An ACPE Academy Webinar

Teaching Spiritual Care of the Nonreligious    
Presenter(s): Mary Martha Thiel
Presented on: February 24, 2016

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For an article about this topic, please click here: Teaching Spiritual Care of the Nonreligious

Webinar Description:

Curricula for teaching chaplains to provide skillful spiritual care of the nonreligious should include self-inventory of each chaplain’s attitudes and assumptions regarding nonreligious persons, and the translation of religious care giving skills into a variety of nonreligious vocabularies and interventions.  A number of learning tools are proposed as means to these goals.  


Rev. Mary Martha Thiel is Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hebrew SeniorLife/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a CPE Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She began her career at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx NY, a palliative care hospital for persons with advanced cancer, and served for many years in leadership of the Chaplaincy at Massachusetts General Hospital. She loves the creativity of CPE, and in addition to starting the unique Jewish Geriatric program at HSL/HRC, helped to create a groundbreaking CPE program for teaching healthcare professionals how to integrate spiritual caregiving into the practice of their own disciplines. She lives in Brookline, and enjoys being part of an interfaith Daughters of Abraham book group. You may contact her at

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