Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy
Chaplains are professional spiritual care providers whose role becomes even more vital as patients and their loved ones find their way through serious, life-threatening illness. Every day chaplains support patients, loved ones and colleagues with spiritual and existential questions, meaning-making, ethical decisions and difficult medical treatment options. Physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team look to chaplains for answers to vexing choices and help in building their own resilience and addressing moral distress and burnout.
“This type of training being provided by the Institute equips you for what we call follow-up visits or ongoing care and it also helps you utilize spiritual assessment tools that will help you really understand what this family needs at this particular time.”
Carlos R.Bell, President ACPE
Chaplains help to weave a tapestry of meaning out of the frayed strands of loss, illness and change while holding hearts steady in an environment beset with complex treatment choices, limited time, and increasing regulatory and financial pressures. Doing so requires skill, artistry, support from peers and colleagues, preparation and training.
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New Course for Chaplains
The California State University Institute for Palliative Care, known for its strong history of providing education in palliative care, is pleased to announce Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy. This online course was developed in conjunction with the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC), which serves chaplains in all types of health and human service settings.
With more than 5,500 member chaplains and affiliates, APC members are involved in chaplaincy care of all persons, respecting their diverse cultures, identities, abilities and beliefs. As a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) professional association, APC advocates for quality chaplaincy care of all persons in health care facilities, correctional institutions, long-term care units, rehabilitation centers, hospice, the military and other specialized settings.
APC’s affiliate organization Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) offers Board Certification credentials for professional chaplains who desire to practice at the pinnacle of their field. Together APC and BCCI provide rich learning opportunities for chaplains and other health care professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills at the art and practice of spiritual care for those with serious or chronic illness, and their loved ones, in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere.
Foundational Palliative Care Knowledge
The online eight-week, 64 CE hour instructor-led Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy curriculum enhances the ability of chaplains to support patients and loved ones facing the challenges of serious and chronic illness through building a strong foundation of knowledge and practice in palliative care chaplaincy. With online convenience, chaplains in any practice setting can add vital palliative skills to their practice that will enable them to function as members of the interdisciplinary team when engaged in tandem with the basic preparation for chaplaincy certification.
The course has been created by a team of national palliative care experts and seasoned clinicians from the field of palliative care chaplaincy in collaboration with the Association of Professional Chaplains and the CSU Institute for Palliative Care. Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy is an instructor-led course engaged with spiritual care colleagues from chaplaincy settings across the U.S.
Learn with Colleagues
Online-learning cohorts enable participants to gain knowledge and guidance from both the practicing expert who leads the course and peer colleagues who share their wisdom and insight through participating in class assignments, reflections, and real-world case study discussions. The course is designed to facilitate a community of learners to share ideas and insights on theoretical questions as well as opportunities to network and share practical knowledge relevant to the field.
The field of palliative care is expanding across the country as health systems and organizations recognize the ways that evidence-based palliative care improves patient outcomes and the organization’s bottom line. As palliative care has expanded, so has the role of the palliative care chaplain in providing quality spiritual care patients, their loved ones, and interdisciplinary colleagues.
During the eight-week program, participants will learn to:
- Communicate palliative and end-of-life care options to help people make informed care decisions for themselves or loved ones
- Articulate the basic tenets of palliative care and the role of the palliative care chaplain as a leader on the interdisciplinary team
- Engage a full circle model of spiritual care including effective approaches to rapport building, assessment, intervention, care planning, and spiritual care outcomes
- Create and sustain programs that meet both human and institutional needs
- Analyze and construct innovative solutions for the timely delivery and reception of the multiple dimensions of palliative care, especially spiritual care, and lead in the field of palliative care chaplaincy
- Understand the importance of palliative care chaplaincy research, ethics and institutional leadership
“The CSU program is meeting what I would call a hunger among our colleagues…”
Trace Haythorn, PhD, Executive Director/CEO ACPE
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|Begins:||May 1, 2019|
|Is taught:||Completely online, available 24/7|
|Offers:||64 continuing education hours|
Computing skills sufficient to complete graduate coursework. Desktop or laptop computer required. Mobile devices may not work properly. Students not able to fulfill these requirements, will not be able to succeed in an online format.
|Is taught by:||Experienced and Professionally Certified Palliative Care Chaplains|
|Is ideal for:||Chaplains working within or hoping to work in the field of palliative care or chaplains seeking to utilize palliative care best practices; other health care professionals wishing to expand their knowledge of spiritual care in a palliative care setting|
|Is open to:||All chaplains, religious leaders, or other health care professionals who address the spiritual and existential concerns of individuals and their loved ones|
|Provides:||Palliative care knowledge and skills for those practicing in professional chaplaincy and other health care fields|
|Detailed FAQ:||Click HERE.|
Refunds will only be considered for cancellations when requested in writing at least five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course. If approved, there will be a $35 administrative fee charged to process the refund. Click here to send us an email.
Participants will benefit from:
- A comprehensive understanding of the role of the chaplain on the palliative care team; the scope and practice of palliative care chaplaincy
- Knowledge of how spiritual assessment integrates and supports the plan of care, as well as the strengths and limitations of various spiritual assessment tools
- The ability to describe and employ spiritual care interventions and outcomes
- Skills to communicate palliative care and end-of-life care options to patients and their loved ones and facilitate decision-making in ways that help people make informed care decisions for themselves or their loved ones
- The ability to employ interventions for particular spiritual and existential pain symptoms, as well as complex grief, emotional distress, complex ethical and/or medical decision-making, family systems crises and other spiritual issues faced by patients and their loved ones
- Knowledge to teach and model moral resilience to clinicians, the interdisciplinary team, and the organization
- Cutting edge research and perspectives on chaplains as leaders, who contribute beyond their own team through participation on ethics committees, ethics consultation services, and engagement with organizational change and loss
- Cutting edge research in the fields of palliative care and palliative care chaplaincy.
- Interactions with expert chaplaincy faculty as well as fellow students from across the country
- 24/7 access to course content
DATE: May 1, 2019
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 64 hours
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This 8-week online course is comprised of eight individual modules developed by experts in palliative care chaplaincy. Professionally certified chaplains who are experienced and practice in hospice and palliative care will teach the program.
- Spiritual Care as Meaning-Making
- Engaging Positive & Negative Religious & Spiritual Coping
- Medical Decision-Making and Advance Directives
- Care of Groups and Family Systems
- Addressing Spiritual and Existential Suffering
- Palliative Care Chaplain as an Inspirational Leader, Educator and Advocate
- Professional Competencies for Palliative Care Chaplaincy
- Spiritual Care Assessment, Care Plan, Interventions and Outcomes
- Grief, Emotional Distress and Mental Health
- Supporting Patient Goals and Quality of Life
- Spiritual and Existential Pain, Physical Pain and Stress Management
- Palliative Care Chaplains as Facilitators of Resilience and Burnout Prevention
- Moral Resilience as a response to Moral Distress
- Palliative Care Chaplaincy Research, Ethics and Consultation
- Cultural Humility and Radical Respect for Cultural and Religious Differences
Course work includes activities designed to enhance learning through question/answer sessions, interactive case studies, engaged small group cohort sharing, journaling exercises, opportunities for students to apply knowledge in virtual palliative care contexts, and the ability to interact with the other participants and the instructor in an online community. Participants will be expected to complete one module each week, with the entire program taking a total of eight weeks.
The program is asynchronous, which allows participants to complete the course work on their own time with assignments due at the end of each week. Students can expect to spend eight to ten hours a week on the reading and assignments for the course.
All participants who proficiently complete the course work will receive a certificate of completion from the CSU Institute for Palliative Care.
The program of study is designed to benefit professional chaplains as well as religious leaders and other health care professionals who address the spiritual and existential concerns of individuals and their loved ones.
If you are new to online technology, do not let that keep you from enrolling in this course! At the CSU Institute for Palliative Care we have a variety of ways to support you in making your online learning experience successful. Please reach out to the Institute with any questions or concerns.
DATE: May 1, 2019
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 64 hours
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