The Role of Spiritual Care
The role of spiritual care in health care is vital and necessary.
That’s why HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM (HCCN) has been caring for the human spirit since 1961.
We are a nonprofit health care organization that helps people in distress from illness and suffering find comfort and meaning.
We’re a leader in providing compassionate spiritual care in hospitals, online, and elsewhere, for all – whoever they are, whatever they believe – and a catalyst for education and research.
Professional, board-certified chaplains:
- Are the spiritual care specialists on the health care team as doctors and nurses focus on caring for the body, and as the recognition grows that whole-person care encompasses spirit, mind, and body.
- Serve those who are ill, family and friend caregivers, and other health care professionals who deal every day with the stress of illness and loss.
- Are trained to help people to identify and draw upon their sources of spiritual strength – regardless of religion or beliefs. As one very experienced professional chaplain says, “In our encounters with people in distress, we walk into some dark places and help bring in light.”
December 8, 2013 – “In a health crisis, patients and families may turn to a member of the hospital staff who offers help beyond the physical aspects of medical treatment: the chaplain. (There is a) growing recognition of the role of spirituality in health care.”
Provider of professional chaplaincy clinical services in leading health care institutions.
Including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, New York Hospital Queens, St. Mary’s Center, and Winthrop University Hospital.
The first-of-its-kind online service
ChaplainsOnHandTM is the first-ever professional quality online service to provide spiritual comfort for people who are seriously ill and their caregivers – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. It includes ChatWithAChaplain, which lets people in spiritual distress connect with a professional chaplain.
An Educational Leader
Students consistently praise our Clinical Pastoral Education program, accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, for how well it trains them to provide compassionate spiritual care.
We’re an innovator in Online Continuing Professional Education. With the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, we created the first online Continuing Professional Education course to prepare board certified chaplains for palliative care subspecialty certification, and new online resources are being developed.
We publish PlainViews®, the preeminent online professional journal for chaplains and other spiritual care providers. Subscribers tell us PlainViews is an excellent source for dialogue with peers and hands-on ideas to foster the profession.
A Research Leader
We’re making important advances into the evidence of the value of chaplaincy interventions. Recently the John Templeton Foundation awarded us a three-year, $3 million grant to select, manage and support six promising national research projects on chaplaincy care in palliative care settings. Grantees are Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of California San Francisco, Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City), Advocate Health Care (Chicago), Emory University, and Duke University Medical Center.
Our first annual Caring for the Human SpiritTM conference is the first large-scale effort to form an evidence base for spiritual care effectiveness in health care. It will drive the research agenda for years to come.
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