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ISPEC© Training Course

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2021 Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum [ISPEC©] (VIRTUAL)
October 14-15

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© 2021. 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.

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 AYA patients.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

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

*Throughout the 2-day course, pediatric-focused participants will attend a combination of general sessions and alternate sessions designed specifically for working with children and AYA patients.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

Yes. ISPEC 2021© will be held virtually.

  • 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 introduce our new pediatric modules, and we strongly urge pediatric clinician/chaplain pairs 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 gwish@gwu.edu

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Christina Puchalski, MD, 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

Vanessa Battista, DNP, RN, MS, CPNP-PC

Vanessa Battista, DNP, RN, MS, CPNP-PC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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

Rev. Richard W. Bauer, MM, BCC, LCSW, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program, Nairobi

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, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD

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

Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD

Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD, Ke Leuven University, Belgium

Elisha Waldman, MD

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

 

  • 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: 14 CME credits for physicians and PAs, 14 Contact Hours for pharmacists, certificate of completion for other disciplines to submit to their accrediting bodies to get consideration for credits.
  • Course syllabus and resources.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

  • 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 six- and twelve-months post-course.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

Yes. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for attending ISPEC©. Continuing education credits will apply as follows:

  • Physicians and PAs: 14.0 CME Credits
  • Pharmacists: 14.0 Contact Hours
  • Nurses: 14.0 C E Hours

All others will need to present your Certificate of Completion to your accrediting bodies to get consideration for credits. Attendance is required for both days. No partial credits will be given.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

ISPEC© 2021 will be held virtually on October 14-15:

  • October 14: 11AM-5:45PM EDT, U.S.
  • October 15: 11AM-6:30PM EDT, U.S.

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

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

  • Regular Attendees (per Individual): $300
  • Attendees from Pediatric Practices (per Individual): $250

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

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

It is our intention to offer ISPEC© to everyone—globally and in the U.S. To that end, we are offering a limited number of full scholarships to clinicians and chaplains working with underserved populations.

We are grateful to the Kanarek Family Foundation and Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers for making a limited number of scholarships available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please send us your request by clicking the button below.

Questions? Please contact Cherron Gardner Thomas at gwish@gwu.edu

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Questions? Please contact Cherron Gardner Thomas at gwish@gwu.edu

2021 ISPEC course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.

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