Transforming Chaplaincy sponsors and publicizes chaplaincy webinars, which are hosted by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education. These are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession. After their conclusion, webinars and their ancillary materials are made available in Transforming Chaplaincy’s fully searchable database.

ACPE Webinar Series – Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think & Act Strategically 


Past webinars:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2-3 pm EDT
Advocating for the Profession: The Case of Healthcare Chaplains
Presenter: Wendy Cadge, PhD, Brandeis University
Professor Cadge presents results from her new article about how the Association for Professional Chaplaincy (APC) and its predecessor organizations tried to make the case for chaplaincy as a profession. She explores the strategies and arguments chaplains used to make their case, who they directed these arguments to, and how their strategies and audiences changed over time. Session handout available here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 2-3 pm EDT
A Roadmap to Success: How Strategic Planning Provided Direction, Focus, and Additional Resources For Chaplaincy Department Expansion
Presenters: Hanci Newberry, Director; and Imani Jones, Manager, Department of Chaplaincy and CPE, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Steve Kalister, Administrator, Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, The James Cancer Hospital.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Chaplaincy Department leaders and staff recently developed a detailed and evidence-based strategic plan to improve quality of pastoral services and align appropriate level of staffing to services. A component of the plan was a proposal for increased services and staffing in The James Cancer Hospital, which culminated in senior leader approval of the proposal and the resulting hiring of 9 full-time chaplains. This session outlines elements of the strategic planning process and will discuss the key factors which led to this remarkable outcome. Direct inquiries to Hanci Newberry, Director, Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Session slideshow available here; Kris Kipp video clip mentioned in presentation available here; the article “How many chaplains does our hospital need? The GRASP model for pastoral care staffing” by Orin Newberry (Chaplaincy Today Spring/Summer 2009) available here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2-3 pm EDT
How Strategic Thinking Created the Metro-Dallas Faith and Health Initiative
Presenter: Linda Wilkerson, Director, Pastoral Care, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, TX
A current priority in healthcare is developing programs to sustain the wellness of the population they serve. Partnerships with area congregations are an important approach to achieving this goal. This webinar tells the exciting story of how the Pastoral Care Department at Parkland developed the vision for a Faith and Health Initiative, secured the resources for it, and is currently implementing it in partnership with other Dallas-area healthcare institutions and congregations. Presentation available here. Memphis Research Metrics, mentioned in the presentation, available here.

February 15, 2018, 1-2 CST
Advanced Care Planning
Presenters: Amy Greene, Cleveland Clinic and Aoife Lee, Rush Oak Park Hospital
This webinar will introduce a model for chaplain involvement in a physician office (Lee et al, 2018, JAMA Internal Medicine). We will review Medicare reimbursement guidelines for advance care planning conversations and describe how those guidelines apply to chaplain involvement in advance care planning conversations. (The slides on their own are available here.)

April 2, 2018, 1-2 CDT
Return on Investment
Presenter: Mark Grace, Baylor Scott and White
Chaplaincy managers are frequency asked to provide information about the cost and impact of the services they provide. In some cases this takes the form of documenting return on investment (ROI). In this webinar the manager for spiritual care in a large health system will describe their involvement in documenting ROI on several activities. Attendees and others interested may want to read this report from the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion: Johnson and Wubbenhorst, Incorporating Faith and Works within a Healthcare Network. (Slides for this webinar now available here.)

June 19, 2019, 10-11 CDT
“Challenges in Healthcare Delivery and Implications for Spiritual Care”
Presenter: Timothy Glover, Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Healthcare
Across the country healthcare systems are taking responsibility for covered lives with an emphasis is on helping people stay well and out of the hospital. In this webinar we will describe these developments and the impact they will have on healthcare in the next 3 to 5 years. Then we will discuss their implications for spiritual care. Timothy (Timm) L. M. Glover provides spiritual, strategic and collaborative leadership that helps deepen integration of Ascension Healthcare’s Mission, Vision, Values and Catholic Identity throughout all sponsored ministries and partnerships. (Slides for this webinar now available here.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11 AM CST
Developing leadership in chaplaincy management: A look into the future
Presenter: Andy Garman, PsyD, Rush University
What distinguishes great leadership from good leadership?  While there may be many opinions on this topic, there is also a robust science that can point to what great leadership looks like, and how we can develop it within our profession.  In this webinar, noted leadership researcher Andy Garman will describe research findings from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership as well as Transforming Chaplaincy, and how they are being used to cultivate the next generation of leadership in the health professions, including chaplaincy.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 1PM EST
Advancing Chaplaincy with Innovative Staff Support Programs
Presenters: Chick Deegan, Manager of Staff Spiritual Support and Mark Grace, Chief Mission and Ministry Officer, Baylor Scott and White; Matt Norvell, Johns Hopkins Hospital, RISE – Second Victim Support Program
This session will feature innovative staff support programs from two leading medical centers. (watch YouTube recording here)

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