Fellow to participate in Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum
Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow Paul Galchutt has been invited to take part in the first Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum, which will focus this year on “training the trainers” in spiritual care. Galchutt thus continues Transforming Chaplaincy’s ongoing efforts to bring research expertise to both chaplaincy practice and education.
From the IPSEC website:
Empirical evidence, patient and family experience, and theoretical frameworks support the critical role spirituality and spiritual care plays in the care of patients, particularly those with chronic and complex illness. Recent clinical guidelines recognize the ethical obligation of all healthcare providers to alleviate pain and suffering, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. Health care providers acknowledge the growing momentum calling for patients’ spirituality to be addressed, but they often note lack of training as an important barrier to implementing these beliefs. To bridge this gap, The George Washington Institute for spirituality and health (GWish), in partnership with City of Hope, and the Fetzer Institute developed an Interprofessional Spiritual care training program entitled “Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC)”.
ISPEC is the first curriculum to be developed at the global level and offers a theoretically and research-grounded curriculum for teaching interprofessional spiritual care. This innovative training program builds on the investigators’ previous experience in developing the GWish Templeton Reflection Rounds, ELNEC Project, and online training programs. Curricular development forms the basis of a train-the-trainer program to build leaders, consultants, advocates, and knowledgeable clinicians who can educate, empower, and guide other healthcare professionals at their institute in the integration of spirituality in healthcare. The ISPEC curriculum appropriate for interprofessional pairs of clinicians (e.g. physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other professions) and chaplains, and will prepare them to attend to patients’ spiritual needs and resources as an integral part of their practice.