Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate in Palliative Care

Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate

Overview

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I found this course to be a real eye opener. I’ve been able to implement what I’ve learned quite rapidly.
Nancy Jones, RN.

How This Course Will Enhance Care & Build Your Career:

  • Chaplaincy Certificate in Palliative Care BrochureStrengthens the quality of palliative care provided
  • Increase leadership skills in the field of palliative care chaplaincy
  • Increase effectiveness as administrators of spiritual care programs
  • Increase ability to create sustainable programs that meet both human and institutional needs
  • Increase overall knowledge in palliative care to benefit communities served
  • Study time: 8-10 hours per week on the reading and assignments
  • 72 Continuing Education Hours

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The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created a new online certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere.

Created by a team of national experts, the nine-week curriculum strengthens the quality of palliative care by providing a foundation of knowledge and practice built on the applicable areas of the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality.

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is the leading national multi-faith organization for the integration of spiritual care within health care and palliative care through scientific research, professional education and clinical practice.

In this groundbreaking program participants will receive the training on:

  • Educating their respective communities about palliative and end-of-life care in order to prepare them to overcome obstacles to considering palliative care and to make informed decisions about care for themselves, family members, and friends.
  • Becoming effective and articulate administrators of spiritual care programs in palliative care and hospice settings.
  • Creating and sustaining programs that meet both human and institutional needs.
  • Developing the skills needed to become leaders in the field of palliative care chaplaincy through conceptual tools for analyzing and constructing innovative solutions to challenges facing the timely delivery and reception of the multiple dimension of palliative care, especially spiritual care.

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Chaplains
  • Spiritual Care Providers

Learning Objectives

  • Educating their respective communities about palliative and end-of-life care in order to prepare them to overcome obstacles to considering palliative care
  • Becoming effective and articulate administrators of spiritual care programs in palliative care and hospice settings.
  • Creating and sustaining programs that meet both human and institutional needs.
  • Developing the skills needed to become leaders in the field of palliative care chaplaincy through conceptual tools for analyzing and constructing innovative solutions

Study Time Required

This course will require approximately eight to ten hours of study time per week.

Course Information

DATE: April 15
LOCATION: Online
COST: $799 + $30 technology fee
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 72 Hours

MORE INFO: palliativecare@csusm.edu

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Program/Course Outline

This program of study is designed to benefit both Board Certified and non-board certified chaplains working or preparing to work as palliative care chaplains as well as other health care providers interested in the importance of spirituality as an essential domain of palliative care. For Board Certified Chaplains, the coursework is specifically designed to support learning towards developing the competencies required to apply for specialty certification by their professional association.

The curriculum builds an essential knowledge base for professionals who deliver spiritual care, in a palliative care context, in order to improve the quality of care delivered to patients and families and meet accreditation requirements for expertise in the area. The coursework is a fully online, text based program, delivered in a continuously available and easily accessible format that allows chaplains greater flexibility in balancing work responsibilities with furthering their education.

The program is comprised of the following nine individual modules developed by experts in palliative care. The program will be taught by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network faculty.

Course Modules and Authors

1) History and Philosophy of Palliative Care:
Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN Prof. and Research Scientist at the City of Hope National Medical Center

2) Spiritual, Existential and Emotional Issues:
Christina Puchalski, MD Director GWish Professor, Depts. Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine
Gary E. Myers, MDiv, PhD Deputy Director, Continuing and Professional studies at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

3) Family Systems and Group Facilitation:
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C, Sr. Research Specialist Division of Nursing Research and Education Dept. of Population Sciences City of Hope National Medical Center

4) Ethics and Common Palliative Care Issues:
Nancy Berlinger, MDiv, PhD Deputy Director & Research Scholar The Hastings Center

5) Social and Cultural Influences on Palliative Care:
The Rev. Sue Wintz, BCC HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Consultant, Chaplaincy Care Practice Managing Editor PlainViews Past President, Association of Professional Chaplains

6) Chaplain Leadership as Mentorship:
The Rev. George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Senior Consultant, Chaplaincy Care Leadership & Practice Past President, Association of Professional Chaplains

7) Ethics/Critical Reasoning Using Cases:
Gary E. Myers, MDiv, PhD, Deputy Director, Continuing and Professional Studies at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
Rabbi Nathan Goldberg, BCC HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Certified Supervisor, Columbia University doctoral student – Adult Education

8) Professional Wellness While Working in Palliative Care:
Martha Rutland, D. Min., BCC, ACPE, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

9) Palliative Care: Science and Religion Together Again:
Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD, HealthCare Chaplaincy Senior Vice President, Research & Education Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society-Institute for Public Health and Medicine Northwestern University

Participants will be expected to complete one module each week, with the entire program taking a total of nine weeks. The program is asynchronous, which allows participants to complete the coursework on their own time with assignments due at the end of each week. Participants may expect to spend 8 to 10 hours a week on the reading and assignments for the course.

Course work includes activities designed to enhance learning through questions/answer sessions, interactive case studies, opportunities for students to apply knowledge in virtual palliative care contexts, and the ability to interact with fellow participants in an online community cohort.

All participants that proficiently complete the coursework will receive a certificate of completion from the California State University Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

Prerequisites

The program of study is designed to benefit both Board Certified and Non-Board Certified chaplains working as, or preparing to work as, palliative care chaplains, as well as other spiritual care and health care providers involved in or interested in spirituality in the field of palliative care.

While there are no formal pre-requisites for taking this program, enrollees are encouraged to have prior experience with or exposure to spiritual care in a health care setting.

Course Information

DATE: April 15
LOCATION: Online
COST: $799 + $30 technology fee
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 72 Hours

MORE INFO: palliativecare@csusm.edu

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Program Endorsements

“All people facing serious illness deserve a team of palliative care professionals working together to provide the best care. This online certificate program is an exciting and important move forward in the field of palliative care. Promoting and recognizing the expertise of professional chaplains is good for patients and families, and highlights the key role and unique contributions of spiritual care specialists.”

– Michael W. Rabow, MD
Director, Symptom Management Service & Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

“Spiritual care is an essential aspect of palliative care and therefore chaplains are critically important members of palliative care teams. This program will enable chaplains to serve as equal members of the palliative care medical teams and most importantly help provide compassionate centered care to patients, families and fellow team members.”

– Christina Puchalski, MD
Director GWish
Professor, Depts. Medicine and Health Sciences,
George Washington University, School of Medicine

“The delivery of quality whole-person palliative care requires a team approach. Education is urgently needed to prepare chaplains for their critical role in providing competent, compassionate and comprehensive collaborative care to all those in need.”

– Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C
Senior Research Specialist
Division of Nursing Research and Education
Department of Population Sciences
City of Hope National Medical Center

“This course is a valuable contribution to professional education and a major step forward to improving the quality of palliative care. Spiritual care is central to all patients receiving palliative care and their families and chaplains are the spiritual care experts supporting patients and the interdisciplinary team.”

– Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Research Scientist
City of Hope National Medical Center

 

Endorsement from a leader in professional health care chaplaincy:

“The field of professional chaplaincy has lagged in the distance-learning field for some time. This program with its online platform is a huge leap forward for our profession.”

– The Rev. Dr. David C. Johnson BCC
President-elect of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Past President of the Association of Professional Chaplains

 

Endorsements from students who completed the pilot version of the course:

“The training I gained from the pilot program of the course has proven invaluable as our palliative care program is seeking Joint Commission certification.”

– Libby Caes, M.Div., BCC
Oncology and Palliative Care Chaplain
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

“As chaplains in the growing field of palliative care, we simply must be savvy and well-versed in the concepts that undergird the field. This program offers a curriculum targeted to the particular needs and skills of chaplains while also bringing in a broad range of interdisciplinary experts. Participating in the pilot program for this course, I found myself continually energized to learn more, read more, and engage in new conversations with my palliative care team. It was inspiring to be a part of such an exciting new educational forum.”

– Holly Gaudette
Staff Chaplain

NYU Langone Medical Center

Course Information

DATE: April 15
LOCATION: Online
COST: $799 + $30 technology fee
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 72 Hours

MORE INFO: palliativecare@csusm.edu

Register for Palliative Care Education