Workshop Series C
Note: Participants will select one workshop from each series. However, after the conference, all participants
will receive recorded videos of all 40+ sessions.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
3:15 pm Eastern Time
Providing Spiritual Care to Estranged Families at End of Life
Kevin Wardlaw, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div., Chaplain, Palm Garden Healthcare
This workshop will present collaborative interventions for providing spiritual care to estranged families at the end of life. Family estrangement at the end of life is generally complex to varying degrees. Interdisciplinary healthcare teams are challenged by navigating through complex webs of family dynamics which can often interfere with such patients/long-term care residents experiencing "good deaths." Interventions and care plans that are holistic and sensitive to these challenges will be explored.
Created in the Image of God
Rev. Joy Eastridge, RN, BSN, M.A., First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Participants will be inspired to consider the importance of what it means to be created in the image of God and to live to our potential. The group will also discuss strategies for helping members of the congregation understand wellness and illness within this perspective with a special focus on ministry with those who live with dementia or special needs and how they reflect the image of God.
Lifelore: An Inclusive Approach to Patient and Family Communication
Gregory Holden, MA, BCC, Chaplain (retired)
A universal chaplain greeting that addresses all patients, regardless of their background or makeup. Is it a pipe dream? I suggest the following:
“Can you tell me something about you that the doctors and nurses and I should know?” Or…
“Looking back on your life, what have you learned?”
I developed the term Lifelore to describe learning from one’s own life. It’s more than a “life review.” It emphasizes healing and spiritual growth through retrospective reflections. Lifelore opens communication with patients and families and deepens chaplains’ self-knowledge by reflecting on their own past. This workshop explores Lifelore as a balm for spiritual distress, a palliative approach to grief, and a heart healer for mourning families.
We will examine studies that show the benefits of life review for those experiencing spiritual distress; examples of how Lifelore integrates into one’s chaplaincy; and exercises for chaplains to learn from their own lives.
Using Gratitude Journaling to Improve Employee Morale
Rev. Clyde Sanda, Chaplain, Adventist Health Columbia Gorge
The purpose of this workshop is to improve morale in the workplace. Both gratitude and humor have been shown to improve psychological and social health. In this workshop, we will utilize both.
Our goal is to create a healthier work environment. Studies show that practicing gratitude improves our moods, makes us happier, and increases our sense of community and connection to others. Grateful people tend to feel more engaged and become both more cooperative and efficient. Conflicts decrease, employee mistreatment and gossip decrease, along with fewer sick days and less absenteeism. Employees who practice gratitude are a true asset and blessing to their company.
This workshop will provide training on gratitude journaling, along with excerpts from proven results, motivational prompts, relevant quotes, affirmations, and humor. A pre-survey and a post-survey will be included to statistically measure the participant's results.
FCN Research Forum
Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Deb Fell-Carlson, BSN, RN, MSPH
Marcy Shanks MSN, MSED, RN
Dylan Henricks, RN BSN
Jo Garrison, DNP, NEA-BC
Susan M. Smith, MSN, RN
Faith Community Nursing Research published in 2023 will be summarized and presented. In addition, Faith Community Nurses will share how their program/practice became shareable as they wrote for publication.
Quality Measurement Codes for Chaplains
The Rev. George Handzo, APBCC, CSSBB, Director, Health Services Research & Quality, Healthcare Chaplaincy Network
Rev. Eric J. Hall, D.Th., APBCC, CEO, Spiritual Care Association
In October 2022, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the first set of codes to help measure the quantity and quality of what chaplains do in health care. These codes, known as HCPCS codes, give chaplains a powerful new tool to establish their contributions to health care and lay the foundation for further integration of spiritual care. The presenters led the efforts to secure the codes and are now integral to the integration effort. At the end of the presentation, participants will understand:
1. What HCPCS codes are and how these codes were approved.
2. Why HCPCS codes are important for quality improvement and further integration of spiritual care in health care.
3. How the codes are being implemented and how individual institutions can prepare to use them.
Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care
Rev. Corey Whorton, D.Min, PhD, BCC, Chaplain, Mosaic Life Care
This workshop will help caregivers understand what trauma-informed spiritual care is, how to apply the concepts of trauma-informed spiritual care to their interactions with those they are caring for, and why it matters. This information will address issues in assessment, plan of care, and successful interventions.
CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) as Self-Care for Care-Givers
Hana Levine, MA, SCP-C, CBCT-Certified Instructor
In this workshop we will explore Cognitively- Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) as a resource for resilience. In the midst of these challenging times, empathic burnout and a chronic sense of distress are common conditions that we all may encounter. The self-care required to nurture our sense of wholeness and health as chaplains is a skill that can be cultivated to create more spontaneous and more sustainable access to our supportive resources. CBCT®, developed at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics of Emory University, is a system of research-informed contemplative practices, including self-compassion, which support our own well-being as well as a more inclusive compassion for others. After an introduction to CBCT® , we will consider its efficacy as a tool for caregivers of all kinds.