop a plan for end of life care. Your responses will assist researchers to develop better educational tools and programs to improve advance directive documentation which is especially important to deliver patient centered care for seriously ill older adults.

Voluntary Participation

This one-time survey can be completing in about 20 minutes (5 minutes for consent and 15 minutes for the survey questions). Providers can volunteer to participate by signing up immediately during recruitment efforts through Qualtrics survey link or by calling our office (575-646-1243) to enroll. We will also use snowball sampling and ask you to forward the survey link to other providers in social work, medicine, and nursing.

Please feel free to ask any questions directly or simply go to the Qualtrics link at

https://chssnmsu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6WCCpb2d4FQWfyd

For more information or if you have any questions pertaining to this research, you may contact Dr. Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD LCSW at haiem@nmsu.edu

We truly appreciate hearing from all providers doing valuable work to improve care for their patients and family members.

Feel free to forward this link to other providers!!!     Thank you so much for your time!

Sincerely,

Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor
New Mexico State University, School of Social Work
Hartford - Veterans Affairs Social Work Scholar, 2012-2014

Research Scientist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

 

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Unique Professional Education Opportunity

More than 500 chaplains and other health care professionals have successfully completed this unique online Certificate program. Every class so far has been sold out. The opportunity to attend this highly-rated course starting July 15th should not be missed.

Learn more here.

Here's typical praise from a satisfied student:

             "I have learned more than I could have imagined."

This course is provided jointly by two leaders in their fields - the California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

Students can earn Continuing Education Hours and get valuable training starting in July. This is the second to the last time the Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate program will be held until 2016. 

Start the learning here. 

PS. If you know someone who could benefit from this course, please forward this to them.  Thank you..

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Call for Proposals

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network seeks proposals for 90-minute workshops for its 3rd Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Global Conference April 11-13, 2016 in
San Diego, California.

Building on the successful 2014 and 2015 conferences, described by participants as "transformative for the field," the conference will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of best practices and latest data on the clinical, educational, research and advocacy aspects of integrating spiritual care in health care.

To apply to be a workshop presenter, please complete the form at this link by Wednesday, June 30. Workshops will be selected and announced by Wednesday, July 15.

All workshops should be aimed at the advanced practitioner/researcher and should maximize dialogue with participants. Preference will be given to multidisciplinary teams.

See the 2015 conference workshop topics here and the 2015 conference faculty here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at events@healthcarechaplaincy.org and write in the subject line: Workshop Proposals. 

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2015 Convoation Picture

At the award ceremony (from left), Rev. Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of HCCN, Pioneer Medal recipients Larry VandeCreek and Richard Payne, and Michael H. Schoen, HCCN’s chairman. 

 

Chaplains renewed their commitment to spiritual care and also joined in honoring two innovators in the field at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s Annual Convocation in New York on May 12. The ceremony took place in the sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, the largest and one of the most beautiful Reform synagogues in the world. The magnificence of the setting lent a special dimension to the ceremony.

You can find the video from the entire Convocation at the link at the end of this story. Or to play the Convocation audio, please click here.

HCCN presented its Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care to Richard Payne, M.D., of Durham, N.C., an internationally-known expert in pain relief, palliative care, oncology and neurology, and the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Duke University Divinity School in Durham; and Larry VandeCreek, D.Min., of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a trailblazing researcher for the profession of health care chaplaincy, former editor of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy and director of research at HCCN from 1998 to 2001.

In presenting the first medal, Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO, called Payne an “iconic figure”” in health care. “He has a profound commitment to science and, moreover, to patients during vital points in their health care,” Hall added. “As such, he has made both enormous contributions to the field and an enormous difference in people’s lives.”

“The Pioneer Award is so meaningful to me because of the quality and reputation of the Health Care Chaplaincy,” said Payne. “I am flattered beyond belief to be included on the list of previous awardees whom I consider mentors and heroes of the practice of humanistic health care.”

“To quote Dickens,” Payne said, “It is the best of times and the worst of times in health care.” He cited the challenge of meeting demand and accountability, while more people than ever have access to health care. In looking at the health care landscape, especially in light of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Payne offered this advice: “Changes in the way we care for those who are seriously ill and dying and their families must be patient-centric; that is, they must be based on the goals and values of the patient and respectful of their cultural and religious beliefs. We cannot allow palliative care to simply become a component of the ‘business’ of health care delivery.“

Payne is also the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Mo. Among his numerous accomplishments, he has more than 275 publications in his fields of expertise, has edited four books, and led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York from 1998 to 2004.

In presenting the second medal, Hall called VandeCreek a “true innovator” in the field. “His rich accomplishments have greatly advanced the field and focused a lens on the value of spiritual care in health care,” he said.

“The award is a capstone to my career,” VandeCreek said. “It validates my research efforts to describe more clearly how persons use their religion and spirituality to cope with illness and death.”

VandeCreek, the author of numerous books and journal articles,recalled his early years as a chaplain, when, he said, he felt like an outsider with the medical staff. It was an era when family medicine, which includes the social and psychological aspects of health care, was becoming acceptable, yet medical teams didn’t quite get it. The feeling was: “They (chaplains) probably won’t do any harm. Now,” said VandeCreek, “the mantra is show me your data.”

“I am gangbusters on research,” he added. “I’m happy to have been a part of the research that makes a difference.“

At the Convocation that followed, Hall led professional chaplains in the audience and those tuning in via webcast in a communal oath of recommitment to their service, which includes a pledge to “respect the religious and spiritual traditions of my patients, colleagues, as well as my own,” and “practice the art and science of spiritual care in an honorable and ethical manner.”

Listening by webcast were chaplains not only from the metro New York area but also from Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, and Finland.

In addition HCCN chaplain Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum at New Yorki's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was installed in the ministry of chaplaincy care.

“The convocation ceremony comes at a time of transformation in spiritual care in health care. The invaluable contribution of spiritual care to overall wellness is gaining recognition, both in research and in practice,” said Hall. “Every day, around the world, chaplains of all faiths are nobly making their mark by listening and walking with people on their personal journeys to overcome spiritual distress.”

 

 

To access the Convocation photo album on the HCCN Facebook page please click here.

To play the Convocation audio, please click here.

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Chaplains from around the world will renew their commitment to spiritual care as well as join in honoring two innovators in the field at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s (HCCN) Annual Convocation Ceremony, which will be held on May 12 at Temple Emanu-El in New York.

HCCN will present its prestigious Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care to Richard Payne, M.D.,  of Durham, N.C., an internationally-known expert in the areas of pain relief, palliative care, oncology and neurology, and the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Duke Divinity School at Duke University, Durham, N.C.;  and Larry Vandecreek, D.Min., of Grand Rapids, Mich., a trailblazing researcher for the profession of health care chaplaincy, former editor of The Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and former director of research at HCCN.  

“The convocation ceremony comes at a time of transformation in spiritual care in health care. The invaluable contribution of spiritual care to overall wellness is gaining recognition, both in research and in practice,” said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO. “Every day, around the world, chaplains of all faiths are nobly making their mark, by listening and walking with people on their personal journeys to overcome spiritual distress.”

At the event, HCCN will lead professional chaplains in a communal oath of recommitment to their service, which includes a pledge to “respect the religious and spiritual traditions of my patients, colleagues, as well as my own,” and “practice the art and science of spiritual care in an honorable and ethical manner.”

In addition, HCCN will install two of its chaplains in the ministry of chaplaincy care, charging them in part to perform “with skill and wisdom, always tempered by compassion.” The HCCN employees provide chaplaincy services at major hospitals in New York: Rev. Tenku Ruff at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This is the fifth year that HCCN will be bestowing the Pioneer Medal to distinguished leaders in the field.

“This year’s honorees have been true pioneers in spiritual care. Their rich accomplishments and profound commitment to science and, moreover, to people in need make each of them deeply deserving of this recognition,” Hall said.

A number of research studies show that the majority of Americans say that spirituality, in some form, should be an important consideration in their health care. Yet one study showed that 72 percent of patients said their spiritual needs were minimally or not at all supported by the medical system even though spiritual support was highly associated with quality of life.

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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network's Board of Directors

and

Rev. Eric J. Hall

President and CEO

cordially invite you to celebrate spiritual care in health care at our

ANNUAL CONVOCATION

Also the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care will
be presented to two guest speakers

RICHARD PAYNE, M.D.
Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity,  Duke Divinity School, and internationally known expert  in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology.

LARRY VANDECREEK, D. MIN. 

Trailblazing researcher for the profession of health care  chaplaincy and former editor of  The Journal of  Health Care Chaplaincy.

All are Welcome
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

Temple Emanu-El

1 East 65th Street 
 New York, NY 10065

 If you wish to attend in person, please register here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-convocation-tickets-16562779720

For webcast, listen live at:

http://www.emanuelnyc.org/simple.php/wor_broadcast via Live365 Internet Radio.

 

 

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Caring for the Human Spirit

Two AttendeesHealthCare Chaplaincy Network's second annual Caring for the Human Spirit™ Conference April 20th -22nd at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando was a milestone event in advancing the integration of spiritual care in health care internationally.

The featured speakers said that spiritual care is at a critical juncture, noting that its significance as part of overall wellness is increasingly being recognized and the field is now poised to make major inroads toward fully integrating spiritual care into health care in the U.S. and globally.

Emphasizing this, Christina M. Puchalski, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), said, "Spirituality should be considered one of the vital signs in the care and treatment of patients.”

Eric HallThe 400 in-person attendees and other health care professionals accessing recorded sessions were from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Namibia, India, Australia, and Singapore. They represented multiple disciplines, including chaplains, physicians, nurse practitioners and researchers.

The consensus of the attendees was that the conference was a major step forward towards the goal of delivering effective whole-person care to more people in need. “I’ve been to many professional conferences, and this is the best one I’ve attended,” remarked one participant.” “This was such a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field and to engage one to one with professional colleagues,” said another attendee. One acknowledged, “I’ve learned things at the conference I wish I knew years ago.”

Father RickThe program featured one keynote address, five plenary sessions, sixteen workshops, three intensives presentations, a dozen poster presentations, and occasions for small group conversations.

Dr. Puchalski presented the keynote address “Improving the Spiritual Domain of Whole Person Care: Reaching National and International Consensus.” She described the global initiative for implementation of inter-professional spiritual care, discussed the educational and clinical initiatives in spirituality and health within the context of the global initiative recommendations, and reflected on ways that health care professionals could apply the call to the world to improve the quality of spiritual care in their setting.

Dr. Puchalski said that her recent experience with her father’s ultimately successful surgery has helped her understand the importance of patient- centered, whole person care.

The second plenary speaker was Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, and Professor and Director of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope in Duarte, California. Like the other speakers, Dr. Ferrell is a prominent advocate for the role of spiritual care within palliative care. In 2013 when announcing the new National Consensus Guidelines for Palliative Care as project co-chair, Dr. Ferrell stated emphatically, “If you’re not providing excellent spiritual care, you’re not providing palliative care.”

“Integration of Spirituality in Palliative Care Education and Research” was Dr. Ferrell’s plenary topic. She described national training programs to improve spiritual assessment and care by health care professionals, described research projects that have included spirituality as a component of interventions and outcomes, and identified opportunities for collaboration between spiritual care providers and clinical researchers to advance spiritual care and the evidence base for practice.

The third plenary speaker was Karen E. Steinhauser, MD, Health Scientist, the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Steinhauser made the case that given the principles of patient-centeredness and holism that that are central to palliative care, spiritual care is an integral component of the palliative care provision mandated in policy guidance internationally. Despite this, she said, spiritual needs are often neglected in clinical practice, and the body of evidence to inform spiritual care, although growing, remains limited.

Dr. Steinhauser provided an overview of existing evidence in the field of spiritual care in palliative care, highlighted gaps in current evidence and new and growing areas of research, and identified future strategies and a research agenda for spiritual care in palliative care.

Liliana De Lima, MHA, Executive Director of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, presented recent developments in palliative care worldwide in her plenary session “Making Spiritual Care Part of Health Care Worldwide,” including the important Palliative Care Resolution unanimously adopted by the World Health Health Assembly in 2014. She discussed the major challenges and opportunities for the development of spiritual care globally and identified tools and resources for advocacy to engage with the civil society in the advancement of spiritual care. In concluding, Ms. De Lima quoted Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Capturing“Finding Room For God?: A Practical Theology For Spiritual Care In Healthcare” was the title of the plenary presentation by the Rev. Dr. John Swinton, BD, PhD, RMN, RNMD, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. The Rev. Dr. Swinton’s theme was that in a health care context that requires generalities, reflecting on the particularities of any given religious tradition is always difficult and sensitive, and yet, religion remains an important aspect of patient and staff experience. How then, he asked, are we to hold the tension between developing spiritually neutral services and respecting and valuing belief systems that demand particularity? He explored this tension with a view to opening up space for critical but constructive conversation around the role of religion in the understanding and delivery of spiritual care.

In his concluding remarks the Rev. Dr. Swinton said, “Chaplaincy opens up the soul of health care.”

The Rev. George Handzo, MA, BCC, CSSBB Director, Health Services, Research and Quality, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network delivered the fifth plenary entitled “The Professional Chaplain: Taking the Lead in Integrating Spiritual Care Through Clinical Practice, Education and Research.” He described how the role of the chaplain in health care has become much more central to the health care enterprise and at the same time much more complicated and multifaceted.

The Rev. Handzo presented a role for the multi-faith chaplain in the demanding world of spiritually integrated healthcare, made the case for professional chaplaincy in their own setting, and described how to more effectively integrate and deploy chaplaincy resources in their healthcare. In conclusion, he recommended a sense of urgency to reduce the distress of patients and family caregivers as well as nurses and physicians and others who are under stress of providing care.

The conference’s workshops included these topics:

  • Demonstrating the Value of Integrating Spiritual Care in Health Care Through Increased Patient Satisfaction
  • TeleChaplaincy: The Online Practice of Professional Chaplaincy
  • The Impact of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training on the Perceived Incidence of Workplace Incivility Among Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses
  • Chaplain Visits and Patient Satisfaction
  • The Distinctiveness of Pediatric Chaplaincy and Related Developmental and Training Implications for Spiritual Care
  • Increasing Spiritual Care Awareness in Oncology Nursing Staff to Provide Quality Holistic Patient Care
  • Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model: Articulation, Evolution and Evidence
  • Spiritually Integrated Therapy: A Curriculum for Mental Health Providers
  • Educating Health Care Practitioners in Spiritual Care – A Tradecraft Workshop
  • Can Trusting God Be Bad for Health? A Look at the Research
  • Addressing Cumulative Grief as an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team
  • Implementation of a Mental Health Certification Program for Chaplains
  • The Role of the Chaplain in Medical Education: Fostering Inner Personal Growth as Part of Professional Formation of the Students

 

Intensives topics were:

  • Online Education for Spiritual Care – Opportunities and Challenges
  • Spiritual Care Research in the Palliative Care Setting – Issues and Possibilities
  • Integrating Spirituality Into Clinical Practice: Enough with the Lip Service, Let’s Talk the Talk

 

In addition to the keynote and plenary speakers, conference faculty came from a wide range of health care institutions and organizations including:

  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • University of Chicago
  • Duke University
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Rush University
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Life’s Door-Tishkofet, Israel
  • United States Veterans Administration
  • Institute for Palliative Care at California State University San Marcos
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Arnold Palmer Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

View photo album from the conference here.

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The recognition of the importance and value of spiritual care continues to grow! The Today Show's "Do You Believe? series" all this week takes an in-depth look at faith and spirituality, examining the many ways that spirituality can be communicated and displayed and featuring real-life stories.

Here are links to stories so far:

Does prayer work? Is there an afterlife? TODAY's survey offers snapshot of faith, spirituality.

Who is God today? Why these religious leaders say modern faith is 'about love.

Keep the faith: 7 apps to help your spiritual life. 

Can prayer heal? These parents credit faith with son's 'miracle' recovery.

How to raise a spiritual child: 3 exercises to try with your family.

Through Friday you can find more features as they appear.

For all of us who are committed to advancing the integration of spiritual care in health care, this Today Show series is an affirmation that our work and support are so vital.

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Join Us Virtually or In-Person

April 20 - 22, 2015

Orlando, Florida

 

 

Early Bird Rates End

Friday, March 20, 2015



 

 
Continuing Education Credit Approved
 
Conference activity has been approved for one credit hour per hour of education.
Professionals who complete this activity, submit attendance confirmation and complete a survey can claim:
  • 15 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (18 hours with Intensive)
  • 15 hours Continuing Nursing Education Credits (18 hours with Intensive)
  • 15 hours continuing education credits for Social Workers and Chaplains
    (18 hours with Intensive)

Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 (18 Intensive) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rush University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Rush University designates this live activity for 15 (18 Intensive) Continuing Education credit(s).

This activity is being presented without bias and with commercial support.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for 15 (18 Intensive) Continuing Education credits.


Featured Renowned Speakers
Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director,
International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care,
Houston, TX
Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN
Director and Professor, Nursing Research and Education
City of Hope,
Duarte, CA
George Handzo, MA, BCC
Director, Health Services, Research and Quality,
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, 
New York, NY
 
Christina Puchalski, MD,FACP, Founder and Director,
George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health, (GWish), 
Washington, DC
Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD, Health Scientist,
The Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center,
Durham, NC
John Swinton, BD, PhD, RMN, RNMD, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, King's College, 
Aberdeen, Scotland
Call for Posters...
We are currently soliciting proposals for poster abstracts to showcase spiritual care in healthcare solutions. 

The deadline for submission is March 15. Please send submissions tosjamison@healthcarechaplaincy.org and include:
  • Title
  • Issue/Challenge
  • Action Taken
  • Outcomes/Data
  • Institution
  • Contact Information
Participants will have an opportunity to share their work during a poster reception onMonday, April 20. Conference registration is required.

We also have cost effective sponsorship packages available! Please contact mnicholas@healthcarechaplaincy.org or call 212.644.1111 x135 for this information.
 
Download the conference brochure for details.

 

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The webcast of the April 20-22 Caring for the Human Spirit®  conference for physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and other professionals features 50 expert speakers including:

  • Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, Founder and Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish), Washington, DC
  • Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, Director and Professor, Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • Liliana De Lima, MHA,Executive Director, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care, Houston, TX
  • John Swinton, BD, PhD, RMN, RNMD, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD, Health Scientist, The Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • George Handzo, MA, BCC, Director, Health Services, Research and Quality, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, New York, NY

The webcast includes live streaming of the keynote and plenary sessions with the opportunity to interact by asking questions from your computer. Plus get live audio and PowerPoint presentations of 4 workshops of your choice. Earn the same CMEs/CNEs/CEUs as in-person attendees, pending approval. After the conference, receive a recorded video of the keynote, plenary sessions, and the four selected workshops.

Learn more at http://healthcarechaplaincy.org/conference . Register at http://bit.ly/1BLtN3u

 

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Invitation from the Rev. David Fleenor to Spirituality & Health Care Network Breakfast

Please be my guest at the Spirituality and Health Care Networking Breakfast hosted by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, through the generous support of the Foundation for Spirituality and Medicine.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave., Washington, D.C., 20036

WHAT: An opportunity to engage in conversation with other health care professionals committed to the integration of spirituality in health care and to learn about innovations in the delivery of spiritual care.

Please RSVP to Michael Crumpler at MCrumpler@healthcarechaplaincy.org

I look forward to seeing you there!

David

The Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Senior Director, Chaplaincy Services & Clinical Education
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network: Caring For The Human SpiritTM

dfleenor@healthcarechaplaincy.org

T 212-644-1111 x231

F 212-758-9959

65 Broadway, 12th Floor | New York, NY 10006
www.HealthCareChaplaincy.org

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Sign Petition

 

Dear Friends,

Professional health care chaplaincy and the value that it brings to Americans is not a topic on the radar screen of the members of the U.S. Congress.

Therefore, from conversations with ACPE’s Trace Haythorn, we’ve conceived of the idea of creating a petition that will be circulated to all members of Congress this spring. It makes the case that professional health care chaplains cost-effectively improve patient and family experience and satisfaction with their health care.

Being able to say that the professional health care chaplain organizations support this petition will add weight to making the case. So will the gathering of as many signatures as possible – from chaplains and anyone who supports our profession.

You will find the petition and signature page on our main website here: http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/sign-on-statement

I have two requests:

  1. Please let me know if we can give visibility to your organization on Capitol Hill by stating that your organization endorses this petition.
  2. Please sign it yourself and send the below information to your members, your professional and personal network, and everyone you know who supports the case that professional health to ask that they sign the petition. Thank you!

A number of professional health care chaplaincy organizations have initiated a drive to gain signatures for a petition that will be disseminated to all the members of the US Congress. It explains why and how professional health care chaplains cost-effectively improve patient and family experience and satisfaction with their health care.We urge you to sign the petition at http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/sign-on-statement and to share this with your professional network and everyone you know (do not need to be chaplains) who support the statement. The deadline for signatures is April 15th. Thank you.

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The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network yesterday debuted Chaplain Care for Veterans and Chat with a Chaplain. Both are online and consultative (email, phone and video chat) resources which provide professional spiritual and emotional support to veterans and current service members, as well as their families and friends. They are additional extensions of HCCN’s mission of training chaplains and providing spiritual support for the seriously ill as well as their families. While they are similar to their Chaplains on Hand and Chat with a Chaplain civilian services, the veterans’ version is oriented to service-related issues. HCCN has also done groundbreaking work with the US Navy’s Chaplain Corps to brief chaplains and mental health clinicians on spiritual care for those with PTSD and TBI [TTA 2 Apr 14]. The launch was held appropriately on the USS Intrepid on Four Chaplains Day, commemorating the selfless sacrifice of four chaplains (Roman Catholic, Methodist, Dutch Reformed and Jewish) on the torpedoed USAT Dorchester on 3 February 1943 in the North Atlantic.

Previously: Patient engagement meets ‘palliative care’ with VOX Telehealth, Northwestern University and Princeton Medical Center.

Categories: Latest News.
Tags: Chat with a ChaplainFour Chaplains DayHealthCare Chaplaincy Networkpalliative care, and spiritual care.

- See more at: http://telecareaware.com/chaplain-care-for-veterans-launches-us/#more-23125

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Resource Unveiled at Event Commemorating ‘Four Chaplains Day’

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) on February 3rd introduced ChaplainCareforVeterans.org, a national service that provides spiritual and emotional support to veterans, active service members, and their families, including the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with professional chaplains via phone, email and video call.

The nonprofit organization unveiled the service at its event commemorating “Four Chaplains Day” to honor four U.S. Army chaplains of differing faiths who gave up their lives to save others when the torpedoed U.S.A.T. Dorchester, with 902 soldiers aboard, sank on February 3, 1943.  The event, held appropriately at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, also honored today’s chaplains as well as all men and women who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. 

Designed specifically for military and their families, HCCN’s ChaplainCareforVeterans.org features online information, resources, and supportive counseling to address painful feelings such as hopelessness, guilt, loneliness, anger and grief that can lead to spiritual distress. Central to this free and confidential service is Chat with a Chaplain, which allows individuals, regardless of religion or beliefs, to connect with a professionally-trained multi-faith chaplain 24/7 via the Internet, phone (844-CARE4VETS), or video call.

ChaplainCareforVeterans.org complements the support that military chaplains, Veterans Administration chaplains, and other organizations that serve veterans and the military community provide. 

“We want these heroic Americans to know we are here for them,” said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO. “There is increasing recognition that both public and private sectors must pitch in to meet the needs of veterans, current service members, and their families. At the same time, changes in our overall health care system underscore the need to adjust how we deliver care for the body, mind and soul—for both military and civilians alike.”

Research indicates that strong spiritual connections can significantly and positively impact the mental health of military and their families to cope with the impact of war. A 2011 Pew survey reports that 44 percent of post-9/11 veterans are having difficulty adjusting to civilian life. 

Other speakers at the “Four Chaplains Day” commemoration included Larry Hermann, a member of the Four Chaplains Foundation board of directors and a former major in the U.S. Marine Corps; Jamal Othman, Deputy Director, New York State division of Veterans’ Affairs; Aurelia Greene, Deputy Bronx Borough President; and Richard E. Powers, MD, a psychiatrist who served in the U.S. Army and has practiced in Veterans Administration hospitals for 30 years.

Mr. Hermann recounted the tragic events of that day in 1943 when the Dorchester went down in the icy, choppy waters. “There was panic on board.  Survivors tell us the only sense of organization came from the four chaplains helping others into lifeboats.  The chaplains consoled the wounded and then handed out life jackets.  And when the life jacket locker was empty, they gave their own to the remaining soldiers, knowing that was their only hope for survival.”

“The story of the four chaplains is a remarkable tribute to our humanity,” commented Ms. Greene.  “On that ill-fated day these four men of faith truly gave selflessly in order to help those in need both physically and spiritually.  I applaud those who have chosen to step up and serve our community daily as chaplains.”

Mr. Othman observed that more than four decades have passed since we lost the four chaplains, “however their spirit lives on with the great work done by chaplains past and present, and by the excellent work done by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. Therefore on behalf of Governor Cuomo I’m delighted to present the Governor’s Proclamation to Rev. Hall and the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network which declares February 3, 2105 as Four Chaplains Day in the Empire State. “Seven decades later,” the proclamation said, “we solemnly remember the four chaplains and their devotion to their fellow man and the cause of freedom, and we continue to be inspired by their story and example of brotherhood.”

“Addressing the spiritual needs of the veteran and the family are essential to helping these individuals resume their lives with the peace and comfort that existed prior to their wartime experience,” said Dr. Powers. “It takes a chaplain or other spiritual advisor to walk with that veteran as they resolve the spiritual conflicts that can be caused by the complex stressors of war.”

Please spread the word about HCCN's new ChaplainCareforVeterans.org. In addition to this page, you can share our one-page flyers in 4-color or black and white. 

This new resource is part of HCCN’s efforts to augment the practice of hospital-based chaplaincy, by offering technology-driven services that provide professional spiritual and emotional support to people in health care and residential settings.

 


 

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Eric J. Hall Will Discuss Latest Research, US Progress in Field

 NEW YORK, NY (January 21, 2015)—As interest in the value of spiritual support as a component of overall health care gains momentum worldwide, Rev. Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the New York-based HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN), will be the keynote speaker on January 27 at an international summit to advance spiritual care in Israel’s public health system.

The conference, “Hope and Resilience: Innovative and Interdisciplinary Spiritual Care,” is sponsored by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York, Tishkofet, JDC-Eshel, and the Israel Spiritual Care Network. It will be held January 27-28 at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem.

“Spiritual care can help people find comfort and meaning, especially during a health care crisis when words like loneliness and grief become part of their everyday vocabulary,” Hall said. “It is a key component of overall quality care and quality of life, not only for patients but also for their families.”

In his address, Hall will focus on the latest research in the field, including findings presented last spring at HCCN’s first international conference on spiritual care. The research addresses best practices and the body of evidence to inform spiritual care and its impact on health care, such as increased patient satisfaction.

Hall will also relate the state of spiritual care in the U.S., including progress toward incorporating spiritual care into health care systems, providing clinical pastoral education to chaplains and community clergy, and including professional health care chaplains as members of interdisciplinary teams. In the U.S., The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs nationwide, has standards related to spiritual care, including requiring hospitals to do a spiritual assessment on each patient and to provide care that addresses the spiritual needs for those who are near or at the end of their lives.

“While the U.S. may be a trailblazer in spiritual care, other countries are now picking up on this momentum. Building bridges between the well-established and the emerging systems bodes well for transforming efforts to define best practices and ultimately help people in spiritual distress,” Hall said.

A leader in spiritual care education and research in the U.S.,  HCCN offers spiritual care-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. HCCN, founded in 1961, has provided clinical pastoral education related to the integration of spirituality and health care for more than 25 years in many of New York state’s leading hospitals, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NYU Langone Medical Center.

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ is a national health care nonprofit organization that offers professional chaplaincy services, and spiritual-related information and resources in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education, and to help people faced with illness, suffering and grief find comfort and meaning—whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org, call 212-644-1111, follow us on twitter (https://twitter.com/MeaningComfort) or connect with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/healthcarechaplaincy).

 

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You are cordially invited: On February 3rd, the nonprofit HealthCare Chaplaincy Network will mark the annual Four Chaplains Day with a ceremony in New York City to honor the men and women who serve our nation and chaplains and to introduce a new resource to support military veterans, those currently serving, and their loved ones in times of spiritual need. 

We invite you to this free and private event and ask that you share this with others that you think may wish to attend.

When: February 3, 2015 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Allison & Howard Lutnick 

Theater, Pier 86 at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Manhattan

Registration is required, because seating is limited.  

Please register here.

Please bring a photo ID with you that day.

Registered guests may afterwards for no charge self-tour the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum except for the Space Shuttle Enterprise Pavilion, which requires separate admission.

Background: Congress unanimously declared February 3rd as Four Chaplains Day in 1988 to commemorate the four U.S. Army chaplains of differing faiths who gave their lives to save others when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, with 920 soldiers on board, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank on February 3, 1943.

On Four Chaplains Day - a day that emphasizes true valor and selflessness, and the meaning of supporting one another, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network will debut ChaplainCareforVeterans.org, a unique spiritual care education and supportive service tailored specifically for veterans, active service members, and their families. It will feature online information and resources, and one-to-one counseling to address painful feelings such as guilt, loneliness, anger and grief that can lead to spiritual distress. Central to this free and confidential service is Chat with a Chaplain, which allows individuals to connect with a professional multi-faith chaplain 24/7 via phone, Internet or video chat, regardless of religion or beliefs.

Scheduled speakers at the event will include Loree Sutton, M.D., Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs; Jamal Othman, Deputy Director, New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs; and Aurelia Greene, Deputy Bronx Borough President; and Richard E. Powers, MD, Medical Director, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic. Birmingham, Alabama Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lawrence M. Herrmann, Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation Board of Directors

For questions, please contact events@healthcarechaplaincy.org 

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ is a national health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to help people faced with illness, suffering and grief find comfort and meaning-whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org

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Grand Rounds on Spiritual Care: “Military to Civilian Transition: Seeing the Strengths and Addressing the Needs”

When: January 29, 2015 from 10:30 am to 12 noon

Where: By webcast OR in person at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, 65 Broadway near Wall Street, Large Conference Room (left upon exiting elevator)

Who Should Attend: Chaplains, clergy, social workers, nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout the U.S. who serve military veterans, current service members & their families

Why This Topic is Important : Military veterans and current service members who struggle transitioning from a military setting to civilian life, and their families, need support, compassionate care, and help restoring themselves on multiple aspects of their lives—including spiritually – regardless of religion or beliefs. One accepted definition of spirituality is “A person’s pursuit to connect to something or someone beyond him- or herself as a means of making meaning or significance.” (Kimball, 2008), (McColl, et al. 2007), (Drescher, et al. 2007). One example of supporting evidence is “Influence of Spirituality on Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Suicidality in Active Duty Military Personnel”  (2012) which indicates that strong spiritual connections can significantly and positively impact the mental health of military personnel and their families to cope with the impact of war.

Expert Speaker:
 Irina Komarovskaya, PhD, the Clinical Director  of The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center, which seeks to fill the gap in mental health care for service members and their families in the NYC area who are affected by all phases of deployment and other life stressors. Dr Komarovskaya also is a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic stress, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties and provides training to the community.


Fee to Attend: $50 per computer terminal OR $35 in person

Continuing Education Hours: 1.5 hours if attendance meets the requirements of certifying organization

Register for webcast here or for in-person attendance here.

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health Fundamentals in Spiritual Care
- What Everyone in Palliative Care Should Know

Fully Online 6-Week Course Offered by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the California State University Institute for Palliative Care
 

This course is for chaplains, community religious leaders, physicians, nurses and other professionals who work with or encounter populations with challenging mental health issues. It provides essential information about how to offer effective spiritual care to patients and their families, and helps build practitioner skill and confidence.

This course identifies and teaches:

* The relationship between spirituality and mental health

* Common mental health symptoms and the impact on spirituality

* Spiritual-care practices to improve patient quality of life and reduce suffering

Students who took the first class in August praised it highly:

"A must course for APC chaplains. So glad I took it!"

"Well worth the investment of time and money. I am very pleased with the course and its content. This course is recommendable!"

"As a CPE supervisor I have learned new approaches which I will integrate in my curriculum. I found the collegial discussions and work on case studies enjoyable and very helpful for my practice. The fact that several chaplains from our hospital took the course together helped us to learn more about each other and how we work. It was an encouragement to continue doing regular case study reflection together and build in that type of peer support and reflective practice."

"Excellent coursework and challenging case studies. Thank you for putting this together."

"Excellent course! It covered a helpful material in an organized and useful format."

Next class starts February 2nd. Seats are limited.

Cost: $799 + fees.

Get more information and to register here.  

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