Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think and Act Strategically

A series of hour-long webinars sponsored by Transforming Chaplaincy and ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education. 

These webinars are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession. After their conclusion, webinars and their ancillary materials are made available on ACPE's website and Transforming Chaplaincy’s fully searchable database.

Outpatient and Oncology Research Network 

Screening for Spiritual Distress: A Literature Review
March 31, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)

On March 31st at 1 EST, Dr. Stephen King will be presenting on “Screening for Spiritual Distress: A Literature Review.”
Dr. Stephen D. W. King, Director of Chaplaincy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medicine, will present on a one-hour webinar on selecting spiritual assessment and screening tools for research and clinical practice, specifically addressing use within the outpatient setting.
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Transforming Chaplaincy Functions Network Webinars

Chaplain Documentation: Best Practices and Emerging Research

Monday, January 27, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00PM (EST)

How are chaplains documenting their work in the medical record, and what should chaplains include in their notes? What do other medical providers identify as important and helpful in chaplain notes? Three chaplains who have completed research in the area of chaplain documentation will be presenting their findings. We will discuss best practices regarding documentation and areas for further inquiry. This webinar will identify gaps in knowledge and opportunities for collaboration for research in this area.

Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, Research Staff Chaplain, M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Rev. Katie Pakos Rimer, M.Div, Ed.D, BCC, Director, Spiritual Care and Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

LJeanne Wirpsa & Christina Shu

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Transforming Chaplaincy Pediatric Research Network Webinars

'She's already done so much,' Compassionate chaplaincy care in the midst of perinatal bereavement: perspectives from the clinician, ethicist, and chaplain researcher.

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00PM (EST)

In this free webinar, join case study author and Pediatric Chaplains Institute faculty Patrick Jinks to learn about his experience providing clinical care to a family after the birth a child with Trisomy 18, frequently considered "incompatible with life". Patrick will also share about his experiences as a firsttime case study author, with responses from Pediatric chaplain researcher and Pediatric Spiritual Care Research Network convener Cate Desjardins, and neonatologist and ethicist Naomi Leventhal from the University of Michigan. This webinar incorporates a robust discussion of best-practices in perinatal chaplaincy care with practical knowledge of how anyone can participate in chaplaincy research through writing case studies, and discussion of ethical issues in pediatric neonatal decisionmaking relevant to chaplains.

Rev. Patrick Jinks, MDiv, BCC, Coordinator of Spiritual Care and Pediatric Chaplain, Prisma Health, Greenville, South Carolina
Dr. Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Cate Desjardins, MDiv, MPH

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Transforming Chaplaincy Research Network Webinars

Integrating Spiritual Care at the Community Wellness Level: One Clinic's Experience
Presented on March 12, 2020

As interest in population health and community wellness grows among healthcare organizations, it is both intriguing and fitting to think about the possibilities for integrating spiritual care at this different level. Exalta Health, a non-profit clinic serving uninsured and underserved people in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been providing spiritual care for its primary care medical and dental patients for a number of years. Through this webinar, Staff Chaplain Kristen Meyer, and President Emeritus Bill Paxton, will share the unique opportunities and challenges they've encountered as they've integrated spiritual care at Exalta Health.

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CPE and Emotional Intelligence: Is there an Association?

February 25, 2020, 1 - 2pm CST

A 2019 study reported an association between emotional intelligence (EI) and work-related psychological health among clergy. EI includes perceiving, using, understanding and managing emotions. Importantly, there is evidence that EI is not simply a personality trait but a cognitive ability that can be taught. CPE focuses on developing attributes and skills that may be related to EI including self-awareness and the ability to enter into empathic relationships. A 2008 study supports the idea that CPE may contribute to EI. The webinar will describe a forthcoming study of CPE and emotional intelligence (EI). Information on how CPE Centers may participate in the study will be provided during the webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.

Presenters will include Csaba Szilagyi, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Paul Galchutt, M Health Fairview; and George Fitchett, Rush/Transforming Chaplaincy.

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Spiritual Assessment in Palliative Care

A new model for spiritual assessment in palliative care has been published. The model uses a modified version of the SDAT (Monod et al., 2010) to quantify spiritual concerns in palliative care patients near the end of life. The model was developed by a team of palliative care chaplains in the Chicago area, including TC Fellow Dirk Labuschagne. The team was led by TC Director George Fitchett. The article, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, is open access and available at the journal website for free . A webinar about the model will be hosted by the TC Hospice/Palliative Care Research Network.

When : Nov 12, 2019 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic : Research Network Webinar: Spiritual Assessment in Palliative Care

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Transforming Chaplaincy Strategic Thinking Webinars

CHA/NACC Spiritual Care Survey Analysis

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12:00pm EST

This strategic webinar invites Brian Smith from the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and David Lichter from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) to summarize and interpret the data from the 2018 joint CHA/NACC Spiritual Care Survey, which continues longitudinal analysis of both individual and spiritual care department trends. The session will provide an analysis of the data as well as look at larger trends and challenges to the discipline. The aims of this webinar are to: 1) share the latest data on the state of spiritual and pastoral care departments as well as the chaplain population and 2) provide an analysis of the data and look at the larger trends and challenges to the discipline.

David Lichter is the current Executive Director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Along with this overall leadership, Mr. Lichter provides education and retreat programs on spirituality of leadership, chaplaincy and church, workplace spirituality, respecting religious diversity at end of life, and the profession of chaplaincy to NACC members and other spiritual care leaders. He also represents the NACC to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, professional chaplain organizations and other community agencies.

Brian P. Smith is vice president of sponsorship and mission services for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Prior to his appointment in July of 2019, he was CHA’s senior director of mission innovation and integration, a position he held since 2012. As vice president of sponsorship and mission services, Mr. Smith leads and oversees the association’s Mission Services department, which focuses on mission integration, leadership formation, theology and ethics, ministry formation and sponsorship.

Lex Tartaglia, D. Min. is the Senior Associate Dean at the College Health Professions and Katherine I. Lantz Professor of Patient Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an ACPE Certified Educator and Board Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Prior to his present position, Lex served as Chair of the Department of Patient Counseling from 1996-2008 and Director of Pastoral Care for the VCU Health System from 1996-2007. He continues to serve the VCU Health System as Co-chair of the Ethics Committee. He has served on the editorial board of Chaplaincy Today and currently is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, the Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, and the Journal of Religion and Health.

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Advancing Chaplaincy with Innovative Staff Support Programs 
Presented on March 28, 2019

This session will feature innovative staff support programs from two leading medical centers.

Presenters: Sacred Vocations, Baylor Scott and White : Chick Deegan, Manager of Staff Spiritual Support , Mark Grace, Chief Mission & Ministry Officer
RISE – Second Victim Support Program*, Matt Norvell, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Respondent: Robin Brown-Haithco, Director of Staff Support, Emory University Hospital

*Edrees, H., Conners, C., Paine, L., Norvell, M., Taylor, H., & Wu, A. (2016). Implementing the RISE second victim support program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a case study. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 30;6(9):e011708. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011708.

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Developing leadership in chaplaincy management: A look into the future

Presented on January 22, 2018
Presenter: Andy Garman, PsyD, Rush University

What distinguishes great leadership from good leadership?  While there may be many opinions on this topic, there is also a robust science that can point to what great leadership looks like, and how we can develop it within our profession.  In this webinar, noted leadership researcher Andy Garman will describe research findings from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership as well as Transforming Chaplaincy, and how they are being used to cultivate the next generation of leadership in the health professions, including chaplaincy.

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Advanced Care Planning

Presented on February 15, 2018
Featuring: Amy Greene, Cleveland Clinic and Aoife Lee, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Co-hosts: George Fitchett and Saneta Maiko

This webinar will introduce a model for chaplain involvement in a physician office (Lee et al, 2018, JAMA Internal Medicine). We will review Medicare reimbursement guidelines for advance care planning conversations and describe how those guidelines apply to chaplain involvement in advance care planning conversations.
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Other Resources: Jones CA, Acevedo J, Bull J, Kamal AH. Top 10 Tips for Using Advance Care Planning Codes in Palliative Medicine and Beyond. J Palliat Med. 2016 Dec;19(12):1249-1253

Return on Investment

Presented on April 2, 2018
Featuring: Mark Grace, Baylor Scott and White
Co-hosts: George Fitchett and Kelsey White

Chaplaincy managers are frequently asked to provide information about the cost and impact of the services they provide. In some cases this takes the form of documenting return on investment (ROI). In this webinar the manager for spiritual care in a large health system will describe their involvement in documenting ROI on several activities.

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Other Resources: Johnson and Wubbenhorst, Incorporating Faith and Works within a Healthcare Network.

Challenges in Healthcare Delivery and Implications for Spiritual Care

Presented on June 19, 2018
Presenter: Timothy Glover, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Healthcare

Across the country healthcare systems are taking responsibility for covered lives with an emphasis is on helping people stay well and out of the hospital. In this webinar we will describe these developments and the impact they will have on healthcare in the next 3 to 5 years. Then we will discuss their implications for spiritual care. Timothy (Timm) L. M. Glover provides spiritual, strategic and collaborative leadership that helps deepen integration of Ascension Healthcare’s Mission, Vision, Values and Catholic Identity throughout all sponsored ministries and partnerships.

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