Continuing Education Opportunities


ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider™, ACEP No. 7004.  ACPE is solely responsible for sponsored programs, including the awarding of NBCC credit. To facilitate the provision of continuing education credit when appropriate, the Psychotherapy Commission established the following Continuing Education Policy.



Upcoming Events

Minding the Soul: The Brain Sciences and Practices of Care

Insights from brain studies in recent decades have captured the public’s imagination and touched on virtually every dimension of human experience, from love and friendships, to trauma and addictions, to our confidence in free will, to our experiences of the transcendent and our trust in reason. Increasingly the neurosciences are confirming and challenging many of our most cherished notions of what it means to be human. In this workshop we will explore themes in recent brain research, including empathy, memory and trauma, story, ritual, and religious experiences. We will explore the implications of these findings for the practice of counseling, as well as the practices of care within personal relationships, congregations, and the public at large. Format will include lecture and group discussion.

Date: February 28, 2020, 9am-3pm
Moravian Seminary, Bahnson Center
60 Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Fee: $60 (includes lunch + NBCC-approved CE)
Moravian Faculty & Staff: $15 for NBCC-approved CE
Contact Hours: 5

Register
For additional information, please email Josh Tonkay or call 610-861-1516

20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care


The Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (ACPE, APC, CASC/ACSS, NACC, NAJC) are hosting a joint conference in Cleveland, OH, May 11-14, 2020. For more information and registration, visit the conference page. Please note below the workshops available for CE Credits.

Title: TU1.04 Spiritual Practices of Native Americans: Health and Wellness Needs of 1st Nation
Presenter: Judith Silva, MDiv, DMin, BCC, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata, PA
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Description:
Native Americans come from cultures, which are rich in creativity, the arts, dance and healing modalities which form a part of their community. The importance of elements of the earth including air, water, fire, etc. and connection to the earth are a part of Native American heritage and spirituality. Tribal connections help inform personal and collective identities. In this workshop, we will examine basic spiritual practices of Native Americans that counselors and pastoral caregivers should understand when working with this population.
 
Title: TU1.11 Toward Validity: Creating an Index to Measure Complexity of Spiritual Care Interventions
Presenter: Kathleen Rimer Ed.D, BCC – APC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Description:
Many medical disciplines have indices that communicate the level of complexity of the care provided and thereby capture a level of nuance about the care provided that is helpful to administrators, insurance companies, and other stake holders. This presentation will introduce an index for measuring complexity of spiritual care interventions (high, medium, and low complexity), and explain the benefits of such an index for spiritual care department directors, chaplain educators, spiritually integrative counselors, administrators, and researchers. Participants will have the opportunity to use the index and check its validity using case studies in the workshop setting.

Title: WE1.01 Interpersonal Forgiveness: From Hurting to Healing and Hope
Presenter: Preston VanLoon Ed.D, ASCUSA, Mandan, ND
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Description:
Interpersonal Forgiveness is an often misunderstood and complex topic. Drawing from his doctoral dissertation experimental research study with chaplains and clergy and recent book, The Path to Forgiveness, the presenter will enable participants to deepen their understanding and practice of interpersonal forgiveness in both their personal and professional lives. In this presentation, participants will consider the effects of interpersonal conflict and forgiveness on one's cognition, affect, and behavior, explore what it means to forgive, and consider the benefits of using interpersonal forgiveness to bring healing and hope to relational hurt and pain.

Title: WE1.05 Defining a Course of Treatment for Spiritual Distress – One System’s Approach
Presenter: James Austin, MDiv, Mercy Virtual Care Center, Chesterfield, MO and Jennifer Cobb MDiv, MBA, BCC – APC Mercy Virtual Care Center, Chesterfield, MO
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Description:
Untreated spiritual distress impacts overall health outcomes and perceived quality of life, yet  little attention has been given to  developing adequate treatment plans in the counseling setting. How many sessions? How should sessions be structures?  What are the milestones that indicate when treatment is completed? This workshop will help participants imagine how to create a viable treatment plan for dealing with spiritual distress. 

Title: WE1.06 Spiritual Care Interventions in Working with Individuals and Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders
Presenter: Rob Jury, MA, BCC, LPC, CRADC, NCC, Illinois Professional Health Program – Behavior Health, Evanston, IL
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Description:
The future of spiritual integrative counseling includes increased interactions with individuals and families with substance use disorders (SUDs). People with SUDs can be found in hospitals, long-term care facilities, prisons, campuses, congregations, and all contexts outside the traditional walls of chaplaincy. This workshop will engage participants in an interactive exploration of spiritually integrative counseling interventions through a variety of specific interventions designed to benefit spiritually integrative counselors in a variety of contexts and settings. Interventions include the use of complimentary spiritual modalities, screening assessment tools, interventions aiding theological reflection and meaning making, and the spiritually integrative counseling intervention of confrontation.
 
Title: WE1.07 Spiritual Care: Jewish Perspectives
Presenter: Joseph Ozarowski, DMin, BCC – NAJC, JCFS Chicago, Skokie, IL Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Description:
While the vast majority of spiritually integrative counselors and chaplains come from various Christian traditions, Judaism has a well- developed approach to spiritual care and counseling for people in need. This tradition goes back to Biblical times and is developed in Rabbinic thought as "Bikur Cholim" - visiting the sick. The presenter will use some of his published work on the topic as well as his extensive clinical experience to develop a Jewish Pastoral theology and practice. This can offer a fuller cultural competency in an area not usually covered extensively in CPE or other counseling training programs. Participants will gain a better understanding of a spiritual care tradition that is both ancient and also surprisingly contemporary.

Title: WE1.14 Navigating Memories of Trauma and Abuse
Presenter: Kathryn Belicki, PhD, CPsych, MTS
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Description:
Traumatic events, particularly in childhood, undermine physical, emotional, and spiritual well- being. However, since the “memory wars” of the early 1990’s, many counsellors are reluctant to inquire into such foundational experiences, for fear of creating false memory. But unless asked, most trauma survivors remain silent—and avoidance is one of the strongest predictors of negative outcome. How do we navigate this conundrum? Fortunately, our knowledge about the characteristics of traumatic memory has increased exponentially in the last two decades, as has our understanding of factors that distort memory. We will discuss best therapeutic practices in the light of current knowledge.
 
Title: WE2.10 Grief: An integrated Approach to Healing and Counseling
Presenter: Veronica Marchese PhD, LMFT, St. John’s Hospitals – Dignity Health, Oxnard, CA
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Description:
One of the most common aspects of counseling and chaplaincy work is companioning someone in grief. In this work, we are confronted with various types of grief beyond the common experience of grief most are familiar with in times of loss. Less talked about grief such as; disenfranchised grief, chronic sorrow or grief born of injustice is present in our work but we not always know how best to address it. This workshop will give an overview of current research on grief, explore various types of grief and offer effective interventions to utilize in our work of presence, healing, and counseling.
 
Title: WE2.12 Providing for Spiritual, Religious and Cultural needs of Muslim Clients, Patients and Families
Presenter: Yusuf Hasan BCC- APC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY and Mira Abou Elezz MA Religion, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Time: 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Description:
Muslims are one of the fastest-growing populations in U.S. health care system. They bring a mixture of spiritual, religious and cultural concerns to health care institutions and community, yet many health care professionals, including counselors social workers, are unfamiliar and ill equipped to meet the needs of this diverse population. This presentation will provide broad, high-quality information that will enable medical staff, counselors and other caregivers, especially the social workers, to engage Muslim patients, families and community around healthcare issues, including but not limited to participating in clinical decision- making such as medical treatments, DNR orders, hospice care and end-of-life support and will address what Islam says about health care-related issues and how the health care team including the social worker, can address this group's needs and concerns.
 
Title: TH1.01 Spiritual Distress Assessment Tool (SDAT) – a clinical documentation application
Presenter: Kevin Adams MDiv, PhD, BCC-APC University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Description:
SDAT adapted for application as clinical documentation of assessment, intervention, and possible care planning by chaplains for communication with the interprofessional team. SDAT was integrated into the electronic health record (EHR) with scoring dimensions, descriptors to refine dimensions, and inclusion of appropriate narrative. SDAT used primarily for palliative care patients but is also applied for appropriate non-palliative care patients. Data collection and interprofessional team evaluation are ongoing but preliminary results suggest the SDAT can be an effective communication tool for spiritual distress assessment and intervention in interprofessional patient care as well as other clinical counseling contexts.
 
Title: TH1.02 Unresolved Grief: Veterans’ Specific Struggles with PTSD, Moral Injury, Suicidality, Substance Abuse and Relationships Issues
Presenter: Joseph P.Chacko MA, BCC- NCVACC, LPCC, James A Haley VA Hospital, Riverview, FL
Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Description:
Utilizing clips from various contemporary movies, Fr. Joseph P. Chacko will illustrate the spiritual and mental health struggles that U.S. Veterans face in daily life. Fr. Chacko will help participants to understand the loss and grief faced by Veterans and their daily spiritual and emotional needs. Utilizing this understanding, participants will be more familiar and equipped to provide spiritually integrative counseling to Veterans in need. Fr. Chacko has 22 years experience as a Board Certified Chaplain and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
 
Title: TH1.04 Supporting the Spiritual Health of those living with Severe Opioid Use Disorder
Presenter: Philip Murray MDiv, BCC-CASC/ACSS, Providence Health Care, Vancouver, BC and Beth Burton, MA, BCC-CASC/ACSS, Providence Health Care, Vancouver, BC
Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Description:
Providence Health Care’s Crosstown Clinic offers medical-grade heroin (diacetylmorphine) and hydromorphone within a supervised clinical setting to clients with severe opioid use disorder. With a Spiritual Health Practitioner joining the interdisciplinary team at the clinic, spiritual health themes of grief due to overdose and other significant losses; stigma on social, personal and professional levels; and a need for forgiveness were identified in the client population. This workshop will consider the outcomes of a pilot program designed to address these themes through the facilitation of a sacred community among clients and staff.
 
Title: TH1.06 Through the Eyes of a Child – Caring for Children in Crisis
Presenter: Patrick Jinks MDiv, BCC-APC/BCCI Prisma Health – Upstate Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, SC
Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Description:
Children’s spiritual needs are often well tended when they are the patient, but what about when they are brought along to the bedside of a dying grandparent, or waiting in the corner of a packed trauma waiting room? The astute spiritual care giver and spiritually integrative counselor must always consider the experience through the eyes of the child. Where are the children? What are their needs? Who is helping them to make meaning and find purpose? This interactive presentation will utilize case examples and multimedia resources to strengthen the spiritual caregiver's and counselor’s awareness to the presence and spiritual needs of children in the midst of crisis.