ISPEC© Training Course

ISPEC Spiritual Care training for clinicians and chaplains

Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum [ISPEC©] (VIRTUAL)
November 15-16, 2022

The 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.

illustration of doctor with patients - ISPEC

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.

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 November 15-16, 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Regular Attendees (per Individual): $260
What is Covered in the ISPEC© Course?

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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Is This Event Virtual?

Yes. ISPEC© will be held virtually on November 15-16.

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Who Should Apply?
  • 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 gwish@gwu.edu

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Who is on the ISPEC© FACULTY?
Christina Puchalski
Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, OCDS, FACP, FAAHPM, George Washington University's Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
Betty Ferrell
Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, City of Hope National Medical Center
Trace Haythorn
Trace Haythorn, PhD, MDiv, PCC The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Tracy Balboni
Tracy Balboni MD, MPH, FAAHPM, Harvard Medical School
Richard W. Bauer
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 "Jim" Blatt
Benjamin "Jim" Blatt, MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Noreen Chan
Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS, National University Cancer Institute (NCIS), Singapore
Marvin Delgado
Marvin Delgado, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Paul Galchutt
Paul Galchutt, MPH, MDiv, BCC, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Carolyn Jacobs
Carolyn Jacobs, PhD, MSW, Smith College School for Social Work
Anne Vandenhoeck
Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD, KU Leuven University, Belgium
Elisha Waldman
Elisha Waldman, MD, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago.

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What is Included in My Registration?
  • 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: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACGME) to provide continuing education credits to physicians and nurses. Other attendees receive a certificate of completion to submit to their accrediting bodies for consideration of credits.
  • Course syllabus and resources.
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What is My Commitment as a Participant?
  • 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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Will I Get CE Credits for Completing the ISPEC© Course?

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACGME) to provide continuing education credits to physicians and nurses. Other attendees receive a certificate of completion to submit to their accrediting bodies for consideration of credits.

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What is the ISPEC© schedule?

ISPEC© will be held virtually on November 15-16:

November 15: 11AM-5:45PM EDT, U.S.
November 16: 11AM-6:30PM EDT, U.S.

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Fees

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 acceptance and registration for the course:

  • Regular Attendees (per Individual): $260

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

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