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Workshop Series D

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

4:30 pm Eastern Time

Providing Spiritual Care to Those Seeking Moral Healing and Self-Forgiveness

Sarah J. Hoogendoorn, D.Min, BCC-MH, Chaplain, Department of Veterans Affairs

Workshop Summary:
This workshop will explore how spiritual care providers can provide inclusive care from their own theological foundation, both within individual and group settings, for those seeking moral healing and self-forgiveness.


Making Sense of Our Stories: Three Lenses that Help Connect the Dots

Salvador Delmundo Jr., APBCC, M.Div, MBA, Director of Chaplaincy Services, The Menninger Clinic

Workshop Summary:
The work of chaplaincy primarily involves listening to stories, appreciating narratives as they are presented, and helping the storytellers interpret and make sense of their lived experiences. As chaplains and spiritual counselors,  we sift through these stories and help facilitate meaning-making.

This presentation will identify these three "lenses" our patients generally utilize as they frame significant events, identify primary characters, and weave their stories together to make sense of their world. We will discuss how these "lenses" are employed, explore implications, and appreciate how they can help our patients begin to imagine and create hopeful future stories.


Line Dancing Health Promotion Program: Faith Community Nurse Role in Participatory Action Research

Mary Lynne Knighten, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Juliet Namalwa, MSN, FNP-C

Workshop Summary:

An evidence-based 12-week health promotion intervention involving LINe DAncing (LINDA) as exercise, culturally appropriate health education, and spirituality integration was offered to hypertensive Filipino-Americans (FAs) in a Catholic church in Los Angeles, CA. FAs have the highest hypertension prevalence rates and lowest blood pressure control rates compared to other Asians in the U.S. The aim of the LINDA program was to promote lifestyle behavioral changes to reduce and control blood pressure. A community-based participatory action research (PAR) framework was used with a whole person (mind, body, spirit) approach to engage community members in all aspects of the research study: recruitment, design, participation, education, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination. Health education was presented by an FCNs and an interprofessional team. The results demonstrated a significant reduction in blood pressure, weight, and BMI and delight with the whole-person health design.

Deeper Understanding of Grief: New Avenues of Communication with Grievers

G. Jay Westbrook, MS, RN, AGRS, Clinical Director, Compassionate Journey

Workshop Summary:
The differences between normal, anticipatory, ambiguous, disenfranchised, and prolonged grief are very real but can serve as intellectual red herrings, diverting us from the similarity they all share - a shattered, grieving heart.

The single greatest barrier to healing, with children or adults, is the failure to clearly identify the actual losses created by the grief event. Culturally-reinforced myths can conspire to keep grievers stuck in their grief, preventing meaningful and lasting healing and re-engagement with life.

This session will empower attendees to understand the various types of grief, present tools for addressing grief, regardless of its "type," identify ways to overcome the myths grievers are inundated with and demonstrate specific tools to discover true losses under the grief event. Finally, it will provide new avenues of communication for speaking and co-journeying effectively with grievers.


Transitional Care Delivered by Faith Community Nurses: From Research to Practice

Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Deborah Rivard, MSN-Ed, RN-BC FCN
JoLinda Schrag, BSN-RN, CCM


Workshop Summary:
Faith Community Nursing Transitional Care Model research provides a foundation for the development of programming at healthcare organizations. The BayCare Health System built a Transitional Care program using this Model at a single hospital, nine years ago. The BayCare Health System Transitional Care program has now expanded to include 15 hospitals in six counties in Florida. It employs a System Director of Faith Community Nursing, a Transitional Care Manager, and 11 Faith Community Nurse Coordinators who partner with local faith communities and faith community nurses to support a seamless transition for patients from hospital to home, with intentional care of the spirit being at the forefront.


Actualizing Models of Spiritual Care: A Work in Progress

Matthew Heyn, B.Th., M.Div., Profession Lead and CPE Educator for Spiritual Care, Vancouver Coastal Health
Doug Longstaffe, M.Div., STM, Regional Director and CPE Educator for Spiritual Care, Vancouver Coastal Health


Workshop Summary:
Professional Spiritual Care has from its start, borrowed significantly from numerous schools of thought based on religious traditions, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines. Such eclectic complexity of origin combined with a working context that includes both secular organizations and multi-faith communities has made it hard for our profession to articulate the basis for a unified practice. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that our experiential hybrid discipline emerged organically with an emphasis on process over theory. Any model of our profession needs to be true to this history, yet also be clear about our theory and rationale so that others can see why we practice as we do. It needs to do all this, without being reductionist and still demonstrate our relatedness to other professions in a manner that does not sacrifice our distinctiveness. Utilizing two separate diagrammatic models developed by our team at VCH (the Swirl Model of Patient Care and the Pie Model of Inter-professionalism) we will demonstrate practical progress with the above.


Resilient Souls: Empowering Faith Leaders in Disaster Spiritual Care with NVOAD Principles

Rev. Gregory Smith, Ph.D., ESC Committee Chair, Iowa VOAD

Workshop Summary:
This presentation is designed to provide faith leaders and related disaster responders an understanding of disaster spiritual care and how it can be integrated into disaster response efforts using the guidelines provided by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). Participants will gain knowledge and skills to provide spiritual and emotional support to disaster survivors and responders, as well as learn how to collaborate with other stakeholders in disaster response efforts.


Participants will understand the role of spiritual care in disaster response efforts; understand the NVOAD guidelines for disaster spiritual care; identify the spiritual and emotional needs of disaster survivors and responders; develop skills to provide effective disaster spiritual care to disaster survivors and responders; and learn how to collaborate with other stakeholders in disaster response efforts.

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