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ISPEC Train-the-Trainer Program

© ISPEC Train-the-Trainer Program: A 2-day Train-the-Trainer program focused on leadership skills, effecting institutional culture change, goal development, and integration of spiritual care into clinical practice and education, including assessment and treatment planning. Participants of the © ISPEC Train-the-Trainer receive a one-year post-course mentoring from leading faculty in goal development and implementation. Formal program evaluation is done at 6- and 12-months post Train-the-Trainer course.

The first ISPEC Train-the-Trainer was held on July 10-12, 2018 in Washington, DC‎ with 110 participants from 19 states and territories in the US and 10 different countries, including Canada, ‎Botswana, ‎Dominican Republic, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, India, Netherlands, Chile, and ‎Kenya.‎ ‎

© ISPEC for institutions: ISPEC program offers an evidence-based training to equip clinicians and chaplains with leadership skills to advance uniform implementation of spiritual care.‎ ISPEC also supports quality improvement efforts to integrate interprofessional spiritual care in ‎all ‎aspects of patient care and create a culture change where dignity, respect and ‎compassionate presence is the foundation ‎of all care.‎

Faculty Members:

  • Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, George University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
  • Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
  • Rev. Richard W. Bauer, MM, BCC, LCSW, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program, Nairobi
  • Marvin Delgado, MD, The University of texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rev. Kathleen Ennis-Durstine. Manager of Pastoral Care at Children's National Health System
  • Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS, National University Cancer Institute (NCIS), Singapore
  • Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, University of Minnesota
  • Trace Haythorn, PhD, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D. Smith College School for Social Work
  • Najmeh Jafari, MD, MPH, George University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
  • Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHP, George University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
  • Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD, Ke Leuven University, Belgium
  • Elisha Waldman, MD, Ann and Robert H. Luries Children's Hospital, Chicago.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Clinicians from different professions (Medicine, Nursing, Social work, Psychology, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, etc.) who work with patients with chronic and serious diseases are eligible to apply.
  • Each organization’s team should include one clinician and one chaplain.
  • Pairs of clinicians/ chaplains from Pediatrics and Geriatrics departments also are welcome to apply.

Participants will be selected through a highly competitive application review process. For more information about the future ISPEC Courses and application process, please contact Cherron Gardner-Thomas.

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Past ISPEC Training programs:

The First Train-the Trainer ISPEC training was held on July 10-12 in Washington, DC. More than 100 participanst from healthcare organizatoons in 19 different US states, 1 US territory, and 12 different countries attended the launch of ISPEC training program.