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.

Upcoming 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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Past Webinars

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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