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ISPEC Train-the-Trainer Program

2021 ©Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) | George Washington University | October 14-15

©ISPEC is a 2-day, onsite program focusing on leadership skills, institutional culture change, goal development, and integration of spiritual care into clinical practice and education, including assessment and treatment planning. Participants of ©ISPEC 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 after completion of the course.

©ISPEC 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.‎

We are grateful to the Kanarek Family Foundation for their support, which has allowed us to include expanded content dedicated to spiritual care training for those who are providing care to children and teenagers. We are honored to have Robin Kanarek present the opening address for ISPEC 2021.

Faculty Members:

  • Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, George Washington University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
  • Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Vanessa Battista, DNP, RN, MS, CPNP-PC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rev. Richard W. Bauer, MM, BCC, LCSW, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program, Nairobi
  • Benjamin "Jim" Blatt, MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS, National University Cancer Institute (NCIS), Singapore
  • Marvin Delgado, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, MDiv, BCC, Children's National Health System
  • Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Trace Haythorn, PhD, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D. Smith College School for Social Work
  • 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 will ideally include one clinician and one chaplain.
  • Pairs of clinicians/ chaplains from Pediatrics and Geriatrics departments also are welcome to apply.

Registration for the 2021 ©ISPEC Program, which will take place on October 14-15 on the GW Campus in Washington, DC, has not yet opened. However, to reserve a spot in the program, 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.