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ISPEC© Training Course

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Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum [ISPEC©] (VIRTUAL)
July 7-8, 2022

teenage girl talks to school counselor pictureThe ISPEC© training course provides a unique opportunity for clinicians and chaplain pairs from the same health setting to learn how to integrate spiritual care into patient care throughout their organization.

For Clinicians: Learn how to skillfully integrate spiritual care into your clinical practice and how to teach your colleagues basic concepts so they can offer this type of care, too.

For Chaplains: Work together with your clinician partner to teach and bring spiritual care to multiple touchpoints across your organization, so the ability to recognize and address spiritual distress becomes a standard part of patient care.

If you feel that addressing spiritual health is an important part of treating the patients you serve, join us at ISPEC© 2022. One clinician, one chaplain at a time, we can impact organizations and healthcare systems to offer this deeply beneficial care to the patients who need it most.

Please join us for a Q&A about ISPEC© 2022 on Monday, June 6 at 11AM EDT U.S. Register below for the interactive Zoom discussion:

We are grateful to The John Templeton Foundation for their generous support of ISPEC 2022 and our ability to offer significantly reduced course fees.

2022 ISPEC will be held via Zoom on July 7-8.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The purpose of this course is to educate clinician/chaplain pairs from the same health setting: for clinicians, skills to integrate spiritual care into their clinical practice and teach concepts to others in the organization, for chaplains, the opportunity to partner with a clinician to achieve a broader, more systemic reach across the institution.

Topics include:

  • Guidelines and models
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Compassionate Presence
  • Communication about Spiritual Issues and Spiritual Assessment
  • Whole Person Assessment and Treatment Plan
  • Ethics and Professional Development
  • Skills to teach others

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Yes. 2022 ISPEC© will be held virtually on July 7-8.

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  • Clinicians from different professions (Medicine, Nursing, PAs, NPs, Social work, Psychology, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, etc.) who work with patients with chronic and/or serious illness are eligible to apply.
  • Each organization’s team should include one clinician and one chaplain.*
  • We are excited to announce pediatric content is now integrated in ISPEC modules. We encourage pediatric clinician/chaplains to apply.

*We realize that not all settings have board certified chaplains. On a case-by-case basis, we will consider applicants who apply without a partner, but their goals must include a plan to return to their organization and collaborate with others. For more information, please contact Cherron Gardner Thomas at

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Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, OCDS, FACP, FAAHPM, George Washington University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, City of Hope National Medical Center

Tracy Balboni

Tracy Balboni MD, MPH, FAAHPM, Harvard Medical School

Rev. Richard W. Bauer, MM, BCC, LCSW

Rev. Richard W. Bauer, MM, BCC, MSW, George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish); Chaplain, Children's National Hospital and GWU Hospital

Benjamin Blatt

Benjamin "Jim" Blatt, MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS

Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS, National University Cancer Institute (NCIS), Singapore

Marvin Delgado, MD

Marvin Delgado, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, MDiv, BCC

Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, MDiv, BCC, Children's National Health System

Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC

Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, University of Minnesota Medical Center

Trace Haythorn

Trace Haythorn, PhD, MDiv, PCC The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD

Carolyn Jacobs, PhD, MSW, Smith College School for Social Work

Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD

Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD, KU Leuven University, Belgium

Elisha Waldman, MD

Elisha Waldman, MD, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago.

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  • 2-day training course delivered through lectures, case studies, panel discussions, small group sessions/role-play.
  • Free one-year individual access to the ISPEC© online self-study course.
  • Attendees receive a one-year post-course mentorship from leading faculty to help with goal development and implementation.
  • Certificate of completion, continuing education credits: 13.25 CME credits for physicians, 13.25 CE Hours for nurses, 13.25 Contact Hours for pharmacists, and certificate of completion for other disciplines to submit to their accrediting bodies to get consideration for credits.
  • Course syllabus and resources.

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  • Attendance is required for both days. No partial CE credits will be given.
  • Commit to teaching ISPEC modules to colleagues at your institution (using the online self-study course) and teaching skills learned in the ISPEC© course.
  • Commit to implementing goals in your organization.
  • Agree to attend one-hour webinar every other month for one-year post-course to share success stories, get help with obstacles, and strengthen your skills.
  • Your field experience helps us keep ISPEC© relevant and impactful. This course requires follow-up evaluations at three-, six-, and twelve-months post-course.

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13.25 CE credits will be offered to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. All others may submit their Certificate of Completion to their respective accrediting bodies for consideration.

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ISPEC© 2022 will be held virtually on July 7-8:

  • July 7: 11AM-5:45PM EDT, U.S.
  • July 8: 11AM-6:30PM EDT, U.S.

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Due to a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, the regular course fees have been significantly reduced. Fees are as follows and are due upon registration:

  • Regular Attendees (per Individual): $260

A limited number of scholarships are available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, see "Are Scholarships Available?" in FAQ’s.

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Limited scholarships will be available. Please check back soon for the scholarship application.

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Questions? Please contact Cherron Gardner Thomas at

ISPEC 2022 Application


Questions? Please contact Cherron Gardner Thomas at

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