2020 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

Agenda

  • Sunday, April 19, 2020
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    8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Registration
     

    Bus Trip

    9:00 AM  -  6:30 PM
    Cultural Immersion Experience

    Join us for an exciting all-day, three-stop cultural immersion experience! A luxury motor coach will make the following 3 stops:

    • The Poeh Center and Museum:  Located in Pojoaque, New Mexico, the Native American museum is devoted to the arts and culture of the Puebloan peoples, especially the Tewas in the northern part of the state.

    • Loretto Chapel: This beautiful chapel is known for its unusual helix-shaped spiral staircase. The Sisters of Loretto credit St. Joseph with its construction.

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey: The land on which the monastery now exists was originally deeded by Charles II, King of Spain, to Juan de Dios Peña in 1815. Today, the abbey is now part of the Benedictine Olivetan Congregation. In Benedictine tradition, all guests are received as Christ.

    What is included:  Transportation to/from hotel, entrance to all 3 site and boxed breakfast
    What is not included: Lunch (there will be lunch options at the Loretto Chapel)
    Time: The bus departs the hotel at 9:00 am and will return at approximately 6:30 pm

    Cost: Early Bird Rate: $249 per person (by 1/31/2020) or $309 per person after 1/31/2020. Deadline to register: February 28, 2020.

     

    Pre-Conference Workshop Intensive

    9:00 AM  -  5:30 PM
    Respecting Choices® First Steps: Advance Care Planning

    Participants will earn an additional 7 CEUs for this intensive 

    Intensive Summary: The advance care planning (ACP) Facilitator is an emerging role in healthcare. ACP Facilitators are instrumental in helping individuals, their families, and their loved ones become more engaged in person-centered decision making. If ACP conversations were easy, they would be more commonplace than they are today. The role of the ACP Facilitator is a critical component to achieving the ACP desired outcome—to know and honor an individual’s informed healthcare decisions. The First Steps® (FS) ACP Facilitator Certification course is designed to help participants learn the skills needed to facilitate foundational ACP discussions with any adult.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    •Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps advance care planning (ACP) conversations

    •Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps ACP conversations for adults with chronic illness

    •Construct strategies to communicate the plan, including the completion of an advance directive document

    •Examine ACP Facilitator’s role in implementing three key systems for ACP effectiveness

    •Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP conversations through role-play activities

    Workshop Presenter:
    9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Pre-Conference Intensive: Building Spiritual Strength

    Dr. J. Irene Harris and CH Timothy Usset will conduct a training seminar on the Building Spiritual Strength (BSS) intervention. Attendees of the seminar will learn about PTSD, moral injury, and spiritual distress, and how to facilitate BSS. The BSS protocol aims to help participants draw meaningful conclusions from their traumatic experiences within the context of their personal spirituality. BSS is an inter-faith/belief system intervention that focuses on the need to minimize or eliminate the distress that may come from experiencing moral injury. Their research on the BSS protocol is published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry Research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29980120)

    12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Pulling Back the Curtain on Chaplaincy Certification

    Participants will earn an additional 4 CEUs for this intensive 
     

    Intensive Summary: The workshop will cover the general chaplaincy certification requirements and processes that all associations generally follow while focusing on the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Spiritual Care Association (SCA).

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Participants will know the basic requirements and processes for board certification for chaplaincy in North America irrespective of certifying association
    • Participants will be able to compare and contrast the certification requirements and processes of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association in relationship to their own needs and qualifications.
    • Participants will be able to apply tested strategies for being successfully certified as a health care chaplain
    Workshop Presenter:
    12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    2020 Faith Community Nurse Research Forum

    Contact hours: CEUs offered by FNCI please contact them directly about the process.

    This intensive is Sponsored by Faith Community Nurse International (FCNI)

    Intensive Summary: A half-day research forum hosted by the FCNI’s Research Committee will be held once again as a pre-conference session at the 2020 Westberg Symposium in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This forum provides current information and activities related to research and initiatives with relevance to faith community nursing practice. The agenda features recently published research presented by representatives from both the International Journal of Faith Community Nursing and the Journal of Christian Nursing. Participants will have opportunity for open discussion, Q&A, and reflection on the translation of research into faith community nursing practice.

    To learn more about this research forum and the continuing education credits offered by FCNI, visit www.fcninternational.org

     

    5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Awakening the Spirit Using Art and the FAITH Process

    Participants will earn an additional 4 CEUs for this intensive

    Intensive Summary
    Life transitions often bring questions regarding the presence of God and the purpose of life. Applying the FAITH process can enhance exploring these questions. During this workshop, participants practice the FAITH spiritual care process beginning with a focused topic. Adding art activities, individuals reflect on the activity as it relates to the topic. A guided discussion explores how God is present during these activities and how each person might apply this understanding to a personal faith journey and professional practice. Finally, participants open their hearts to one another and God to experience health, healing, and wholeness through authentic prayer. 

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Describe the FAITH process for spiritual care
    • Assess the use of art to enhance spiritual care
    • Explain how this process can be applied to patients, family and staff
    Workshop Presenter:
  • Monday, April 20, 2020
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    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Light Continental Networking Breakfast
    7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Registration
    7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Registration & Exhibits
    8:30 AM  -  9:15 AM
    Welcome and Opening Reflection
     

    Keynote Session

    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Keynote Address: Tracking the Perennial Tradition Creates an Alternative Orthodoxy

    Keynote Summary: When we look at the history of spiritual care and healing, the same themes keep emerging across religions and cultures. They are issues of how to move from doctrinal belief into actual practice. One primary theological application method is the practice of cultivating a contemplative mind. 

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Consider the concept of praxis commonalities across religions and cultures
    • Describe the practice of cultivating a contemplative mind
    • List options for integrating a contemplative mind into personal and professional practice
    Keynote Speaker:
     
    10:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Networking Break & Exhibits
     

    Plenary Session

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Plenary Session: Exploring the Edge State of Engagement and Burnout
    Plenary Speaker:
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Plenary Session: The Essence of Providing Spiritual Care
    Plenary Summary: Reflecting on the works of Henri Nouwen and others, this session explores the concepts of care, compassion, spirituality, spiritual care, and spiritual distress. Highlights include a review of Shane Sinclair’s work on compassion and the health care provider model of compassion, the work of Tervalon and Garcia regarding cultural humility vs. cultural competency, and Henri’s Nouwen’s work on being a wounded healer and other supporting information. It also looks at the work of Dr. Christina Puchalski and the FICA tool, other assessment tools available for spiritual care, and resources available including the Health Care Chaplaincy Cultural and Spiritual Sensitivity Module. 

     

     
    12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    12:45 PM  -  2:00 PM
    WI Coordinators Lunch Meeting
    Dr. Sharon Hinton, who facilitates the work of FCN coordinators, will host the coordinators lunch and meeting, including updates on the coordinator curriculum revision. This meeting is for those coordinators to meet each other, share concerns and needs, and learn about what Westberg Institute is offering for FCNs and those who lead them in their networks or large congregations. Any FCN who coordinates a group of other FCNs or anyone interested is welcome to attend.
     

    Workshop

    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A1. CLINICAL PERSONAL EDUCATION – An emerging model of preparation for clinical service
    Intensive SummaryIn caring for patients and clients in emotional and spiritual distress, who you are is as important as what you know and what you can do. This workshop provides an overview of an emerging model of clinical preparation. THRIVING FROM WITHIN® is a meaning-centered, integrative model that builds on individual strengths to help professionals become their best so that they can give their best. THRIVING FROM WITHIN® teaches a six-step way of living that results in greater resilience, lower personal/professional stress, greater self-understanding, spiritual strength, relational and emotional intelligence, and wellbeing of body, mind, heart and soul. This workshop will include a reflective exercise in personal meaning-making developed by Viktor Frankl that participants can use with clients.
     
    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:
    • Identify a pathway to building self-understanding, a strong spiritual core and relational intelligence.
    • Recognize the four dimensions of self – body, mind, heart and soul - and how they each contribute to well-being.
    • Reflect on your own experience of meaning using Viktor Frankl’s Meaning Triangle.
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A2. Spiritual Care from Perspective of the Jewish Faith Tradition

    Intensive Summary: This session presents an overview of major prayers, blessings, and readings found in the Jewish faith tradition. The Reform Jewish tradition serves as the framework since it is statistically the largest group in the United States. The Jewish tradition is rich in prayers, readings, rituals, and traditions addressing health, illness, healing, birth, and grief and mourning that have been codified over many centuries. Since Judaism is a minority faith tradition in the US, and contains several subgroups (Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstruction, Reform, and others), the goal of this presentation is to highlight major features of the Jewish perspective.

     

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    •Increase understanding of the basics of Jewish traditions related to health, illness, death and healing

    •Verbalize common goals and use of source texts shared across faith traditions

    •Have the opportunity to hear samples of traditional prayers and blessing with music

    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A3. Trauma Transformed: Spiritual Care through a Trauma Informed Lens

    Intensive Summary: Significant research has demonstrated the far-reaching impact of trauma on physical, psychological and spiritual health. In failing to recognize this impact, health care systems often re-traumatize patients and families with policies and protocols that fail to promote safety, trust, and long-term healing. Counteracting this trend are emerging best practices known as Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). TIC calls for organizational and clinical changes that have the potential to improve patient engagement, health outcomes and staff wellness. The workshop will introduce the main principles of TIC, using a case study of Hennepin Hennepin Healthcare's journey to become a Trauma Informed system, and highlighting the unique contributions of spiritual care

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:  

    • Understand the long-term impact of trauma on individuals and systems
    • Identify the main principles of Trauma Informed Care and their relevance for improving patient care and enhancing staff wellness
    • Understand the unique contributions of spiritual care professionals to the development of trauma-informed/responsive systems of care
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A4. Addressing a Congregation's Spiritual and Mental Health Needs

    Intensive Summary: This presentation confronts the challenge of serving a congregation in meeting mental health needs as part of a wholistic practice of faith community nursing. A foundation builds on a historical review of various cultures and faith traditions dealing with mental illness and spiritual perspectives. This leads into a comparison of mental health and spirituality as well as mental illness and spiritual distress. The session also addresses stigma, social isolation, and chronicity of mental illness, along with ideas for helpful and less than helpful church assistance and support. An exemplar of a church providing a safe place and a caring approach for a congregant with mental health difficulties will be shared..

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Examine the relationship between spirituality, mental health and mental illness
    • Explore mental health as part of the health promotion role of the Faith Community Nurse
    • Discuss a process for implementing a mental health program for a congregation
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A5. Spiritual Care of Healthcare Professionals Through Narrative Medicine—An Introductory Workshop

    Intensive Summary:  As a doctor, sometimes you feel like a machine [...] Narrative medicine gives you a framework within which to humanize the patient, and in the process, also humanize yourself.'”—Gayatri Devi, MD, MS, FAAN Narrative medicine employs literature and reflective writing to deepen awareness and improve relationships in healthcare. Through its emphasis on meaning-making, it is also a highly effective vehicle for the delivery of spiritual care in ways that transcend religion. It is therefore appropriate for populations across a wide spectrum of belief systems. Meaning-making is recognized as essential to combatting professional burnout. This workshop is an experiential introduction to the tenets of narrative medicine.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    •To understand the theoretical and operational tenets of narrative medicine
    •Locate yourself within a literary stimulus, relative to personal beliefs
    •Discover narrative medicine's various applications and its effectiveness in enhancing the well-being of clinicians and patients alike.
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A6. Creating a Plan of Care Using a Framework of Hope

    Intensive Summary: A spiritual assessment provides a lot of rich information which can often be overwhelming when creating a plan of care. Hope can especially be a difficult concept to incorporate into a plan of care for a patient who has run out of active treatment options. Based on her book Exploring Hope in Spiritual Care: A Spiritual Guide for Chaplains, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019, Dr. Shay will provide a hope framework that can be used to help create a plan of care for terminally ill patients. In her research, she discovered four dimensions of hope and the importance of cultivating all of these hope dimensions throughout our lives.

     
    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    •The participant will understand the four dimensions of hope found in the literature
    •The participant will be able to use the four dimensions of hope as a framework for creating a plan of care based on a spiritual assessment for patients who receiving palliative care
    •The participant will be able to understand ways to cultivate the four dimensions of hope in their lives and in the lives of the people they care for

    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    A7. Working with Less than Perfect: Spiritual Dynamics in Aging

    Intensive Summary: Caregivers are only as astute and as effective as their peripheral vision and intrafamily harmony will permit. Thus, they often need help seeing a bigger picture and mitigating the dis-ease, which often accompanies aging and dependency. A spiritual approach, as a complement to guidance by clinicians, social workers and researchers, can enhance positive and effective caregiving relationships.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Frame caregiving challenges in spiritual terms
    • Shift perspectives in meaningfully positive ways, especially with respect to fears associated with aging
    • Contribute their understanding of how various cultural norms call for modifications in spiritual approaches

    Workshop Presenter:
     
    3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Networking Break & Exhibits
     

    Workshop

    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B1. Supporting the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Transgender and Gender variant patients in...
    Full title: Supporting the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Transgender and Gender variant patients in healthcare settings 

     

    Intensive SummaryIn a recent survey of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people, over 50% of respondents reported having to educate their medical providers about their health care needs. In another study, over 60% of trans and non conforming people reported preventing care because of fear that services would not be safe. Almost 30% of trans people report being physically or verbally harassed or assaulted in healthcare settings. How can we as chaplains provide compassionate and competent spiritual and emotional support for this community? In this workshop you will gain a basic understanding of trans identities, learn more about barriers to care and practice navigating common challenges non-transgender people face when serving this community.

     

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:
    • Explain a basic understanding of transgender identities
    • Understand barriers to care that transgender and gender variant people face in healthcare institution and ways that Chaplains and Spiritual Care providers can play a key role in navigating these barriers
    • Feel practiced navigating common challenges that non-trans people face when serving trans and gender variant patients
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B2. Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: Treating Veterans, Educating Providers

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will compare and contrast the constructs of PTSD and Moral Injury from historical, theoretical, and clinical perspectives. Participants will be exposed to various models of trauma-informed spiritual care delivery. Practical examples for Chaplain/Mental Health collaboration will be shared.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Describe the history of the development of the diagnosis "PTSD" in the DSM-III through DSM-5
    • Identify key elements of "Moral Injury" as a construct distinct from but related to "PTSD"
    • Describe ways that Chaplains and Mental Health providers can collaborate to deliver integrated care for Moral Injury
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B3. Spiritual Care for those Experiencing Homelessness in an Urban Setting
    Intensive Summary: This session explores spiritual care from an urban perspective, specifically looking at caring for people experiencing homelessness. Although every person experiencing homelessness has a unique story, many reasons for homelessness stem from substance abuse, domestic violence, family estrangement, and mental illness. This presentation will explore these concerns as well as systemic injustices in society that cause disparities in outcomes, which may leave some more prone to becoming homeless. Participants spend time in small groups taking part in a story theology activity, sharing and discussing main themes. The importance of community building, mutuality, active listening, and creating safe spaces are key components to discuss and practice

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • List common spiritual care needs of those experiencing homelessness
    • Actively listen to personal stories and identify spiritual/theological themes
    • Identify helpful methods for providing spiritual care for those experiencing homelessness in urban settings and beyond


    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B4. Spiritual Care Discharge Plan

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will share the process of designing and applying a Spiritual Care Discharge Summary which is used by the Palliative Care Chaplain. This plan is developed in collaboration between the chaplain and patient. The chaplain gathers data through visits with the patient in the hospital and is given to the patient upon discharge. The plan is a tool that spiritual caregivers in the community can continue working with. Samples of evidence-based spiritual assessments and chaplain interventions will be shared and discussed.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Define Spiritual Care Discharge Plan.
    • Describe how a Spiritual Care Discharge Plan benefits and improves patient spiritual health.
    • Explore how community collaboration improves patient/person care
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B5. The Soul of Aging: Creating a "Circle of Trust" for Deep Explorations of Meaning in Long Term...

    Full Title: The Soul of Aging: Creating a "Circle of Trust" for Deep Explorations of Meaning in Long Term Care and in Our Later Years

     
    Intensive Summary: When in long term care, or as we simply get older, life gives us opportunities to connect to deeper levels of meaning. Both healing and positive aging require such endeavors if we are to live to our fullest. This experiential workshop based in the work of Parker Palmer will use journaling, reflecting on poetry and essays, silence and more to create a sacred and safe container to explore personal meaning, healing and more.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to

    • Understand guidelines necessary for creating safe space for personal exploration in groups
    • Discover useful avenues to "meaning" when working with clients and patients
    • Be inspired and energized for your own personal and professional growth, and explore how you might bring this home to your professional setting
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B6. Spiritual Companionship for Dementia Caregivers

    Intensive Summary: A diagnosis of dementia immediately puts a person into a subculture, and caregivers follow their loved ones there. Theological writers explore the meaning of impaired cognition and admonish faith communities to pay attention. Yet too often faith leaders are unaware of the spiritual changes that caregiving brings. Few are knowledgeable about the full impact of dementia on caregivers, who are often left alone to sort through the confusing and paradoxical spiritual aspects of caregiving despite having been members in a faith community for years. This marginalizing is not intentional or malicious but is a real consequence of both the majority culture’s fear of losing the mind and its desire to protect itself from unfixable situation

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Understand the extent of dementia in the practice of the Faith Community Nurse
    • Articulate the breadth of caring done by dementia caregivers
    • Outline the demographic, physical, social and psychological characteristics of dementia caregivers
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    B7. The Power of a Volunteering Spirit in a Rural Community Hospital

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will show the power of volunteering and community engagement in our rural setting that enhances the wellbeing of all our residents. Techniques for soliciting volunteers, training and maintaining a strong sense of belonging to the hospital and community will be shared.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Tools & Implementation procedures and resources to create a network of community members for a hospital volunteer program
    • Discover volunteers talents and provide additional processes to improve their life experiences thru communication, listening and a ministry of presence in a hospital setting
    • Place into action techniques and steps to serve with gratefulness and dedicate time to change one thing in your community that will lift up the spirit of another person
    Workshop Presenter:
     
    5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
    World Forum

    World Forum meeting is the formal annual gathering of the international attendees, representatives from countries who are part of the Working Groups, and those interested in global faith community nursing ministry. This meeting is hosted by Helen Wordsworth, international parish nurse specialist for the Westberg Institute. Reports on the work of the last year, needs, concerns, and sharing form visiting countries will be heard.

    All are welcome.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    SCA Nurses Continental Networking Breakfast
    SCA Nurses Division welcomes you to the 2020 conference meeting. Join nurses from across the United States and our international colleagues for a time to network, discuss spiritual care in nursing practice  and faith community nursing, review new resources and provide input for future growth. Non-members are welcome; come learn more about the SCA Nursing Division and faith community nursing. 
    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Tuesday Light Continental Networking Breakfast
    7:00 AM  -  3:45 PM
    Tuesday Registration
    8:00 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Certificates, Commitment Ceremonies, Honor Wall Nurses of Faith, UTS Graduation
    Awards, Certificates, Commitment Ceremonies, Honor Wall Nurses of Faith, UTS Graduation
     

    Plenary Session

    8:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Advocacy Update
    Speakers:
    9:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    UTS Graduation
    Speakers:
    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Plenary Session: Thriving vs. Surviving During Times of Change: The Science of Enhancing Resilience
    Plenary Speaker:
     
    10:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Networking Break & Exhibits
     

    Plenary Session

    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Panel Discussion: Nursing and Clergy: Collaborating to Support and Care for Congregations

    Panel Summary: Pastoral support is vital to the faith community nurse (FCN). Advocating for the FCN as a professional position allows for increased accountability, collaboration, and optimization of health. FCNs utilize the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, plan, implementation, and evaluation) to serve the needs of their faith community. Coupled with evidence-based practice and in collaboration with clergy, we are able to meet the holistic needs of those served. Often a spiritual crisis is precipitated by a life stressor, such as a medical need. Working collaboratively, the pastoral staff focuses on spiritual needs and the FCN assists with navigation and resolution of the precipitating crisis. 

    Upon completion of this Plenary, you will be able to:
    • Describe a model of nursing and Clergy structure in a congregation
    • Describe a model of a Faith Community Nurse and Chaplain in a congregation
    • Describe a model of a Faith Community Nurse in a team-based congregational health ministry
    11:15 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Plenary Session: Bridging the Divide: Chaplaincy in the Secular Age

    Plenary Summary: The profession of chaplaincy is entering a new chapter, but divisions among us challenge the legitimacy of our field by preventing us from meeting the needs of many care recipients that could be served. As the population gets more secular, a new identity must emerge to reflect that. This session will address those divides and explore the impact within the walls of the profession and in the community.

    Upon completion of this Plenary, you will be able to:
    • Identify appropriate experiences to challenge your own pastoral perspective and integrate it into your practice 
    • Challenge structures to integrate a diversity of spiritual experience and expression 
    • Disable belief system survival behavior

     

    Plenary Speaker:
     
    12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Tuesday Networking Luncheon
     

    Workshop

    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C1. Grief Recovery's Role in Preventing Elder Substance Abuse & Suicide

    Intensive Summary: Mature adults have higher rates of Substance Use Disorder and successfully completed suicides than the general population. While grief & loneliness may not be the direct or only cause, they are associated with and play a significant part in both of these. Our culture provides almost no effective tools for addressing grief & loss, but continues to validate myths [“time heals all wounds”] that block grievers from meaningful recovery. While support groups can be valuable immediately after a loss, they offer little in the way of meaningful long-term recovery. This session will present the powerful evidence-based Grief Recovery tool, how it differs from grief support, the transformative recovery it provides, and ways to access it.

    Upon Completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Distinguish Grief Recovery from Grief Support
    • Articulate Grief Recovery's role in preventing elder substance abuse & suicide
    • Identify six myths about grieving and how each keeps grievers stuck
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C2. Get Away From Me! Wait! Don't Go! : Spiritual and Emotional Support for Individuals Living with

    Full Title: Get Away From Me! Wait! Don't Go! : Spiritual and Emotional Support for Individuals Living with Personality Disorder. 

    Intensive Summary:The purpose of this workshop will be to educate professionals of multiple disciplines on ways of offering effective spiritual and emotional support to those living with personality disorders. An emphasis will be placed particularly on Borderline Personality Disorder. Origins of the disorder will be discussed along the unique spiritual and emotional needs that typically accompany living with these disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on creating effective interventions and avoiding therapeutic pitfalls in the offering of care.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • The participant will have a basic understanding of the etiology and causes of personality disorder
    • The participants will have a good understanding of the specific spiritual and emotional needs of this population
    • The participant will be able to use this information to create effective interventions appropriate to this population while avoiding pitfalls and common mistakes that therapeutic professionals tend to make in working with this population
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C3. Hospitality and Our Native Neighbors

    Intensive Summary: A faith community nurse has been creating endearing friendships with members on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She lives about 190 miles away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a hub for medical care. Because of her friendships, tribal members and friends often call upon her when they or family members are inpatients in one of the medical facilitates in Sioux Falls. Needs range from basic companionship and emotional support, to the need for a car seat, to not having a coat or shoes to travel back home. Through connection with Sanford USD Medical Center’s Spiritual Care Department and Faith Community Nursing Center, she helped initiate a community-based forum to address the needs of these Native Neighbors. 

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Identify cultural barriers or “blind-spots” faith communities, health care facilities and other agencies have when working with indigenous people
    • Develop community partnerships and work groups with faith-based, private and community agencies
    • Initiate creative, interfaith and interagency interventions to improve the health care experience for the indigenous population
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C4. Palliative Care: The Family: The Theoretical Constructs of Collective Mind, Sense-making, and Do

    Full Title: Palliative Care: The Family: The Theoretical Constructs of Collective Mind, Sense-making, and Double-Loop Learning to Advance Spiritual Care 

    Intensive Summary:There is a need for further research and study in the professional field of chaplaincy concerning family life in order to add value to the implementation of the family conference as a spiritual care tool. Through the theoretical macro-concepts of sense-making, collective mind, and double-loop learning together with the study of caring as an overarching principle of meeting the spiritual needs as part of a holistic approach of the client experiencing life- threatening disease processes, the work of the interdisciplinary team is strengthened. A look at spiritual care itself in an open-system approach and advancing further to the organizational life of the family opens up new ideas in palliative care.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Examine the latest research on the family and family conference for palliative care.
    • Examine palliative care through the theoretical constructs of sense-making, collective mind, and double-loop learning.
    • Discover new insights into assessment of family care, especially through the palliative care tool of the family conference.
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C5. Dreams as Spiritual Glimpses, Guides, and Gifts
    Intensive Summary: Throughout history and across cultures and religions, dreams have been considered important, even divine, messages offering guidance, support, and comfort. Regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, many people believe that their dreams are meaningful and helpful. Chaplains and other care providers are well placed to explore dreams as a vehicle for eliciting feelings, promoting self-reflection, and enhancing spiritual understanding. In this workshop, participants will learn simple tools for addressing patients’ dreams, as well as their own, and also how dreams have been understood historically up to the present day.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Use simple techniques to be present with the dreams of others, which may elicit feelings, promote self-reflection, and enhance spiritual understanding
    • Explain some unique ways dreams speak to the psyche
    • Begin to consider the intention of your own dreams
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C6. Defining Patient Needs to Standardize Spiritual Care Language

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will explore different approaches to standardizing spiritual care language. Challenges and benefits will be explored. 

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Identify past and current attempts in standardizing language around spiritual care using interventions and patient needs
    • Explore the benefits and challenges when using patients’ spiritual needs for documentation and standardizing spiritual care
    • Discuss possible “next steps” for collaboration and research to establish evidence-based terminology
     
    Workshop Presenter:
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    C7. Spiritual Care with Client-Caregiver Dyads in Primary Care Practice
    Intensive Summary: This workshop describes spiritual care from the perspective of various faith traditions using pilot study findings that tested the impact of embedding a faith community nurse (FCN) in a rural-suburban primary care practice to improve care for older adult clients with chronic diseases, while giving caregivers greater peace of mind. Two experienced FCNs conducted in-home visits for six months (first cohort) and three months (second cohort) to integrate spirituality into the healing and recovery process for clients and their family caregivers. FCN assessments revealed 40 percent of non-medical problems were in the spiritual category with a similar proportion in the mental or emotional health categories. 

     

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Describe spiritual care from the perspective of various faith traditions using results of a pilot study that embedded a FCN in a primary care practice to integrate spirituality into the healing and recovery process for client-caregiver dyads.
       
    Workshop Presenter:
     
    3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Networking Break & Exhibits
     

    Workshop

    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D1. Eastern Approaches to Pastoral Care

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will draw from the practices, insights, and wisdom teachings of Eastern spiritual traditions to examine how these traditions approach ideas of spiritual care, pastoral presence, and caring for the human spirit. A newly published edited volume on the subject, representing theory and practice from the field, will help familiarize attendees with exciting developments in the field of pastoral care. Strategies for implementation and practical takeaways will be offered.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Discover Eastern frameworks for spiritual care that compliment, challenge, or serve as alternatives to traditional Judeo-Christian frameworks
    • Explore techniques and principles rooted in Hindu and Buddhist praxis and theology, but universally applicable and appropriate in a number of settings-- religious and secular
    • Articulate ways in which chaplaincy as a field is evolving and adapting the reality of a multi faith and multicultural world
    Workshop Presenters:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D2. Holistic Nursing Practice: Spiritual Care Interventions to the Nonreligious

    Intensive Summary: When a person declares that they do not follow a particular faith tradition or affiliate with any organized religion, then spiritual care interventions are often avoided. This presentation increases awareness of the spiritual needs of all people, even people who declare they do not follow a particular faith tradition. According to Pew Research (2015), roughly 23 percent of the US adult population refer to themselves as nonreligious. Nurses often report that they are unsure how to best provide spiritual care interventions to people who identify as nonreligious. When a nurse is open-minded and free of judgment, religious and nonreligious clients will be more likely to accept spiritual care interventions,

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the need for spiritual care in all persons
    • Describe spiritual care interventions that can be used with nonreligious persons
    • Reflect on personal opinions and beliefs of spiritual care and recognize barriers to providing spiritual care

    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D3. Staying Fresh: The Art of Personal & Professional Revival

    Intensive Summary: This workshop will seek to help attendees identify signs of stress/burnout in themselves and their coworkers, and provide practical tools towards increasing resiliency and achieving personal & professional revival.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Identify the causes of burnout or compassion fatigue
    • Through self assessment, identify personal level of fatigue
    • Discover interventions that will prevent and or recover from compassion fatigue and burnout
    Workshop Presenters:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D4. Resilience: Facilitating Post-traumatic Growth
    Intensive Summary: Nearly everyone will experience a traumatic incident at one point in their life. A significant injury, diagnosis, accident, military trauma, death of a family member etc., can all be life changing events. Latest research reveals keys to resiliency. Participants will learn practical steps to help those in their care build resiliency and discover the possibilities of post-traumatic growth.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Learn the five areas of growth typically associated with post-traumatic growth
    • Understand how the steps for growth can lead to resiliency
    • Discover how the brain's release of oxytocin, aids in resiliency and post-traumatic growth
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D5. Toward Conceptual Clarity: Spiritual Distress in Adult Cancer Patients

    Intensive Summary: This workshop has 2 over-arching goals: First, to teach participants the process of concept analysis using the work of the author on conceptualizing spiritual distress in adult cancer patients as an illustration; and second, to clarify the concept of spiritual distress using Walker & Avant's 8-step concept analysis method.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Describe Walker & Avant's 8-step concept analysis method
    • Clarify the meaning of spiritual distress by defining its attributes
    • Generate a list of concepts related to spiritual care that can be clarified by using concept analysis
    Workshop Presenters:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D6. The Relevance of ROI in Chaplaincy

    Intensive Summary: The connection of chaplaincy and spiritual-care to organizational or business value seems vague, even though these programs represent large expenditures for faith-based organizations. Therefore, there is a need to show the return on investment (ROI) and business value of these important programs.n.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Describe the ROI Methodology® and how it shows value
    • Be able to show alignment between chaplaincy efforts and organization needs
    • Communicate the results of an ROI study to a variety of stakeholders
    Workshop Presenter:
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    D7. Role of Faith Community Nurses in Evidence-Based Practice

    Intensive Summary: New and translational research is being conducted in areas of nursing, health, faith practices, and spirituality. The faith community nurse should implement practice based on the best known research and evidence and may draw from other disciplines for this evidence. In 2019, the Westberg Institute supported the development of a position paper regarding the role of the faith community nurse in evidence-based practice. The position statement is: “The faith community nurse supports, applies, and engages in evidence-based practice” (Westberg Institute, 2019). The primary role of the faith community nurse to provide intentional care of the spirit, which is part of providing whole-person care, aligns with a growing body of evidence supporting

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Define Evidence-Based practice (EBP) and describe the role of faith community nurses in EBP
    • Articulate the seven steps of EBP and use the PICOT (P-Patient/Problem, I-Intervention, C-Comparison, O-Outcome, and T-Time) framework to develop a spirit of inquiry
    • Evaluate and appraise the evidence utilizing a valid and reliable appraisal tool
    Workshop Presenters:
     
    5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
    SCA Membership Reception
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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    8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    SCA Member Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Wednesday Light Continental Networking Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Wednesday Registration
    8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    WI Educators Breakfast Meeting
    Educators' breakfast and meeting is hosted by Susan Jacob, our Educational Consultant at Church Health/Westberg Institute. Updates on the new revision of Foundations curriculum will be given, along with other reports and information. This meeting is mostly for Educators who are attending the Symposium to hear any latest news and share any concerns, but all are welcomed to attend
     

    Workshop

    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E1. Can Joan of Arc Serve as an Enduring Model of Empowerment for Women with a Cancer Diagnosis?
    Intensive Summary: A diagnosis of cancer for patients (and their families) significantly affects all aspects of a person's life including mind, body and spirit. Research has shown that arts based medicine is a viable and effective strategy to help improve quality of life and empowerment. This presentation will include research by the author with cancer survivor's from Gilda's Club and a hands-on arts based activity for participants that can be replicated with people with cancer and their families. I would like to share my research, lead a arts based workshop to teach participants how to use arts based medicine with their patients and family members. My research has shown that Joan of Arc was a vital model for healing and empowerment.
     

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Understand the use of arts based medicine for people with cancer as an adjunct to psychotherapeutic and spiritual interventions
    • Learn how Joan of Arc can provide a potent model of courage and self-reflection for people with cancer and family members
    • Understand the validity of arts based medicine and learn strategies for use with patients
    Workshop Presenter:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E2. The provision of transitional care role of FCNs as they care for seniors.

     

    Intensive Summary: The provision of transitional care role of FCNs as they care for seniors. One out of five Medicare recipients are readmitted within 30 days of a hospital discharge. When patients transfer from hospital to home, a gap in the continuity of care exists. This transitional period, if not well supported, can lead to readmissions. How do FCNs support patients transitioning from hospital to home, and what spiritual interventions do they uses? The session reviews the results of two two-year studies. Both describe transitional care as implemented by FCNs using standardized nursing language. The results indicated that FCNs provided interventions identified as important for successful transitional care. The FCN is in a unique position to provide easily

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Describe the best practices in spiritual care inventions from two different countries
    Workshop Presenters:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E3. Trauma and Resilience: A Clinician's Guide to Healing and Health

    Intensive Summary: We will suggest the importance of participants recognizing their own personal history of trauma, and the value of addressing that trauma, in order to be able to facilitate patient processing of their own traumatic experience. This helps in providing a healing experience and building resilience. Interpersonal traumatic experience often goes unrecognized, and silently impacts the functioning of both clinician and patient alike.

     
     Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Participants will learn to recognize the impact of trauma
    • Participants will recognize the cost to resilience of unprocessed trauma
    • Participants will learn coping strategies for processing trauma, in both patients and themselves
    Workshop Presenter:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E4. Science Fiction as a Model of Sprituality in a Scientific World

    Intensive Summary: Science Fiction presents worlds that inhabited by spiritual people. Star Trek will serve as an ‘artificial’ universe to explore possible relationships between Science and Spirituality. In the 60s, spirituality and religion were opposites and opponents. Spirituality and Religions were misconceptions that the progress of science will render obsolete. In later years, Science Fiction gained a better understanding and an appreciation of the spiritual element within the human spirit. Star Trek mirrors this development. In this presentation, we will trace the development and develop guidelines for the communication between science and spirituality. In Star Trek, Science and Spirituality found a way to struggle in order to enlighten each other.

     
     Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Explore relationship between Science and Spirituality
    • Examine successful and non-successful modes of communicating
    • Understand Science Fiction as a "relevant text" for spirituality
    Workshop Presenter:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E5. Hancock Health Congregational Network -- Population Health Meets Chaplaincy

     

    Intensive Summary: Tell the story of the Hancock Health Congregational Network. Demonstrate how chaplains can provide leadership in achieving corporate population health goals by partnering with local faith communities. Share positive and negative learnings and measurable evidence of success •Inspire chaplains to consider ways they can contribute to institutional goals through innovative collaboration

     

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Gain insight from the journey a small community hospital is taking to move the needle for Population Health
    • Understand how population health can be a vital field of endeavor for chaplaincy, especially in smaller settings
    • Approach hospital administrators in a way that fosters collaboration
    Workshop Presenters:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E6. From Resistance to Resilience: Guiding Staff Through the Whitewater of System Change

    Intensive Summary:  This workshop will present the latest research in building resilience for hospital staff , especially during the transition and trauma of a merger, acquisition, or downsizing. Best practices for developing vocational, emotional, and spiritual resilience will be shared, and participants will have time in small groups to discuss experiences, brainstorm and adapt programs to their environments, and share insights with the seminar group.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Identify the sources and causes of stress in the healthcare workplace
    • Become familiar with the pillars of building resilience in healthcare staff
    • Use proven strategies and best practices to develop a resilience-building plan for their particular workplace environment
    Workshop Presenters:
    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    E7. Faith Community Nurses and Chaplains, Partners in Care

    Intensive Summary:  Spiritual care begins and ends in the local context. When an individual has an event or medical condition that requires hospitalization, the responsibility for spiritual care shifts to the health system and its spiritual care departments. Individuals (patients) now fall under the ministry of the chaplain. Like health care, spiritual care is often fragmented. Just as there is a need for coordinated care between medical providers, there is a need at the time of discharge between all those called to care for the holistic well-being of individuals. This workshop offers a model whereby FCNs and community chaplains act as the spiritual “bridge” between the faith communities in which they serve and the spiritual care departments in the local hospital

     
    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to: 

    • Understand potential barriers people of faith have in medical decision making
    • Begin a bereavement program to address the family needs of patients in the ICU
    • Introduce a potential communication tool
    Workshop Presenter:
     
    11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Networking Break & Exhibits
     

    Dissolution Ceremony

    11:00 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Tibetan Sand Painting Dissolution Ceremony

    Please join us for a cathartic experience Wednesday morning at 10:45 for the Dissolution Ceremony of the Tibetan Sand Painting with Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby as her work is brushed away.

     

    For the last decade, Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby has helped thousands of people embrace the changing nature of reality through her artwork. Rev. Katie Jo is one of the few Westerners who practice the ancient, impermanent art-form Tibetan Sand Painting. Her mandalas use traditional Tibetan Buddhist techniques, but take on modern issues of religious intolerance, political injustice, and accepting loss. Visit her in the hall of fame throughout the conference as she delicately lays thousands of grains of sand to make a vibrant mandala. The image is temporary.

     

    Panel Session

    11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Panel Discussion: Building Resilience- Programs That Work

    Plenary Summary: The presenters will discuss programs that they have helped build and implement that successfully reduce burnout and encourage resilience.

    As a result of this presentation, attendees will: Appreciate some of the opportunities and barriers to a successful program for building resilience -Understand some of the process necessary to build such a program. - Be familiar with several successful programs to deal with burnout.  

     

     
    1:00 PM  -  1:05 PM
    Closing Remarks
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